May 1, 2020
Monthly Update
Image ©Bill Baum All Rights Reserved.

ASMP Colorado Social Media contest: Congratulations to Bill Baum 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, on the Facebook banner, and on Instagram. 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 and link to articles on financial 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.
ASMP Colorado Webinars Survey

As we plan for our upcoming webinars we want to hear from you what kinds of topics you are interested in learning about. Please take the short two question survey here: ASMP Webinar Survey
ASMP Response to Instagram

On April 13, 2020, an opinion was rendered in District Court in New York regarding “embedding” an image that was available on a public Instagram account of photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair. ASMP legal council Tom Maddrey sent a letter signed by seven other visual associations to the CEO's of Instagram and Facebook (Instagram's parent company).

This lower cou rt's decision effectively makes it more acceptable for bloggers, publishers, broadcasters and others to use imagery on their sites that they do not own. And the use of the Instagram API to “embed” a user’s image on a third-party site did not constitute copyright infringement. Go here to find out what you can do to protect yourself today.

ASMP continues to follow this case and will make updates as the story develops.
Virtual Brews & Business Now on Zoom: PPP, EIDL, UI & Employee Ownership: Answers with John Kovacs

When: Monday, May 4, 2020
Time: 6:45PM - 9:00PM
Cost: Free
Meeting ID: 825 5225 8218
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Register here: Brews and Biz

Join us via Zoom to get your pressing questions answered by John Kovacs about financial relief efforts for small business including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) for small businesses, independent contractors and gig workers. His office is fielding 800 calls per day and you may be one of those having trouble getting through to them, the SBA, or your lender to figure out how to collect, and when you'll receive, these relief efforts. John will also talk about employee ownership of the thousands of Colorado businesses owned by people 60+ years old and what happens to the business when they retire.

John Kovacs is the Business Navigator for the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

Ella's Coffee Photo
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, May 11, 2020
Time:  7:30AM - 9:00AM
Where:   Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 6376 2343
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Virtual Loveland Coffee Meetup via Zoom
When: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time : 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Meeting ID: 822 7759 0533
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Register here: Loveland Coffee Meetup

Above image ©Ella Dascalos
ASMP Member Feature: Ellen Jaskol

Ellen Jaskol worked at the Los Angeles Times until becoming a newspaper photographer at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where she worked for 17 years. During her time at the Rocky Mountain News, the photo staff won two Pulitzer prizes. In 2010 and 2011, she travelled and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan, photographing schools and projects for the Central Asia Institute, co-founded by  Three Cups of Tea  author Greg Mortenson.  

The years spent in photojournalism have prepared her to photograph in many different settings and styles. She shoots editorial and corporate work; her clients include hospitals, restaurants, marketing/pr firms, and non-profits. She loves to collaborate and encourages an environment in which all ideas are welcome. She wants her clients to love their images and will work tirelessly until they do.

 Above and below images: ©Ellen Jaskol

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

Above image: ©Paul Trantow
Our New Gold Level Sponsor: Agency Access!

We're thrilled to welcome Agency Access as our newest Gold Level sponsor! Agency Access is a full service marketing firm for creatives with over 65 employees and offices in New York and Toronto. With years of experience working with artists, they're committed to helping you succeed on every level including great articles on a variety of topics to help creatives.
The Value of ASMP Membership

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting photographers of every kind and now more than ever ASMP has been there for all of us. The ASMP staff and national board members are doing everything in their power to provide the necessary information and support so all photographers—not just ASMP members—can navigate through this pandemic’s turbulence.

ASMP legal counsel Tom Maddrey, and Executive Director Tom Kennedy, are conducting twice-weekly (every Wednesday & Friday) webinars to provide information about the legal and business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss the help and support needed by photographers in the moment.

ASMP worked hard behind the scenes, contacting key Representatives and Senators, as part of advocacy efforts to ensure that the CARES Act relief package included provisions to address the needs of our photographers, people who work as the smallest of small business owners, often as sole proprietors or LLC’s, gig workers and freelancers. 

This is an important time to be a  member of a photo organization to help navigate the ever-changing news, understand how to apply for financial relief, anticipate what's needed to move forward in our new world and support the advocacy efforts fighting for small business owners and independent contractors on Capitol Hill. Please share any and all of this information with your fellow photographers and if you're not a member of ASMP yet, please consider  joining here.

Membership dues make all of this possible. Now, more than ever, is an important time to be a member of ASMP, the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers.
Powerex is available on Amazon

Need a fast charger that can charge up to 8 AA/AAA batteries? The Powerex MH-C980 Turbo Charger-Analyzer can charge your batteries in 1 hour by using its TURBO mode. You can see the charging status of each battery with its large backlit LCD display. What’s even better, it can also analyze your batteries to see the health condition of each battery. Pair the charger with the perfect batteries, the ultra-high capacity Powerex PRO AA 2700mAh rechargeable batteries . The batteries are low self-discharge and are built for performance. They have a fast recycle time for speedlights and long lasting power you can count on. 
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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.
Find A Photographer

 You can use ASMP Find A Photographer to connect with other photographers in your area.
Scam Alert - Stay Vigilant

Fraudsters have been taking advantage of this pandemic with coronavirus-related scams and schemes. While stopping all fraud is impossible, your diligence can help reduce potential risk. Besides checking your bank account daily, here are some tips from the FBI on avoiding fraud.
ASMP Colorado Sponsors
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