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APA Midwest assembles art buyers and others for their annual Digital Portfolio Review event

Today, June 12, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm several art buyers from top Chicago ad agencies, along with yours truly, will be editing photographers portfolios at APA Midwest’s Digital Portfolio Review .

I’m looking forward to meeting some new Chicago-area commercial photographers and seeing some great images. It’s always a treat to be blown away by someone’s work who I’ve never met or heard of. Happens every time. Wonder who it will be tonight?

It’s being held at Digital Bootcamp/Portfolio Annex, 25 W. Hubbard, Chicago IL 60654.

More info about tonight’s event is on the APA Midwest’s website.

Photo Marketing Rehab event in Minneapolis 11/16/11

I’ve been invited to be one of the panelists at the Photo Marketing Rehab event being held on Nov.16, 2011 at Shelter Studios in Minneapolis. A local art producer decided to create the event to help local photographers better understand how to reach the clients who can hire them.

There’ll be a panel that includes me and 6 others  (both art buyers and consultants) who’ll be sharing viewpoints on what works in today’s marketplace. We’ll help clear the fog if you’re still wondering how to get a photography assignment from an ad agency.

More information will be on their web site soon.

As usual, I will be available for individual portfolio review sessions and/or photo marketing strategy consultations on the day of (Wed. 11/16) and the day after the event (Thurs. 11/17).

Early bird pricing discounts between 10 and 20% are available based on how far in advance a session is booked.

Call if you’d like a session.

My next photography portfolio review sessions are The Palm Springs Photo Festival 3/28/11 to 4/1/11

I’m heading to the desert in California to do portfolio reviews for the first time at the annual Palms Springs Photo Festival which I hear is a huge and great festival. Like the other attendees,  I’m really looking forward to meeting some new photographers,  reviewing some great photography portfolios, connecting with other photo industry colleagues , and attending some of the photography workshop presentations.  (I have to say that, since I live in Chicago–where it’s been raining and in the 30s, attending a fest in the warmth of the desert sun will be a big bonus!!)

Lots of very cool programs are on deck.
In the words of the director, Jeff Dunas, “ The Palm Springs Photo Festival, located in the exclusive, sun-capital of Southern California, offers the rare chance of meeting one-on-one in an informal, social situation with famous photographers, magazine editors, museum curators, art directors and photography educators. Attendees can sign up for portfolio reviews in our world-class review program throughout five days of the 6-day event as well as study with master photographers and attend informative seminars and symposiums with influential industry experts. This festival is intended for professional photographers, passionate amateur photographers, students and emerging photographers. ”

If you’d like to book a 20 min. session with me––or any of the dozens of other photo industry professionals who’ll be there doing reviews and workshops during the week-long festival––sign up on their site here. There are MANY really good reviewers who are attending the event. Here’s the latest list of who’s doing reviews.

As of this writing there are only a few of my review slots remaining. However, as in other portfolio review events held at other conferences, if all the reviews sessions are booked up with a reviewer you want to see, there is usually another opportunity: If your schedule is flexible, you may get in at the last minute on an ad hoc “waiting list.” That’s what happened at PhotoPlus last October. E.g. Someone gets a big shoot and has to cancel at the last minute.

If you’ve never had a professional portfolio review before and wondering what’s involved, go to the Portfolio Reviews page on my blog.

And finally, if you ARE planning on coming, even if you’re not interested in a portfolio review, but would like to connect in person, please let me know; I love meeting my newsletter readers in person! Shoot me an email or post on my FaceBook wall.
Let’s connect!

Photography and advertising: the show’s my thing in late October.

Still shoveling out from under 10 days spent in NYC attending two back-to-back trade shows (photography and advertising technology).

It’s always fun to gauge the health of a market sector by the noticing value of the the trade show swag or swag (give-away items designed to draw you in/remember the company later.) One show had lots of Hershey’s Kisses and pens. The other had beer glasses, fresh-brewed espresso, LED flash lights,  canvas zippered tote bags, carabiner key chains, wooden massage tools and rubber iPhone cases.

I attend both shows every year. One show was much larger than before, while one was way smaller. Can you guess which show is in decline?

I hope that over the next few days I hope to share some of my better “tales from the front.” And when I finally find the time to distill  my 14-inch stack of seminar notes and brochures, I  hope to share some worthwhile insights as well.

UPDATE on “Rebooting Your Business Brain” 2/9/10 in San Francisco

Since this month the 3-day early bird discount falls on a weekend, I’m extending the discount offer through Monday 2/8/10. If you’re interested finding out if you may be unintentionally shooting yourself  with your portfolio or web presentation, please contact me directly. More info is available here

In addition to generous sponsors LiveBooks and Agency Access, I’d like to welcome my 3rd and latest event sponsor, PhotoShelter. PhotoShelter enables you to create a professional online presence using a set of tools which include high-res file delivery, secure image archiving, and website creation tools.

I’ll be doing free portfolio reviews at PhotoPlus Expo Oct. 23rd & 24th

If you’re coming to PhotoPlus in NYC next week at the Javits Center, and would like to me in person, please stop by the ASMP booth.

That’s where I’ll be doing free 20-min. portfolio review sessions on  both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Get feedback on your web site or portfolio. Find out if your presentation’s track or if it’s missing the mark.

There are only a few sessions appointments available. If all the times are taken you can put your name on a waiting list that I’ll leave at the booth. If there are any cancellations, I’ll call your cell or text you to come by the booth.  If you aren’t able to snag a spot but still want to schedule a free 15 to 20-min. session with me, we can set up a future phone session.

And if we’ve met at any of my “ReBooting your Business Brain…”  events over the past year, please either email or call me to let me know you’ll be at PPE. I’d love to connect.

Rebooting your Business Brain event…is tomorrow night (4/28/09) in Austin, TX

There are great door prizes valued at over $1,500; only those who pre-register are eligible to win one of the prizes provided by event sponsors ADBASE, BlinkBid, and LiveBooks.

More details about the event and the registration links are here.

“ReBooting Your Business Brain” April event schedule: KC & Austin

ReBooting Your Business Brain:21st-Century Marketing Tips for Photographers Who Weren’t Born Yesterday

I’ll be presenting the latest version of my photography
marketing talk to the ASMP Kansas City/Midwest chapter.This new
talk is filled with updated strategies that you must have
to survive in today’s always-on, short attention span,
radically-changed, and economically challenging business

When:Thursday, April 23rd. Door open at 6:30 p.m. for social time. Program starts at 7:00 pm

Where: Johnson County Community College-Room CC211
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park KS 66210

Directions and parking info.

You can register here

This talk is geared to professional photographers who’ve been in the industry for over 15 years. Understanding how the marketing of images has so radically–and so swiftly– changed, can benefit these photographers the most; those who are concerned that in this economy, they can’t afford to “not know what they don’t know.”  They suspect that things are different when it comes to promoting their work in the digital age. But they’re not sure which strategies they should implement– and which ones they can ignore.

Nothing changes faster than online promotion. What worked
great last year might not be the best tactic this year.

At this event I’ll provide some tips, guidelines and
resources, on how to stay current.
In a recession when work is harder to find and pricing is
dropping daily, you can’t afford to shoot yourself in the
foot with an outmoded promotional strategy.
Buyers have
exponentially greater choices; don’t let them pass you by
because your online strategy is not as good as your

Come join in!

Register here
When: Thursday, April 23, 2009? at 7:00 PM
Social time starts at 6:30 PM

Where: Johnson County Community College-Room CC211
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS, 66210

***This event is being sponsored by Agency AccessBlinkBid and
Livebooks who are generously providing some GREAT door prizes
(almost $2000 in retail value!) as well as some special discount codes.***

Pre-registration is necessary to be eligible to win.  You can register here.

I will also be doing a limited number of private 1-hour
review sessions while I’m in the Kansas City area
Invest in your career and find out if your current presentation is
helping or hurting you in today’s radically-changed
assignment market.
Please call me directly to book a session.

See “ReBooting Your Business Brain” in Detroit area on 3/19/09

The Michigan chapter of the ASMP will be hosting my photo marketing talk: “ReBooting Your Business Brain…” In this talk I focus on how the business of photography –particularly as it applies to marketing– has changed for those who grew up in an all-film photo business.

The event will be on Thursday evening 3/19/09 at Foto/Life Studios, 9709 Joseph Campau, Loft #3 (Between Edwin and Evaline, enter via alley) ?Hamtramck, MI
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Register here
I’ll be discussing how these changes have particularly affected photographers who’ve been shooting for over 15 years. These  photographers are the ones most deeply concerned that in this economy, they can’t afford to “not know what they don’t know.” They suspect that things are different when it comes to promoting their work in the digital age, but are not sure which things they should implement and which things they can ignore.

Nothing changes faster than online promotion. What worked great last year is not what works the best this year. At this event I’ll provide some tips, guidelines and resources, on how to stay current.

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“Rebooting…” will be in Union, NJ Thurs. evening 2/12/09 on Lincoln’s & Darwin’s birthdays.

I’ll be presenting my “ReBooting Your Business Brain…”  talk which focuses on the  changes and evolution of the photography business–particularly as it applies to marketing— to ASMP NJ on Thursday evening 2/12/09 at Kean University in Union, NJ.

I’ll be discussing how those changes have particularly affected photographers who’ve been shooting for over 15 years on the birthday of two of the biggest names in history connected with change and evolution: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. What a nice bit of synchronicity…..

The event will be held at 7:30pm to 10:00 pm at the Little Theater of University Center – Kean University 1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083 map Registration info is here.