June 2014 News from National

Goings–On As We Dive Into Summer:

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On Thursday, The Picture Professional production team uploaded the digital files that will very shortly become the summer issue of our terrific magazine. This issue includes three great portfolios and other features and departments: April Wolfe writes about Christopher Dilts in On the Presidential Trail; John W.W. Zeiser on Lucia Loiso’s delicious Candy series; Jenny Respress about Polly Antonia Barrowman’s inventive DIY wedding photography; Samaruddin Stewart tries out a wearable camera /computer that’s not Google Glass; Ellen Herbert interviews Pauline Frommer on reinventing her family’s famous travel guides, and lots more. Hope you like it!  Don’t forget that digital versions of previous Picture Professional  issues are available online.

We’ve posted a recording of last Tuesday’s webinar! It’s the third in our new webinar series, and features Seattle business consultant Linda Carlson talking about Techniques to Market your Small Business on a Budget. In a fast-paced hour, Linda covered low cost marketing tips and techniques that can get your message into print, broadcast, outdoor, online, direct response, and even offbeat media.  If you missed the live broadcast (made possible with generous support from our friends at PhotoShelter), hop on over to our webinars page, where you will also find recordings of our previous two webinars: Archiving Tools and Techniques with David Riecks (December 2013), and A Deep Dive Into Image Collections at Library of Congress featuring LOC’s Chief of the Prints & Photographs Division (and ASPP Trustee) Helena Zinkam (April 2014).

On the same Tuesday, New York Chapter held their Town Hall members’ meeting. More than fifty members showed up and talked together about the changes and challenges we’re all facing in our jobs, with our clients, employers, and in our markets… in short, where we are as individuals who all work in various roles throughout the commercial photography and video industry. The evening’s highlight came as members started putting forward their own ideas for strategies each of us can use to help navigate the winds of change. Look for a writeup by NY Chapter co-president Darrell Perry soon on the New York Chapter web page. And New York Chapter members–keep an eye on your email  for your invitation  to the chapter’s summer party on Thursday July 15th, held once again in conjunction with ASMP-NY.

ASPP-West needs members with cars: Chapter president Chris DiNenna wants to hear from you if you can help get non-driving members to the July 19th tour of the San Diego History Center Photograph Collection, led by Christine Travers, Director of the Photograph Collection. Check  ASPP-West’s Chapter webpage for more information about the event, especially if you have a car and are willing to help out!

Lastly, don’t forget about two key ASPP Membership Benefits available only on the Members-Only website:

  1. Our searchable Job Bank listings (open positions sent specifically to ASPP National by stock agencies, publishers, photographers’ reps, and HR departments)
  2. Our Job Listings page with 370 positions sent to us by ASPP members who, in the spirit of networking, have forwarded jobs they feel might interest other members.


Sam Merrell, 2014, by S.R. JonesThe summer issue of The Picture Professional should arrive before–or just after–the July 4th long weekend. If  for some reason you do not receive your copy–or  if you need any other kind of ASPP assistance–please call or email and let me know. A major part of my work in the National office is to make sure ASPP provides value for your membership dollars. Please do reach out, even if it’s just to let us know what you’re thinking or working on. Send email to director@aspp.com or call me during business hours: (516) 500-3686. Have a great summer!
–Sam Merrell, ASPP Executive Director