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Board Candidates Announced

Seven candidates have declared their intention to run for 4 available seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors. They are:

    Jenna Close (Incumbent), San Diego chapter
    Scott Mc Kiernan, Los Angeles chapter
    Mark Green (Incumbent), Houston chapter
    John Alexander, Chicago chapter
    Rob Grimm, Chicago chapter
    Charles Ledford, Chicago chapter
    Michael Weschler, New York chapter
The 2014 Board is comprised of 14 Professional Members who are elected for three-year terms. Board Members may serve 2 consecutive terms and, this year, there are 2 incumbents running along with 5 others. Each candidate has provided a statement and will answer questions submitted by ASMP voting members. Voting begins next month online 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.

Have You Renewed Your ASMP Membership Yet?

It’s “renewal time” for many of you and we want to remind you of all the benefits that come with ASMP membership. Education. Advocacy. Community. All of the resources you need to help you learn, grow and succeed as an imaging professional — whether you are just starting out or are a long-term pro. And now, with ASMP’s newly updated Membership Categories, if you are an Associate or Associate Plus member with at least 3 years of professional experience, we urge you to consider upgrading to the elite Professional Member category. You’ll receive voting privileges and additional free portfolios on Find A Photographer, the “go to” photography database for the industry. ASMP is also working to develop additional resources and benefits for Professional Members. To view ASMP's updated Membership categories, go here.


ASMP Introduces New e-Learning Series

This dynamic new series of interactive online webinars encompasses time-tested strategies on -- Your Business in Focus: How to Get Out of the Way and Grow Your Business. And, to kick off the series, everyone is invited to the first webinar on January 28th - FREE! Developed specifically for professional still and motion photographers, this series is based on the best-selling book, The EMyth Revisited by Michael Gerber, Certified E-Myth Business Coach. According to ASMP Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmann, “ASMP's new e-learning series will allow ASMP to offer in-depth learning that's convenient, affordable - and practical. Participants will be able to apply the lessons directly to their businesses and effect real change.” See details on the January webinar below under ASMP Educational Programs!

  • Copyright Alliance, partnering with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, is planning to offer pro bono legal counsel to selected individuals and small businesses in cases of copyright enforcement. Copyright Alliance will be presenting a proposal to Columbia University Law School for this initiative in which Columbia law students, under the supervision of Cravath attorneys, will work on real cases of copyright infringement. If you believe you are a victim of copyright infringement and would like to be considered for this project, go here to read more and get the application.

  • ASMP's advocacy efforts in 2013 were both extensive and global. Through active participation in a number of important global initiatives, ASMP is truly on the cutting edge of the major issues that face the photography community today and in the future. Read about ASMP's recent advocacy here.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that journalists are not allowed to use drones for any reason until at least 2015 when the FAA will open U.S. skies to commercial use of drones. Flying drones without the approval of the FAA can result in a $10,000 penalty, which is what Raphael Pirker, a video-drone photographer was charged with, while filming the University of Virginia campus on behalf of the school. The attorney representing Pirker says that the limitations on drone usage are confusing, since there currently isn't a U.S. regulation that specifically addresses who can and can't fly drones. To learn more, go here.
ASMP Educational Programs

Coming January 28 from 2pm to 3pm eastern:
E-learning Course: Changing Your Business Perspective
This introductory course is FREE to all!

This free introductory program will introduce the fundamentals of the EMyth philosophy and you'll discover how to change your perspective and re-orient your business for greater productivity and freedom. Learn how to assess challenges you face, bring other people into your business, identify the areas of your business that need the most attention, and think strategically so you can work ON your business, not just IN it. Register now.

Learn more about the complete e-Learning series here.

Coming February 19 from 1 pm - 2pm eastern:

Webinar on The Art of the Estimate!

An experienced Art Producer, who has worked on both sides of the table, Kat Dalager of 3e The Lifetime Agency 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. Register now.

Good news! You can access recordings of the great Business As Unusual programs online 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 discount -- $100 off the full conference registration fee. ASMP is sponsoring 2 sessions at WPPI. For more info on the conference and expo, go here. To learn about the discount, go here.


Texas Photo Roundup

This 3 day event is produced by ASMP's Austin/San Antonio Chapter. TPR will be held February 27th through March 1st. Many events are discounted (or free!) for ASMP members. ASMP (National) is a sponsor of the three days of workshops, panels, talks and parties! Find out more and register here.


2014 SPE National Conference

The Society for Photographic Education event, Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue, which will be held March 6 -9 in Baltimore. ASMP will offer 4 great programs and have a table at the show. You can get detailed program info here. You can register here.


Will & Deni McIntyre are raising money for their second hour-long program for North Carolina Public Television (UNC-TV). They have teamed up with four-time Grammy-award winner David Holt, to produce David Holt's State of Music. The projected completion is September 2014 and you can view the opening shot here! Contact if you'd like more info or want to contribute.

Peter Krogh and DAM Useful Publishing have released The DAM Book Guide to Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5, a follow-up to the industry-leading publication The DAM Book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers (O'Reilly 2005 and 2009). This eBook neatly integrates text, screenshots, animated flowcharts and workflow videos. Go Here to learn more.

Al Satterwhite's new book, The Cozumel Diary, chronicles a week in the life of Hunter S. Thompson, as photographed for a Playboy interview in Cozumel, Mexico in 1974. See the video here. To order, contact

David Crosby recently released a book, Keeping Us Afloat: A Trip Down the ICW and A Journey Through A Marriage. Part travelogue and part memoir, this engaging story of adventure and challenge is filled with stories of being a commercial photographer in the 80's and 90's in South Carolina, and of the difficulties of trying to make someone else happy. It's a journey worth taking. The book is available on Amazon, and there's more info here.

Michael Weschler's portrait of Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, NYC recently appeared in Architectural Digest.

Lynn Goldsmith famed rock-and-roll portrait photographer, has been presented with the 2014 Professional Photographer Award by the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA).

In Memoriam:

John T. Chew Jr., a professional photographer for more than 40 years, died Dec. 24. John's photos appeared in editorial features and advertisements in publications such as House & Garden, the New York Times Magazine, and the Magazine Antiques. He also had assignments for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Kenneth Johnson, long time New York member, died December 24. He had recently re-joined ASMP after a number of years, and was, at one point, the editor of the ASMP newsletter. Ken worked as a photojournalist for most of his career, inspiring other photographers through his teaching.


Executive Director Eugene Mopsik and General Counsel Victor Perlman traveled to Washington DC for the final Copyright Alliance meeting of 2013. Joe Keeley, staff to the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Goodlatte, reported to the group about plans for ongoing review of copyright law. He said that there is an awareness of the unique copyright issues faced by visual artists and asked for possible solutions. ASMP will work on with other associations and industry parters to provide a response.


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.

10% Off on Clipping Path Service Orders

Clipping Path Service provides fast turnaround on custom paths, tricky layer masks and complex retouching. Everything is done online: upload the image; choose among 1-hour, 4-hour and 24-hour delivery options; and expect a high-quality result. Now, ASMP members get a 10% discount on all orders! Go here.

Save 10% on Palm Springs Photo Festival

ASMP 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.

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.


IPC Unveils 40th Anniversary Logo

The International Photographic Council (IPC), the New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To help launch a year-long celebration, IPC has unveiled a new commemorative logo -“PEACE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY”- designed by IPC members Kathy Magrane and Muzammil I. Sidiqqui. Throughout 2014, IPC will be posting anniversary-related stories and images on the IPC website.

YPA Mentoring Program Exhibition

This years’ Exhibition for the 2013 YPA “Escape” Mentoring Program features the work of 72 mentees and 19 teams from around the world. The exhibit runs through Sunday January 19th at Calumet Gallery (22 W. 22nd Street, 2nd floor) in NYC. For more details about the program and exhibit, go here.

New Guide Available

PhotoShelter's first guide of the year, "The 2014 Photo Business Plan Workbook," is now available. It contains tips to help photographers focus their business strategy and target clients better in 2014. You can get a copy here.

American Photography 30 Deadline Extended

In their 30th year - American Photography 30 is still looking forward to lavishly showcasing the best commissioned and personal work. Submit your best work to be presented in the books, one image per page, and online in The Archive for all the world to see. The AI-AP annuals are the first and foremost go-to resources for art directors, designers and editors. Be seen where it matters most. There's still time to enter - the deadline has been extended to January 31st. To find out more, go here.

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