Fall 2018 photo events and news: portfolio reviews and exhibitions

September and October are always my busiest months of the year. Yours, too?

In September, I was super busy curating another iteration of the fine art photography exhibition  Hope in the Dark: Refocused. Its opening reception was on Sept. 21st  (the International Day of Peace). Again, it was a fundraiser for the benefit of social service agency,  RefugeeOne.  (I’ll do another post closer to the show’s Nov. 16th closing reception and include details and some of the images).

Video tutorial: To help photographers heading to NYC for PhotoPlusExpo (Oct 25th-Oct 27th) who have scheduled face-to-face portfolio reviews–either at Palms Springs PhotoFest at PPE or the APA NY reviews I was going to do a brand new version of my webinar “How to Create Presentations that Work” that I initially did last fall. But I ran out of time.

However, I asked ASMP if they would share the existing video again and they readily agreed. Check it out via the link in ASMP’s Strictly Business Blog to gain access.

I’ll again be doing portfolio reviews at the Palm Springs Photo Fest at PhotoPlus Expo (open to all who register and pay) on Wed., 10/24/18; Thurs., 10/25/18; and Fri., 10/26/18.  My fellow portfolio reviewers often say that while most photographers may have photography talent, many are not fully prepared for face-to-face meetings. This webinar will hopefully help them fix that.

New this year: I’m also doing three free reviews for the first 3 photographers who make a donation during the show  to the APA Copyright Protection Fund. at the APA booth (Booth #158) on Saturday, Oct. 27th. You can either donate at the APA  booth or login into your APA account and send an email to Juliette Wolf-Robin, National Executive Director to indicate your intention to make a donation and get a free review.

I’ll be at PhotoPlus the whole time and am really looking forward to connecting with my consulting clients and old friends and colleagues. There’s nothing like hanging out in person with folks you don’t get to see but once a year.

I’ll also get to soak up some culture in one of my favorite cities. In addition to my annual visit to MOMA I’m going to check out a some fine art photography gallery exhibits. I’ll refer to the extensive listings guide in the great online photography publication The Eye of Photography  to make my to-see list.

One of the best parts I love about NYC is actually just wandering around and taking in the sights, sounds, tastes, and visuals. There’s nothing like it.

Offer for my newsletter subscribers: Shoot me an email if you’re also going to be at PhotoPlus and would like to connect. Use the subject line: “PPE connect?” and include your cel#. If our calendars align, I’ll meet you for coffee in the Javits Center.

Portfolio Review Event in Boston Nov. 14, 2017

I’m headed to Boston to attend a portfolio review event. I’m really looking forward to reviewing the portfolios of almost a dozen photographers at the ASMP New England chapter event tomorrow.  It’s being held at High Output (86 Lincoln Street, Brighton) starting at 3:30 pm EDT tomorrow.  It’s free for chapters members and there’s a small fee for non-member photograpers.

Go here for more details and registration links.

Last month, I spent three days at PhotoPlusExpo in NYC where I was reviewing portfolios for the Palms Springs Photo Fest at PPE and for ASMP at their booth on the trade show floor. It was a gas. Saw SO so much good work. Met some really wonderful photographers.

Doing portfolio reviews is one of my all-time favorite business activities. I love helping photographers move their careers forward by providing them with an objective analysis of their presentations.

Here are some portfolio presentation tips for anyone who’s attending.

October Photo Events

LOTS going on this month!!

Starting with the webinar I’m doing tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 12:00pm EDT) with ASMP on “How to Create Presentations that Work” there are many photo business connection options for photographers this month.

I know many photographers who are headed to NYC next week for PhotoPlusExpo. Many will be attending seminars, but some will also be getting their portfolios reviewed. Those of us who do reviews at the Palm Springs Photo Fest at PhotoPlus Expo (open to all who register and pay) and at the ASMP booth (free for ASMP members with a $25 admin. fee) often lament that while most photographers are prepared for a face-to-face meetings, many are not. The webinar will hopefully help them be better prepared.

I’ll be at PhotoPlus the whole time it runs (Oct 25th-Oct 28th) and I will be doing reviews on Friday, Oct. 27th for both organizations. I am really looking forward to connecting with my consulting clients and old friends and colleagues. There’s nothing like hanging out in person with folks you don’t see but once a year.

I’ll also get to soak up some culture in one of my favorite cities. In addition to my annual visits to MOMA and the International Center of Photography, I’m going to check out a some fine art photography gallery exhibits.

Here are a couple I’ve bookmarked:

Julie Blackmon’s exhibition Fake Weather which opens Oct. 19th at at Robert Mann gallery  http://www.artnet.com/galleries/robert-mann-gallery/fake-weather/

and Steve McCurry’s The Importance of Elsewhere at Cavalier Gallery 3 W. 57th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019, USA which runs from Wednesday, October 18, 2017–Sunday, November 12, 2017 http://www.artnet.com/galleries/cavalier-galleries/steve-mccurry-the-importance-of-elsewhere/

One of the best parts I love about NYC is actually just wandering around and taking in the sights, sounds, tastes, and visuals. The fashion, the food, the unique expressions of humanity–on every corner.

Shoot me an email if you’re also going to be there and would like to connect.

Photography marketing class Aug 25-27

When you know how to effectively market your photography, you’re more than halfway to achieving success in your photo business. As you well know, it takes more than good imagery to create a viable career in the photo business these days.

I will be teaching a 3-day photo marketing workshop at the Maine Photo Workshop + College from August 25th through Aug. 27th. This experiential workshop will be taught to a group of committed and proactive photographers. Join us!

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn the foundations of effective photography marketing.

A few of the essential photography marketing skills they’ll learn are:

They will learn how edit their portfolio for the best online presence. That is, learn how to showcase your best images–ones that you are proud but also those that meet magnetically meet the needs of your potential clients.

They’ll learn how to create and implement a strategic marketing plan.

They’ll learn how to powerfully connect with and follow-up with their potential clients both online and in person.

They’ll learn how to effectively market their photography to just the right buyers for their photography.

This workshop is appropriate for both commercial and fine art photographers. There are essential presentation, sales, and marketing skills and tools you need to know in any photography niche.

Come join me in Maine for three days where we will focus on building your business. Instead of you working alone with trial and error over months and months, in this concentrated workshop you can get the focused attention and support you need. I’ve helped hundreds of photographers improve their business. I’d love to help you also move forward in marketing and selling your photography.

Imagine having clear and focused direction on how to find and connect with the people who would be most receptive to your work. Imagine learning how to think like and act like your own best rep or gallery dealer. I will pull back the curtain and show you the secrets to business success that every successful sales and marketing professional knows.

Most photographers were never taught how to do this. Generic cookie-cutter marketing plans just don’t cut it. What you’ll learn during this weekend will be tailored to YOU. You are unique. Your strategy needs to be unique as well. You need a plan that is based on your skills, abilities, location, and resources–no one else’s!

Trust me on that. I’ve helped many of my clients turn around sagging careers after they bought into a one-size-fits-all marketing plan. Get focused personalize attention in a synergistic group setting.

Come get what you need to grow your business!

Registration info is here.

And there’s the Maine in August and the lobster…  🙂

Photo Business seminar in Minneapolis 4/27/17

I’m excited to head back to the ASMP Minneapolis chapter on April 27th to present my latest photo business seminar: “How Get Your Head Together to Get Ahead in Business”

Are any of these thoughts frequent visitors to your headspace?

  • They didn’t accept my bid.. They don’t like me. I’m no good. (Fear of rejection).
  • I suck. That other shooter has it all together. I’m a fraud. (Impostor syndrome)
  • I have social media FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt).I should be posting on Instagram, Facebook LinkedIn, and/pr SnapChat right now or no one will ever hire me. Ever. How are those other shooters are doing it?!? I know should be. (also known as FOMO: Fear of missing out)

It might be time for you to install an upgrade on a critical Operating System–the OS that you use to run your own mind.

In this brand-new talk I’ll be discussing why updating your “internal operating system” is one of the best strategies you can implement in this age of information overload and the short-attention-span economy. When you employ both mindfulness practices and implement various software marketing reminder apps, you free your mind to be more focused and creative.

Consider this….You’d never think to process your images using the software you were using 10 years ago, would you? You intuitively know it would not be able to effectively process and render so much more data–not to mention your client’s demands for more and faster deliverables.

Then why do you think you don’t need to readjust how you mentally process the increased amount of information assaulting your mental space every day? Information that can derail a relationship if it’s misperceived. E.g. is that other person that’s driving you crazy, really doing it on purpose?

Time for a brain hack?

Where: 514 Studios, 514 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

When: 7:00-9:00pm Thursday, April 27th

Cost:$20 for ASMP Members and Students; $40 for Non-Members

Registration: Here’s the link to the ASMP National site where you can register.

Private marketing sessions:  As usual, I will be available for private consulting sessions in the 2 days after the event.

You can contact me directly to book a session. Early bird discounts will apply.

 

Photo business development for Atlanta-metro area photographers on Jan.17th

If you’ve not already heard, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2017,  I’ll be at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. That’s where I’ll be presenting a revised and updated version of my photography marketing seminar Rebooting Your Business Brain 2.0 . I was invited by the Atlanta Southeast Chapter of the ASMP.  SCAD is graciously providing the venue.

Event info & registration is HERE.

I will also be available the next day for those who’d like to book a private, one-on-one marketing strategy/portfolio editing sessions.

I’m offering a discount to proactive photographers who book a private session with me in advance. People often want a session with me after hearing my talk, so if you think you might…. act now as I’ve only 4 appointments available on Wednesday 1/18/17.

This is a great opportunity for any photographer who’s interested in getting focused and personalized custom feedback on any aspect of their portfolio and their related marketing efforts. Get answers to questions about your plan to get business in this rapidly evolving photography marketplace. Sessions are appropriate for emerging proactive photographers as well as seasoned professionals.

NOTE: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017  is the last day to snag a 5% discount early-bird discount on an in-person photo marketing consulting session in Atlanta.

Contact me directly to book a session.

10% early-bird consulting session discount ends Jan.7 for Jan.17 & 18 Atlanta sessions

When I am in Atlanta to present Rebooting Your Business Brain on Jan. 17, 2017, to the ASMP Atlanta Southeast Chapter,  I will also be available for one-on-one private marketing strategy/portfolio editing sessions. Sessions will be the day of and day after my “Rebooting Your Business Brain” seminar. The photo marketing seminar is being held at SCAD for ASMP Atlanta SE and others on Jan. 17th, 2017. Event info & registration is here

I’m offering a discount to proactive photographers who book a private session with me in advance. People often want a session with me after hearing my talk, so if you think you might…. act now as I’ve only 4 appointments available on Wednesday 1/18/17.

This is a great opportunity for any photographer who’s interested in getting focused and personalized custom feedback on any aspect of their portfolio and their related marketing efforts. Get answers to questions about your plan to get business in this rapidly evolving photography marketplace. Sessions are appropriate for emerging proactive photographers as well as seasoned professionals.

NOTE: Tomorrow(Jan. 7, 2017)  is the last day to snag a 10% early-bird discount on an in-person photo marketing consulting session in Atlanta. Next week the discounted price drops to a 5% discount.

Contact me directly to book a session.

 

Photo Marketing seminar: Jan.17, 2017 in Atlanta

CHANGES: Soon it will be January.

January…The time of new beginnings.

The 45th President will be inaugurated on January 20th. The United States of America will embark on a whole new chapter of its history. I don’t yet know how this big change will play out–or how it will affect my life. To relieve any anxiety about the future, I always focus on the present moment. The present moment is where the things I can control exist–such as my attitude and my marketing efforts. Gratitude and strategic planning are helpful.

MARKETING SEMINAR:  I’m grateful to have been asked by the Atlanta Southeast chapter of the ASMP to present the updated and revised version of my photography marketing seminar, “Rebooting Your Business Brain” in Atlanta, GA on January 17, 2017.

I’ll be sharing strategic marketing tips on how to keep your business moving forward– even when you feel discouraged, upset, or confused.

The venue event is at SCAD which allows SCAD’s photography students to attend.

Visit the ASMP chapter’s web site  to register and to learn more about the event.

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS: As usual, I’ll be available to meet privately with photographers while I’m in town. To book a consulting session with me to get your personalized photo marketing strategy, content feedback, and editing of your work, just shoot me an email with “Atlanta session” as the email’s Subject line.

There are early-bird discounts available for those who book a session in advance of my arrival.

Start the new year by focusing on your marketing. It’s something you can control. And improve by applying the right strategies. How our lives will be affected by the country’s larger change will be revealed soon enough…

Minneapolis Portfolio Review event on April 29, 2016

On Friday April 29, 2016  I will once again be doing portfolio reviews at the third annual 612 Review-The Portfolio Review event which is being put on by the ASMP Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter.

I’ll be joining a team of Midwest-based art directors, art buyers, reps and others who’ll be reviewing photographers’ portfolios in 20-minute segments from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the same venue as last year’s event: the Minneapolis Community and Technical College in downtown Minneapolis.

The list of this year’s reviewers and their biographies can be found here.

Both year’s previous event were super well-attended and many photographers made many new business connections.

Register HERE on the ASMP MSP’s chapter web site.

Hope to see you there!

Carolyn Potts doing a portfolio review

Portfolio review sessions in NYC during PhotoPlus Expo Oct 24-26th, 2013

You can find me next week as I do every year, attending PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.

While there, I’ll be one of the eight reviewers offering free portfolio reviews/consultations to ASMP members. If all the slots get filled (as they often are), feel free to stop by the ASMP booth #1173 to get on the waiting list or just to say “Hi!”

ASMP officially opens their review registration tomorrow Oct 15th when their monthly newsletter goes out. But if you’re a member, you can sign up here today. All the reviewer’s slots get filled FAST!

I’m also one of the dozens of reviewers participating in the Palm Springs Photo Festival’s portfolio review program. The PSPF reviews are not free as demand is very high to get a one-on-one session with the reviewers–many of whom are art buyers and photo editors as well as reps and consultants–but there are discounts available. The PSPF reviews are now full, but their wait list opens Oct. 15th and 16th.