APA National Update – Week of February 22nd: John Blais, Meet the Curator and more…

APA National Update, February 22, 2021




John Blais: American Gothic
John Blais (APA Charlotte) is no stranger to adversity. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, he decided to escape the hardship of his daily life at young age. Eventually, his camera became that means of escape – pictures not only brought him joy, but they also told stories of human interaction, intimacy, and hope. Now a successful commercial photographer based in South Carolina, John’s images are poignant, moving and ethereal. I had the chance to ask him about his personal series American Gothic where he engages his subjects as they reflect on life’s struggles. Read more…..


APA NY: Open Talk, Anatomy of Long Term Assignment February 22, 2021 4:00 pm Pacific, 7:00 Eastern
For much of Lou Jones’s career, he has pursued complex personal assignments along with his commercial work: death row, Olympics, pregnancy, trade unions, etc. For the past few years, his studio has been traveling to Africa to document all 54+ countries on the continent. Not only is this overwhelmingly difficult but it requires every skill that a photographer can muster.
The mission statement is to illuminate the modern, progressive nature of the countries, one-by-one, & show their unique character in a positive, non-colonialists visual portrait. So I will talk about formulating the concept, logistics, fundraising & boots-on-the-ground.


APA Atlanta: “Treatments? Pitch Decks? What Are They?!”
February 23, 2021 3:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 Eastern
APA Atlanta presents “Treatments? Pitch Decks? What Are They?!” with Liz Von Hoene and Claudia Bost
What’s a treatment? What’s a pitch deck? What’s the difference between the two? And most importantly, do I need one? If you’ve found yourself pondering these questions we encourage you to join us for an evening discussing the ins and outs of producing creative treatments and pitching your work to prospective clients. Liz Von Hoene and her manager Claudia Bost have generously volunteered their time to walk us through their process from preparation to organization, and how to stay relevant and inspired throughout. This event is exclusively available to APA members.


APA DC: Instagram For Business February 23, 2021 3:00 pm Pacific, 6:00 Eastern
APA DC presents a panel discussion with 5 influencers, sharing how they leverage Instagram to fuel their professional photography careers. Love it or hate it, Instagram has become an integral part of a photographer’s marketing and promotional strategy. Whether you’re a regular poster with a decent following or you’re still finding your way on the platform, you probably have questions about how to optimize your time with it.


APA LA & AskSternRep: Navigating the Unknown
February 24, 2021 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 Eastern
APA LA Presents Episode 14 (Marketing Part 2) of Navigating the Unknown: How do we make the most out of SOCIAL MEDIA, our contacts DATABASE and our NETWORKING options? Panelists:
Amy V. Cooper – Photography Consultant
Julie Skarwecki – Photography Consultant


APA NY: 10 Ways to Earn More with Online Photo Sales February 25, 2021 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 Eastern
APA New York presents Rachel Reiss and Caitlyn Edwards from PhotoShelter for 10 Ways to Earn More with Online Photo Sales on Thursday, February 25th at 4pm EST. Rachel and Caitlyn will walk you through the different ways you can set up to sell, plus give you actionable tips to help you generate more revenue with online sales right now – whether you use PhotoShelter or not.
Over the past year, photographers all over the world have been asking the same question: How do I continue to make money when I’m not being booked for jobs? One simple answer? Online sales.


APA LA Meet the Curator: A Talk with Rebecca Morse
February 26, 2021 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 Eastern
American Photographic Artists, Los Angeles (APA LA) is proud and honored to announce that Rebecca Morse, the influential Curator of The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be curating our 2021 Off The Clock Competition.

To kickoff our March 1, 2021 Off The Clock call for entries, Rebecca Morse will be presenting an online talk moderated by David Robin (member of the APA LA Board of Directors) on Friday February 26, 2021 at 1PM PST. This is your chance to meet and hear Ms. Morse discuss the evolution of contemporary photography and share her aesthetic, point of view and appreciation of the photographic image.


APA Scope: Diversity & Inclusion March 1, 2021 2:00 pm Pacific, 5:00 Eastern
The event is moderated by Diana King and Jessica Foley with a focus on Asian inclusion in the photo industry. Panelists Include:
Carmen Chan is a Los Angeles-based photographer and director who is passionate about supporting talent from underrepresented communities in art, culture, and design. She is a dual citizen of Hong Kong and the US, and holds an active visa in China. Alex Kang, Netflix Photo Campaign Manager
Caroline Yi is a Texas-born, New York-based Executive Producer and Creative Operations Lead with over a decade of experience in full-scale shoot productions and executing 360 campaigns. Supports clients in translating their creative concepts into reality with seamless organization. Co-founder of Our Experience, a platform of personal stories from the Asian American Pacific Islander community to offer perspective, solidarity, and healing.
Diana King is a Chinese-American portrait, lifestyle fashion, and commercial photographer based in Nashville & LA. King’s diverse portfolio includes work with advertising agencies, and brands like Samsung and H&M. She is also the creator/director of “Almost Asian, Almost American” an on-going photo and video essay project that allows Asian-American women to define their own beauty and identity.
Jessica Foley is a Thai-American from Los Angeles currently living in Brooklyn. She’s a photographer, traveler, and hot sauce aficionado with a black belt in karate and a bachelor’s in Marketing Management. She is also the Regional Director for American Photographic Artists: New York.



February Biz Talk on YouTube

If you missed the February edition of Biz Talk on Social Media and Copyright with Stephen Doniger, you can watch it on the APA YouTube channel.


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APA | SD presents: Shooting During the Pandemic a Virtual Roundtable | 2.11.2021

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APA | SD presents:
Shooting During a Pandemic
A Virtual Roundtable
An online event Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

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APA | SD is hosting a virtual roundtable focused on producing and shooting during a pandemic. Photographer Nick Nacca will moderate the discussion with professional photographers, studios, and production companies and share stories from his recent shoots. We encourage you to take part in the conversation about your experiences; what worked, and what didn’t. Learn what you need to know to keep your crew and clients safe through best practices, protocols and guidelines for a safe shoot.

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