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McDonald to Receive IPC Leadership Award

ed-mcdonaldThe ASMP Board of Directors has designated Ed McDonald as the recipient of the 2014 International Photographic Council (IPC) Leadership Award. Prior to becoming a national Board member and then President of ASMP, Ed worked tirelessly as a volunteer for his Central Florida Chapter. As a Board member, Ed created and managed ASMP's social media presence and, as President, he managed the redesign of ASMP's logo, the revision of ASMP's governance documents, and the passage of a constitutional referendum. Ed's leadership has allowed ASMP to better serve our members and the photography industry. He will be honored along with winners chosen by other professional photography organizations in New York in May.


Learn More About the ASMP Board Candidates

Seven candidates have declared their intention to run for 4 available seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors. Each candidate has provided a statement and answered questions submitted by ASMP voting members. Online voting begins soon so if you are a Professional or Life Member, plan to vote between February 28 and March 15! Find out more about the candidates and issues here.


ASMP's Strictly Business Blog Keeps Pros in the Know

photo-shelterPhotoShelter's second annual survey from over 5,700 photographers worldwide revealed ASMP's Strictly Business blog to be one of the most widely and frequently read photography blogs. Catch up on Strictly Business here. Learn more about the survey results including top business goals and challenges by downloading the guide here.

  • Instagram contacted ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik after receiving his letter representing ASMP and 11 other professional organizations. Read the letter here. After additional dialogue with Instagram, ASMP will decide what further steps we will be taking on this issue. In the meantime, ASMP has issued a new Social Media Tutorial, Protecting Your Work on Social Media. Get this important information here

  • Have you had problems with Printroom? ASMP has received complaints from members who are owed money by the company and have been unable to contact them. There are apparently a number of photographers around the country who have encountered these issues. If you are one of them, please email us at and tell us the problem so we can try to help.

  • The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing last week on fair use. While the unique problems facing photographers were briefly referred to by one or two of the witnesses, there was no one on the panel to present the photographers' point of view. In order to rectify that situation, ASMP submitted a statement for the record. To read the ASMP Statement sent by General Counsel Victor Perlman for use by the U.S. House Of Representatives' Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use: go here.

  • The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) together with the law firm of Holland & Knight is launching a new study on the use of remotely controlled aircraft or drones in news-gathering. If you have an interest in the application of this evolving technology, you are invited to participate. Please go here to take the survey and provide useful data.

  • A change to New York labor law regulations (Part 186) may have onerous implications for photographers and those in the stock photography industry who shoot child models As of November 2013, "print and runway" models are now included among the artistic or creative services that require a permit when using child performers . Previously, the regulations only applied to performers and entertainers in traditional entertainment endeavors and not still photography. You can read more in a paper by Nancy Wolff, Esq. here
ASMP Educational Programs

The Art of the Estimate
February 19
1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern

Kat Dalager of 3e The Lifetime Agency, an experienced Art Buyer with a background in production, knows exactly what makes or breaks an estimate. Our conversation will focus on the estimating process - from the questions you should ask before developing your numbers to presenting your estimate and following up, you'll learn how to build an estimate that will convince the client that you're the right photographer for the job. Learn More.

Good news! You can access recordings of the great Business As Unusual programs online here.

Your Business in Focus:
How to Get Out of the Way and Grow Your Business
With Rick Snyder, Certified EMyth Business Coach

It's not too late to take advantage of ASMP's new e-Learning series! Online courses include: Leading Your Business into Profitability, Standing Out from the Pack, Controlling Money so it doesn't Control You, and Getting Comfortable with Sales. Recordings will be available for all course registrants - but don't miss out - registration closes February 24th. ASMP Members save $80 - $100 on the full e-learning series! For details, costs and to register, go here.

ASMP At Industry Events

WPPI Conference & Expo

This premier industry event for wedding and portrait photography will be held February 27 - March 6 in Las Vegas and ASMP members get the best available association discount -- $100 off the full conference registration fee. ASMP is sponsoring 2 sessions at WPPI: You, Amplified: Standing Out in the Attention Economy with Colleen Wainwright, and Earning a Living in a World Where Everyone Has a Camera with Judy Herrmann. For more info on the conference and expo, go here. To learn about the discount, go here.


Texas Photo Roundup

ASMP is a major sponsor and ASMP Austin/San Antonio is a driving force behind the Texas Photo Roundup, held in Austin, Texas from February 27 to March 1. Featuring diverse activities including lectures by Larry Fink and Randall Ford, workshops with Andy Anderson and Stephanie Rausser, portfolio reviews, panels and parties galore, ASMP Members receive special pricing. Find out more and register at


2014 SPE National Conference

The Society for Photographic Education event, Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue, is held March 6 -9 in Baltimore. ASMP will offer 4 great programs: Earning a Living in a World Where Everyone has a Camera with Judy Herrmann, Your Portfolio Strategy: Focus Your Work, Brand Your Vision with Larry Volk & Danielle Currier, Building the Right Audience with Andrew Fingerman, and The Phone Rings, Now What? With Richard Kelly. ASMP also has a table at the show. You can get detailed program info here. You can register here.


chase-jarvisChase Jarvis was featured on as The Photographer Everyone Wants To Work With. See the article here.

Seth Resnick visited his alma mater, Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on January 29 as a guest of the Department of Multimedia Photography and Design. He spoke on "Seeing Color & Enhancing Creativity: The Ingredients That Make Images Work." Learn more about Seth at


Executive Director Eugene Mopsik and ASMP First Vice President of the Board Gail Mooney attended the YPA (Young Photographers Alliance) Awards program in New York last month.

Earlier this month, Mopsik traveled to New York to speak at the School of Visual Arts on Copyright Issues.

General Counsel Victor Perlman and Mopsik went to Washington DC to meet with representatives of NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) and then on to a Congressional Hearing on Fair Use.

ASMP Board Member Barry Schwartz attended Photo L.A. and helped out at the L.A. Chapter booth. He sends congratulations to the chapter on their professionalism in producing a booth that resembled a high-end gallery of work, all by ASMP members.


Stillmotion Offers 10% Discount

ASMP Members save 10% on all registration options for Emmy-award winning Stillmotion's Storytelling With Heart - and also get a free Field Guide to Filmmaking (a $79.00 value!) Storytelling With Heart will be touring the US and Canada February 3 - April 8, giving participants a set of approaches to turn every film or video they create into a much stronger experience, a deeper story, and a more emotional connection with their audience. Storytelling With Heart is all about the approaches that make you successful on every shoot. Get the info and discount info here.

Save 10% on Palm Springs Photo Festival

palm-springs-photoASMP members get the best available discount (10%) for Connect 2014 taking place April 27 - May 2. The Palm Springs Photo Festival is where you can spend three exhilarating days with a celebrated, real-world master photographer and two days presenting your work to industry experts and attending important seminars. Find out more about the event/discount here.

Documenting with Personal Vision

This 5-day workshop, held in Los Angeles April 10 - 14 by National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig is for photographers and serious amateurs who want to take their photography to the next level. It concentrates on the aesthetic, technical, and logistical aspects of photographing with personal vision and balanced objectivity. It is designed to help photographers develop a personal eye, and leave inspired. ASMP Members receive a $100 discount! This is an Official workshop of the Month of Photography LA sponsored in part by ASMP. Go here to find out more.

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.

Call for Entries

All members in good standing are invited to submit images for the ASMP exhibit at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Chicago, June 26-28. Images created via any form of photography will be accepted for consideration, whether traditional or digital media. This year's theme is Change : Culture | Community | Commitment. Submission deadline is February 25! For more info, contact ASMP/Architecture Co-Chairs Judy Davis at or Anice Hoachlander at

Teaching Positions Available

Appalachian State University in North Carolina has Assistant/Associate Professor of Commercial Photography positions available. For more info, go here.

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