Last night I was one of nearly 40 reviewers at the free ASMP Portfolio Review night. It was a wonderful event, and thanks to ASMP, all the sponsors, and Tribeca Skylight Studios for making it happen.
One of my favorite things is to look at portfolios and talk with photographers about their work. I love the passion and eagerness that photographers have, and it’s a chance for me to see work of all genres. There was some wonderful work, and hopefully I was able to give some constructive advice and feedback. There was also a great group of reviewers, some of whom I had the pleasure to meet for the first time. For me, the night was a great success.
However, with that said, I was really surprised there were not more people at this event. I mean it was FREE! What better motivation do you need these days? All ASMP members had the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with art buyers, reps, agents, photo editors and even some consultants. I am at a loss to understand why, especially in this climate, people would not take advantage of EVERY opportunity presented to them.
Did I mention it was FREE for ASMP members?
It is never wrong to show and talk about your work with other industry professionals and to socialize, strategize and commiserate with other like-minded people. Now is a great time for everyone to refresh their work, and more importantly, their perspective on their own work. With so much opportunity I’m disappointed that so many people chose to miss out.
Maybe you’re just not feeling excited about your work—you know there are things you should be doing, but you’re not feeling motivated. Events like this are a great way to shake yourself out of lethargy and depression.
For my part, I’m always energized after being with other creative people and talking about photography. I get information about the industry I couldn’t get otherwise. And I feel a part of something, not just an individual working in a vacuum. It’s an energy that moves me forward, which is what I’m always trying to do. I consider it an investment in myself to come to events like this, to participate, and to socialize.
So thanks to those photographers who came out last night, and congratulations to you for your dedication to your photography. I wish you luck and hope you were as energized as I was.