June 1, 2020
Monthly Update
Image ©Allison Earnest All Rights Reserved.

ASMP Colorado Social Media contest: Congratulations to Allison Earnest for winning our ASMP Colorado Facebook and newsletter cover contest! If you have an image you'd like featured here, go to ASMP Colorado Photo Chat on FB and upload your photo. The image that gets the most likes will be featured here and on the Facebook banner. You must be an ASMP member.
Due to the COVID-19 quarantine and in the interest of safety, all upcoming events will continue being held virtually. We sincerely hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. We hope to see you soon, virtually.
Coronavirus Resources

Open to everyone to help the entire creative community, ASMP National has a page dedicated to the pandemic: COVID-19 Info Hub . You can watch webinars and town halls on potential business ramifications, link to articles on financial and on creative resources. Check back often as this is an evolving situation with changing information.

ASMP Town Halls - Every Friday at 1:00 MDT + watch past recordings.

ASMP Colorado Specific COVID Crowdsourced Page . You can help other creatives by updating and sharing to this page. 

Wonderful Machine has an extensive resource page set up.

Colorado has a state website for updated information on the virus and the schedule for reopening business.

The Colorado SBDC is also a good resource since each state is different.

Boulder SBDC has a webinar series on keeping your business together in a crisis.
Take the ASMP Colorado Members Survey for a chance to win a Mike's Camera Gift Card

As we plan for our upcoming webinars we want to hear from you; what kind of photography you do and what kinds of topics you are interested in learning about. After the first 25 responses we will draw one winner for a $25 Mike's Camera Gift Card. Please take the short three question survey here: ASMP Webinar Survey
ASMP Colorado Web Designer Needed

We are looking for someone to join the board now to learn WordPress from our own amazing teacher Larry Goodwin and eventually take over managing the ASMP CO website when Larry's term ends in December. Contact larry@denverphotoscapes.com if you're interested or know someone who might be.
Colorado Chapter supports ASMP National

ASMP Colorado is financially in very good shape. We have money in the bank and, unfortunately, no expensive projects coming up.

At its May meeting, our chapter’s Board of Directors voted to give $1000 of our chapter allotment back to National to help keep up the great work. 

ASMP National has been doing an outstanding job of supporting our members during the pandemic. A series of weekly  Town Hall  web meetings began immediately with Executive Director Tom Kennedy, ASMP General Counsel Tom Maddrey and ASMP Advocacy Counsel Mike Klipper on March 20. Since then our National crew has offered one every Friday, with important business-saving information on disaster funding, liability, and “new ways” of shooting. ASMP has also offered eleven ASMP  Strictly Business COVID-19 Webinars  to help members get through and survive.

At the same time ASMP has suffered a significant drop in revenue with photographers not renewing their membership. At one point Tom Kennedy, at the close of a Friday Town Hall, asked each participant if they could donate $5 to ASMP.

We challenge the other 38 ASMP chapters to give back to National what they can afford, so we can all keep this great organization going.

Above image ©Howard Paul
Virtual Brews & Business: Comedian Will C.

When:  Monday, June 1, 2020
Time:  6:55PM - 9:00PM 
Cost:  Free
Meeting ID: 825 5225 8218
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+13462487799,,82552258218# US (Houston)
Register here:   Brews and Biz

Let's take a break from everything and have some laughs together tonight. We'll catch up, make some announcements and introduce Will around 7:20pm.

Will has traveled the country as a road comic and has performed all over the United States and Canada. With his quick wit, over the top goofiness, and his ability to relate to his audiences, Will has become a favorite at clubs, colleges and military bases everywhere. He was the runner up in the Southwest Comedy Competition in 2014 and a finalist again in 2015, that same year he was voted funniest comic in Kansas City by All Comedy Radio. In 2016 he won Best of the Fest at the Calgary Comedy Festival and in 2018 he was voted into the finals of the Boston Comedy Festival.

Will is also a proud veteran!

TV Credits: Modern Family, Storage Hunters and NBC.

Radio: Bob & Tom Radio and SiriusXM Raw Dog
Coffee & Conversation: Boulder and Loveland will be virtual on Zoom!

An open discussion about the business of photography. Have a success story you want to share or questions about ASMP? Have tips about keeping your business running smoothly? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join us virtually on Zoom through your laptop or phone.

Virtual Boulder Coffee Meetup via Zoom
When: Monday, June 8, 2020
Time:  7:30AM - 9:00AM
Where:   Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 6376 2343
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+16699006833,,86563762343# US (San Jose)

Virtual Loveland Coffee Meetup via Zoom
When: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time : 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Meeting ID: 865 6376 2343
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+12532158782,,82277590533# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,82277590533# US (Houston)
Register here: Loveland Coffee Meetup

Above image ©Ella Dascalos
ASMP Member Feature: Paul Gomez

Over the past ten years Paul Gomez, owner & commercial photographer at Gray Box Studios , has worked with large global clients and small local startups alike, photographing apparel, beauty, tech, culinary, beer, outdoor gear and much more. He excels at creating stunning imagery using artificial light in the studio but is also comfortable shooting on location and incorporating natural light when necessary. He loves the wide range of projects he works on and enjoys the fact that “each project presents new challenges which inspire me to learn and try new things every time I shoot.”

Paul Gomez is a Colorado native whose love for photography came relatively late in life. His enthusiasm for photographing automobiles and motorcycles lead him to Brooks Institute where he earned a degree in Professional Photography with an emphasis in Commercial Photography. After graduating with a BA, he started Gray Box Studios, specializing in product, food/beverage and architecture photography. Paul also enjoys teaching and spent time as an adjunct instructor at the Community College of Aurora where he taught basic Photoshop and photography courses.

 Above and below images: ©Paul Gomez
June is Member Appreciation Month

Throughout the month of June, ASMP National has put together incredible content – portfolio reviews, workshops, webinars and more on a wide range of topics. Most of these events will be available exclusively to ASMP members. Check it out here .

Do you have a great horizontal image you would like featured in the ASMP Colorado homepage carousel? Added bonus that it links to your ASMP Find a Photographer or Find An Assistant page! Please size your image to 820 px long x 480 px high and send it to Paul Trantow at paul@altitudearts.com.

Above image: ©Katie Warnke
New! ASMP CO Mentorship Program

ASMP Colorado has officially launched its Mentorship and Internship programs. As a Professional or Life member of the chapter, you are in a unique position to share your experience and advice with those seeking photography career guidance in a more formal setting.

Those who are interested in mentoring or being mentored may contact the coordinator, Paul Trantow, at paul@altitudearts.com. At that point the mentee and the chapter take a few steps to select a good mentor, who may be you. Any Professional or Life member may be contacted for mentorship in the future.

What’s involved: Video or phone calls and emails for six months to set the mentee on the right path to their goals, which may be technical, professional, business or otherwise.

That term may be extended if deemed appropriate. Afterward, you’ll answer a few questions, so your mentorship gets recorded and recognized. That’s it!

We thank you for taking part, and look forward to seeing this program through.
Take Advantage of Find A Photographer

Did you know that all Professional-level members get a free Find A Photographer page? And most haven’t taken advantage of it!

Find A Photographer is a national database used by clients across the country to locate shooters wherever they have a job - mostly editorial and advertorial with lots of marketing and events. These shoots come along fairly regularly for those of us who bother to update our pages.

If you haven’t created or updated your page, do it today! Start at  ASMP.org  > login >
For Members > My Profile > Edit Find A Photographer

PS—There are a lot of out-of-date pages without key images. If yours is one, you may be able to upload larger files and select a key image. Questions? Ask  paul@altitudearts.com

Take a moment to help pass the Case Act by contacting Senator Wyden to release his hold and Colorado Senators Bennett and Gardner to become co sponsors of the act. Two easy steps on the ASMP National Site.
ASMP Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook

This group is for ASMP Colorado members and their friends for a convenient way to buy/sell/trade to people in the community. This is a private group. You'll need to request to join first.
ASMP Colorado Sponsors
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