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Message From the Executive Director

"When asked why a client should hire an ASMP member, I say professionalism is the key. Professionals know things, and can do things that others can't. We draw out unspoken client needs through conversation and deep listening. We make the creative process fun and rewarding for clients. We manage business relationships without friction or drama. We anticipate and solve problems. We keep commitments. We deliver compelling, clear and powerful visual images that resonate with audiences. And in the end, our professionalism has a way of making everyone around us better. That's who our ASMP professionals are, and that's what they do."
- Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director

ASMP National Board Meeting

The ASMP National Board of Directors met with ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy in Raleigh, NC on June 11 and 12. Discussions focused on increasing the value of ASMP membership by expanding mechanisms for identifying member needs and developing higher touch, more personalized services at all levels. Chapters and Specialty Groups play a critical role in creating ASMP's "photographers helping photographers" culture and the board brainstormed how to help and support ASMP leaders in their efforts. The board also confirmed that ASMP should continue to expand advocacy efforts related to Copyright reform as it offers a very real opportunity for ASMP to affect positive change for our members and our industry. "The board was energetic, passionate and generous with their ideas," notes National Board Chair Jenna Close, "I came away from the meeting feeling very proud of our organization and everyone who dedicates their time to it."

Stolen Goods Alert: Lens Pro To Go

Lens Pro To Go suffered a break-in at their Concord, MA location over the weekend of June 13-14. Nearly $600,000 worth of gear was stolen. Please reference this list of stolen serial numbers before purchasing any gear sold outside of an authorized retail establishment. We thank ASMP New England for spearheading this effort to raise awareness of the crime.

Eiler Awarded 3rd Annual ASMP Susan Carr Educator Prize

ASMP is pleased to announce that Terry Eiler, co-founder and professor emeritus of the School of Visual Communication in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, has been awarded the 3rd annual ASMP Susan Carr Educator Prize for his significant contributions to the education of photography students and professional photographers. The Prize honors the memory of former ASMP Education Director Susan Carr, whose dedication to clarifying sound business practices helped thousands of working photographers build successful careers. The Prize was awarded at the PDN Annual Awards Gala in New York City on June 10. Read the full press release here.

 

  • Last month, the College Art Association (CAA), published a Code of Best Practices for Fair Use for the Visual Arts that attempts to codify an expanded definition of Fair Use as standard industry practice. ASMP has joined with NPPA, PACA, GAG, APA and PPA to express serious concerns about this Code. Mickey Osterreicher, NPPA General Counsel, has discussed the matter with Janet Landay, the program manager for the CAA’s Fair Use Initiative, and a letter has been presented to her outlining our specific objections to the Code. Read the letter. We are seeking a resolution that accurately reflects existing law and current practice, and that clearly separates opinion from established fact. Updates will be issued.

  • Take a survey on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) and support an important effort by NPPA to gather data for submission to the FAA and National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA). ASMP urges everyone with an interest in safety and privacy pertaining to the use of sUAS for newsgathering to make your voice heard. Participate now at http://svy.mk/1xCzSdc.

 

From Personal Project to Platform:
The story behind Fearless Genius

with Doug Menuez
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern

For 15 years, award-winning documentary photographer Doug Menuez was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to document Steve Jobs and the greatest innovators of the digital revolution as they invented the technology that changed our world. Doug shares images from Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985 - 2000 while discussing his vision, strategies and experiences working with sponsors and partners to turn his eyewitness story into a cross-media platform, which includes a documentary, TV series, web destination, traveling exhibits and education programs to inspire the next generation of innovators. To register, go here.

NEW! Friday Questions with a Pro

ASMP is introducing mini-interviews with respected professional photographers every Friday. Subjects will cover creative techniques, business practices, marketing, tips for emerging photographers and more. Get your questions ready for these pros and send them to askapro@asmp.org! Interviews will be available at www.facebook.com/asmpnational.

ASMP Webinar MP4s

ASMP members can watch and listen to recordings of ASMP’s popular Business as unUsual and evolution/revolution webinars whenever and wherever — with or without internet access. Simply download the new MP4 files at asmp.org/webinars.

 

Michael Weschler’s work is part of an exhibition: “The I of the Camera” at the Flomenhaft Gallery in New York City through April 25, 2015. Don Jones, Buffalo Bill from “Ten Mavericks,” is one of the etched glass prints in the exhibition (photo left) and, according to Michael, “Each of these portraits uncover men who pursued their dreams with unwavering integrity and tenacity, and for that, we recognize them each as mavericks.” More here.

Barry Rosenthal is part of the “The I of the Camera” exhibition mentioned above. ‘By using a combination of sculpture and photography and breaking down found-object trash into themes of type, color, or whimsy, Rosenthal is able to bring awareness to global issues such as ocean pollution or drug abuse.’ The photo displayed is “Blue Ocean,” 2013. More.

 

George Kamper won Silver for Beauty and the Reef in both the Photography and Retouching categories in One Eyeland’s Annual Photography Competition. See the images here.

Stephen Mallon recently had a photographic exhibit, Patterns of Interest: Photography by Stephen Mallon, at the Kimmel Galleries of New York University. (Photo here is from the exhibit.) In addition, his work on Next Stop Atlantic has gone viral and been displayed on CBS, CNN and other venues. For more on this, go here.

Djinane Alsuwayeh’s project Histoire Urbaines is a series of portraits “of a city that inspired my creative process. A juxtaposition — I was born & lived my artistic education in France; a cultural & artistic hub, boasting one of the world’s most creatively experimental capitals (my negatives as a metaphor to my first steps in photography,) & yet was raised in Kuwait, what is considered to be a late developing nation, with a sleepy & stagnant fine arts sector (my silhouetted portraits.)” See the project here.

Larry Fink and Walter Iooss will be featured at the Look3 Festival 2015 in June in historic downtown Charlottesville, VA. Look3 will turn the town into a vibrant art space with world-class exhibitions, talks, projections, events, and workshops. Read more about Larry here. Read about Walter here.

 

  • ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy will be the Keynote speaker for
    the VII Evolution Tour on Saturday March 28 at the NPR Headquarters
    in Washington, DC. More info here.

  • Kennedy and National Board Chair Gail Mooney will be traveling to
    New York in early April to visit with ASMP’s NY Chapter.

 

Find a Spot with ParkingPanda

Find, reserve and pay for parking at lots and garages using your smartphone or desktop computer. Have your spot waiting for you, guaranteed, when you arrive. ParkingPanda is now active in 40 US cities. ASMP members get 20% off; details here.

Greentoe Offers Cash-Back

Greentoe is now offering a 4% cash-back rebate to ASMP members. Greentoe is a “name your own price” online marketplace. All you do is specify the price you are willing to pay for the product you want to buy. Then Greentoe will automatically check with its network of certified retailers to see who is willing to meet that price. Now ASMP members get an additional 4% rebate. Details are here.

Think Tank Photo Offers Free Laptop Case

Think Tank Photo has announced a special offer that runs through March 31, 2015. Purchase any new rolling camera bag directly from Think Tank, mail in the rebate form downloadable from their website, and they will send you a 15” laptop case for free! In addition to receiving the free laptop, when you check out of their shopping cart you will be asked what other Think Tank item you would like to receive for free with your order. Click here to find out more!

FedEx Adds Reward Points

Save money on your shipping and earn rewards for your loyalty with FedEx. Enroll in the FedEx Advantage program and enjoy discounts of up to 16% on FedEx services. Then join My FedEx Rewards and earn gift cards and brand-name merchandise when you ship. More here.

Get the Best Discount Available!

ASMP Members enjoy the best discount available on the Palm Springs Photo Festival! Save 10% on all fees for reviews, workshops, daily registration and more. Spend three exhilarating days with Mark Seliger, Dan Winters, Frank Ockenfels III, Jock Sturges, Ron Haviv and other celebrated master photographers. Present your portfolio to some of the most sought-after ad agencies, magazines, galleries and more. ASMP members, click here to get your 10% discount.

ASMP Members save $100 on NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual expo brings nearly 98,000 media and entertainment professionals together for over 500 skill-building sessions and a tradeshow featuring nearly 2,000 exhibitors. ASMP members save $100 off a Smart Pass, which gives you access to nearly everything NAB has to offer or registration for the Post | Production World Conference at NAB, featuring educational programs specifically for creators. Learn more about NAB at www.nabshow.com. ASMP members, click here to get your $100 discount.

Members Receive 25% Off Clickbooq Subscription

Clickbooq has just launched the latest version of its platform — the complete website solution built for photographers to showcase their work in a visually stunning format. Both the Toolbox web application and clickbooq websites have been rebuilt using HTML5 and Javascript. This ensures your site is accessible from any device and displays consistently the way you want. Clickbooq’s new sites have been redesigned to allow for large images that scale responsively. ASMP members receive 25% off clickbooq Pro Annual subscriptions. More info here.

Take advantage of all the great benefits offered exclusively to ASMP members! Go here to see all the ASMP Member Benefits that save you money, increase your knowledge and make running your business easier.

 

ASMP at SuperMeet

ASMP will host a table at the Las Vegas SuperMeet, Tuesday April 14 from 7 - 11 pm. ASMP Board Chair Gail Mooney will be available to discuss business and technical aspects of working with motion, as well as to answer questions about ASMP. For more info, go here.

 

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