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Can you tell? Now that my daughters college applications are done I can focus again on the blog and I’ve been busy catching up and posting away.  I’ve heard that letting your kids go to college is stressful but let me tell you, you don’t know until you know. My baby girl, who is really not a baby and even taller than me is ready for her audition as a vocal major at New York University this coming weekend. She is so sure about the Big Apple that she applied for early decision. Because I love NY and fully support her spreading her wings, I thought I’ll take it a bit further and do a special post on events in New York and coincidentally the ASMP NY newsletter focused came in.

First things first: I’d like to acknowledge outgoing president Stephen Mallon. He has led ASMP NY for the last three years and under his leadership the membership in New York has exceeded his goal of 1000 members. You may remember that I had the opportunity to interview Stephen earlier this year. While I am not a member of the ASMP NY it is widely known that I strongly encourage and support photographer associations, and of course this one in particular. On behalf of the photographic community I would extend a great big thank you to Stephen for his excellent leadership and hard work. If you want to say thank you too, you can do it here, I am sure he’ll appreciate it:

Stephen Mallon, ASMPNY chapter president
stephen@stephenmallon.com.

Moving on to the events:

Post One. ASMP Sponsored Talk

When: December 10 – 6:30pm – 10:00pm
What: A talk by photographer Greg Miller
Where: at School of Visual Arts in New York

WHO:
Greg Miller is the recipient of a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography.  His most recent series of photographs, entitled Distant Relatives (photographs of his hometown, Nashville, TN), has shown in Los Angeles, is currently on exhibit at the Cheekwood Museum in Nashville and is scheduled to exhibit at +Kris Graves Projects in Brooklyn, NY in March 2010.  Miller was born in Nashville in 1967. He received a full scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts in NY, and graduated with a BFA in 1990.  Since 2001, he has taught at the International Center of Photography in NY.  His work is widely exhibited and collected.

WHEN:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Doors: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7 PM – 9 PM
Artist reception to follow at 10 PM, Cash Bar; Light food will be provided.

WHERE:
School of Visual Arts, Amphitheater (MAP)
209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010-3994
(212)-592-2340

COST: FREE
ASMP members, Non-ASMP members, Students

A big Thank you to School of Visual Arts for allowing us the use of their space and resources.

Post Two: ASMP Event Sales Training coming January 27th, 2010

ASMP NY is offering a seven session sales training in conjunction with Sandler Training, a world leader in innovative sales training.  It will be a seven-session program from January through March, to help you feel more comfortable in your selling role as a photographer.

As you can imagine I will definitely recommend you to go there. Selling is 50% of what you do in any business. The more comfortable you are and the easier it comes to you the more successful you will be.

You will understand how your prospects think and why you sometimes get stuck “chasing sales”; a selling process that will help you be more effective in your conversations about money and the prospect’s budget; and discover the real reasons your prospects buy. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to close more sales, more effectively and more profitably.

The link will be up in a week or two to register, starting January 27th.

COST:
ASMP member (General or Associate/Emerging): $175
Non Member: $275
Students: $125

Post Three: Spread the Word about the ASMP Strictly Business Blog


The much-anticipated ASMP Strictly Business Blog is here, and you are invited to be part of it!

from Susan Carr, ASMP Education Coordinator
http://www.asmp.org/strictlybusiness

The interview videos produced for SB2 are currently available on the blog and beginning this Thursday we will roll out lecture videos based on the SB2 content. In addition to the videos, we have daily posts from our ASMP educators offering ideas and tips for your photography business. And, comments are welcome making this a community we can all learn from.

This blog is open and free, so spread the word and help us as we continue to share the Strictly Business message!

Post Four: It’s Time for a Holiday Party (and still non too late to join ASMP NY)

December 11, 7-11pm
ASMPNY 2009 ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
+ NY CARES COAT DRIVE
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WHEN:
Friday, December 11th, 2009, 7-11pm

WHERE:
Studio 385 (MAP)
385 Broadway (between White and Walker Streets), Suite 3F
New York
http://www2.exposurecapture.com

COST:
ASMP members: FREE but are encouraged to bring a coat
Non-ASMP members: $20 or free with a coat donation
Students with I.D.: $5 or free with coat donation

Please RSVP here, space is limited:
https://asmp.org/education/event/register?venue_id=275

All coats will be donated to NY Cares. For information about this organization you can visit http://www.newyorkcares.org/

EVERYONE is encouraged to bring a coat for the coat drive. It’s the holiday season friends, give a little, its gonna be bloody cold out there.

MUSIC will be provided by the talented DJs William Gaines and Andrew Eastmond who are kindly donating their services!

Bill Gaines is a visual creative who’s work is focused in the music and entertainment industry. His side projects include silk-screen printing, animation and spinning jazz, funk and soul wax. Check out his latest at www.billgaines.com

Andrew Eastmond is a London transplant with 1st class skills as a selector. A graphic designer by day, by night he is a tailoring wizard serving up classic threads for men every other week at the Brooklyn Flea.


FOOD and BEVERAGES will be provided by Tealicious Catering. If you remember last year’s party, their special treats were a big hit!You can find out more about Tealicious by visiting http://www.tealiciouscatering.com/


A HUGE Thank you to our sponsors who will be providing over $4000.00 in Raffle prizes! And I proudly announce that Photography Business Secrets is one of the sponsors. If you go you have three chances to win your copy of the only proven business system for photographers.

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