WIN a FREE Trip To ASMP Strictly Business 2 – Chicago

I think the business part of professional photography is darn important. That’s why I’ve decided to sponsor one person from this community to attend the ASMP Strictly Business 2 seminar in Chicago April 11-13 for FREE. What’s that? You don’t live in Chicago? No problem – got you covered. I’ll even fly you there, round trip airfare from anywhere in the lower 48 States, and I’ll put you up in the designated conference hotel for 3 nights. The whole enchilada.

Here’s how you win:

1. Put your name, url, and up to 100 words about why you’d be a great candidate in the comments section below.

2. Reach out to friends, family, co-workers, instructors, etc, whomever makes sense to support your nomination. In the comments section below, have them list also your name, your website if you have one, and have them write from 0 to 100 words – not more – on your behalf, why you’d be a good candidate, etc.

3. That means nominations will look like this:

I nominate (photographer name)
www.(photographer url).com

From 0 to 100 words about (photographer name) and why he/she would be great for this scholarship blah blah blah.

4. You and/or these people who you ask to nominate you must have either Google/Blogger account OR be registered with WordPress, Live Journal, Typepad, or AIM so as to use Open ID option in comments. ANONYMOUS nominations will be deleted.

5. I’ll track numbers and read/review all nominations. Consideration will be made for quantity and quality of recommendations, quality of photos, etc.

6. Winner selection may be somewhat subjective, but hey, that’s how the photography world works. This will help you get used to it. I may choose the winner directly, or pick some finalists and inquire further, or put this to a vote. TBD.

7. Lastly, remember you can and should nominate yourself immediately if you’re interested in attending (good starting place!), but please do so only only once. Any other nominations you recruit must legitimately come from other people (not your imaginary friend). Any rigging or monkey business will be severely frowned upon.

Depending on the level of interest, I think this comment section could prove to be an interesting read. It could favor those with conviction. It could allow people to read and learn about you and other photographers they might not otherwise know. It also not-so-subtly encourages your networking skills, perhaps gets more unlikely people (your instructor, your friends, your mentor, your mom?) involved in THIS blog’s community, and it ultimately helps educate an aspiring photographer at the best photo biz seminar on the market. Heck, it may even help educate the rest of us, since I hope that whomever I send to Chicago might enjoy writing up a brief paragraph or two on the seminar that we could share here in the future.

Let’s see how it goes…

[BTW, international readers, please apply! This is not intended to discriminate against you, but I couldn't predict what it could mean to absorb your ticket from, say, Sydney or Hong Kong. Thus, if you enter and win, you'll need to get yourself to the continental USA, and I'll get you to Chicago from your point of entry.]

UPDATE: Thanks so much to the many hundreds of entries. The winners have been announced at this new post.

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695 Responses to WIN a FREE Trip To ASMP Strictly Business 2 – Chicago

  1. Julian Love March 3, 2008 at 1:17 am #

    I nominate – me, Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    Why? OK, so I know a bit about business already. I’m a UK-based travel & lifestyle photographer who turned pro 2 years ago. I had a huge boost by winning a major award, Travel Photographer of the Year, in my first year in business and I now have a some regular editorial clients. BUT, my ambition is much higher – I want to do commercial and advertising work for outdoor and adventure sports companies. I’m shooting a new portfolio but it’s my marketing and negotiation skills that need to take a big leap forward…and looking at the curriculum for Strictly Business 2, that is where I need to be!

    Cheers, Julian

  2. The GWC March 3, 2008 at 4:50 am #

    great to see someone giving back to the community in such a selfless way. good job!

  3. PhotoStar March 3, 2008 at 6:02 am #

    Chase,

    How is this different from Keyword Stuffing? This seems like a scheme to get lots of links from your blog by having people write positive things relating to photography. The net effect of your little contest is that you blog will come up much higher google than it did before. You should be ashamed of yourself… although I guess it is expected.
    Mary

    Star

  4. Duane March 3, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    Wow – and I thought I was cynical!

    I think this is a way cool idea and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. You have always been very supportive of other photographers and up-and-comers and I think this is a really neat way to continue that.

    Duane…

  5. Kurt Sowers March 3, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    If my comments help Chase in some way, good! I’ve received valuable advice and insperation from Chase. Considering the time and effort he puts into this blog, he should receive some benefit from it. Chase has consistently demonstrated his desire to give back and help other up and coming photogs. That should not go unrecognized or unrewarded. And what happens if Chase’s blog gets higher rankings in Google? More people find it, and more people receive the benefit of Chase’s wisdom and experience. Sounds like a win-win. So thanks Chase, I appreciate what you are doing for me and others.

    After that I’m a little embarrased to nominate myself, because I didn’t say all that just to suck up. I sincerely mean it, but I’m sure some will think I’m just trying to increase my chances of winning.

    Anyway, I nominate me – Kurt Sowers
    http://www.kurtsowers.com

    In the last year I’ve started a photography business. I have a full time job in the IT field, and I have three teenagers and a wife who keep me plenty busy, so the photography biz has been going slow, but I’m getting there. And attending this seminar would be a great help. Good luck to all!

    Kurt

  6. Brett Turner March 3, 2008 at 7:38 am #

    I nominate -me Brett Turner
    http://www.brettturnerphotography.com

    Going to ASMP would make a huge difference in my ability to run my business effectively. At the moment it can’t happen with out help. After moving to Athens I have had to restart the business from scratch so there is no abundance of capital. But more I have found myself in the position of trying to help an amateur photographer I met here go pro. Some of his questions I didn’t have answers for; which is good because I have learned a great deal finding answers for him. For me to go to ASMP would benefit both of us.
    Thanks
    Brett

  7. GATES March 3, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    Chase, you kick ass. Im already headed to the SB2 in Philly this weekend. I dont even have a portfolio together yet but Im going cause you and Ed McCulloch and so many other people said to get the business side nailed down before you dive into this thing full time, so I am. Either way, you kick ass. Thanks. Look forward to buying you a beer someday.

  8. Chase Jarvis March 3, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    @Photostar. Wow! Never got that one before – thanks for the tip. Funny thing is you’re assuming I’m smart or calculated enough to (ahem) “keyword stuff”. That said, feel free to share your email address and url. Those of us who are in this community to share knowledge and geek out about art and photography could probably learn a few things about how to scheme Google from you.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled programming….

  9. troyfreund March 3, 2008 at 8:19 am #

    I nominate me–Troy Freund. http://troyfreund.com

    For 4 years, I’ve organized a small photo-network called the Freetimers, to help other newbies not make newbie mistakes. I’ve organized group shoots, a portfolio review with local creatives, a photo-biz workshop, meetings with accountants and photo-reps, and group photo-exhibitions. I’ve done this because I want my photo-community to succeed and to assist them in connecting with other supportive creatives.

    I wanted to attend this workshop, but with buying a house and getting married this year, just couldn’t spare the funds.
    Thanks for considering and being so generous,
    Troy

  10. sm March 3, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Chase,
    I’d like to most humbly nominate myself:

    http://www.erinwigger.com
    Erin Wigger, NYC

    I’m a recent convert to freelancing after spending several years in the dying newspaper market. Pictures and stories I know, but marketing and business practices are the areas I could use some work. I think I’m on the cusp of starting to get better work for better clients, but I want to have my business in place to handle that. I know that SB2 will get me to that place.

    Thanks,
    Erin

    PS Thanks for this opportunity, I love being part of this community.

  11. The Art We Breathe March 3, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    Name: Kevin Cloutier
    URL: http://www.theartwebreathe.net

    Words: Although possessing a creative eye for art is where we all begin, it is evident that learning good business skills is essential for any photographer who wants to succeed in today’s market. What better way to learn these skills then from those who have excelled in our industry?

    I have learned so much from this community, and I joined ASMP several months ago to take advantage of all of the resources they offer, but I still have so much to learn.

    I am confident that attending this conference is just what I need to take my business to the next level.

  12. flagqueen77 March 3, 2008 at 8:52 am #

    I nominate Troy Freund. http://troyfreund.com

    I am a friend and a member of the Free-timers group that Troy organized. I appreciate all that he has done for the group and how he keeps us up to date and networked with other photographers. I feel that this workshop will not only benfit Troy, but also the rest of the group.

    Jennifer

  13. JM March 3, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    I think photostar might have things reversed. Most people posting in comments on blogs include URLs. You see all of the blue names?

    Google’s PageRank historically rates popularity on incoming links, not outgoing. Chase has not, unless I misread, asked people to link to his site to enter the contest.

    Unlike most photo contests, he’s not even asking for your copyright and firstborn child (with option on 2nd and 3rd if you win). He’s offering, at his own expense, a trip to a great conference for just the cost of a couple of short essays.

    I’m as paranoid as the rest, but Chase is historically on the level and gives back with no strings attached.

  14. Derek Freund March 3, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    i nominate Troy Freund
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    For all the times Troy Freund has donated his talents, time, and equipment, i think he deserves this. Troy is one of those rare breed photogs who cares more about the art than himself. We even did a day long photo shoot together for the WI adoption agency. Times like these are many for Troy Freund. Honestly I feel he deserves it for being a swell fellow, a dang god photag, and for all the times he has donated. He could use this to hone his biz skills and still continue doing donation work, i know he would.

    thanks for your consideration

    Derek Freund

  15. Mike Schneider March 3, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    I nominate Troy Freund.
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    His work is beautiful. I’ve had the good fortune to be a portrait subject of his, and his professionalism and attention to detail are unmatched in my experience with photographers. Troy would be an asset to your workshop.

  16. Lauren Hanaman March 3, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    I nominate Troy Freund.
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    If Troy attends this conference, he will come home with great enthusiasm that he will undoubtedly share with his large network in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

    He is a fabulous touchpoint to photography in this region. He operates a number of email lists where he spends countless hours sharing tips and keeping people’s pulses pounding around photography–for students, amateurs, pros, designers and anyone else he gets to know. Not only would you be investing in Troy, you would be investing in the greater region–as well as your own blog. He’s perfect for this opportunity. Thanks for your generosity.

  17. blog March 3, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Chase,

    I nominate myself – Dominic Eidson, http://www.dominiceidson.com.

    Why? Because I love photography. More than I love my current bread & butter IT job. And in order to make (more of) a business out of photography, I’ll have to learn more about photography as a business. And what better place to learn the business side of photography than to be invited to SB2 by none other than Chase Jarvis himself?

    I’m currently focusing on portraiture, hoping to be able to combine my love for photojournalism into one of those “unique looks.” However, I also like shooting landscapes, travel photography and the weird stuff that goes into “contemporary.”

  18. Lauren Hanaman March 3, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    I forgot my aim ID: prtzlbutt

    I can also be found on LinkedIn.

  19. http://www.jmg-galleries.com March 3, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    I nominate my friend…
    Lane Hartwell
    http://fetching.net/

    She’s an extremely talented photographer, but would benefit a great deal from a business of photography intervention. She’s taken some hard stands against copyright infringement online and continues to struggle more than I’d expect for someone of her skill level. I think her works stands for itself.

    Jim

  20. Ben March 3, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    Ben Delaney
    http://bendelaneyphoto.com

    I would like to be considered for this prize for the following reasons: I’m a young, passionate photographer who desperately needs (and wants) to be equipped with greater knowledge of how to be successful in the business of this wonderful field. I’ve been circling around it for years and have never fully taken the leap into full-time commercial photography. I freelance and “moonlight” as often as possible, but have yet to make the jump. I want nothing more. I believe this conference will be both motivating and enlightening towards that end. Thanks for the consideration.

  21. JQ March 3, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    Kudos Chase! It’s great of you to continue the giving. Being one in attendance at SB2 in Atlanta, I have to say it is a great experience.

  22. Dominic March 3, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    Another nomination for Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    When Jules “turned pro” a couple of years ago I admired his guts, but viewed his decision sceptically.

    Now he’s won awards and is jetting off on assignments I’m furiously envious! If he builds up some more prestigious (read “higher paying”) gigs then my scepticism will prove unfounded. Not only are his pictures great, but he works damn hard at it: he really deserves to succeed.

    He’s also a gifted teacher, with a near photographic memory, so I know that he’d absorb all he’s taught and be sure to pass it on to other, less progressed, wannabe photographers!

  23. Anna March 3, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    I nominate myself, Anna Ironside.
    http://www.ironsideimaging.com/recent/

    I’m a young(ish) photographer on extended maternity leave, raising my young son and trying to maintain my business contacts. I am also trying (like many) to make the leap from assistant to full-time freelance photographer, and I would like to hone my business chops.

    If I don’t win, I’d like to nominate Troy Freund, too. (troyfreund.com) He’s a swell guy.

  24. Beth March 3, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    I would like to nominate Kevin Cloutier (www.theartwebreathe.net).

    Kevin is a highly talented young man who began developing his photography skills in high school; since then, he is rarely seen without a camera in hand. Prior to ever taking a photography class, Kevin had already developed a clientele—including a client who flew him from Florida to NYC to shoot pre-engagement photos. Since that time, Kevin has been studying graphic design and has continued to develop his photography business, consistently providing high quality work to those with whom he works. I think that Kevin should receive this scholarship because he is highly motivated and is passionate about photography.

  25. keep learning March 3, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    I want to nominate Ben Delaney
    http://bendelaneyphoto.com/

    Vote for Ben!

  26. Michael March 3, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    I also nominate Ben Delaney
    http://bendelaneyphoto.com/.

    ben’s work is superb and I don’t know anyone else who would get more value out of attending this conference.

  27. Anonymous March 3, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    I nominate Ben Delaney, http://bendelaneyphoto.com

    Because Ben Rocks!

  28. tony March 3, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    I nominate Ben Delaney

    http://bendelaneyphoto.com

    Ben is an amazing photographer!

  29. BrenSquared March 3, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    I nominate myself, Brendan Quinn
    http://www.flickr.com/brendan_quinn

    As a student about to enter the photography business world there are many unanswered questions and areas of confusion. The hardest one to answer is the simple question of where do I start? I feel this convention would do more then just give me the knowledge to start on the path to my dream, It would also help me to realize that with the determination and and careful planning, that dream is attainable.

    Thank you for your time,
    Brendan Quinn

  30. Oscar Lopez March 3, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    I nominate myself:
    Oscar Lopez
    http://www.element-1.com

    Im a self taught, semi professional photographer that would love to have the opportunity to not just dream, eat and live photography, but also to experience an event of such magnitude to help me master the business side of this amazing life that I have chose.
    Im a student of the Souther Alberta Institute of Technology, where I am currently taking New Media Production and Design. My goal is to be able to mix photography and multimedia. School is something else that does not allow me to concentrate as much as I wish into the business part of photography. This would pretty much mean the world to me.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Oscar Lopez

  31. LINCOLN BARBOUR March 3, 2008 at 11:48 am #

    I nominate myself, Lincoln Barbour http://www.lincolnbarbour.com

    I’ve been an ASMP member since 2002. I’m at the point in my career where I’ve almost made it. Not quite getting the big jobs, but getting regular work. Many other new photogs now seek out my advice on getting started and everything I tell them I learned from ASMP. Going to SB2 in Chicago would not only benefit me, but would benfit others by allowing me to pass on greater knowledge through my connections, my blog, and my leadership in ASMP.

  32. Becks March 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    I nominate Dominic Eidson. http://www.dominiceidson.com

    I’ve watched Dominic grow from taking mere point-and-shoot pics to professional quality photos in a very short time. He has a natural talent for composing interesting and unique images and has dedicated a great deal of his free time to studying and practicing a variety of photography techniques. His natural curiosity about cause and effect allows for easy and creative experimentation. He will very likely develop a fresh, singular style that will prove popular. Investing in Dominic will undoubtedly be a profitable venture.

  33. Bill Pennington March 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    I nominate myself, Bill Pennington
    http://www.stockphotojourney.com

    I am attempting to reenter the photography business after a 15 year hiatus in tech land. Please help me rediscover the creativity that I have lost in the bits and bites of the tech world.

  34. Bill Pennington March 3, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    I would like to nominate Nick Davis
    http://cycle61.blogspot.com/

    Nick is currently in the middle of a career transition to a professional photographer. Nick is opening up this journey for the world to see. Not only would Nick benefit greatly from attending ASMP, every other photographer attempting to make the transition would benefit from Nick’s sharing of the process. If I don’t get chosen, having Nick attend would be the next best thing since I know he will be happy to share the knowledge he would gain by attending.

  35. Rye March 3, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    I nominate Kevin Cloutier, http://www.theartwebreathe.net.

    Kevin’s hard work, integrity, and attention to detail have made him a successful photographer with a growing client base. He’s constantly improving his craft, not only by pursuing a degree in graphic design, but also by teaching himself different aspects of the business. If he’s not out of town shooting a wedding, he’s getting shots for local clients, finding an interesting location or object to photograph, or learning about different tools and equipment (while also taking a full load of classes). I highly recommend Kevin for this scholarship because of his dedication and desire to further his skills.

  36. Mari Turner March 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    I nominate Brett Turner (www.brettturnerphotography.com)

    Brett is a gifted photographer who is rebuilding his business after leaving VA for my job. He has a great deal to offer the photographic community, as he is already being sought out as a mentor by younger photographers. This conference would give him the boost in business knowledge that he needs to take off.

  37. justin March 3, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    I nominate Ben Delaney, http://bendelaneyphoto.com.

    Besides being one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, Ben is a hard-working creative professional. An opportunity like this definitely wouldn’t be wasted on a photographer of his caliber.

  38. Noel March 3, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    I nominate – Dominic Eidson, http://www.dominiceidson.com.

    Dominic needs something to do. I’m sure he would be a good photographer on his own, but it always helps to get a little instruction from the experts. Please pick him.

  39. Heather Christianson March 3, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    Thank you for this opportunity!
    Be well,
    Heather

    Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com
    http://www.myspace.com/beitilyng
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beitilyng

    100 words:
    Photography is my #1 passion. Lately I’ve found success photographing the local Seattle comedy scene, shooting portraits and live performances, which has led to photos being published in local papers and magazines. I’d like to build on this momentum by starting a full time photography business. But without a degree in business, or in photography, I feel overwhelmed and lost. I’d like to avoid making stupid mistakes. This workshop would be a fantastic opportunity to answer my questions. And I would gladly share my experience with your readers. It’s not crazy to make a living doing what you love, right?

  40. Keith Emmerich March 3, 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    I nominate myself- Keith Emmerich
    http://keithemmerichphotography.blogspot.com/

    I am currently a student at CDIABU and graduate in May and I am planning to move to Chicago after graduation to pursue my dreams. I have been shooting for four years creating Fine Art work and PJ work. I have done many things in my life and this is the only “thing” that makes sense to me.

    I just finished a business class at school and started working on my business and marketing plans and this would have huge benefits for me to come to Chicago and learn more business and be able to network in my future city.

    KE

  41. Keith Emmerich March 3, 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    I nominate myself- Keith Emmerich
    http://keithemmerichphotography.blogspot.com/

    I am currently a student at CDIABU and graduate in May and I am planning to move to Chicago after graduation to pursue my dreams. I have been shooting for four years creating Fine Art work and PJ work. I have done many things in my life and this is the only “thing” that makes sense to me.

    I just finished a business class at school and started working on my business and marketing plans and this would have huge benefits for me to come to Chicago and learn more business and be able to network in my future city.

    KE

  42. Austin Joffe March 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    I nominate me, Austin Joffe

    As a full-time photography student at RCC. I have taken a HUGE financial sacrifise. I struggle everyday to come up with enough money just to GET to school. With the on going payments to B&H; for film, and other photographic equipment. That said, I am willing to do what it takes to get the most education in the photographic industry as possible. I understand the importance of business; Unfortunately, The school’s program does not require a Photography course in Business. I feel that attending this seminar would greatly enhance and prepare myself for the future.

    Best of Luck to all!
    Austin Joffe

  43. Photodalyce March 3, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I nominate Dalyce E. Burgess
    http://www.photodalyce.com

    As a freelance photographer with a day job I have to say the Chase Jarvis blog and podcasts have been a great inspiration for me as I jump start my photography career. For the next few months I will be in the Chicago area with an intent to prepare and focus on my business. ASMP’s Strictly Business course will be a wonderful addition to my journey, as well as a much needed learning experience. As soon as I saw the blog of the 5 best deals in town I knew I would take the Strictly Business course…. even better if it’s free! Thank you for giving fellow photographers all over the world such an opportunity.

    Dalyce

  44. Anthony March 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    I nominate David Hobby…er wait, nevermind. I think he’s doing quite fine on his own! :)

  45. David March 3, 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    Star-

    It doesn’t actually work like that. Since all of the nominations will be here in the comment section, the only possible beneficiary to the juice might be the commenters themselves (with their linked URLs.)

    Alas, no, as Blogger uses “nofollow” tags in the comment links automatically. So no Google Juice that way, either.

    Some poeple will likely write about this. I did at Strobist. But giving away four-digit Golden Tickets in the hope that someone will write about it and link to you is not a very good value proposition, IMO.

    This is exactly what it seems to be: A discussion generator to raise general awareness about the business of photography. And that is a good thing.

    David Hobby

  46. cliffthesoundman March 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    I nominate Ben Delaney
    http://bendelaneyphoto.com

    Ben is a fantastic photographer. He has done several photo shoots for different businesses that I have been a part of. The end result has always been amazing. You will not be disappointed with your choice.

  47. Josh Evilsizor March 3, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    I nominate- Me, Josh Evilsizor
    http://www.evolvedphotography.com

    Why?Because it would help me start my new business. Photography, outside of my family, is my life. Each and every morning, I wake up, fight traffic, then sit at a desk all day and wish I was outside doing what I love… Taking pictures! This would be the first step in burning down my cubicle(not literally)and embarking on a career I am passionate about.

  48. ericistheman1 March 3, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    I nominate Kevin Cloutier a.k.a. TheArtWeBreathe.Net

    Kevin is a talented photographer whose amazing frame-taking ability is only overshadowed by his great personality. He has a unique style and, coupled with the skills presented at this conference, would be a huge asset to his clients. I know he already is, so I would love to see him grow from a convention like this.

    - Eric May
    Inception Design

  49. Cody H. March 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson.

    Ive been in the photo industry for awhile now, and I know a bazillion photographers. I wasn’t going to comment on this post for that very reason, but after seeing Heather’s comment, It made me think about how much I actually see her taking photos. That girl is everywhere. Every show. Every event. Every week. She works her ass off and I have been watching her do this for about three years now. This chick takes dedication to a new level. Go Heather!

  50. Henrik Høy Karlsen March 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    I nominate my son, Henrik Høy Karlsen
    http://www.karlsenfoto.dk

    Being an
    unsuccessful semi-professional photographer
    with high – and increasing – expenses to the local bars he really
    needs some help to get a better
    financial situation. Three days far away from the high danish alcohol
    taxes would be a huge help!

    Thanks
    My mum

  51. Chad March 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    I nominate Chad Ryan (me).
    ChadRyan.blogspot.com

    I’m a sports photographer and writer for a daily newspaper. Because the newspaper industry forgot how to make money, I figure I’d better learn. Making the transition to self-employment will be vital if I hope to stay involved in the business of photography.

    Journalism schools don’t teach the business of photography. I’ve read books. I’ve taught myself what I could. But, at this point live interaction would be most beneficial for me.

    I’m driven to succeed. I just need the road map to get there.

    Besides, I can save you the airfare – I’m a short drive away from Chicago.

    Respectfully,
    Chad Ryan

    **Thank you for offering such a great opportunity

  52. Hari March 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com. Heather has tirelessly documented the last two years of the booming Seattle alternative comedy scene. She is a fundamental part of the community and her photos make the scene feel even more cohesive. Her photos are a thread that weave the history of the last two amazing years together. Additionally, she has allowed us to use her photos to promote our work on fliers and on the internet. We are also fortunate that Heather’s photos have been used by local papers to bring more attention to our work. She is definitely deserving of this honor.

  53. Ake March 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    I nominate me, Ake van der Velden (www.akevandervelden.be) because my passion about photography is giving me major headaches recently.
    My photography education didn’t prepare me for the harsh world of getting commissioned work, making myself a living with the images I crave to create. The beautiful thing about photography is the ability to keep learning, keep trying every single moment, to become a better photographer. One day…! ;-)
    May the best one win this Free Trip to Strictly Business 2! Ake

  54. Anonymous March 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    I nominate Troy Freund
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    I believe holds a very special talent and love for photography. As being someone who is closely linked to him, I personally see the care he takes in forming his images and how he captures moments that are unfolding without interrupting them. Simply BEAUTIFUL!

    GOod luck troy

  55. Andy Batt March 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour
    http://www.linconlbarbour.com

    Lincoln has been a great help to the Board of ASMP Oregon. He is also an up and coming photographer (read competitor) in the Portland/PCNW marketplace. Therefore, it is entirely in my own self interest that I am nominating Lincoln. By schooling him in excellent business practices I ensure that we have a great person waiting in the wings for ASMP Oregon’s Board, and that he will be an ethical and businesslike photographer, and a worthy competitor.

    -sincerely
    andyBATT
    http://www.andybatt.com

    PS Chase – you rock. This is an awesome idea.

  56. Ben Zvan March 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    I nominate myself, Ben Zvan
    http://photography.zvan.net/

    I have been a serious photographer for many years and have managed to cover most of my expenses by selling my art and doing some freelance work. I have a basic knowledge of the business of photography from articles and books I have read, but have not been able to progress beyond the self-sustaining point. I feel this would give me greater benefit from the seminar because I have a higher starting point than the average guy with a camera.

    Thanks,
    Ben

  57. Philip Beaurline March 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour.

    http://www.lincolnbarbour.com

    Lincoln worked as studio manager for me for several years. He is extremely talented, and on a fast track to getting some real recognition and a great client list. I’ve been reading the reviews of SB2, and my belief is that this seminar will be for him like getting shot out of a cannon. Add this to the fact that he is a most generous and kind person. The photo community will get it back in spades, I guarantee!

    Philip Beaurline
    http://www.beaurline.com
    http://www.syndicatesix.com

  58. Martha Retallick March 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    I nominate me, Martha Retallick
    http://www.westernskycommunications.com/blog

    I’ve been in business as a designer for many years. I stumbled around for years before I figured out how to run a design studio.

    Not wishing to repeat this experience as a photographer, I want to get started on the right foot. A trip to this conference will be a big help.

  59. david cope March 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather Christianson has exhibited amazing discipline in capturing the best of the indy-comedy scene here in Seattle. She’s always present at shows snapping away in the background and one would be hard pressed to find a comic in this city who hasn’t bugged her for her work. She has done the majority of the photos on my webpage, davidcope.net, and I’m grateful for her talents. She has a passion for her work and hands down would be the go to person for this sponsorship.

    David Cope
    Davidcope.net

  60. Heather Mladek March 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    I nominate myself, Heather Mladek
    http://www.home.maine.rr.com/mladek

    After attending Photoshelter’s Town Hall meeting in NYC, I, cautiously, left my steady school photography paycheck to pursue a career in freelance photography. I was tired of trying to fit my creativity into a head box. I spent the intervening months devouring all the photography business resources I could. I have learned many things so far, but would benefit from an intensive weekend of photography business courses. I am truly just starting out, but I am driven to succeed. I have found a treasure trove of inspiration and information here in your blog, Chase. Thank you. -Heather

  61. mindyatrange March 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    Nominate Ben Delaney w/ http://bendelaneyphoto.com

    This would be a great opportunity for Ben. Always nice to refresh with groups like this to keep the momentum and inspiration flowing.

    Yahoo Ben!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    mindy

  62. Mark Austin March 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    I nominate Jason Huang
    http://www.table4photography.com/blog/

    In my subjective (therefore perfect opinion), Jason is the unrivaled nominee. Why believe my opinion? Aside from self-proclaimed perfection, I offer practical reasons.

    First, Jason Huang knows networking. If you pick Jason -so will you. Jason’s an Asian American. Understandably, there’s no affirmative action. However, I contend: by knowing Jason you therefore practically know all Asians. The Asian network is exclusive, yet a notably wealthy and extensive demographic.

    Finally, Jason’s an emerging talent in the photography field. He has started his own company and has quickly grown in popularity. He has the passion to be and learn from the best.

  63. brian faini March 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    I nominate myself Brian Faini
    http://www.brianfaini.com
    I will keep it short and be as modest as possible. I am awesome.

    If selected I will stop bothering you with comments on everything (sounds great doesn’t). Also, I am attempting to start a co-op studio that will expand to a gallery space and center for photographic education. For this I need to expand my business knowledge in order to be more successful and better my ability to deal with clients.

  64. Ross Parsons March 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather has tirelessly photographed the Seattle comedy scene, and has aided in its growth by providing photos that show the depth and beauty of the art. Her photos have appeared in numerous publications, and have helped raise the profile of Seattle comedy. She works tirelessly, and is an amazing talent. We are lucky to have her.

  65. Kim March 3, 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    I enthusiastically nominate Troy Freund (troyfreund.com) for the ASMP workshop. He’s a fantastic person and a wonderful photographer. His curiosity about people and the world around him really shine through in his photography. He’d really appreciate the opportunity to attend.

  66. Derek March 3, 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/beitilyng/

    Heather has quickly become THE talent
    photographer in the Northwest! From
    live music to the huge Seattle Comedy scene, she has volunteered countless hours filming some of Seattles hardest working entertainers. Helping comics and musicians build their portfolios with low cost sessions because she has a passion for the arts, Heather
    has had her work featured in the “Seattle Times” the “Post-Intelligencer” and Horizon Air’s in-flight magazine. This would be an awesome experience for
    her, and the benefits are too many to name. Heather is a artists best
    friend!

  67. PhotographerJava March 3, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    I nominate Jeffrey Cicolani
    photos.cicolani.net

    Like so many of those in this community, I am a self taught and learning photographer. Theory in composition, lighting, and processing I have been learning as I go. The Strobist community has been an incredible help teaching me what I need to know to make my photos better. Now, I am pushing hard to start my photography business here, in Austin. This seminar will greatly help me start right.

  68. Nora March 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl, ericschmiedl.com.

    Eric is the Director of Enterprise for the Technique, MIT’s school yearbook, as well as the photography club. It’s his job to help the rest of the staffers learn how to publish, sell and license our photos and also to deal with MIT administration regarding paying staffers for photographs we take. He will also have to train next year’s Director of Enterprise to fill in his footsteps. This opportunity is perfect for him to learn the skills he may not already have in order to do this job to his best ability.

  69. brian.a.d. March 3, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    I nominate, me. Brian Dreisbach
    http://www.getyourmacon.com

    I’m a relatively new to the photography field, and have been assisting in LA for a few years. There are so many things to learn while being on set and proper business skills are not one of them. As I’m on my way to being behind the lens (and not just the computer) I’ve come to realize one of the less sexy yet most important skills is how to sustain profitably in business that is also a passion. I’d relish the opportunity to be able to further my knowledge and will of course provide you with copious notes!

  70. Eric Schmiedl March 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    I nominate myself, Eric Schmiedl. http://www.ericschmiedl.com

    I want to be an advertising photographer. But I’m also fortunate enough to work with 80+ incredibly creative people as photo-ed and director of enterprise at MIT’s photography club / yearbook. When a photographer has the world media asking to license a unique spot-news picture, I’m the one giving them advice on usage and fees. When people want to open up our archive for stock sales, I make sure the deal is fair. That’s why you should send me to SB2—I won’t just pass on the knowledge to other photographers, but the skills I learn will directly improve their business.

  71. melissa March 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    I totally would nominate myself. I am in desperate need of good sound business advice. My birthday is the 11th so it would be totally appropriate for me to be selected but I will not flaunt my birthday to be selected when I may not be able to attend. With all of that said, I want to thank you Chase for being such an inspiring supporter of fellow photographers and passing it on. That is what really makes the world a better place. So even though I would like to nominate myself I am not, I know you will select a very well deserving person and maybe next time an amazing offer like this comes up I will be able to go for it. Good luck Chase and keep doing amazing work. The birthday girl,
    melissa

  72. Lauren March 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour http://www.lincolnbarbour.com

    Lincoln has taught me everything I know about digital photography and being in business as a freelance photographer. I can honestly say that my own photography business would not be what it is today without his guidance and support. As his studio mate, I can say that, on a daily basis, I hear him on his phone providing counsel and support to other photographers in the industry. I agree with Philip Beaurline that the photography community, as a whole, will benefit if Lincoln is awarded this scholarship.

    Sincerely,

    Lauren Brooks

    http://www.laurenbphoto.com
    http://www.breathe-deeply.com

  73. Brian Larter March 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    I would like to nominate my self of course.

    Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    I am a freelance photographer in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. A little over a year ago, I realized that the city of Halifax did not have a rental studio for photographers in the area to use. I took it upon myself to start a photo rental studio so every photographer in the city of halifax would have access to a studio and be able to experiment with every sort of light they could possibly imagine; wealth was no longer an issue. After working with various government agencies we were turned down for government funding because the people in charge didn’t feel there was a market for such a business in the city of Halifax. Knowing there was a need for such a space, I took out a small business loan from the local credit union under my own name and opened Aperture Studios (http://aperturestudios.ca). The original plan was to open the space as a cooperative with the local photo community, but I was informed by several that that had been attempted in the past and it failed due to a lack of leadership. I was informed that I should open it as a business and just ask for guidance from the community.

    The business so far has been an extreme success, or so I think. I have had little guidance or help in the business aspect of Aperture Studios and am really looking for an opportunity to learn as much as I can about the photography business and business in general.

    The business so far has been a great success, and the number of loyal customers keeps growing. There is still much for me to learn about the business aspect of Aperture Studios, however, as I have had little guidance in that respect. Losing the opportunity for an interest-free government loan also meant an end to the advice they provide for new small business owners. Other help for small businesses is notoriously hard to come by in Nova Scotia. I want to learn as much as I can about the photography business and business in general, so as to improve the services Aperture Studios can provide the Halifax photography community.

    While running this studio, I still manage to run my own personal photo business, attend school for photography, and run several small organizations in the city of Halifax, including the halifax photo society. If I am able to attend this conference, I will return to Halifax to share the knowledge I acquire with the local community.

    Sorry this is a little long, but thank you for the opportunity!

    Brian Larter

  74. Emmett Montgomery March 3, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather has done more than just document Seattle’s emerging comedy scene, she has directly contributed to its growth. Her photos have given us tools that most independent comics can’t afford and don’t have access to. She has done more for Seattle comedy with a camera than any single comedian has done with a microphone. We have a face because of her amazing photographs.

    Emmett Montgomery
    People’s Republic of Komedy
    http://www.myspace.com/emmettcomedy

  75. Joshua March 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    I think Booker should be given this experience for many reasons. He is hard working, reliable, trusting, and giving. I have known Booker for 8 years or so; I seldom meet anyone with his artistic eye, or his giving nature. Booker has recently devoted himself full-time to the photography industry, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed in this endeavor. Booker is always helping others (volunteering for weddings or youth leagues), and I know that he (although he probably wouldn’t vocalize it) would cherish the help of someone else.
    Vote 4 Booker,
    Josh

  76. Kari March 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    I nominate Troy Freund because he is really the kind of artist that is using his skills to make his community a better place. He is an excellent photographer and his passion for helping, inspiring and informing people, is well… inspirational! He would really benefit from this opportunity and so would all the other people he works with.
    Peace, Kari

  77. Rell March 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    I nominate Brian Faini
    http://www.brianfaini.com
    Like he said before, he is kind of awesome.

    His stuck in the wilderness known as small-town newspapers and person of his talents should be allowed to use their creativity, hence
    his attempt and starting a co-op studio that will expand to a gallery space and center for photographic education.

    When you think of awesome, think of Faini.

  78. ladykutenay March 3, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    I’ve worked with Brian as a model for over two years now, and he’s enormously talented and committed to the photography community, as well as being so much fun to work with. He’s taken an incredible range of pictures of me – from costumed to natural portraits, from body painted to pregnant. And they’ve all been awesome. He’s professional and approachable at the same time, and has come a long way as a business person in the time I’ve known him. I can’t imagine anyone who deserves this award more.

  79. simon bartell March 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm #

    I nominate myself, Simon Bartell
    http://www.simonbartell.com

    I’m a good photographer, constantly trying to learn new skills, but my skillset in the business end of photography is sadly lacking. I plan on attending SB2 regardless; the knowledge I can take away from it will be invaluable to me in making the transition to a full-time commercial shooter. But winning this would ease a big financial burden on me.

  80. Anonymous March 3, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi my name is Tim Mars and Heather Christianson took some great pics of me while I was performing stand-up in Seattle. She was very professional and curtious to deal with as far as obtaining the photos as well. I hope this helps! I nominate Heather Christianson!!

    -Tim Mars
    myspace.com/timmars
    timmars.net

  81. Andre Forget March 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm #

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter

    Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    Brian is a leader of the Halifax photography community and a dedicated and creative photographer. Being the founder of both the Halifax photography society and Aperture Studios, I feel Brian could walk away from this conference with a vast well of knowledge to bring back to Halifax and the local community.

    I hope you will consider him for your sponsorship

    Andre Forget
    http://www.andreforget.ca

  82. Joshua Meador March 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    I nominate myself- Joshua Meador http://www.joshuameador.com

    I am currently a full time student (22 units) and am pursuing my passion for photography. I am working extremely hard at school so I can finish and fully amerce myself in the business. I just shot my first 2 assignments for national magazines. Going to the ASMP Strictly business would allow me to get started going in the right direction. I read every possible thing I can about the business of photography, but the ability to meet some and hear some of the most business savvy members of the photography community would be beneficial to me beyond words.

  83. Andi Loppnow March 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    I nominate Troy Freund
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    I think Troy Freund would be an absolutely fabulous choice! He should be sponsored because he is not only an amazing photographer, but an amazing human being as well. He’s one of a kind! He runs a free-lancer group called the Freetimers in Milwaukee, WI. He’s a networking genius and one of the most generous souls I’ve met. He lends support to the seasoned veteran, those right off the turnip truck, and everyone in between!! Please consider sponsoring Troy for this unique opportunity!! Thank you!

  84. matt8438 March 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    Brian Larter is truly passionate about photography. It is not just his job, but his love, and he dedicates every spare moment to it. He is very professional, and always treats clients with the utmost care. He also works to educate aspiring photographers on techniques, technology, and procedure, and offers his time and knowledge to anyone needing advice. On top of all this, he produces a stunning final product. I am sure he would be thrilled to get a chance to attend this event.

  85. Karen March 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    I have worked with Brian many times in the past as a model. He has inspired me to pursue modeling as something fun and exciting to do while I do my studies at University. I feel amazing about my self after any shoot with Brian. He fills me with confidence and self esteem. He has also worked very hard at creating his studio and photography business. He is a real inspiration as he is one of the few I know that is really attempting to make a go of it.

    I hope you choose Brian as I’m sure he would benefit greatly from what he could learn at your conference.

    Karen Murdock

  86. matt8438 March 3, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    I’m sorry, I was too hasty in posting that and I missed the header. Please accept my apologies.

    I nominate Brian Larter.
    http://www.aperturestudios.ca

    Brian Larter is truly passionate about photography. It is not just his job, but his love, and he dedicates every spare moment to it. He is very professional, and always treats clients with the utmost care. He also works to educate aspiring photographers on techniques, technology, and procedure, and offers his time and knowledge to anyone needing advice. On top of all this, he produces a stunning final product. I am sure he would be thrilled to get a chance to attend this event.

  87. KVAN March 3, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter because he does a lot for the photographic community in our city, he is president of our not for profit photo society, runs a studio he co-owns and founded, and on top of that is a full time photography student.

    I am proud to nominate him,

    Kyle VanTol

  88. Kent March 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    Hello Chase and thank you for being so generous with both your time and money.
    I would like to nominate myself, Kent Meireis
    http://www.kentmeireisphotographer.com

    Why me? Because I am a mid-career photojournalist transitioning from working as a staff newspaper photographer to running my own business. Over my entire career of more than 27-years, I’ve mentored many other photographers as well as left most of my photographic subjects feeling up lifted because we crossed paths.
    Winning this trip to the ASMP Strictly Business 2 – Chicago, would seriously help me grow my business.
    Cheers, Kent

  89. stteepphhhh March 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    i nominate booker t brown [ http://bookertbrown.com/ & http://btbphoto.typepad.com/btb_photoblog/ ].

    i think booker would be an excellent candidate for this seminar. i have known him for a little over a year now, and have gotten to work with him on a professional level. his aspirations of starting his business are high, and he’s a great photographer. i think he would benefit greatly from this opportunity if chosen.

    stephanie k.

  90. frank05 March 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    as an illustrator, i always find heaps of inspiration in photography, and therefore have a huge collection of photography portfolios in my bookmarks section. Brian’s work really stands out to me. His photos are very vivid and full of energy.
    I know this conference would mean a lot to him, I hope you consider this fabulous photographer.

  91. Michael Shay March 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour as a hard working, up and coming member of the local photographic commnity, Lincoln had donated his efforts to many good causes including the local Oregon chapter of ASMP where he is webmaster. He has always been unfailingly generous with his time and techniques sharing a kind of “There are no secrets.” attitude that better all the photographers who know him. He feels this seminar would really further his career and as one of the “good guys” it is a career that deserves furthering.

  92. Claire March 3, 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    Brian works amazingly hard; putting in many more hours than he gets paid for. This isn’t because his passion for photography can’t provide an income, it is because of his generosity. He is always helping friends and acquaintances with their photography work, donating his time and expertise, and going out of his way to help the clients of Aperture Studios. He stresses are financial: starting up a business on his own with little business experience has not been easy. If he visits this conference, it will be a blessing to the Halifax photography community!

    Claire van Koughnett

  93. Brian Auer March 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    I would like to nominate Jim Goldstein
    http://www.jmg-galleries.com/

    Jim is passionate about his photography and I’m constantly amazed with his work. I honestly believe that Jim will be a major player in the photography industry, and it would be great if he had this opportunity to give his ongoing efforts a little boost. Not only does Jim do amazing work with the camera, but he’s also an integral part of the online community due to his blog and his podcast, through which he shares his thoughts and brings up important topics. All around, Jim is extremely deserving of this trip.

  94. connor March 3, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador

    http://www.joshuameador.com/

    If there is one person I know that truly has a future making a career of photography, it is Josh. He is a very helpful person, posting LOTS of great information regarding gear, techniques, processing, and business.

    More than just watching Josh’s photography skills increase over time on the forums, his business knowledge is constantly growing, something he is glad to share with others. It is all too often someone posts on the forum regarding unauthorized use of their photos , something Josh is always quick to help with. Josh is a young, smart photographer that would really benefit from the conference and has a strong future ahead of him.

    Connor Millin

  95. Michael Shay March 3, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    I just realized I forgot Lincoln’s url http://www.lincolnbarbour.com

  96. blackdaisies March 3, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter!
    http://brianlarter.com

    Brian’s photography speaks for itself. He’s incredibly talented, has an amazing eye for composition and colour… and this commendation is coming from a professional artist if that means anything. On top of all this, from personal experience, he’s helpful and professional and very much deserves this nomination.

  97. zetsu902 March 3, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter.
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    This nomination is because I think this guy deserves to go. He brings a real professional yet personable attitude to the business and offers everything for reasonable prices. I really enjoy his work and look forward to working with him in the future.

    I think he deserves to go because he makes an effort to provide a great service to the people in this area. Going to the seminar would help expand this, and improve what he can offer.

    In a small community, this type of thing is invaluable and without the opportunity offered in this blog, he might not otherwise be able to attend.

  98. sinfullytwstd March 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    I nominate Booker T. Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker is an amazing photographer and a great person. If anyone deserves this trip and any chance to further their art it is him. He takes some of the most amazing photos I’ve seen and has such an artistic eye. I’m not going to lie, I’m totally jealous, I wish I could see and photograph the world like he does. I really hope that you can give him a chance to get this edge in this competitive business.

    Jeannie A.

  99. brian faini March 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    I feel handicapped due to my lack of net savvy friends and associates that would understand what to do or why they would nominate me.

  100. elocin361 March 3, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    I nominate Brian Dreisbach
    bd@getyourmacon.com

    I nominate Brian because he has incredible talent and drive. He has been photographing all his life and moved out to LA to further his opportunities.
    He has been working as second photographer for some time, but deserves to have his own business as lead photographer. Taking this class will teach him tools necessary for making this dream possible.
    I know very few people with such determination, intelligence and talent, and that’s why Brian deserves this scholarship.

    Thank you, Nicole

  101. colleen March 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter. He has been taking photos for a while now and owns his own studio. He is also taking a photography course at the local college.

  102. Bryan Mitchell March 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    I nominate myself, Bryan Mitchell
    http://www.bryanmitchell.com

    Why? I have been a working photographer for 20 years now mostly as a staff newspaper photog. I started freelancing 5 years ago when my daughter was born to spend more time with her and still do what I love. I also have a son. My wife had a good job with benefits then and now she doesn’t. So the money isn’t rolling in. Although my business sense is better then 5 years ago I still really lack in that department and could use a huge boost because I feel like I just started.

  103. Peter March 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    I nomintate – You, Chase Jarvis.

    Ok, fine, I nominate myself, Peter Boysen.
    http://366portraits.net.

    I’m a self-taught photographer who more than once was accepted to great photography schools, that I had specifically applied to in hopes of going somewhere to learn the business side of photography, but was never able to attend as colleges are massively expensive, and I wasn’t able to get enough financial aid. While this workshop may not be equal to the total knowledge that could be gained in a college, it’s certainly a good jumpstart for the professional work I’ve already been doing without anyone to teach me.

  104. Daniel March 3, 2008 at 6:47 pm #

    I nominate Brian Dreisbach.

    Brian is a strong seeker of new skills and assets that will help better his abilities in his craft, but more importantly the world around him. His passion for his work is directed into creating new possibilties for the world around him. For that reason, this seminar would help him acquire skills that allow him to create effective value in his work as a photographer.

    Sincerely, Daniel

  105. Dean Casavechia March 3, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    I nominate – Brian Larter

    http://www.brianlarter.com

    I have know Brian for a while now. He has a great deal of involvement with the local photography community. Any knowledge gained at the ASMP event would be of a benefit not only to him but for all the photographer he is in contact with.

    Chase, good job on the contest.

    Dean Casavechia

  106. Carson Blume March 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    I nominate – Me, Carson Blume

    http://www.carsonblume.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesystems.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesolutions.com

    Why little old me, because I need to get some synergy going. I have a lot of really good ideas about products and processes in the photographic industry. I also want and need to do more commercial work in the outdoor adventure sports area. I want to shoot, shoot, shoot, but it takes $$$ and I want to bridge the gap. I also want to make life easier for other photographers with the products and services that I have to offer, basically, I need to meet more people!

  107. Brian Larter March 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Am I the only one to notice the crazy amount of Bri(y)an’s being nominated?

  108. atypicalmind March 3, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com/

    I’d like to nominate Brian Larter because he in an amazing photgrapher, and an incredibly hard worker. He goes to school while running his own business, and is a fantastic person overall.
    And he smells good.
    You should pick him!

  109. Shay March 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    I Nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com
    http://www.aperturestudios.ca

    I have been working with Brian as a fellow student since september and I see great potential in him. He is the “go to” guy for questions about business, and is especially helpful when asked, and finds answers for you if he is unsure himself. He allows fellow students to use his studio for discounted prices, because he understand what it is like to be a student in need. He is a quick learner and always willing to share his knowledge, but knows that there is much more he can learn. This would be a great opportunity for Brian.

  110. Michael Stewart March 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm #

    I nominate Photographer and Educator Scott Ely (AKA: Rex-Fly)
    fly-foto.com
    No one will pay it forward the way Scott will! Scott dedicates much of his time to teaching at Shepherd University. He is a master photographer, an educator, and a leader. He has battled for photographers rights in the harsh business of editorial photography for many years. Now, as an educator who still shoots assignments, he needs a re-education in today’s business practices. I think SB2 will changes Scott’s life, and he WILL pay it forward every semester.

    Michael Stewart

  111. Anonymous March 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    I nominate Peter Boysen.
    366portraits.net

    He is an extremely gifted photographer and a genius with light.

  112. Steven Wylie March 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    I nominate Ben Delaney, http://bendelaneyphoto.com,

    I have known Ben since I was born. He is a naturally gifted photographer and artist. In the last few years he has elevated his gift to a new level and found the confidence that his gift requires to be the best. I want to see him have all the opportunity to see his passion mature to its highest level. One look at his work and you will see clean, relentless perfection. Give this guy a shot. He is the real deal.

  113. Tomas March 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    I nominate Brian Auer http://blog.epicedits.com/

    Brian is extremely talented and deserves a crack at this.

    He’s also been extremely inspirational in my own work, and this would be a wonderful way of showing how many people he has helped with his blog.

  114. Katherine March 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume

    http://www.carsonblume.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesystems.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesolutions.com

    I’ve know Carson for 3 years; he is an extremely talented photographer and great friend. We met at a photo shoot and I was impressed by his professionalism, energy, and passion. He has since graduated from Brooks Institute Of Photography and is even more dedicated to his craft. I hope Carson will have the opportunity to attend Strictly Business 2 and have the chance to network and take advantage of each valuable learning session.

    Chase, thanks for your time.

    Kind regards,
    Katherine

  115. dreadthis March 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    I nominate – me Booker T. Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    At this point in my life photography is what keeps me going on. I’ve studied photography in college, interned with a well known Kansas City photographer, and assisted at various studios in town. The one thing I wish I was able to focus in on is the business aspect of photography. I think attending this event will accelerate the transition from being a freelancer to a professional photographer who understands the business. If chosen, I would be more than willing to share the experience with anyone who inspires to know more of the business of photography.

  116. kuster March 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    I nominate Brian Faini
    http://www.brianfaini.com

    If you ask Brian, he’ll tell you he knows too much for his own good. We think he’s full of shit and needs to learn a bit more about the business side of things ;-) .

    Seriously though, he’s a great photographer with a real passion for what he does, and with this opportunity he’d definitely further his career in more ways than one. He has serious goals of opening a co-op studio in order to provide an outlet for photographers to give back to the community.

  117. piper99 March 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    I nominate-Brian Larter
    brianlarter.com

    I’ve known Brian for many years and he is an amazingly gifted and knowledgeable photographer. He is a hard working professional who cares a great deal about his work and is constantly learning about new ways to perfect his craft. His courage and ambition continue to inspire those whose lives he has touched, including my own. The depth and beauty of his work is a reflection of his ability to see and capture the essence of his subjects at a level that most of us overlook. I can’t think of anyone who has more to offer to, and to gain from, ASMP.

  118. Kalsin March 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador
    http://www.joshuameador.com

    He is an excellent photographer who currently does some freelance work for different businesses as well as being a full time collegiate student and is also one of the most helpful people to me in the world of photography. From sharing his tips and tricks on lighting a shot and how to compose to helping with the legal aspects of photography and contracts related to it. He has a strong future ahead of him as a photographer and I would enjoy seeing him being sent on this trip to Chicago.

  119. ninatang0613 March 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    I nominate Jason Huang
    http://www.table4photography.com/blog/

    My husband and I recently rendered his service for a photo shoot. He gave us the most wonderful experience that meant far more to us than just great photos!

    Besides creativity and technical skills, Jason posseses 2 unique qualities – knowing when to take risk and quickly earn the trust of his clients. He had our total trust as we willingly tried out his new, unusual and even risky ideas, which turned out to be the most rewarding part of our shoot.

    I see potential in Jason who recently turned Pro and started his own business. I sincerely ask for your sponsorship of his trip to the ASMP conference. Thank you! Nina Tang

  120. paula March 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl (www.ericschmiedl.com). Eric was my intern last summer from MIT, and I found him to be a smart and energetic young man. Unlike many newbies who aren’t interested in business, he has a solid interest in learning the business as well as the art of photography, and I think he would benefit greatly from SB2. Beyond that, I think he’d spread the word about what he learns to his cohort of young photographers. For all of these reasons I think he’s a good choice for your competition.

    Sincerely,
    Paula Lerner
    ASMP Member and SB2 Video Presenter
    http://www.lernerphoto.com

  121. Christopher March 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour

    http://www.LincolnBarbour.com

    Lincoln is more than just a talented photographer and an active member of ASMP, he’s a terrific amateur kickball league coach.

    This is not unrelated in that it shows the way Lincoln has always managed to be community focal point. Whether it was about specific photoshop techniques or stealing second, our motley crew of struggling photographers/players always came to Lincoln for advice. I did not always learn photoshop directly from Lincoln but rather from people who learned from him, demonstrating the degree to which his expertise has spread around Portland.

    In social network theory, there are people have are seen as having greater “centrality.” This refers to people who have a special gift for being connected to other people and spreading information along those connections. Lincoln is one of the most “central” people I know. By supplying Lincoln with information, you’re not just helping him (or his kickball team), but you’re also helping the entire community of photographers in Portland, Oregon.

  122. macostello March 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm #

    I nominate Booker T Brown, bookertbrown.com. Booker is extremely devoted to his photography. He’s always looking to improve, learn and perfect his work. He always has new, innovative ideas. Receiving this trip would help jump start his business. Great photographers who know every aspect about photography fail only because they do not know the business side. This trip would help him learn everything he needs to know to keep the business alive.
    Thanks, Michelle

  123. Patricia Sampson March 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter.
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    I met Brian last year after hearing of Aperture Studios. I was in the process of starting my own photography business and on the hunt for studio options. Just when it was looking like I was going to have to bite the bullet and purchase lighting and then rent a studio space on my own, Brian opened the doors to Aperture Studios and gave the local photography community a much needed boost. Halifax is such a small city and is far behind in the times when it comes to options for local photographers. Brian has done so much for the local community in the past year and he continues to encourage a much needed growth in this industry.

    Not only has Brian opened the creative doors for local photographers, he has also enabled a wonderful sense of community through networking by starting the Halifax Photography Society.

    Brian is an amazing photographer, a risk taker and a mentor of sorts to many Halifax photographers, including me! You should definitely sponsor Brian Larter for this amazing business conference. You would not only be helping an amazing individual, but you would also be helping an entire community. I know that everything that Brian would learn at this conference would be shared with many other locals in the business, especially me! :) Pick Brian….you’ll be glad that you did!!!

    Patricia Sampson
    http://www.patriciasampson.blogspot.com

  124. Cody Taylor March 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume

    http://www.carsonblume.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesystems.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesolutions.com

    I’ve known Carson for over a decade and have always been impressed with his intelligence, his creativity, and his hard work (not to mention his photos!). He’s always got another iron in the fire and his current work on integrated digital capture systems strikes me as his most innovative idea yet. He’s a natural people person and I’d be glad for him to have the chance to work the floor at this event.

    Sincerely,
    Cody

  125. Niko Villegas March 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    I nominate myself, Niko G. Villegas (http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    I have dreams and aspirations, currently taking up my BA in Photography here at The Art Center Design College in Albuquerque New Mexico, attending the seminar would definitely help me in learning the “ins and outs” of the “real” world way before graduation.

    I love photography and it is indeed a passion and being named after the camera, I know one day I can make it and sending me there will be another step in attaining that dream.

    Thanks :D

  126. bartonsurfer March 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm #

    I nominate Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    I’ve known Jules for a while now and watched with interest as he turned his hobby into his career. I knew he would succeed due to his eye for an amazing photo and his dedication and attention to detail. He normally takes amazing travel photos, but I asked him to shoot the photos for my wedding in Bali last year, and we totally loved his pictures. He is as versatile as he is generous. But I know he could do with learning more about the business side of photography…please sponsor him for this seminar.
    Most of the photos on my site are by him!
    http://picasaweb.google.com/chris.barton/BaliWeddingTripAndHoneymoonSept2007

  127. Eladrienne Laval March 3, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    I’d like to nominate my friend Dominic Eidson (http://www.dominiceidson.com)

    For as crazy as I drive him, Dom deserves to have this chance to help him truly reach his potential as a photographer!

    Thanks, Elle

  128. karalynne16 March 3, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador
    http://www.joshuameador.com

    Joshua is my younger brother and could not be more proud of what he is making of himself as a photographer. His keen eye and passion for the art of photography has gained him respect not only from local magazines, but national ones as well. His portfolio is outstanding and would greatly benefit from the business aspects that would be part of the Strictly Business.

  129. James March 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    I nominate – My friend Carson Blume

    http://www.carsonblume.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesystems.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesolutions.com

    I studied with Carson at Brooks Institute where I learned how dedicated Carson is to photography and spreading his knowledge. Not only is he getting a business off the ground but no matter how busy he is, he is always willing to take time out of his busy schedule to help out a friend.

    James Dewhirst
    http://www.jamesdewhirst.com

  130. Haley March 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    I would like to nominate Joshua Meador.
    http://www.joshuameador.com

    I believe that Joshua has the makings of a leader in the photographic industry. In addition to practical and logical approach to the business end, his creativity and ability to convey emotion in his images are things I am personally very envious of. Joshua’s images make me never pick up a camera again, because to even approach the beauty of his images is, to me, a futile attempt.

  131. Tristram March 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm #

    I nominate Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    I have a huge photo of the Egyptian desert taken by Jules hanging on
    the wall of my study. The rippling sand dunes and streaks of clouds
    are truly beautiful. When he told me how he took it, camping out in
    the desert in a howling gale with his sleeping back filling up with
    sand, I appreciated it even more. He’s a great photographer committed
    to making wonderful photographs. Please help him take his career to
    the next level and sponsor him for this seminar.

  132. Todd Stewart Photo March 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador http://www.joshuameador.com

    “Josh has helped me out so much with getting my photo business going. He has always been there to anwser any legal, business or lighting questions I have had. He is always willing to share any info that he has with me and it has been extremely beneficial to me. I believe that choosing him would be extremely beneficial to not just himself, but all those that he is constantly sharing with”

  133. Spam Jalandoni March 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    I nominate Niko Villegas

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    being from the same place (davao city, philippines) Niko has been into photography since he was a kid (imagine your parents naming you after a camera.) his love for photography grows leaps and bounds daily… truly living the passion, Learn, Share and Express

  134. coicoi March 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    I nominate – Niko Villegas.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    I believe in his craft and his talent. He’s not only a good photographer but also a good person as well. Generous! He shares his knowledge in photography like his idol, You! :)

  135. Nick Davis March 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    I nominate myself, Nick Davis.
    http://cycle61.blogspot.com/
    As for why, I’ll post the opening paragraph from my fledgling business launch:

    My name is Nick Davis, I’m an amateur photographer with professional aspirations, and I have committed to building the entity known to me as Cycle 61 Photography into a real, legitimate, licensed, legal, profitable, and above all, sustainable business. In keeping with the wonderful open-source, open book, free sharing mindset that has developed in the photographic community in the internet age, this process is going to be open for all to follow along the way. There will be pitfalls, setbacks and triumph, challenges and conquests, anguish, stress, beauty, and light. Always light. Photography is about light, after all.
    Thank You!

  136. Cherry May March 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    I nominate – Niko Villegas.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    I can say he is the one. He is good in his own way and making things great as his output.

  137. Chris March 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com
    He takes great action shots, and we like him more than fresh peaches on a summer day. Serious! He’s just that good.

  138. leo yap March 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    i nominate niko villegas http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    hes a good photographer and for me hes the man……

  139. Dennis Tan March 4, 2008 at 12:00 am #

    I highly nominate Niko Villegas http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    Hes overwhelming passion for photogrsphy…

  140. Raoul March 4, 2008 at 12:56 am #

    I nominate Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    I have modelled for Julian while he was building up a new portfolio.
    Seeing him set everything up and direct me to make the photograph he
    had in mind was a fascinating experience. Then, when he wasn’t quite happy with the result he asked to come back and do it again – he’s a perfectionist who’s always striving to make the best possible photograph. He’s clearly got the talent and the dedication – now he could do with advice on growing his business. Please sponsor him for this seminar.

    Thanks!

  141. marco March 4, 2008 at 1:22 am #

    I nominate myself, Marco Giannantonio, http://www.arsmaior.com/ (sorry the site is only in Italian language, the portfolio is here http://www.arsmaior.com/album.html).

    I’ve been in the IT industry as a consultant for years, but I was unhappy with a job that I considered to be arid and boring. This year I desided to be a Pro ;) photographer.

    I’d very much like to learn how to do business, that’s my weak point (or, the weakest). I’d also like to talk to other people and exchange thoughts, ideas, laughs and yes, some good Chicago wine (in this strict order).

    I think I won’t get any nomination at all: the people I know have a hard time writing in English. And yeah, they are lazy :D but I’ll try and convince them.

    Great idea Chase, very altruist, thank you, really.

  142. Giuseppe March 4, 2008 at 1:40 am #

    I nominate Marco Giannantonio,
    http://www.arsmaior.com/

    He is a very good professional but he definitely needs to get some business skills.
    I think he just need a boost.

    Thank you.

  143. Rhonson Ng March 4, 2008 at 2:10 am #

    I highly nominate Niko Villegas http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    very passionate in photography!

  144. MelendezPhoto March 4, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    I nominate Brian Faini
    http://www.brianfaini.com

    I met Brian 2 weekends ago during a shoot and as I spoke with him during lunch I gained a lot of respect for him, and learned key insights for when I’m working with models that provided results that very day and directly contributed to the success of a week long road tour immediately following that shoot. Nominating him is the very least I can do to return the favor.

  145. Grobbs March 4, 2008 at 3:00 am #

    A self nomination; Wayne Grobbelaar
    http://grobbs.blogspot.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grobbs/

    I’ve been bitten, photography is what excites. Engineer by day, photos when I can; I need to turn that around though. A purely selfish pursuit for right now, but making it profitable will mean being able fulfil a dream and the ability to share what is beautiful. SB2 sounds like a great opportunity to learn the important aspects of bringing a passion into the real world. Thanks
    Wayne

  146. gonz March 4, 2008 at 3:06 am #

    I nominate me, Gonzalo Manera
    http://www.gonzalomanera.com
    http://gonzalomanera.com/blog

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I really don’t know why I would deserve this opportunity more than any other photographer out there… I’m a photographer specialized in action sports and on location shoots. I’ve been working for different magazines and for a bike company but now I’d like to be on my own and I need that little push and business knowledge to get going on the right track. I love what I do and I’m sure this is what I want to do for a living!

    Thanks for this opportunity Chase!

  147. Rita March 4, 2008 at 3:21 am #

    I vote for giannantonio (www.arsmaior.com).
    He’s able to see a soul with an eye only, but with two he will be able to do the business part also.

  148. Nadya March 4, 2008 at 4:12 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter,
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian is not only an incredibly talented photographer who has the bright spark of creative vision, he possesses the ability to use that spark to get things done. I have known him personally for many years and with every year, not only do I see his photography skills continue to improve and amaze, but he makes a big difference in the community. From running his own photography business, learning everything from the ground up, to opening a full-fledged photo studio in Halifax, Canada, to serve the community, and everything in between. When Brian sees a goal, he goes for it – always doing the absolute best he can.

    I truly believe that if you sponsor Brian for this seminar, you will be helping more photographers than just one person – in turn, he would bring what he will learn, back to Halifax, to share and continue working hard to improve the photography community in Halifax and online. Brian would be the perfect person to entrust with this award – he would put it to the best use possible.
    Thank you for your consideration of Brian Larter.

    (P.S. this OpenID thing will not let me log in, despite the fact that I have a LiveJournal account and it should work. I hope this is still acceptable. My LiveJournal URL is in my link.)

  149. Richard C March 4, 2008 at 4:28 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com/

    The reason i nominate Brian is for his community spirit. Brian is a great photographer that involves himself in his community. Brian exibits a true sense of the word “community” and i am sure any benefit of knowledge he gained. Would benefit those in Nova Scotia if he was selected.

    Peace out
    Richard

  150. Matthew Lane March 4, 2008 at 5:25 am #

    http://www.zazenphoto.com

    I’m not nominating anybody but I want to say that I attended Strictly Business 2 in Atlanta last w/e and it was phenomenal. Tons of insightful business information from top photographers and a few good jokes from Chase’s video presentation.

    Thanks for everything!

  151. Monique Syrett March 4, 2008 at 5:28 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    I think Brian is a deserving candidate due to his versatility, his drive and his passion.
    His work is always visually appeasing and inspiring and he has a wide variety of subjects and seems capable of capturing almost any great moment and making it a memory.

  152. chmakeup March 4, 2008 at 5:33 am #

    I nominate Booker t. Brown. I think that this trip will help him to gain more experience with the business side of his photography career.
    In the short time that I have worked with him, I can see that he truly loves his work and working with others. I would love to see him grow further in his business.

  153. Images by Ceci March 4, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    Brian is not only a creative and talented photographer, but, despite his youth, he demonstrates strong leadership capabilities within the Maritime photographic community, not just the city of Halifax.

    We, his friends and colleagues, will all benefit from everything he learns should he be selected to attend the conference.

  154. Syd March 4, 2008 at 6:18 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com
    http://www.aperturestudios.com

    I nominate Brian, well because he has initiative! He has his own successful business and studio. He’s a great colleague to have – he’s always sharing his ideas and he does good work. I hope to see him go on this trip!

  155. alessandra March 4, 2008 at 6:18 am #

    I vote for marco giannantonio (www.arsmaior.com/) and the reason is pretty simple: he asked me to, and if I can help him, I do.

    ;)

  156. Zach Freeman March 4, 2008 at 6:25 am #

    I nominate Dalyce Burgess
    http://www.photodalyce.com/

    Dalyce is a dedicated photographer and graphic designer that has been working in the central Texas area for many years and has recently been looking to expand to the Chicago area. As an actor, finding the perfect photographer for headshots is a very important search, and Dalyce really managed to capture what I was looking for at a very fair price. She’s a hard worker and a dedicated professional who has been giving her clients a break for years and deserves one of her own.

  157. khaynes5538 March 4, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    I nominate Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker is a very talented photographer. I have known him since he first started photography years ago and had so much faith in his artistic eye that I had him shoot my wedding reception last summer. He has a keen eye for the unusual and is an amazing person all around.

  158. Sean M. Murphy March 4, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    I nominate Ben Zvan:
    http://photography.zvan.net

    Ben has an excellent eye for light and shadow, for color and shape placement. More importantly, though, he understands the stories that pictures can tell, through the presence of something in the shot, or through its lack. Ben’s work is simple, profound, and iconic, and it deserves a larger stage. This program will help him achieve that success.

    Besides which, he is a fundamentally decent person, and that counts for a lot.

    Cordially,
    Sean M. Murphy

  159. ModelVanessa March 4, 2008 at 6:54 am #

    I nominate Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    This is a no brainer. He is just straight up fantastic!! A photographer with life, personality, direction, creativity, accomplishment, and pure genius. He strives for outstanding work and believes in his work. Photography is his passion and wants to dive forward in his career with great rigor!

  160. Joanne March 4, 2008 at 6:58 am #

    Joanne Lee, of Joanne Lee Photography, Inc.
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com

    As someone so passionate about photography, I often say ‘I would do this everyday for the rest of my life, even if no one ever paid me!” Running my own studio for more than 2 years has taught me invaluable lessons. The opportunity to go to Strictly Business 2 would be AMAZING! It would certainly help me fill in the gaps from the business standpoint. Charging for something I LOVE doing, is a hurdle I continue to struggle with. Please help me on my quest to be both AMAZING photographer AND FABULOUS business woman!

  161. Tara March 4, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com
    He has been extremely helpful in answering questions I have about photography. Its nice to find another photographer willing to share his secrets and be confident in himself not to feel threaten by another photographer.
    Hopefully he gets the chance to experience a great opportunity like this one you are offering.
    Good luck,
    Tara

  162. ModelVanessa March 4, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    I nominate- Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    This is a no brainer. He is awesome. He is talented, creative, ambitious, driven, great personality, and gives photographs meaning. His passion is photography and is driving forward towards a victorious career with it. Having the skill and artistry like Booker T Brown, will surely give anyone a run for there money.

  163. Scott MacQuarrie March 4, 2008 at 7:12 am #

    Scott MacQuarrie
    http://www.zwcx.com

    I am an ASMP member, but unable to attend this conference, as none of them are happening near me and I have been unable to afford the trip.

    If you’ll pick me, I’ll do my part and drive there instead of flying. Take the plane ticket money and send a second person.

    BTW, I think this is an impressive gesture on your part.

    - Scott -

  164. Bob Villalobos March 4, 2008 at 7:12 am #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour
    http://www.lincolnbarbour.com

    Lincoln has been an inspiration to me so many times through his photographs. I admire his style and see him as a well-established, natural photographer.

  165. Erwin Tay March 4, 2008 at 7:20 am #

    I nominate – Niko Villegas.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    He is one talented photographer. He has the guts, He has the eye, he has the talent, and best of all, He has the passion for photography! He left his beloved hometown to pursue his dreams of learning more of his chosen field. Now, that’s sacrifice!

  166. Wacky M. March 4, 2008 at 7:23 am #

    I highly nominate Niko Villegas http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    He has the heart, the passion and the drive for everything photographic.

  167. commishkc March 4, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    I nominate Booker T. Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    I would like to nominate Booker T. Brown because he can like take pictures and stuff. And they are like really cool. He like knows how to use a camera and stuff. I think he uses some lights too or something.

    But SERIOUSLY, Booker is a great guy. He loves photography and has a knack for getting the right shot. It always seems like he is out of town doing a wedding or model shoot or something. He is constantly pouring over his shots looking for that masterpiece.

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for him, and would give him a lot more knowledge of the business side so that his career can really take off.

    Thanks,
    Derek

  168. Laura & Miriam March 4, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    I nominate us, LostArt Photos (Laura & Miriam)

    Web site: http://www.lostartphotos.com

    Photo blog site: http://lostartphotos.blogspot.com/

    For starters, we don’t live in a cool place like a lot of these (talented) photographers. So the chance to get out of town is all the more meaningful, especially when it has to do with photography. We’ve got the lens focus, now we are looking for business focus. We currently do a wide variety of photography—from environmental portraits to product shoots—and need to start concentrating our efforts and streamlining our processes as the business grows. Plus, two of us = twice the seminar feedback (and we’ll sponsor one of us if selected ;)

  169. Laura & Miriam March 4, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    I nominate us, LostArt Photos (Laura & Miriam)

    Web site: http://www.lostartphotos.com

    Photo blog site: http://lostartphotos.blogspot.com/

    For starters, we don’t live in a cool place like a lot of these (talented) photographers. So the chance to get out of town is all the more meaningful, especially when it has to do with photography. We’ve got the lens focus, now we are looking for business focus. We currently do a wide variety of photography—from environmental portraits to product shoots—and need to start concentrating our efforts and streamlining our processes as the business grows. Plus, two of us = twice the seminar feedback (and we’ll sponsor one of us if selected ;)

  170. J|Andra Photography March 4, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    I nominate Amanda Wilcher (myself).
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    I am a completely self-taught photographer.

    This means I left everything I went to college for to do what I love-but, this also means I haven’t been able to have any REAL training on how to make my business truly work. That to me would be priceless information. I don’t want to be ordinary. I want to be one of the very best-and I think I can. It would mean so very much if I had this opportunity!
    If I get fired from my day-job for going, I don’t care!

  171. Orso March 4, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    I vote Marco Giannantonio (http://www.arsmaior.com/)

    Simply… patently… only… because is Marco!

  172. JASPhoto March 4, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    I nominate me – Joseph Sorrentino
    http://www.JASPhoto.com

    I am in the process of switching from photojournalism to studio work. After a stint as a stay at home dad. I have previously been President of the NY Chapter of the NPPA and I am still the JIB Chair for my NPPA region and have worked as a mentor for a few PJ’s. Any help I get I will & do pass on. Now I need all the help I can get on the contracts & negotiating side of the business. I had planned to drive to Philly but my wife had a conflict.

  173. ::: Lex ::: March 4, 2008 at 7:37 am #

    I nominate Alexis Somers
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lexs

    I’m not ashamed the least bit to say I had a retail business that failed 8 years ago. Though difficult, it was an amazing learning experience. Which is why I am taking my time setting everything up *CORRECTLY* before I begin my photography business. I’ve been passionate about photography for years now and I am very driven to do my homework and have a successful, fulfilling business. I’d never be able to swing a trip like this on my own. If I’m sponsored, you won’t be wasting your money. I am very determined – this workshop would help me so much.

  174. rory scovel March 4, 2008 at 7:50 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Because she is truly in love with photography. She is incredible at it and one of the most dedicated photographers I know. She is constantly photographing any and everything that catches her eye and she is amazing. Her portfolio can speak for itself. I believe this seminar could be a great opportunity for her to hone her craft even more than she has already done with just her natural talent.

  175. Alex Miles Younger March 4, 2008 at 7:51 am #

    I nominate myself: Alex Miles Younger
    http://www.alexmilesyounger.com

    Here’s why (in 100 words):

    Last August, I left full-time employment in favor of photography. Since then, I’ve started an LLC, hired accountants, read John Harrington’s book, Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua’s book and anything else I can get my hands on. I wrote letters to the professional photographers in my area asking for work that would allow me to learn how they run their business; as a result, I’m learning about stock, Photoshop retouching, digital asset management, teaching, publishing books, and shooting for an advertising agency. Yet, there’s so much I don’t know: contracts, marketing, licensing, client relations and more. That’s what SB2 can provide for me.

    Thanks!
    Alex

  176. TiMpWeB March 4, 2008 at 7:51 am #

    i would also like to nominate Lex
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lexs

    she’s got talent and drive…

    tp

  177. L'enseignante imaginaire March 4, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com
    http://www.aperturestudios.ca

    Brian has a great interest in photojournalism but tries to be as diverse as he can in the different photos he takes. He’s gained a lot of confidence in his own abilities and is constantly trying to share knowledge with other people – whether that be over coffee, through his blog, or various workshops in his studio. He’s created a space for photographers and models to use professionally, but also where they can get together and help each other, sharing what they know.

    So really, if you sponsor Brian for this seminar, I know that you’ll be helping not just him, but a whole community of people.

  178. Kayla March 4, 2008 at 8:03 am #

    I nominate Booker T. Brown http://www.bookertbrown.com

    He will no doubt be dedicated to learning all he can and sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He has a great eye for details and has always taken such wonderful photographs. I truly think he would benefit from this course; helping him expand his skills into the Business aspect of photography.

    If you’re looking for someone whom would benefit, appreciate, and develop into an even further amazing photographer; Booker is your choice.

  179. Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com

  180. Wendymarie March 4, 2008 at 8:09 am #

    I nominate Joanne Lee
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com
    Joanne is a talented photographer who listens carefully to what her clients are looking for. Her photographs reflect her both her fun and serious sides. She’d make an excellent cadidate to the convention.

  181. Tara Travis March 4, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    It is a privledge to recommend Joanne Lee of http://www.joanneleephoto.com. I have used Joanne professionally, personally and made referrals to her and every time we are amazed by her professinalism, insight and of course her TALENT!
    Tara

  182. Erin March 4, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    I nominate Amanda Wilcher.
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    …My best friend, who deserves the best.

    She is talented, smart, and courageous. Not only does her beautiful work come from her raw talent…is comes from her heart.
    Self-taught and driven, she understands the meaning of hard work. Her entrepreneurial spirit is what makes her great. She has not had the opportunity to study around the world like some; however, she has the ambition to be great. She deserves, more than anyone, to have this opportunity. It would allow her to have training to help drive her business and to also allow her to have additional motivation to accomplish her dream.

    **Erin

  183. Miss Britty March 4, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    I nominate Brian Dreisbach
    http://www.getyourmacon.com

    Brian would be exceptional for this scholarship because of his dedication to the astounding visual beauty of photography as well as his attention to professional and business detail with each project he works on. I am a photographer and last year, was searching for someone who would meet my creative and professional standards to capture my good friend’s wedding. I was overwhelmingly impressed with his dedication to creating an artistic representation of her big day as well as making sure his professionalism was top-notch. I am so impressed with his work, in fact, that I immediately hired him for my own wedding. I doubt I will ever find someone who will achieve the creativity I envision for my day as well as present so much knowledge within the business of photography itself. If you choose Brian for this opportunity, his hard work and passion for every aspect of photography (business and creative) will undoubtedly surpass your expectations.

  184. Ethan March 4, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    I nominate myself, Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I’m on the cusp. Right now my photography work brings in a few thousand dollars a month; enough to see that I could be doing it fulltime, but not enough to actually make the jump yet. With the business focus I could gain at ASMP, I feel I could get more of the commercial and corporate work that I love to do, and make that push into running a full time photography business. Thanks, Chase!

  185. The Jarvais Family March 4, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    I nominate Joanne Lee
    http://www.joanneleephotography.com

    If anything, get Joanne out of Maine. The weather here is horrible, and while Chicago isn’t typically the warmest, it must be better than suffering through the never-ending snow storms we’ve been having.

    Second to Joanne enjoying a nice getaway and learning experience, I nominate her for her excellent work. Joanne has been photography my family for over 2 years now. She’s documented my entire pregnancy and now my daughter. She’s excellent at reaching out to her clientele and informing them of upcoming events/promotions.

    Please consider Joanne for your upcoming workshop, I think she could really benefit from, what seems to me as, a great learning experience and opportunity.

    Thanks
    Nikki

  186. Ryan March 4, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    I nominate Troy Freund
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    As a relative of Troy’s, I have witnessed his progression as a photographer firsthand. He’s always been a creative person, but his devotion and dedication to photography are really where he stands out. As a professional photographer for a number of years, his impeccable work speaks for itself in its depth of creativity and originality. His drive and ambition for his career make him a perfect candidate for this Strictly Business opportunity. I know he is somebody who will use the wisdom gained from this experience in a most profound way. It would be a mistake to pass him by.

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Freund

  187. joachim March 4, 2008 at 8:42 am #

    I nominate Troy Freund
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    Why? Troy is a tireless, selfless and passionate supporter of local photographers through his on-line group which dispenses and shares information useful to photographers. He has been the conduit for numerous discussions about the issues photographers face in our profession. Troy distinguishes himself by having a genuine interest in other’s photogs success; in other words, he can be happy for you. Let’s face it, this can be a very “self” driven business. If he got a chance to go to the workshop, he would take lots of notes and share these. That’s the type of spirit I’m talking about.

    John Ruebartsch

  188. Dave March 4, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson of
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I believe Ethan would benefit tremendously from attending this event. While photography is not currently his primary profession, he is making great strides towards realizing this goal due to his skill and charisma. Another reason Ethan is a great choice: the trickle down effect. Ethan leads and participates in many photography groups, which allows him to not only use the information from the conference, but pass it along to his colleagues.

  189. Kermet Apio March 4, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather’s ability to tell a comedian’s story with one shot is truly amazing. Whether it is a wide landscape or a single performer Heather captures narratives. I never like pictures of me but when I saw the ones that Heather took of one of my shows I was truly impressed. Not that she made me better looking, but she found a moment that told so much about my character. She has the combination of tremendous talent and sincere dedication that deserves this opportunity.

  190. Brandon Beecroft March 4, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is so gracious with his time and his talents to those of us with lesser skills that is would be an honor to nominate him for this opportunity.

  191. brian.a.d. March 4, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    another message from brian d.
    http://www.getyourmacon.com

    My current site is actually just an assisting site. Here is some work from my most recent trip to miami. Pardon the cheeseball text, i thought it was funny.
    http://www.getyourmacon.com/miami

  192. pugsnotdrugs March 4, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    I nominate Joanne Lee.
    http://www.joanneleephotography.com

    I have known Joanne for quite a few years and have seen her skill develop over time. She has an amazing eye for photos and is able to get the most incredible pictures even from less than willing subjects (kids, dogs, etc.) She is also a very kind and generous person who donates her talents to be raffled off at school fundraisers. I know Joanne would get a lot from this seminar and would put it to good use. She is always willing to share her knowledge and her photography is art.

    Sincerely, Robin

  193. Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather is one of the most professional and passionate people I have ever met. Her ability to create those perfect personal moments through her craft, photography always amazes me. She is the only photographer I will go to for those special moments. I think this opportunity will only enhance her already fantastic vision. She has a passion for this work and it shows. Please seriously think about Heather Christianson for this wonderful opportunity, she will not disappoint.

    Regards, Kim

  194. anyabelle March 4, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    I nominate Niko Villegas
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    First off, the damn bloke is named after a camera. Second, he flew all the way up there to take his BA in Photography. Third, he’s really so damn passionate, he’ll do anything to perfect the craft. And fourth, it’ll be damn great for him and for us to have someone represent us on that side of the stream.

    Hope you’ll really damn consider him… :)

  195. Bill March 4, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    I nominate myself – Bill Epoch
    http://www.panoramaplus.net

    This would really JUMPSTART my business. I realize that my weakness is business and this seminar would take me to a new level in the goal of full time photography. All my spare time is consumed with absorbing as much information as possible from as many resources as possible (thank you internet). Understanding the business end of this profession defines the line between amateur and professional unrelated to the ability to take good pictures. I see this seminar as an opportunity to open new doors and help answer difficult questions about the “business” of photography. Thank you.

  196. kylew March 4, 2008 at 9:25 am #

    I nominate Amanda Wilcher
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    Amanda has managed to get this far in life almost completely on her own. Nothing was ever given to her, nor was she privileged enough to do things on someone else’s dollar. Her father was murdered when she was young, and she was a mom to her own mother.
    Her talent for the arts and fashion make her a natural at capturing photography, and it shows in her work. Doesn’t everyone deserve a break at some point in their life?

  197. crisha March 4, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    I nominate Joanne Lee
    http://www.joanneleephotoblog.typepad.com/
    Joanne is a wonderful business women, photographer, and artist. She can take the most unphotogenic moment and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece. She has the ambition, work ethic, and talent to take herself a long way and this opportunity could only improve on her wonderful assets. Please choose Joanne, and you will meet her and see what I mean.

    Thank you, crisha kamphorst

  198. Dawn Heinemann March 4, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan’s work is unique and though provoking. He also donates his time and talents to the Tucson community to help teach and nurture the rest of us!

  199. hornor March 4, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    I nominate Ben Delaney (http://bendelaneyphoto.com) for your contest. He has so many qualities that should be encouraged in your field. I have worked with him, and he is kind, passionate and lives and breaths photography! Please take him to the conference, he is the kind of person you want continuing this art!

  200. Pavel March 4, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    I nominate Marco Giannantonio
    http://www.arsmaior.com/

    Why? To put it in a nutshell, because… http://www.arsmaior.com !

    This scholarship is darn important to complete his vocational training.

    Sincerely, Pavel

  201. bookerbrown810 March 4, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    I cast my vote for Booker because he has the talent and spirit to achieve greatness in this field. His artistic skills along with free demeanor amply qualify him to be the recipient of this generous opportunity. Booker gives his time to many and because those that gives occasionally receive good deeds back. This would be a great attestation to his giving and caring about others. Projecting onward, Booker is poised to break into the professional with tremendous upside. He has the right artistic eye for this occupation and will deliver some outstanding work throughout his life. This opportunity will benefit him as it would expose him to the business side of the professional. I am convinced that he would be most grateful to have this chance.

  202. Booker T. Brown March 4, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    I cast my vote for Booker because he has the talent and spirit to achieve greatness in this field. His artistic skills along with free demeanor amply qualify him to be the recipient of this generous opportunity. Booker gives his time to many and because those that gives occasionally receive good deeds back. This would be a great attestation to his giving and caring about others. Projecting onward, Booker is poised to break into the professional with tremendous upside. He has the right artistic eye for this occupation and will deliver some outstanding work throughout his life. This opportunity will benefit him as it would expose him to the business side of the professional. I am convinced that he would be most grateful to have this chance.

  203. Andy Bishop March 4, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    I nominate Brett Turner (website http://www.brettturnerphotography.com).

    Brett is a wonderful photographer with great insight, passion, and professionalism. I know he is having a rough time getting his business started and needs all the help he can get so that his talents can be used to help others with their photography needs.

  204. Douglas March 4, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    I nominate Nick Davis.
    http://cycle61.blogspot.com/

    Nick Davis is truely an inspiration to a lot of us aspiring pros with his honest and candid documentation on his blog. His transparent attitude to share everything reflects your philosophy well. And I think it’s the key to the future of this industry.

  205. nwilhelmy March 4, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    I nominate Peter Boysen
    http://www.366portraits.net/

    The man is bursting with talent and creativity, all of which is self-taught. On top of that, he has always been willing to use his talents to help his friends and people around him, be it for something as simple as a Facebook photo, to shooting a wedding for a friend on a budget. If given the proper formal training, Peter has the potential to be a true juggernaut in the world of photography.

  206. Jennphay March 4, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    I nominate Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com/

    She has got to be one of the best wedding photogs ever. She was not only a great artist but she became our friend too. Jen has great artistic vision and is a nice person to boot. She totally deserves this trip.

    Thanks,
    Jenn

  207. jman March 4, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    I nominate Jen Cleary!
    http://www.jencleary.com

    I met Jen when she was hired to tech/design a couple shows for the theatre company I belong too. I’ve known her for a couple years now and know that there is nothing she cannot do and excell at. She was an awesome designer and a better photographer. With a background in something like engineering and such creative talent, having seen a lot of her work, she definately deserves to win this trip. I know I’m pumping her up, but, have you met her? In closing, I have one of Jens Pieces proudly displayed in my home, and no she’s not my girlfriend. Go Jen!

  208. Molly March 4, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    I would like to nominate Laura Story at http://www.lostartphotos.com. Her work is unique, gorgeous and seems to touch the heart and stir the mind no matter what the subject matter is. She’s got the talent and artistic know-how; now all she needs is a little support on the business end. She is the one to sponsor!

  209. jman March 4, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    I nominate Jen Cleary!
    http://www.jencleary.com

    I met Jen a couple of years ago when she was hired to tech/design a couple of shows for the theatre company I belong to. She is an awsesome designer and and even better photographer. She is super smart, with a background in something insane like engineering, and very capable of high art and creativity. She’s hard working, and it shows through her work that she’s know’s what she’s doing. I know I’m pumping her up, but, have you met her? In closing I’d like to say that I have one of her pieces displayed in my home and no she’s not my girlfriend. Go Jen!

  210. Todd S. March 4, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    I nominate my pal, Ben Delaney.
    http://bendelaneyphoto.com

    Ben Delaney is a great photographer and friend. His impressive technical skills and creative vision show through in his work and I often turn to him for advice on the business aspects of photography. His advice shows he’s always looking for ways to advance professionally and creatively. He has great experience I can value and a quickly growing portfolio. The next step for him is to strike out on his own, directing all of his effort to photography. This seminar would be just the thing to spur him into action!

  211. Josh McCulloch March 4, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    I would like to nominate Nick Davis
    http://cycle61.blogspot.com/

    This guys got guts! Sticking himself out in the open for all to watch him in the growth of his business is great to see. Not to mention he’s raising a family, working as an electrician full-time and still wants to switch careers…

    Cheers, Josh
    Josh McCulloch Photography

  212. Jordan Ogren March 4, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    I nominate: Peter Boysen
    http://www.366portraits.net

    He is a skilled photographer who is always looking to learn new techniques and practices that will better his photography.

  213. Jen March 4, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    I nominate myself, Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

    I have just recently moved from Los Angeles to Philadelphia and decided to make the switch from full time Second Shooter to full time Studio Owner.

    I have been to all the free business planning seminars offered in my area, but none of them were specific to artists. The unique situation that photographers face when dealing with finances cannot be covered in a two-hour class, and not by someone not in the arts.

    I can use this seminar to help grow my seedling business and become an independent artist. The opportunity to go will truly be priceless.

  214. hpsaydes March 4, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    i nominate Jen Cleary, http://www.jencleary.com
    Not only have I known her over half my life and she’s one of my dearest friends, she is immensely talented. Me being outside the photography world I don’t know if I have the right words to express how good she is. But as a fellow creative artist, she can most definitely inspire people. All she needs now is the business sense, and I can promise she will make her mark in the world.
    And also, giving her this opportunity would give her the chance to expand and be a great role model to all the young hispanic females out there. So sned her to Chicago and watch what she can do!
    Thanks!
    Mercedes

  215. Brunella March 4, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    I nominate Marco Giannantonio
    http://www.arsmaior.com/

    The reason is simple: he needs this kind of chance. He is really talented and he would be a great “student”, he is interested in everything beautiful and he’ll do his best to learn how to improve. I think that’s enough.

  216. Andrew Bowser March 4, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    I nominate Andrew Bowser – Me :)
    http://www.gravani.com

    About 5 months ago I took over a dying photography studio. After the photographer partner of Prodigy pixel left, leaving the business in pieces with over 20 unfinished wedding albums nearly 1.5 years overdue. I came in to rebuild it with a shattered reputation. The busniss is getting better and I have around 9 weddings this summer. Business has been rough, but I am pulling through it and it is growing. Strobist has helped me out so much in improving my lighting that I cannot even explain it! Right now I am the sole manager of Gravani Studios and I am managing 2 other employees. We are in the proccess of getting our feet wet into commercial dance and portrait photography.

    ~Andrew Bowser

  217. Sean Cayton March 4, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    I nominate photographer Kent Meireis.
    http://www.kentmeireisphotography.com/

    They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. But this dog’s different. He’s been learning and adapting his business to a changing environment for more than 15 years.

    Originally a newspaper shooter, twice nominated for the Pulitzer, Kent has spent the last few years in transition to stock and event photography.

    And he’s on the cusp of adapting to another change (the web) and although he doesn’t realize it yet, this old dog is still young enough to learn a few more tricks:)

  218. Toni Rosati March 4, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    I nominate Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com
    http://www.orchidphoto.net/jen.html

    I’m nominating her because she is the best photographer to ever work for me!! She is creative, efficient and great with people. I think Jen works for other photographers because she needs the extra knowledge to push her into running her own business. This seminar will give her what she needs. She truly deserves to make money as an artist!

  219. Andrew March 4, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    I’d like to nominate Jen Cleary of http://www.jencleary.com

    She can use all the business help she can get, ’cause when she photographed our wedding, she SERIOUSLY didn’t charge enough!

    :) Andy A

  220. kelseydanae March 4, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    I nominate Booker T Brown.
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker’s work is not only inspiring but you can tell the detail and the passion he has towards photography through his photos. His amibition and drive to get into the industry makes working with him fun and exciting. You never know what new creative shot he’ll have you do, and at times you wonder what he’s thinking but once you get the proofs back the photos are breath-taking. I am a model and I would choose to work with Booker over some of the other photographers I have worked with, with his passion, and his energy you know that your photo will not only be just a photo it will be a photo with a story and memory for you to share.

  221. Chadd March 4, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    I would like to nominate me, Chadd Foy.
    http://www.foytography.com

    The Newb. I recently started taking photography seriously and have begun honing my skills.

    Besides two photography classes in High School (10 years ago) I have had no formal education. Because of David Hobby(Strobist Grand Poobah), my passion for photography is out-of-control. I figure now would be a good time to get familiar with the business aspect of the game and begin building the foundation.

    But now that I think about it – since I live in Chicago (a stones throw from the venue) and fairly new to photography, I would rather let someone else have the opportunity.

    Chase, will you be attending this gig? If so, I would love to come by and say, “Hey”(in a very non-creepy or awkward manner. haha!).

    Smells like my food is buring… later!

  222. Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    I nominate Troy Freund
    http://www.troyfreund.com

    Because he’s one of the best photographers around and deserves something like this. He has a great eye for capturing the extraordinary in the mundane moments of life.

  223. Joshua March 4, 2008 at 11:47 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    He’s been working hard to build a photo career and is also working to build a strong community of other photo professionals in Tucson. The knowledge that he gains is shared with those around him.

  224. ptpix March 4, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    I nominate me, Peter Taylor

    http://www.ptpix.com

    I have had a decently successful photo biz in the past, but due to my moving around the country (PA, MIA, LA, PHX, NYC, DC) I’ve not really cemented myself in one area. I am now settling in in Charlotte and could use a bit of a push into getting back on track. I have some solid ideas on the business of photography, but after reading the reviews of this seminar, it is clear that I can always learn more.

    Thanks, Chase for being so generous, even if it does help you SEO results, it is cool by me. It is part of doing business these days.

  225. blanka March 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Jimmie Y.
    cornershots.com
    urban lanscapes

    Photography is my passion.
    ASMP is the direction.
    Giving back is the goal.

    Like many others, I sincerely live for the craft. I understand however that passion alone does not a good businessman create. I want to be able to provide myself every opportunity to get off on the right foot and ASMP would be one such way of doing so. Ultimately, I want to empower others such as yourself Chase. I have made attempts at this by teaching courses at various libraries and churches, but I feel there is a more effective way of educating others. The flow of knowledge shouldn’t stop at one individual … so please pick me ;)

    Thanks for the opportunity Chase.

  226. becky March 4, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com

  227. Tamara March 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    I nominate Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

    Her pictures speak for themselves, but my favorite thing about Jen’s photos are the way they seem to capture the mood and uniqueness of each person she photographs. Jen has an amazing eye for composition and a natural and unique style. Her pictures look at the world through unusual points of view that are both beautiful and captivating. I think that the business training would be a perfect compliment to her already well developed artistic talents. Please give her your serious consideration!

    Thank you,
    Tamara

  228. mohnani March 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    I would like to nominate Brian Dreisbach.

    http://www.getyourmacon.com

    I had the privilege of meeting Brian while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. Many of our peers from college, while talented, didn’t seem to have the drive or know-how to continue pursuing photography as an art and a career. Brian always stuck out in that way—he was far beyond driven in the conventional sense. He was always a step ahead of most teachers—from the newest equipment to fresh new photographers to be on the look out for. While some students showed an excitement for certain aspects of photography, Brian’s love for the art and craft was a constant. I have kept in touch with Brian, though he has moved across the country from me, not only because he is a great friend, but an amazing photographer. My month is always made when Brian sends me his newest works. Seeing life through Brian’s eye and lens is never dull, and always refreshing and inspiring. Not only does he passionately continue shooting, but is always trying to further himself in the business of photography. He will jump at any chance he has to learn more. He is hungry for knowledge on the business, craft and theory behind photography. He deserves this trip, as I know he will be intensely grateful, while soaking up every bit of information he can gain while there.

  229. goddessaime March 4, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume enough said
    http://www.carsonblume.com

  230. Crafty March 4, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    I Nominate: Joanne Lee
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com

    Joanne is a fabulous photographer! Having dealt with various photography “outlets” for different reasons with varying experiences and outcomes, I feel confident in saying that Joanne is THE BEST photographer I have had the pleasure to work with. Her love of photography is evidenced in her innovative and creative work. Her easy and accommodating personality when working with my child has always resulted in beautiful pictures. Her blessing is my curse, or should I say the curse of my wallet! Every picture she takes is a treasure and I am so happy to have found such an incredible local photographer!

  231. Andrew March 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    I nominate-Booker T Brown
    : http://www.bookertbrown.com
    I nominate Booker, because he is a hard working, dedicated, passionate photographer. He has always been there to help me when ever I have ever needed. Going to this conference will help him establish numerous contacts in the industry and assist him in learning the ins and outs of the photographic business.

  232. Sarah Kelley March 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    I nominate Joanne Lee. http://www.joanneleephoto.com

    I have known Joanne for a few years, she has been my choir director, and friend. When Joanne is holding her camera she captures the essance of the person, place, animal, item. She can get even a crying baby to smile as she snaps the picture. Joanne has touched the lives of many with her amazing work. She has photographed my Australian Shepherd, and when I got the picture, a tear ran down my cheek. She captured his eyes, the most amazing part of him. It was as if you could see his soul. Joanne diserves to win this trip.

  233. di_sews March 4, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I believe that Ethan Myerson is deserving of this opportunity not only because he is a gifted photographer, but because his commitment to photography, and his willingness to help others achieve their creative goals that makes him very deserving of the opportunity.

  234. Ed March 4, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour.
    http://www.lincolnbarbour.com

    I was fortunate enough to meet Lincoln before I had even picked up my first camera and it’s not an exaggeration to say that viewing his work and admiring his ability to combine his artistic talent with an incredible natural business sense was one of the primary factors that inspired me to become a photographer. Lincoln has been so generous with me (and many others) in sharing both his time and knowledge that I very often feel guilty because I don’t think there is a way I can ever repay him. He is the type of person that makes an industry proud.

    I’m sure the concept of return on investment is covered in SB2 and I don’t think you’ll find a better return on investment than bringing Lincoln to Chicago because not only will you be helping Lincoln improve his own business, you’ll be helping the countless other photographers that Lincoln has so selflessly shared his knowledge with.

  235. Tshen2 March 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl.
    ericschmiedl.com

    I’ve been shooting for ages now and never thought to sell any of my work. One of my photos received major attention and Schmiedl showed me how to sell it for what it was worth. He also taught me the basics of the business and how to use studio equipment.

    -TungShen Chew

  236. Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    Nick Davis at Cycle 61!!!

    http://cycle61.blogspot.com/

  237. jamielynn0401 March 4, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    I nominate Peter Boysen
    http://www.366portraits.net

    I nominate Peter Boysen because he would immediately put to use what he learned from the experience. If Peter Boysen is chosen for this honor, the sponsorship would in effect grow exponentially: his 366 project is an example of his ability to use his resources to make people feel beautiful, which I think we can all agree is important, necessary, and rare. An opportunity to learn more about the business side of photography may actually be the only thing he needs. :)

    Sincerely yours,

    Jamie Buehner

  238. thesisdesignlab March 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    Gary Allard
    http://garyallard.com
    http://thesisdesignlab.wordpress.com

    10 years as an art director in the action sports industry gave me an eye. 20 years fiddling with my dad’s old Minolta gave me a skill. 4 years ago I step out to start my own gig. Got legal corporate status, setup shop and . . . turns out it’s a lot harder to do than you’d think. Being your own boss is great but it’s a lot harder to fire yourself for not running your business effectively.

    Thanks for what you do here, Chase.

  239. Sergio Ballivian March 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    I nominate Alex Miles Younger. http://www.alexmilesyounger.com

    A well-written letter from Alex led me to hire him immediately. We have worked on day-to-day business, grown my photo DB from 200 to 21,000+ images, implemented marketing strategies and he’s been my assistant/digital tech on location shoots. He’s very smart, learns quickly and thinks for himself. He’s absorbed photo techniques, lighting, retouching and business skills. He’ll be a SMART and EDUCATED photographic business owner if he goes to SB2 and he will share with others. He knows the challenge of a small business and he’s a worthy candidate.

    Gracias,

    Sergio Ballivian

    http://www.sergiophoto.com

  240. go2016 March 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    I nominate Brian Faini
    http://www.brianfaini.com

    I nomintate him b/c he eats Ramen Noodles and cuts his heat off as much as he can to save money for photography. He works at a small town newspaper and is trying to chase a dream.

    I nominate him because every start begins with a boost. This would be his.

  241. JB March 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    That’s great you’re helping out photographers in this way. You have inspired me to do the same to the best of my abilities. Keep up the great work!

  242. Todd March 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    I nominate Rebecca Blissett
    http://www.rebeccablissett.com

    I’ve seen some things in my life… Nice things, ugly things, weird things, exotic and frightening things. Every time I see one more thing, my vision gets a little more diluted. Is it possible to suffer from “desensitization of sight”? I think eventually everything I see will blend with everything I’ve ever seen, and all I will see is beige, amorphous shapes that amount to nothing. The one exception to this grim inevitability is, and always will be, Rebecca Blissett’s photographs. Holy crap. They’re real good.

    Look at them. LOOK AT THEM!

    -Todd

  243. moneypenny March 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    I nominate Rebecca Blissett
    http://www.rebeccablissett.com

    Some advice I received when I jumped from newspapers to freelance photography was: “I don’t take my camera out of my bag for less than 100 bucks.” If it worked for Naomi Campbell… I work mostly in editorial because it’s my comfort zone and it’s easy numbers – magazines tell you what they’ll pay. I cover many concerts but I fear the day isn’t too far away from my ribs giving out from flying elbows and the camera refusing more beer showers. More commercial work is coming in but, geez, what’s the best formula for billing?
    If I’m picked, I’ll write a review and post it for others.

  244. rippin-kittin March 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    Brian Larter has all the passion and professionalism that will get him far in life. I have had the pleasure of working with Brian, as well I have seen countless examples of his work, and I have always come away impressed.

    This is a once in a life time opportunity, and there would be no better recipient than Brian Larter!

    Cheers,
    Elizabeth

  245. Pastey Boy March 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather loves taking pictures more than a pack of teenaged asian girls. And her artistic talent is only rivaled by that of the great George C. Scott.

    Thanks,
    Mark

  246. Anonymous March 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    I nominate Joanne Lee -
    Joanne Lee Photography, Inc.
    She has done photos of my grandson when he was not in the mood, yet she succeeded in doing a great job.
    Furthermore, she is giving back to her clients who have cancer patient relatives by offering a free sitting. I am one of those relatives, and her kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated. She deserves to go to this seminar “for free”.

  247. Jason Joseph March 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    I’d like to have someone nominate me, as thats not the case… I nominate myself. http://www.JasonJosephStudio.com

    I crave this knowledge. I thirst for it with desert severity. I remember an add I saw in I think it was a 1998 publication of Popular Photography… the jist of the ad ready, you must eat sleep and dream images. I have that part covered. I sold everything to go to community college to put together a portfolio fpr acceptance to School of Visual Arts N.Y.C. A tragic broad daylight mugging of my parents sent them packing and me with them my dreams sold short for fear. I only finished one year at school. I worked on the west coast of Florida for every photographer I could even did some television production assistance. 911 struck and I had to come home to NY i had to follow my dream. Now entirely self taught ( I even taught myself web design and built my own website with some help) with the exception of 1 1/2 years formal education, I have zero business skill. Chase you utilize philosophy in image making. I hope to do the same, with my contacts in the entertainment business I will show how music marries people and does so in a succession of time, with my portraits and an inclusion of music I will use photography’s slice of time to equal that emotional content. I cant pull this off without more business skill. Help me continue filling in the pieces I lost out on.

    Warmly,
    Jason Joseph

  248. Erin March 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    I nominate Brain Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    Why because his work is wonderful and creative , he is very dedicated to what he does and aside from always working on his craft he is going to school and is supportive of working collabarativley with other people and not just photographers. He could benefit himself and others if he is chosen to go. he will do great things.

  249. Erin March 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    He is an amazing guy with so much drive and love for what he does , he works hard and is always supportive of other people. I think he is an excellent candidate for this and would not only benefit himself but share what ever he learns with others. He should definatly go to Chicago.

  250. Donna Lee March 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    I nominate Niko Villegas
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    I have admired his works and he’s very passionate in the field of photography. I don’t think anyone deserves it better than him. :)

  251. Rob March 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    I nominate Amanda Wilcher.
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    I am unassociated with the photography field but I assume it is largely based on the creativity and/or passion of the individual. However, to make a living off these talents one must be versed in the ways of business. That said I can firmly say this about Amanda. While I have rarely seen such determination and raw talent as a result, they may only take her so far. I see business skills in this field as enhancements or amplifiers. She may very well have the talent but a lesson in business would without doubt help her share it. Best wishes.

  252. LadyStentora March 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl.
    http://www.ericschmiedl.com

    Eric has held leadership positions at both our school (MIT) newspaper and yearbook, but his most striking feature is his willingness to give his time to other people when they have questions about photography, especially in the commercial realm. Though still a student, he has the dream to make photography his business, and anything he learns from his huge collection of books he gladly shares with the plethora of budding photographers here. I think the workshops at the ASMP Business Conference would be an invaluable opportunity for Eric but also for the future of informed photographers at my university.

  253. EmmaVan March 4, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter (www.brianlarter.com)
    Brian is a community minded pro photographer, who runs his own studio and equipment rental business in Halifax, NS.
    Brian is helpful to other photographers trying to get on their feet, and he is very business savvy.
    So, pick Brian Larter
    -Emma VanRooyen

  254. jimmy March 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador – http://www.joshuameador.com

    Basically ever since I got into photography Joshua has been there for me. He has been able to answer every question I have asked him and has always done it with a great attitude. On top of his helpfulness his photography is truly remarkable. He’s a hard working college student with a shining future, and on top of that, just a really great guy and it’s a pleasure to know him.1

  255. Nathan Welton March 4, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    i nominate me, nathan welton, at http://www.nathanweltonphoto.com and http://www.dreamtimeimages.com.
    I want to boost profits so I can give more back to the world. i want to be able to afford to purchase massive carbon offsets to cover the environmental impacts of my business and my work travel, as well as to entirely cover the carbon footprint of the events that i shoot (weddings, etc). I also want to raise money through my work to donate to a charity that supports girls’ education programs in pakistan and Afghanistan. business courses will help me boost my profits enough to realize these goals.

  256. shawnpix March 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    I nomintae myself, Shawn Lynch
    http://www.shawnpix.com

    I recently was” downsized” from my staff job at a newspaper chain and today my girlfriend took me to Tiffany’s jewelers to look at engagement rings. I need some business help!

  257. Daniel Whitlow March 4, 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl
    http://www.ericschmiedl.com

    Eric is the most dedicated and professional photographer I know. When I’m getting something to eat late at night, while other people are either sleeping or working, I occasionally see Eric wandering around with a camera and tripod. He’s always looking for things to photograph, and he pays incredible attention to detail, as you can see from the pictures on his web site.

  258. Shell March 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    I nominate Brett Turner. http://www.brettturnerphotography.com

    He’s learning and growing and having to restart his business, but he hasn’t given up and keeps trying to learn. Of everything in the world, this is his passion, and it would be great for him to be able to grow into a full time business with it. Going to this event would be a big help to him.

  259. Joanna March 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    I think Brian Later should have chance to have this opportunity to really show his talent.
    http://www.Brianlater.com

    I think from a small town like Halifax. Brian have the personality and the passion for photography =)

    Joanna Nguyen

  260. Jami March 4, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    I nominate my friend, Ethan Myerson. (www.myersonphoto.com) Ethan is a gifted photographer who unselfishly gives back to the community. He has organized several photography events and eagerly shares his knowledge to help others. I have learned a lot from him and truly enjoy watching him in action. He has a vision! Attending this event will give him skills to enhance his career and, in doing so, continue to give back to this fabulous community! Sending Ethan would spread your gift among many as we all benefit from his generosity.

  261. nitaya March 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    I nominate my Jason Huang
    http://www.table4photography.com

    I call him “my” Jason because I have never had a more loyal and loving friend. I once told him if my very ill father passed, he would have to walk me down the aisle, but now I may have to ask him to be my photographer. He has a passion for capturing the beauty in life with his camera, and deserves every opportunity to influence more people with his spirit, his compassion, and his photography.

  262. Jenn March 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl. http://www.ericschmiedl.com

    I’ve worked with Eric on a few photography projects, and he has taught me quite a few things. He is a fantastic photographer, and does amazing things with lighting. However, he has absolutely no realistic knowledge about the business end of photography, which I think really hampers his abilities. He is a great candidate because he is incredibly talented, and he really needs to learn about the business end of things if he is going to be successful, which he deserves.

  263. Mark Bertieri March 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    I would like to nominate Troy Freund

    I have known and worked with Troy for many years and he has always been active in the community, with students, and with newbies volunteering and spreading his passion about photography. He certaintly is an inspiration to the photography community in the Milwaukee area. He has always been available to help out any individual or group in need with his talents. Also, his work with the group “Freetimers” has really brought together many photographers who probably would have given up the profession without his many words of wisdom and his unique way in reaching out to people. You can be sure that whatever information he picks up it will be used to teach many others in need.

  264. Grayson March 4, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour http://www.lincolnbarbour.com. Lincoln is an exeptional artist and has a deep passion for the business. I know he would be a good investment and he would use the skills he learned and apply it.

  265. Kris March 4, 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is probably one of the most visionary and talented photographers I have met over the years. Ethans’ work speaks for itself, but I think that he is the right one for this by far.

    Inkk

  266. Li Kim Goh March 4, 2008 at 6:47 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is so kind, helpful, generous, and always willing to share his knowledge. He has helped me so much in guiding me during my first photo event with istockphoto. He definitely deserves a chance to win this.

  267. Kelly March 4, 2008 at 6:54 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    I have know Heather for years and watched her develope in to an amazing photographer. She is the only one who is allowed to take my photo, for the rest of all time. I can’t see her doing or being anything else. All she needs is a little help and guidance so that she can give up her day job and make a decent living at what she loves to do, but more important..be able to reach the ambitions I know she has! Thank you for considering our girl for you scholarship to the ASMP conference. She’ll make us and (you) pround!

  268. Stephanie Zvan March 4, 2008 at 7:06 pm #

    I nominate Ben Zvan.
    http://photography.zvan.net

    Ben’s pictures have always been cool. They’ve gotten cooler as he’s concentrated in turn on composition, color, lighting, posing, etc. His understanding of the business side of photography, however…well, a little help wouldn’t hurt. And what Ben learns, he teaches others.

  269. Daniel Mendoza March 4, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador.
    http://www.joshuameador.com/

    I chose to nominate Joshua because he has been a inspiring figure for me since he is a very young and talented photographer and has helped me understand photography from a different, more artistic, point of view.

  270. Omar March 4, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

    Jen’s photos (both fine art and wedding) are beautiful in such disparate ways.

    Her fine art emphasizes quiet solitude and loneliness. Jen’s photos follow in the Harry Callahan tradition of examining the smallest moments in the world around us.

    Her wedding photographs do exactly what a newlywed couple wants. In order of priority, she makes them look happy, in love, and good.

    Jen needs this scholarship because she can’t afford it otherwise.

    Omar

  271. Ryan Smith March 4, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    I nominate me, Ryan Smith
    http://www.csphotographs.com

    I’ve been reading as many books, blogs, newspapers and magazines as I can get my hands on in an attempt to better understand this business. These resources are fantastic, but can only help me if I fully understand them. I am nominating myself because I sincerely desire to learn more about the business of photography and what it means to run a sustainable business.

    Thank you Chase for presenting this opportunity. I would be heading to SB2 in Philadelphia this weekend if I could afford it, so this chance is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Ryan

  272. TobyM March 4, 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    A great photographer who many artists in my community have come to depend on for her stellar shots of their performances, provided at her own cost in time and labor.

  273. Corbett March 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather Christiansen is absolutely invaluable to the Seattle Comedy community. Her loving dedication to creating a visual documentation of this particular corner of the world has helped to give it a sense of permanence and even professionalism.

    To be honest, Stand-Comedy is not the most visually dynamic field to shoot. However, Heathers is capable of making images that reveal her subjects character, personality, even their sense of humor. These are both interesting to look at and helpful for up coming comics who have no headshots.

    As a blogger for KEXP, I know that my job would be impossible without her.

  274. Kelsey March 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm #

    I nominate Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker and I shot together, I am a model. He is amazing and knows exactly what he is doing, I am getting ready to shoot with him again for a second time and am really excited. He has a very unique style and see’s fashion from a different view. This is a rare quality in a photographer and it is an honor to work with him.
    Kelsey Lehman

  275. aaronjv March 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    I nominate JEN CLEARY
    http://www.jencleary.com

    Jen is both artistically gifted and extremely professional. She took wonderful head shots for me, and her latest photo series (the prison) is amazing; one of which I immediately selected as my desktop wallpaper, and I would love to pay large sums of money to get prints made. I think she is very deserving of your serious consideration. I have worked with a lot of photographers and cinematographers in my film career, and Jen Cleary definitely has a great eye.

  276. Dan March 5, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    I nominate myself, Dan Dekan
    http://www.dandekan.com

    So I bought a $2 lottery ticket today. If I win millions, I’ll open my own studio. A fun place mix with a small coffee shop, cause I like that type of atmosphere. It’s all about doing what you love, working with creative people and creating something that you’re proud of. The rub, I need to do it without winning the lottery. I need to strive to create compelling work and get paid for it.

    It really takes diving into the deep end and living life to the fullest. So what am I looking for? Communication with creative people, a jump start in the right direction and confidence worth millions of dollars.

    The best of luck to all the great photographers here.

  277. Anonymous March 5, 2008 at 1:42 am #

    Chase, will you pick up the taxable income relating to the prize?

  278. Helge March 5, 2008 at 2:20 am #

    Hi,

    I have to nominate my mate Jules Love (www.adventurephotographer.net) who is a brilliantly talented guy that gave up a great job to pursue his dream of becoming a travel photographer. And withing a couple of years he has made his mark, won awards and jets around the world on assignments I would kill for.
    On top of things, he has the patience and time to teach me and some friends about photography, lighting, etc.
    Thanks to him and make his dram come true Chase.

    thanks
    -helge

  279. Anonymous March 5, 2008 at 3:05 am #

    I nominate Jeffrey Cicolani from Austin TX.
    URL: http://photos.cicolani.net

    Nice guy with a good eye for pictures.. he is to ready to learn a lot more!!

  280. Johfil Villanueva March 5, 2008 at 3:15 am #

    I nominate – Niko Villegas
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/niko_villegas

    he has the passion and a heart whenit comes to photography… he loves what he do … go nik!!!!

  281. jonathanriggsnorton March 5, 2008 at 4:43 am #

    Amanda Wilcher should go.

    Amanda is exceptionally talented in everything she does. And that can’t be said for most of us. This self-taught individual has proven her ability and strength. She is an impressively hard worker. Amanda has a few jobs in order to pursue her passion of photography. She genuinely cares about others and sees that her photography can make a difference. Amanda Wilcher should go. You will certainly get a return on your investment.

  282. Hugonof March 5, 2008 at 5:11 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter,
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    Brian deserves to go to ASMP Strictly Business in Chicago because he is a great leader within the photography society in Halifax NS.
    He managed to organize the Halifax Photography Society, which hosts regular activities for photographers of all kinds in our city. He also is the head of Aperture Studio, which has open doors for local photographers and is perhaps one of the biggest studios in the area.
    I am sure Brian will share all his experience in Chicago with other photographers in our community. So if you support him,you support us =)

    Hugo

  283. bendystar March 5, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    I nominate Gary Allard

    http://www.garyallard.com

    He is the most amazing, technical, self taught photographer I know. He is always working, with great passion and determination to get the best (and most interesting) shot. He has taken an enormous leap to try on photography as a business-full time, and would get the most out of this travel experience. It would be your money well spent.

  284. sar4826 March 5, 2008 at 6:18 am #

    I strongly nominate Booker T. Brown for this fantastic opportunity, http://www.bookertbrown.com.

    Since I’ve know Booker there is always one thing that has remained constant, his desire to be a great photographer. Anything that can increase Bookers knowledge and skill is only going to exemplify his skills to the world.

    I’m sure there are other good photographers out there but with Booker’s positive disposition and desire to succeed there is no one else who would not only benefit from this more but who deserves it more.

  285. geenalovely March 5, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    I nominate Booker T. Brown
    http://bookertbrown.com

    Why?
    Booker has a keen sense of creativity and uniqueness in his photos. He gives great direction and knows what he wants! We have only worked together a few times but he really knows what he is doing. He made me feel comfortable when I was very new at modeling and has also helped me by giving me advice and information about Photography, as I am an aspiring Photographer myself. He has ambition and talent and if anyone deserves this, he does!! :)

  286. Robert A. Simon March 5, 2008 at 7:17 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is insanely talented conceptually and technically. He is also one of the most generous artists when it comes to teaching/mentoring other photographers. I can’t think of anyone of deserves the recognition and award more than Ethan. Plus, he’ll make you laugh.

  287. Carolynne March 5, 2008 at 7:19 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    An excellent and talented photographer with a great sense of humor and a generous nature. This is a great opportunity for him move on the next level.

  288. bonniej March 5, 2008 at 7:25 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson ( http://www.myersonphoto.com )

    I have worked with Ethan on photo shoots.. he is a wonderful upcoming photographer always looking to better himself & his skills. Entry to the ASMP’s Strictly Business seminar would be a wonderful opportunity for Ethan.

  289. Simon Moran March 5, 2008 at 7:25 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    As technical lead of content for istockphoto.com I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Ethan’s photography develop over the past 3 1/2 years. His work is always a pleasure to view and he’s incredibly helpful in the community. I feel the ASMP seminar would really help him with the final piece of the puzzle to become a full time pro, something I’d love to see.

  290. Ivar Teunissen March 5, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    —-

    I’ve had the pleasure to see Ethan develop his portfolio over the last couple of years and strongly believe that he would benefit from being able to pursue his dreams full time. This would not only enable him to develop his skills even more, but it would also allow him to share his wisdom of and love for the craft even more.

  291. Cat London March 5, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson (www.myersonphoto.com).
    As someone who has received a great deal of help and advice from Ethan as I started out in photography, I hope that Ethan gets this sponsorship. Ethan possesses exceptional creativity and talent, and despite being one of the hardest-working people I know and a dedicated family man, he always finds time to give other people a hand. This opportunity could give him the chance to go pro full-time, a chance Ethan richly deserves. I always watch for Ethan’s latest work, and I can’t wait to see where his photographic ability takes him next.

  292. T March 5, 2008 at 7:48 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan has the chops to make it in this game. His work’s adept, passionate, humorous, edgy. The next level for him is through the stratosphere. I nominate this selfless and giving individual. He’s the workingman’s shooter, speaking for us all.

  293. JBryson March 5, 2008 at 7:54 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan Myerson demonstrates a true talent with his photography, but remains very grounded, always making an extra effort to help and support fellow photographers. I have been the lucky recipient his time and advice and am honored to nominate him for this award.

  294. msmith13177 March 5, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    I nominate: Booker T Brown
    Website: http://www.bookertbrown.com

    I think Booker is very deserving of this opportunity. I’ve worked with him on a couple photo shoots and he is always very professional, imaginative and all around fun to work with. He’s got a great eye for detail and is working hard to perfect his art. Booker is young, outgoing and dedicated to his final product. He spends most of his free time volunteering to shoot weddings, youth leagues and all other project he can get his hands on. Just as Booker is creating the perfect masterpiece he is also working hard to perfect the business side of photography. This opportunity is would be a great experience for him… and knowing Booker, he’s likely to extend his knowledge gained to the photography community here in Kansas City. Thank you for considering him.
    ~megan

  295. malooskie March 5, 2008 at 8:18 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com.

    Heather’s live action shots of bands and comedians showcase her great sense of light and motion, but it’s her portraits where she really shines. She has the gift that all great photogs have of bringing the inside of a person out. The lighting and composition of her shots is gorgeous, and the fact that she donates so much of her time to help others’ art is just another reason she should get this opportunity.

  296. Alexander Hafemann March 5, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    First of all Ethan is a nice ad friendly guy! I had a lot of fun with him when we met in Austin during a photo shooting. He shares his knowledge, time and skills. I think he would be a perfect participant in ASMP.

  297. Shaun March 5, 2008 at 8:25 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    From working with Ethan in a studio setting to chatting with him through email, I am often amazed at his talents and drive. He is a ravenous student and an excellent teacher.

    I know that anything he learns will both be used to the fullest in his work, but also passed on to those with whom he comes into contact.

    Ethan would be a good choice for ASMP.

  298. Owen March 5, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I have watched Ethan Myerson develop as a photographer over the last few years, it is his ambition to go pro and this prize could help him to make that leap happen. Ethan is a generous soul and has helped numerous people to improve their photography skills. I think he deserves to get something back and I am sure that he will be a worthy recipient of this prize.

  299. Steph D. March 5, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl, ericschmiedl.com.

    He’s an extremely talented photographer, and always willing to help other photographers learn more. Because of this, not only will this benefit him, but the benefits will extend beyond him to many other people too.

  300. Warwick March 5, 2008 at 9:12 am #

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  301. Warwick Lister-Kaye March 5, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is an extremely active member of the online photographers community. He gives endlessly of his time and experience to others, both as a mentor and friend and he richly deserves to have his kindness rewarded with a prize such as this.

  302. Baldur March 5, 2008 at 9:18 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I’ve known Ethan for a few years now and have always admired his skill and dedication to his photography. His work is always well thought out and very well executed. He’s a photographer that is about to break loose and his would be a great opportunity for him.
    Thank You
    Baldur Tryggvson

  303. Lanica March 5, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    He is a great asset to the istockphoto communitee, a site that was built on the strength of its members. He is helpful as well as artistic, friendly as well as knowledgable and I highly recommend that he be your final selection.

  304. nojusticephoto March 5, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is not only an excellent photographer, he is a patient and extremely helpful teacher. Through my short career as a stock photographer, he has given helpful advise on many occasions, cheerfully answered any questions I might have, and has focused on the “stock” side of the industry for a long time. I think Ethan’s karma has come up, to have someone help HIM for once, and push his professional abilities to a new level.

  305. Sean Ottey March 5, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Yet another voice in the wilderness declaring that the Seattle scene would not be what it is without the watchful eye (and lens) of Heather. Not only comedy and music, not only amazing headshots and journalism work, but also a keen eye for what makes something beautiful or interesting. There is a reason that Heather gets so many accolades. She deserves them.

  306. risamay March 5, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson.

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is one of the friendliest, funniest, and hardest working photographers I know. As self-trained talent, he’s grown his portfolio of work into an impressive side-business. As a demonstration of his technical skills and savvy, Ethan was made an image inspector by the folks at iStockphoto.com; the Getty-owned, fastest growing and most successful royalty-free stock site in the world. This priceless opportunity would allow Ethan to take his work as a photographer to the next level: full time.

  307. Alessandro March 5, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    I nominate Marco Giannantonio
    http://www.arsmaior.com

    Marco is a talented growing pro and wants to learn how to build his carrer up.
    I think it would be very good for him also to talk to other people, both photographers and instructors.
    I’m sure it would be a very enritching experience, I’d like to participate too!

  308. Jonathan Eyler-Werve March 5, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is a great photographer and it has been fun and instructive to watch him progress over the years I’ve known him. But he gets my nomination because he has been, from the beginning, bringing everyone around him along with him. He really works to support other photographers and has grown a legion of genuinely appreciative fans as a result — a pretty good foundation for any business.

  309. Greg March 5, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Besides being a rad photographer, she’s also a rad person!

  310. Charles March 5, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I have had the opportunity to watch Ethan at work, when it comes to photography. He downplays his abilities, but he is quite naturally talented. I have been to several photo shoots, where Ethan has also been. His work is amazing and would only be complimented by this opportunity. I know that Ethan is just on the outskirts of making this a professional full-time business. What better person to add to this community, then an already naturally talented photographer. This opportunity will increase his his knowledge and skills.

  311. Claudio March 5, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    I nominate Marco Giannantonio
    http://www.arsmaior.com

    Why I wonna see Marco in Chicago with Chase? Because his passion for photography translates in humanization of landscapes and portraits, melting poethic beautiness and lovely details for a no compromise creativity result. But Marco’s talent is not complete, he need to improve his business&market; knowledge. I vote for him to give him a chanche to dramatically improve his innate vision of photography, for a full professional development of his new career!

  312. - Christine March 5, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is so generous with his talent, time and knowledge to other photographers (some still in the larvae stage) that he’s pretty much already “payed forward” the right to go to this conference with you. He is creative, skilled, and determined. He will soak up and put to use every morsel of information this conference provides and then, he will share that newfound knowledge graciously, as you are.

  313. Nicole March 5, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson. Why?
    Because she is talented, hard-working, passionate and would benefit greatly from this opportunity.
    Over the last 8 years, I’ve seen firsthand what Heather can do with photography. She’s documented several events for me, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Keep doing what you love Heather!

    Best,
    Nicole Knaus

  314. DCMCDXVIII March 5, 2008 at 11:06 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    She’s a spry lady with a very sharp eye. Seems to always be in two places at once, with a camera in each hand. She’s captured some of my band’s more picturesque moments, and has a natural aptitude for shooting performers… and she’s swell company.

  315. jenniferj47 March 5, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather has a great eye for photography, and takes amazing pictures. Plus she has a great personality and is a joy to work with!

  316. the observer effect March 5, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    I nominate Gary Allard
    http://www.thesisdesignlab.com

    Gary has a gift for approaching his subjects with a sense of discovery, and capturing that fresh perspective for others to enjoy — not just other photographers, but everyone. His narrative is simple and simply beautiful. I am not a photographer, but I have worked with many photographers and can tell you that working with Gary — and seeing the fruits of that work — is an absolute joy.

    As for the business end of things, Gary has elected to freelance. In my opinion, he would benefit greatly by attending this seminar, and that benefit would ultimately expose his wonderful work to a larger audience. A win-win.

  317. DjP-67 March 5, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson of
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I think Ethan has put a lot of time and effort into his photography and is always on hand to help other, this would be a great way to repay him for all his hard work and effort.
    All the best Dave (Blue_Army)

  318. Rikki Thompson March 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    I want

  319. Rikki Thompson March 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    I just want to say that Troy Freund is the most deserving photographer of all my friends who shoot, teach and live. He will do you proud if you select him.

    Rikki Thompson
    thompson3519@sbcglobal.net

  320. dksuiter March 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    I nominate Booker T. Brown,
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    I have known Booker for over 10 years now and he is such a great person. It’s no wonder that he takes such amazing photos because he has a way of bringing the very best out in people. I know that he wants to take his photography to the next step and that this would help him do so. I believe that Booker is so worthy of this scholarship and that he would be very appreciative of this opportunity.

    Thank you,
    Danielle

  321. Ross March 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    I wish I had a fraction of the passion for my job that Ethan has for photography. I believe that by sending Ethan to ASMP, you will give him necessary tools and focus to realize his dream – which would be to move his already successful photography business into his career.

  322. Jaqi Furback March 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson. http://www.heatherchristianson.com.

    There’s a certain step that every person reaches when in pursuit of mastery of a craft where they have the ability but they need help breaking into the business side of things. That’s exactly where Heather is. She is a fantastic photographer. With people she is calm, charming, and aids in creating a relaxed energy where her subjects may be themselves. Those personalities shine through every picture she takes.

    Take a look at her photos, and you’ll see what I mean. Then take her to the conference and you will be lending support to a future powerhouse.

  323. kuoirad March 5, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    Greetings,

    I’d like to nominate Dominic Eidson, of http://www.dominiceidson.com.

    Dominic’s enthusiasm and passion for photography coupled with his intelligence and ability to “find the shot” make him an attractive investment. A learning experience such as Strictly Business 2 would provide him an excellent foundation in the business side of professional photography, allowing him to pursue a career he would truly love.

    Dominic is also an active member of the Austin Strobist community and enjoys teaching others about photography. Expanding his knowledge through an opportunity like this would also benefit budding photographers of all levels in Austin, enabling him to pass on his knowledge and experience throughout his career.

  324. Jon March 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    I nominate Julian Love http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    As his father, I’ve watched Jules’ interest in photography grow from hobby to all consuming passion! He made a brave choice a couple of years ago, and his hard work and dedication are really beginning to pay off. When he gave me a camera for my birthday last year, I wasn’t sure how to return the favour – now I know. Please sponsor him for this seminar, I know he’ll make the most of this opportunity.

  325. Anonymous March 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    I nominate Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

    Jen is a dedicated and artistic photographer with an outstanding and eclectic portfolio. While I believe she deserves this trip based on merit alone, she would be unable to attend without this sort of support. Without a doubt, she would make the most of this experience. Thank you for your consideration.

  326. Ashley March 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    I nominate my sister, Amanda Wilcher
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    I beleive my sister really does deserve this trip. She’s an amazing photographer, and she’s one of the most creative thinkers I’ve met. She’s had no formal training, and I beleive this chance would really help her out a lot, even though I think she’s excellent the way she is right now. You won’t regret chosing her. Heck, she might teach you a thing or two!

  327. Randy March 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather is always out taking pictures at events. I am a stand up comic and she has helped me and other comics out by capturing so many great moments on stage. The quality of her pictures has helped create a more professional/legit comedy scene in Seattle. She rarely misses an opportunity to document what’s happening, and her work continues to get better and better, all the while working a day job. Also just a cool person. Pick her.

    Randy Liedtke

  328. Tammy Bryngelson March 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is on the cusp of going full-time. He is currently making a
    fair amount of money from his photography, but not yet enough to make the jump
    to fulltime. I feel that the knowledge and opportunities to be gained at the
    ASMP seminar could be just the shot in the arm he needs to finally go pro full
    time. Hopefully, this might help sway your decision in Ethans favor.

  329. Brenda March 5, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    I nominate Amanda Wilcher
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    Amanda is an exceptional person. She has a highly creative spirit and it shows in her photography. Not only creative, she cares deeply about her work and her clients as well. I don’t know of anyone who deserves this more. She is fullfilling a dream and works dilligently to be the best. I’ve known Amanda most of her life, and her drive and competitive spirit are nothing short of remarkable. Granting this opportunity for Amanda would be a very wise investment.

  330. Linnie March 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    I’m nominating Troy Freund(www.troyfreund.com) for the Strictly Business 2 seminar. He is a wonderful photographer who takes beautiful pictures but, he could use some help with the business end of photography.

  331. lenslens March 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    Hi I would like to nominate myself. Len Villano.
    http://www.lenvillano.com

    Because you haven’t already heard of me I probably need this seminar more than most. My biggest flaw is the business end. I have the passion, determination, vision. Basically I eat, sleep and drink photography. Self promotion leaves a bit to be desired. As Art Wolfe once told me. Write, don’t call your prospective customers. Because he felt I am much better in written form than in person. I am currently working as a photojournalist at a local newspaper and pursuing my personal work in my free (what there is of it) time. You can see some of my those photos at doorcountyrewind.com. Although Door County near Green Bay WI, is a beautiful place to live there isn’t much of a photo community here. So I have no one to recommend me. My work will have to stand on its own. I have been struggling for a long time to be able to go out on my own and have my own business. I continue to work on my art and develop my photography and I know someday I will succeed. This seminar would be heaven for me. Not only because of the classes and the knowledge I would gain but also because of the people I would meet and talk to and can show my work to. I now it would do wonders for my career and I cannot afford to go on my own so no matter what I truly appreciate you giving us all the opportunity (chance) to go. Plus I can drive down to Chicago so you won’t have to pay air fare.
    Thanks
    Len

  332. daniel March 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    I nominate Lincoln Barbour
    http://www.linconlbarbour.com

    Lincoln is a great young commercial photographer who is also always available to help out anyone in the Portland, OR photo community. He shares lighting tips, post-production techiques as well as web advice. I have worked worked with Lincoln on many of his jobs and always come away inspired by his final images. He definitely deserves the trip to Chicago.

    Thanks, Dan McLaughlin Photography

  333. Martha R March 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    I nominate Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

  334. Martha R March 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm #

    I nominate Jen Cleary.
    http://www.jhencleary.com

    Jen is a dedicated and artistic photographer with an outstanding and electic portfolio ranging from landscapes to weddings. While she deserves to win on merit alone, she could not attend this seminar without this kind of support. She would make great use of her new knowledge to embellish what is bound to be a stellar career.

  335. Bryan Villarin March 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    I nominate Brian Auer.

    http://blog.epicedits.com/

    He’s been a huge influence in my photography ever since I’ve known him. I don’t [personally] know anyone more deserving.

  336. Jamie March 5, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    I nominate: Shawn Lynch
    http://www.shawnpix.com/

    Shawn Lynch is one of the hardest working photographers I know. He’s always trying to learn new things (for example his website started off as a few pages I designed for him, and he took over from there) and grow in his career. Shawn was recently laid off from his job, and I think some business classes would greatly benefit him as he’ll be in business for himself. Shawn has also given back to the photo community by returning to his alma mater to speak to students studying photography.

  337. june-rain-eyes March 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    I am a friend and associate of Brian Larter and I love his work! He works with alternative models and has, what I think, are some really new and interesting artistic ideas! He is also very active in the Halifax Arts community and takes a lot of business and networking initiatives to further his work and others. For example, he created the Halifax Photo Society and used his own funds to set up an aperture studio for photogrophers in the area.

  338. birdie March 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    i nominate brian larter, cause he’s simply awesome. i’d tell you more but i have 25000 words worth of assignments to write in 30 days. wish me luck

  339. lyn1792 March 5, 2008 at 6:27 pm #

    Linda Buchanan
    http://www.strutmodelandtalent.com

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter of Halifax, NS
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    Brian is a very approachable person and certainly is business oriented. My interaction with Brian is basically Facebook or email. Brian is very eager to work as a photographer in the fashion industry and to be a reputable photographer. However my reason to recommend Brian is purely selfish: We live in Atlantic Canada and over the years the fashion industry has declined and the pool of qualified photographers that we have to pull from is limited. Due to that fact we have had to bring in fashion photographers from New York and Toronto, but we often need well trained photographers to assist our models with portfolios, our events (fashion shows), photo shoots, etc. So in reality, you would not only be assisting Brian Larter to enhance his abilities but you would be a part of a long term project to elevate the fashion industry in Atlantic Canada.

    These are once in a lifetime opportunities: please consider Brian Larter and the Atlantic Coast when making your decisions. Please do not take this lightly regarding my point about needing qualified photographers for the fashion industry in Atlantic Canada…it is a real issue. This type of opportunity will not only assist Brian, it will assist us to strengthen the foundation we are already laying within Atlantic Canada

    Regards
    lyn
    Linda Buchanan
    STRUT International

  340. theratiois6to1 March 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian is a fantastic photographer whose skills are constantly evolving. He is always growing and looking to grow. Brian is also a huge contributor to the local photographic community. He founded the Halifax Photo Society, an inclusive group for photographers of all skill levels to come together and learn. He also opened Aperture Studios in Halifax, creating a much needed space in the city. He consistently helps other photographers and models by assisting in networking and public announcements. Plus, his awesome attitude makes him great to work with!

  341. mark March 5, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    i nominate
    Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    he’s a business partner, and well received local photographer with a bright future. We’ve been doing business together for over a year and since i’m not nominated, or able to do this, I can think of no one better than Brian Larter.

  342. Nicki March 5, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian has recently opened up his own photography studio in Halifax, Nova (Apeture Studios) Scotia, as well as created the Halifax Photo Society to help open the world of photography to others. I think this would be a wonderful experience for him and that he would get a lot out of it.

    Thank You
    Nicki Brouwer

  343. gha photographic March 5, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    In the small community of Halifax, arose a leader. His name was Brian Larter. He has, without thought of personal gain, developed a community where photographers can work and grow in. He has created a rental studio for many photographers. He has created a photography society to unite those of us who share a craft. He has created a local strobist group which uses his studio. He is the kind of person who gives more to the community than the community gives to him. He is much like a young David Hobby or Chase Jarvis.
    I am confident that everything he learns from this trip or any other, he will openly share with others in the community, and this is why I nominate Brian Larter.

    Gunther Ha
    http://www.ghaphotographic.com

  344. Kathryn Carey Spence March 5, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

  345. Kevin Dunphy March 5, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian is a talented photographer who has turned his passion into the rarest of businesses: one that contributes to the local community and to others who share his passion.

    Brian has provided a positive, professional environment for photographers in a city that often suffers from a lack of creative outlets and facilities. More importantly, he shares his knowledge with any that are interested. Approachable, with no ego to bruise. Not the teacher, not the student, but rather the friend who shares the passion.

    Choosing Brian will strengthen the business of an enthusiastic entrepreneur, and empower an entire artistic community.

  346. Alice March 5, 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl (www.ericschmiedl.com).

    Eric has held Photo Editor posts at both the MIT Yearbook (technique.mit.edu) and the MIT newspaper (www-tech.mit.edu), but those positions are merely the ones on paper. Besides serving the MIT community as a talented photographer, he has been a generally infectious photo enthusiast, working to impart his knowledge to newbies around campus, and never, ever passing up an opportunity for an awesome photo – even if it means scaling tall buildings at very short notice and carting a ton of equipment on the way. (Yes, we do crazy things like that on this campus.) He has encouraged us to challenge ourselves as photographers – while never ceasing to continually challenge himself.

  347. bcrules82 March 5, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    I nominate Shawn Lynch
    http://www.shawnpix.com

    I knew him when he first started studying photography and journalism as his roommate. I watched his desire to become a photographer drive him to work all through the night for our student run newspaper, and then on to work freelance for larger local papers. As his artform evolved, so did his drive to perfect and improve, and so followed further calls for work.

    Now that he has attained a stable background in the art of photography, he needs to learn the business skills necessary to continue his still young career.

    He’s a cool guy, we had tons of fun together at university, and I think he should be chosen.

    Brian Cassell, M.S.
    Asic Verification Engineer
    SiCortex

  348. Amanda March 5, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter

    You never see Brian without his camera. He has the passion, personality and the skill. If you need help or have a question about equipment or anything about photography, he’ll go out of his way to help you, even if its 2am!

    Brian is a great addtion to our class, to the community and he wil be a great addition to the business seminar !!

  349. vickimamma March 5, 2008 at 7:45 pm #

    I nominate my son, Peter Boysen
    http://www.366portraits.net

    I would like Peter to attend this conference. He is a very talented, self-taught photographer who is trying to make a living doing this thing that he loves… I know I’m his mother, but he really is talented. He has a little more trouble teaching himself the business end of this field… and I would like him to attend this conference so he can figure out how to make enough money to move out of our basement… or at least absorb a huge rent increase. Any help you give him would be greatly appreciated by his father and I.

    Thanks, Vicki

  350. Anonymous March 5, 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    I nominate Joanne Lee
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com Joanne has a real way of making a “subject” feel comfortable in front of the lens. Her work with my daughter when she was only months old really created a memory we will cherish for a lifetime. Her ability to charm children into relaxed poses is just amazing and I look forward to extending our family portfolio with her in the future as she strives to learn more about this challenging and rewarding field. Susan W.

  351. Patrick March 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    I nominate Shawn Lynch
    http://www.shawnpix.com

  352. Emma March 5, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    I nominate-Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker really deserves this oppertunity to learn about the business side of photography. I really don’t know much about this field, but I know I like the pictures he takes. They’re from a whole different prospective that I didn’t even know existed. He not only works hard at improving his natural gift, but is a really nice guy to boot.
    Thanks,
    Emma

  353. Mike March 5, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    I’ll throw a nomination for Nick Davis, http://cycle61.blogspot.com/. I met Nick at a Strobist meetup and he was one of those composed, interested, involved people that just gain the respect of those around them. The kind of people I’d like to see succeed. Best of luck to all.

  354. Anonymous March 5, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    first of all, i truly think her body of work will make a stronger case for her winning this thing than anything i say, however i will say this, heather has a passion for photogtaphy and people, if you spend any time with her, you quickly realize the beauty of her work is watching her combine the two, she adds flavor to any scenario, she is a catylist for creativity, and has a work ethic that is hands down respectable, please give her an opportunity to prove it

    kevin richards

  355. Ted Tremper March 5, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    I’d like to put forth my nomination for Heather Christianson — http://www.heatherchristianson.com — for your contest.

    I met Heather when I was working as a comedian in Seattle this summer. I have to say that she possesses tremendous gifts and could benefit from traveling to the ASMP conference. Having worked for many publications — news and otherwise — and there are very few who are capable at capturing environments with such skill and consistency.

    I am currently a graduate student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and I can say without hesitation that Heather is of the caliber of any of the students in the Masters of Photography program here.

    Although her techical prowess is unquestionable, I feel that Heather’s greatest attributes are her dedication to her craft and her generousity with her skill. She is constantly providing much needed pubicity to the members of the Seattle comedy scene. Whether it’s headshots, onstage action, or candid backstage ridiculousness, she’s steadfast in her quest to expand her portfolio while helping others.

    I hope that my comments have been helpful in shaping your competition. Please email me if you have any questions or would like any further information.

    Yours truly,

    Ted Tremper

    tedtremper AT hotmail DOT com

  356. irishpreacher March 5, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    I nominate Brett Turner http://www.brettturnerphotography.com
    He is just starting his business, but not his career. He has for years seen and captured the truly beautiful and unique aspects of people and situations. His understanding of light and his mastery of it is, I believe, unique. He is an artist as well as a great photographer. And Best of all he is My son, too bad I couldn’t teach him more or give him this opportunity.

  357. thebookwyrm13 March 5, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl
    http://ericschmiedl.com/

    Schmiedl is a wonderful person and photographer. He took scantily-clad pictures of me for a campus pin-up calendar, and rather than being the awkward or creepy experience I could have had with another photographer, I instead felt more comfortable about myself by the end of the shoot. He’s just so calm and encouraging, yet still passionate. Very talented, too – I’ve never seen a single photo of his with bad lighting. Or even mediocre lighting. He’s just magic when it comes to lighting, and it makes his pictures look fantastic. Also, he’s constantly involved with the photography community here at MIT, so he’d definitely spread the love from whatever he learned at Strictly Business 2.

  358. Heather March 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    I nominate Laura Story
    http://www.lostartphotos.com

    to go to Strictly Business 2. Maybe I’m a tad partial, but my sister is a very talented photographer and writer who is trying to find a way to make a living doing what she loves and is passionate about. I feel like the seminar in Chicago would help her toward that end. Plus, she lives in Lubbock, TX – not exactly a place of inspiration to the creative mind. A few days away could really provide some great new persepctive. Thanks!

  359. gman March 5, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    I nominate Nick Davis of http://www.cycle61.com. He’s determined, talented, and has the gear to do it.

  360. Anonymous March 5, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    I nominate – Bryan Mitchell.
    http://www.bryanmitchell.com

    He is a great photographer who is becoming more and more in demand within the wedding industry. This will really help him out!

  361. gman March 5, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    Chase and David intended or not there are dozens of other sites from flickr forums to blogs that have links to this page to nominate people. The effect is that it shills your blog to be higher in the page ranks. This is because part of the Google algorithm logic that the more links to a page the more important/relevant it must be.

    Get a book on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to learn more about how to shill the google algorithm. The fact that it can be show how inferior the algorithm is compared Yahoo! search.

  362. Genita March 5, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl
    ericschmiedl.com

    Not only have I seen how *super awesome* Eric’s photos are, I know him to a person who is happy to share his passion with others. He’d be a great candidate for ASMP because of how much he could bring back to our campus.

  363. Joe March 6, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl, ericschmiedl.com.

    He has been a major proponent to making Photography interesting on the MIT campus. He has also worked at making it easier for aspiring photographers to understand the business implications of professional photography.

  364. succubus602 March 6, 2008 at 5:22 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    He’s a dedicated photographer who loves his work and always does whatever it takes to make his clients happy. He is always trying to expand his knowledge of photography to be the best that he can be, and I think he would benefit greatly from this opportunity, as would all his clients as a result. I worked with him when he was just starting out, and even then he was extremely professional and very talented. He has only grown more in the time since, especially with the opening of his studio, Aperture Studios. He definitely deserves this chance.

  365. Nick March 6, 2008 at 5:32 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter!
    http://www.brianlarter.com/

    I have several friends that have done model work with him, with amazing results. He is a gifted photographer with a great eye for creative shots and is an active member of the Halifax photography community. This opportunity would really help him to grow as an individual and also as the mentor he’s become to many up-and-coming photographers in the city.

    Nick

  366. Anonymous March 6, 2008 at 5:46 am #

    Peter Boysen (www.366portraits.net), is my nomination. He’s an awesome photographer! ~ Christy Aitken, Winona, MN

  367. keturahjane March 6, 2008 at 6:55 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    Over the years I watched Brian’s photography grow and develop. He has natural talent, yet takes every opportunity to learn and better his craft. This is why Brian would be an excellent recipient of this prize. He takes what he learns to heart, this would be no different, applying it to business practice and photography.
    Brian was our wedding photographer. Even more special than the posed photographs (which were beautiful) were the candid shots he captured. Brian blended seamlessly and took some of the most elegant photos of my family and friends I have ever seen.

  368. Matt March 6, 2008 at 6:56 am #

    I nominate – Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    He’s a very skilled, inventive and creative photographer who not only produces quality images but is also an asset to the community.

  369. Tyler March 6, 2008 at 7:58 am #

    i nominate dalyce burgess
    http://www.photodalyce.com

    dalyce has pushed my jewelry website (www.viachristachains.com) to the next level with her amazing photos. she has invested her time on countless photo shoots, strictly for the love of photography. she has a great eye for getting that perfect, stylish picture while focusing on the purpose of the photo. if anyone deserves the trip to ASMP, she does.

  370. butters March 6, 2008 at 8:22 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    She is so smart and talented. During company events, we always want Heather to take the pictures. She has a way of making anything beautiful.

  371. dblmnhtn March 6, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    I nominate Gary Allard

    http://www.garyallard.com
    http://www.thesisdesignlab.com

    Go with Gary. Oh, there’s no doubt about it. Gary has become the ultimate student of photography. I know of no other person who has so much passion about the art. He has dismissed sure fame in the design world to pursue his true calling. The Strictly Business seminar is just what he needs to leverage his incredible talent and refine the business aspects a bit to make this adventure profitable. He certainly deserves it based on merit. Just take a look at his work.

    Photography is his muse. Photography may be his ruin. He is delighted by its “honesty” (his word) and tortured by its complexity. He has a mindful soul, and a soulful mind.

    Yes, definitely go with Gary.

  372. Shaun Krisher March 6, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Chase,

    Fashion and editorial here: http://www.shaunkrisher.com and weddings here: http://www.joiedevie-photo.com. I also shoot Time Magazine portraits of historical figures.

    I’m a smart, hard-working and charismatic person. People that meet me want to work with me. My problem is that I can’t get in front of the people I need! I’m working a second job, just trying to survive and it’s tough.

    That’s how Strictly Business can help: Photographers do what we do because we want to feel good about others feeling good about something we’ve done. I want to learn so I can share.

    Thanks.

  373. Shellybee March 6, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    I nominate Gary Allard.
    http://www.thesisdesignlab.com

    Gary is a creative photographer with a designer’s eye. His passion for photography is so big, he’s transitioning out of what he knows well – print graphic design – to be a full time photographer. I so admire that! He’s a really talented designer, a generous person, and a great photographer.
    Whatever he’s ever done – from learning to surf as an adult to climbing glaciers to learning to cook incredibly well – he’s immersed himself in totally and researched and practiced to death, so I’m sure he’s on his way to big success as a photographer. The ASMP Strictly Business seminar would be a tremendous opportunity for Gary.

  374. teloro March 6, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    I nominate Carson Blume.

    http://www.carsonblume.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesystems.com
    http://www.digitalcapturesolutions.com

    Carson is one of the most entrepreneurial people I know, immensely talented and always looking toward the future. He constantly strives to improve himself, help those around him and advance the overall craft through clever applications of new and classic technologies. He’s a consummate professional who understands the value and strength that results from a good network of family, friends and professional acquaintances. I think this trip would be right up his alley.

    Best Regards,
    Robert

  375. meggerz53 March 6, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    I would like to nominame Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com

    He is obviously very passionate about photographhy, having started a business for new photographers to have a place to for practice, without charging outrageous prices (pretty amazing since his is the only company that does what he does). Top it off with the halifax photography society and his general interest in talking about photography to anyone who is willing…he deserves some help in getting information about the business side to things.

  376. Joanne Lee March 6, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    I nominate – Joanne Lee
    http://joanneleephotoblog.typepad.com/
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com

    She is an amazing photographer and absolutely wonderful with children and pets (Parent too for the matter!). She has the patients of a Saint. You feel like you are hanging out with a great friend who just happens to have a camera. After each photo session, we wait with excited anticipation for email from Joanne. First she sends a sneak peek of her favorite picture(s) from the shoot. Then we receive a web-link to a slideshow played to the most appropriate music. I feel that her talent can be compared to that of Ann Geddes.

    Our family gained a photographer and a friend when we met Joanne!
    Carla D.

  377. Carla March 6, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    I nominate – Joanne Lee
    http://joanneleephotoblog.typepad.com/
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com

    She is an amazing photographer and absolutely wonderful with children and pets (Parent too for the matter!). She has the patients of a Saint. You feel like you are hanging out with a great friend who just happens to have a camera. After each photo session, we wait with excited anticipation for email from Joanne. First she sends a sneak peek of her favorite picture(s) from the shoot. Then we receive a web-link to a slideshow played to the most appropriate music. I feel that her talent can be compared to that of Ann Geddes.

    Our family gained a photographer and a friend when we met Joanne!
    Carla D.

  378. erin_goodyear March 6, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    I nominate Booker T Brown, b/c I think he’s a wonderful photagrapher. He really makes the pictures jump out at you. On top of that he’s really easy to work with, and makes you feel comfortable w/ the him and the surroundings. You can tell that photography is his passion and he is very devoted to it.

  379. Andy Peters March 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    I nominate

    Heather Christianson

    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Her dedication to photography is unmatched. She was asked to help out and take some pictures of us Seattle Comedians as we perform around town. Since then I don’t think I have performed at an independently run comedy show in Seattle where she was not in attendance taking pictures. The results are always amazing. If you want evidence of her talent visit the myspace pages of any Seattle Comic – I am sure that they use one of her photos.

    She recently took the photos that I am using for my upcoming website. The session was very relaxed and stress free – just the way I like it.

    She takes a very friendly and social approach to taking a picture. The results are always unique and fun.

    Andy Peters

  380. apartmentseven March 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    I nominate myself, Austin M. Shaffer
    http://jimothy.deviantart.com

    Working at a professional photo lab, I teach wedding photogs, event photogs, school photogs, students, fellow employees, and the average shooting Joe/Josephina how to use their camera, flashes, studio equipment, computer software and hardware, and of course, the world of photographic printing. Of all that I’ve learned from working in a lab, camera repair, and photo studios, I am still clueless as to how to further myself and my skill in this industry (I don’t even have my own website!?). That is why I am interested in the ASMP Strictly Business seminar.

  381. Alison March 6, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    brianlarter.com

    Brian is an amazing photographer who captures colour or emotion so well in one simple shot. He is based in Halifax and provides a cheap studio to rent to other budding artists like himself. This would mean a lot to him if he got to go.

  382. jkashian March 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    I nominate Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

    She’s a great photographer. She’s a really good person and needs to learn more about the financial and business side of the business and this conference would really really help her.

  383. Andrew Ferguson March 6, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    Brian is the one photographer I know who manages to successfully achieve a balance between focusing on his images and focusing on his business.

    He’s driven, dedicated, has an excellent artistic eye, and will benefit greatly from attending ASMP.

  384. -M March 6, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter.
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian does everything he can to enrich the arts/photography community here in Halifax, as well as the community as a whole. That and he makes some pretty great images.

    So really, sending Brian to this conference wouldn’t be helping just Brian, you’d be helping all of Halifax. Brian never hesitates to help enrich the arts community whereever he feasibly can. And that’s just plain awesome.

  385. Lydian Ali March 6, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    I nominate Austin Shaffer.
    http://jimothy.deviantart.com

    Austin has always been a ridiculously talented individual. When we were in high school together, he was nominated Most Creative. Now, five years later, his creativity with photography and art has surpassed any expectations one would’ve had. He’s the best– reliable, friendly, and exceptionally talented.

  386. Jantien March 6, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    I nominate Booker T Brown, http://www.bookertbrown.com

    I’ve know Booker for a couple of months and absolutely love his work. He inspires me, as a model, to take my modeling a step further and find the best in myself. I think he absolutely deserves going to the seminar.

  387. Anonymous March 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    I nominate: Booker T. Brown http://www.bookertbrown.com and say I think this conference would benefit him greatly! He is very pasionate in his work, and it is some of the best photography I have seen! Please send him! He deserves it!

  388. Anonymous March 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    He has always been professional with his work and despite being an excellent photographer he has done a lot for the community as well. Brian has supplied a space for models, photographers and anyone else who might be interest to get together and work and have fun.

  389. david mejias March 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    I’m nominating myself – David Mejias

    http://www.newclimber.com
    http://www.davidmejias.com

    So here’s a bit about me. I’m a blogger, commercial staff photographer, community volunteer, board member of ASMP Colorado and all around groovy mentor to a bunch up and coming photographers.

    As a former startup business exec, I’m always giving advice to local photographers on how they should approach the business of photography. I’m thinking I should get some formal education through ASMP and help spread a more informed word to those who may not be able to attend SB2.

    If it helps, some of my work has been in PDN, Communication Arts, the Denver Post, and Creativity Magazine.

    Thanks for the consideration!

  390. greg hudson March 6, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    nominate Joshua Meador http://www.joshuameador.com
    i will name many reasons why.
    he is very helpful to everyone on the pbnation photography section
    he takes amazing pictures
    he has sex with alot of women and complains about his testicals.
    he does not drink shitty beer
    he takes amazing pictures of monkeys
    he payed me .25 cents to do this

  391. Kelly March 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com

    Carson Blume is a brilliant photographer who is capable of capturing the strength, courage and determination of any athlete in the spirit of competition. His photographs are flooded with creativity and his passion for the outdoors. Carson consistently seeks challenges to test his ability and never fails to demonstrate his superiority in every situation. In my opinion he is the best in his field and I believe his immense talent qualifies him as the perfect candidate for your scholarship. PLUS he’s just really fucking cool dude. Don’t pick anyone else.

    CARSON BLUME IN ’08

    - Kelly Raney

  392. Andrew March 6, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    Four-Hundred-and-Twelve comments? LOL – how the hell do you get through all of these AND run a business. Kudos my friend – I don’t know how you do it.

  393. Justin Simmons March 6, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    I nominate Joshua Meador
    http://www.joshuameador.com

    I believe Joshua is one of the most ambitious and talented photographer on the west coast. He continually strives for excellence in not only his landscape and sports work, but has recently jumped into the realm of portrait photography. Joshua is the perfect candidate for this scholarship, as he plans to pursue a career in free-lance photography, and can use all of the advice, skills, and resources he can get his hands on.

  394. Alejandro Raymond March 6, 2008 at 8:12 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Besides being a great friend who is always willing to help, Ethan is also an extraordinary artist. I know that he is really interested in attending ASMP and, considering that he is such a talented human being with a powerful intellectual and emotional commitment to his work, he could really turn this opportunity into even better and more inspiring pieces. I am already looking forward to see what he´ll create if he gets chosen!

  395. 1978 March 6, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    I nominate Booker Brown

    He is a talented photographer. and when I was in Kansas City he assisted me on more than one occasion. He would benefit greatly from this opportunity and would help jump start his photography career.

    brian s smith

  396. squid-queen March 6, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian is the most driven person I know, as well as fantastic photographer. Not only is he going to school for something that he’s passionate about, but he’s running a business that he’s passionate about, with equal energy and enthusiasm.

    Brian is constantly learning, trying to more effectively run his business, coming up with new ideas on how he can benefit his clients. Like he has stated, he as not received a lot of help from the business community here, so has had to learn much of it himself.

    I have no doubt he would benefit from this seminar, and that in turn would benefit Halifax. Brian has given photographers in Halifax a fantastic resource, and it must be positively exploited.

    Thank you.

  397. Bernard Mollberg March 6, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    I nominate Dalyce Burgess
    http://www.photodalyce.com

    I have had the opportunity to watch Dalyce work on several photo sessions. She has the essential quality of putting her subjects at ease with a calm dignity and grace. She conveys great focus and professionalism, yet warmly engages her subjects to bring out their inner selves… then SNAP! she has captured their souls.

  398. lindes March 6, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    I nominate… me: David Lindes http://photo.lindes.net/.

    100 words? I’ll give you 12 (including these). I rocked your lamp.

  399. kkbrown314 March 6, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    I nominate Eric Schmeidl, of http://ericschmiedl.com/

    Eric takes pictures of nearly everyone and everything in the MIT community in many styles and for many purposes. Because he is involved with so many groups (campus newspaper, yearbook, etc.), he is in an ideal position to help other students pursue amateur or professional photography.

  400. Photo-John March 6, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com

    He’s a badass. He rides bikes and takes great bike photos. He’s got a sweet photo van. He’s also a very serious photographer who’s going nowhere but up, up, up. I think he shoots for for love first and money second. I think that’s cool. Anybody who takes great bike photos can’t be in it just for the money. But I expect he can use the networking and guidance ASMP members might be able to offer. And he really wants to go.

  401. Rich March 6, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    I nominate – Jen Cleary
    http://www.jencleary.com

    You can actually feel the textures in Jen’s pictures. I’ve never seen anything like them, and I consider it my duty to try and help push her work out into the world.

  402. leftspin March 6, 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson

    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    You know, he’s a nice guy, and a pleasure to shoot with. I can’t think of a more deserving guy to get this chance at the big time. You’d do well to work with him!

  403. Terence March 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    I, Terence Tam, nominates Darien Chin
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/knottyy/

    Darien’s story reminded me of famous director Zhang YiMou, who sold blood for five months to pay for his first camera. We met at the Strobist seminar; Darien was the assistant so he could sit in for free. He left the comfort of a monthly paycheck to go pro, working odd jobs to scrape by.

    Darien’s stream reflects a diversity of subjects and techniques; his landscape shots are magazine worthy. He’s not just passionate; when he’s not slaving away at his day job, he is breathing, thinking and practicing photography. Perhaps, I should let him speak for himself

  404. TIENNYLATIFPHOTOBLOG March 6, 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    I nominate Darien Chin and his website it http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy.
    After seeing his work, I believe he deserves to get to that ASMP Strictly Business 2. I hope I get everything right.

  405. Photos for Breakfast March 7, 2008 at 12:13 am #

    I nominate myself, Christy Kinskey
    (website is being constructed so it’s flickr for the moment)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    A friend once told me… You’ll look back on your many choices and you’ll see the dots connect. It’s happening now.

    I’ve been exploring my aesthetic style for some time now, and am at the point of asking myself business questions that I don’t know all the answers to. Who, exactly, is my audience? How should I reach them? What works? What am I worth? Where’s the industry heading?

    Ideas, I’m never short on. Good hard critiques and seasoned advice from professionals, I need more of. I’m hungry for that conversation.

    Christy

  406. Cawei March 7, 2008 at 2:01 am #

    I nominate Darien Chin
    http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy

    Grandious photos.

    Very special with the light.
    And brilliant in colour.
    Can´t say what picture is most
    beautiful.
    I would love to have photos
    from myself made by him.

    :) )

    Cawei

  407. z March 7, 2008 at 2:07 am #

    I nominate Eric Schmiedl, ericschmiedl.com.

  408. uzi March 7, 2008 at 2:21 am #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    Clearly, with just a flickr, she can use a hand-out like this. Granted, this is all subjective, but look at her work and you’ll agree that she’s destined for greatness. May this prove to be a milestone.

    If it’s of any comfort, she’s also a wonderful person. Fun, funny, smart, kind and a pleasure to be around. She’s awesome-covered awesome with awesome filling.

  409. MMachin March 7, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    I nominate Gonzalo Manera
    http://www.gonzalomanera.com
    http://www.gonzalomanera.com/blog
    I nominate Gonzalo because he is not only talented and creative; he is also hardworking and enduring. The time he is not taking photos he spends on expanding his knowledge about photography. He is brave enough to try to live off something he loves in a country where creative talent is hardly ever regarded as a way to make your living. All he needs is to improve his networking skills and let everyone see what a good professional he is!

  410. benitodungo March 7, 2008 at 3:48 am #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    www. carsonblume. com

    He is one of the best cycling photographers in the world.

  411. Christiane March 7, 2008 at 5:07 am #

    My name is Christiane Nicely and I am a member of DFJ Deutsche-Fotojournalisten e.V. in Germany

    I nominate Darien Chin
    www. flickr. com/people/knottyy

    He is a very creative photographer and versatile in various fields. His nature photography and portraits are outstanding. Not only is he very innovative but he also has very good people-skills. For these reasons he will do very well internationally given the right business tools. Please give this man the opportunity to take part in the meeting.

    Thank you so much
    Chrissie

  412. James March 7, 2008 at 5:17 am #

    I nominate Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    Julian brings the world to life in his travel photography. I’ve enjoyed two photographic trips with Julian: Namibia and Tasmania. When he is shooting he goes into – and explains – the ‘zone.’ It’s engaging, he’s fun to be with and it’s great to learn from Julian. He makes the world beautiful through his pics. His photos are inspiring and I reckon people now love my iphoto shows thanks to the way he’s explained his eclectic know-how. Chase – please sponsor him for this seminar.

  413. Anonymous March 7, 2008 at 6:36 am #

    This is a nomination for Nick Davis at Cycle 61. He is just starting as am I and I love that he sharing his journey, what works and what doesn’t, as he builds his photography business!! Since I can’t go, I know he will share what he learns with the rest of us!

  414. Kimberly A Miller March 7, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    I nominate Darien Chin
    www. flickr. com/people/knottyy

    I only know Darien’s work through his website and Myspace. His nature/landscape photography is both surreal and majestical. At such a young age, Darien has managed to attain the precise beauty in his work to render them fine art as photographic styled “paintings.”

    I believe that Darien has great potential and has proven so through his love and passion of sharing with the world, what he see’s through the lens. He’s a talented young man, that deserves this fabulous opportunity, to turn his dream into a reality, by gaining an understanding to the business side of the photography realm.

    Darien may be young, but he holds so much experience in his hands already – he’s ready for the next step, running his own photography business.

  415. Jesse Lava March 7, 2008 at 6:45 am #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey, the perpetual learner: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    I’ve seen Christy’s work, and she is a font of creativity. But even more than that, Christy has a commitment to self-improvement and an eagerness to learn from her experiences. In other words, she doesn’t just L-O-V-E photography — though she does, of course — but will use her experience in Chicago to grow. She’s a sponge that soaks up what people have to offer her. That, ultimately, is what will make her a successful photographer, and it’s what suggests she’s a great nominee for the Chicago trip.

  416. amy brinkerhoff March 7, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey for the strickly business contest. She is extremely talented. She would really benefit from this seminar. She has worked extremely hard on her photography and this is the next step to her success.
    http:/www.flickr.com/photo/ckinskey/
    To the beauty of photography Christy is the best.

    Amy Sue

  417. jarrett.x.hill March 7, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    I nominate Amanda Wilcher.
    http://www.jandraphotography.com

    Amanda has an eye for beauty, just look at her website.

    She takes pride in her work by listening to her clients. She cares about their needs and makes sure that every picture captures the individuals’ expressions. Allowing her this opportunity will assist her with building her business and career.

  418. Uncle Benny March 7, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is a fantastic artist, and very serious about his work. He tries harder than anyone to continuously improve his work.

  419. CMM March 7, 2008 at 7:46 am #

    I nominate Brian Larter
    http://www.brianlarter.com

    Brian has contributed significantly our community in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is one of the founding members of the Halifax Photographic Society, a group dedicated to helping each other develop all aspects of their photography. He is also a co-owner of Aperture Studios (ApertureStudios.ca), which gives professional, student, and amateur Photographers an opportunity to work in a traditional studio environment at a very affordable cost.

    In a short time he has brought together a large group of people who have been able to make a positive influence in each others Photographic development. His motivation and ability to motivate others is a key strength.

    He has a good understanding and talent for the business aspect of Photography and I would like to see him get an opportunity to go further with that.

    Regards, Court Milley

  420. sneakily March 7, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    I nominate Austin Shaffer
    http://www.jimothy.deviantart.com

    I’ve watched Austin’s tastes change and his abilities expand for the last eight years, ever since he started out in high school. Although he is an amazing artist with a gifted way of seeing others, I feel his progress in this industry is crippled by his lack of knowledge and experience in the business world. Heck, we’re from Tucson of Arizona, and what he needs is a little instruction and a big city that values his talent outside of weddings and sunsets.

  421. Chris March 7, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    I’d like to nominate that dred-headed guy, Darien Chin.
    Flickr

    Darien has been an inspiration to me, even though I’ve never met him. He’s got a metric sh*t-ton of talent, and I can only imagine what he could do with more training and know how. Actually, no I couldn’t. But I’d like to see…

  422. Anonymous March 7, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan is a wonderfully creative individual with formal training in graphic design. He works amazingly well with his photo subjects and produces beautiful images. I believe by sponsoring him at ASMP you will receive a great return on your investment…by enabling and enhancing the business side of his creative talent. You can’t go wrong with Ethan. Just do it.

  423. Rahul March 7, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    I nominate Julian Love
    http://www.adventurephotographer.net

    While staying with my parents last Christmas, Julian travelled up to take our family portrait at our home. My father has a debilitating medical condition and spending time with his grand daughter is very important and a complete joy to him. Julian captured their interaction beautifully in his portraits. We were all very touched by the time and effort he put into what was just simply a favour for some friends. Please chose him for this scholarship.

  424. Kelly Bailey March 7, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    I nominate Darien Chin – http://www.flickr.com/photos/knottyy/

    Darien is a wonderfully talented photographer who, in my opinion, has the potential to be one of the greats. His artistic vision combined with his technical proficiency, attention to detail and hard work allows him to create images that always evoke an emotional response from me and others. I think the opportunity to learn more about the business side of photography would help Darien take the next step in his career and let a wider audience experience and enjoy his art.

  425. Silverwinds Photography March 7, 2008 at 10:01 am #

    I would above all nominate the talented and inspirational Darien Chin…..www. flickr.com/people/knottyy

    I truly feel he has something special the tada factor. I feel for him to really get out there and succeed in his passion your program would be an amazing asset as well as help in getting his face and name out into the industry. Please take the time to really look over the photo’s and feel the passion and talent he gives each and every photo he takes. Thanks so much for your time.

    Amber Walker
    Silverwinds Photography

  426. Peter-G March 7, 2008 at 10:01 am #

    I nominate Darien Chin – http://www.flickr.com/photos/knottyy/

    Quote from Darien in his own nomination: “I love photography with all my heart. I will shoot till I die and not a day less.”

    GAME, SET, MATCH!!!!

    Passion can be defined in simple terms as, a deep belief that a task can be completed despite scarcity of human support. An unconditional faith that hard work and following your heart would lead one to success.

    I have not formally met Darien here locally, but have admired his passion, creativity and vision to his craft. His drive and talent will allow him to be successful in all he chooses to do. Darien would be an excellent choice for this award.

  427. iesthetic March 7, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    I nominate – Myself, Austin Holt http://www.aholtphoto.com / http://www.rightcoastphoto.com

    After a winter long quest of having the privilege to sleep in as many airports as possible, consume the largest variety of cheap cheese/tortillas/beans and learn from the immersive experience freelance travel I have decided it’s time to seek professional help for my photo business mind. However effectively my right finger may be connected to my right brain; it lacks serious association with left brain business sense. My passion for shooting that push forward barriers of conventional visual thinking needs a balance; a balance I believe I could BEGIN to glean from attending and collaborating with professionals that have been around the block once or twice. Collaboration, longevity and sharing a veracious mission to push personal creativity and vision in action sports related / lifestlye photography are my ultimate goals, ASMP or not. Plus I think it might be warmer in Chicago than Maine..

  428. megan4289 March 7, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    I nominate Shawn Lynch
    http://www.shawnpix.com

    Shawn told me about this opportunity to attend ASMP-Chicago with the same passion seen in his photography. To anyone lucky enough to know or work with him, it is clear that the talented Mr. Lynch loves what he does. His appreciation of what photography allows him to see and do comes through in his ability to tell stories through his images- a skill that separates Shawn from even the most-praised photographers around. A trip to ASMP-Chicago is the ultimate opportunity for Shawn to see how to bring his passion and visions into the business world…

    Thank You!
    Megan

  429. iesthetic March 7, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    I nominate Terren Gomez – http://www.terrengomez.com

    Honestly, I have met Terren only once before. Initially the youth, vibrance and personality in his images left an impression on me. Terren captures the character of snowboard athletes and landscapes of the West with light, almost comical clarity. Much of his work is accomplished using a single 50mm lens, the only lens he owns. His work ethic is without question, his imagery top notch and his vision is clear. I believe Terren to be one of the most talented up and coming snowboard photographers within the industry. ASMP would provide a taste of industry specific business that could provide the foundation for an artist on a path to impact the personality of snowboard photography. Go Terren.

    Thanks

  430. Lovely Linda March 7, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    I nominate Brian Dreisbach.
    http://www.getyourmacon.com

    I can quite honestly say that Brian is one of the best photographers I’ve had the privilege to work with and befriend. We met a few years back in college on the newspaper staff. As editor, I always knew that any assignment taken by Brian would be tackled with earnestness, enthusiasm and professionalism – and always be of top-most quality. As friends, whether going to dinner or dragging him along with me to rock shows, he’d be there camera in tow, and it never failed that seeing the images he’d captured would end up being the high point of my evening. I can’t think of anyone who deserves to attend this workshop more than Brian.

  431. Indica Leigh Lukerelli March 7, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    I nominate Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker T Brown should be awarded this scholarship trip because of the effort he pours into each and every one of his projects. His drive to learn, experience, and concur every aspect of this industry proves he is more than deserving of this award.

    To me a great photographer must absolutely love what he does. This love for his work is what shines through in each and every photo making it amazing. Booker T Brown defiantly has that love. With a passion like that he needs to be in Chicago.

  432. Indica March 7, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    I nominate Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker T Brown should be awarded this scholarship trip because of the effort he pours into each and every one of his projects. His drive to learn, experience, and concur every aspect of this industry proves he is more than deserving of this award.

    To me a great photographer he must absolutely love what he does. This love for his work is what shines through in each and every photo making it amazing. Booker T Brown defiantly has that love. With a passion like that he needs to be in Chicago.

  433. Cathy March 7, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    I nominate Joanne Lee
    http://www.joanneleephoto.com

    There are so many reasons why Joanne deserves a shot at this workshop, but mostly because it would be a great way to give her something back for ALL that she does. She doesn’t just “take pictures”, she becomes personally invested in each and every shoot and truly cares about capturing the spirit of the subject(s). She guarantees a fun experience and the end result shows just that. She’s extremely generous and gives back to her clients and her community whenever she can and this would be such a cool way to show our appreciation to her!!

  434. Anonymous March 7, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    www. carsonblume. com

  435. DjHectic March 7, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    I nominate Darien Chin
    http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy

    Ive known Darien for many years now and he has always loved taking photos and capturing the beauties of nature and people.I would love to see him take some classes and
    see what he can do then..I think he has alot of talent now and could go far with the right help..SO please nominate Darien so he can go to Chicago and persue his dreams of taking photos for a living…

  436. Steve Frankham March 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Steve Frankham
    I nominate Christy Kinskey
    http://www.flickr.com/ckinskey/
    For Strickly Business 2. She has a superb eye for colours, design and frameing in both Portrait and travel photography, with a very human and often playfull elements in the shots – sometimes they’re quite sexy and erotic too! Without being cheap that is! They remind me of pictures with the qualities of classic paintings.

    Steve Frankham, UK
    22.30 GMT

  437. Chris March 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    I nominate – Eric Schmiedl
    http://www.ericschmiedl.com

    The previous comments about Eric nicely express his roles around MIT as a photographer. In addition to being an excellent photographer, though, he is extremely passionate about the business side of photography. He is always on the bleeding edge of new developments that affect photographers’ ability to control the use of their work, and loves sharing what he learns with the photography community.

    If Eric attends this workshop, I am convinced that he will use what he learns to give back to the community in a positive way.

    Cheers,
    Chris

  438. Leesa March 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    I nominate:

    Booker T Brown
    Website: http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker has a natural eye for photography. He captures his subjects beautifully, and has a raw talent that explodes.
    He has passion for what he does, and puts it first, and that passion shows in every shot.
    He’s someone that I feel if he was given the tools to work towards the business side of things, that he could easily succeed and be able to pursue what he really loves the way he’s meant to.

  439. Seattle English March 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    She does great work, can turn ordinary object into objects of sex appeal. Whoever thought that donuts could be so sexy?

    I am also sick of her complaining about how she needs to figure out how to make a business out of her photography. So please, please, please help her!

  440. micheedom March 7, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    i nominate- Darien Chin

    http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy

    ive never came across photography more sick than dariens. his photos are the definition of perfection and his passion and love for his work is on a level that rarely exists. this trip is perfect for him to keep growing a photographer

    peace out

    michelle duh

  441. Shane Lin March 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    Christy is very serious about her art, but with a refreshing lack of vainglorious smugness. Likewise, her work is imaginative and original, without the frippery or pretentious pedantry that those descriptions bring to mind. It is inviting, accessible, and not just a little whimsical.

  442. caitlin037 March 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    I nominate Booker T Brown
    http://www.bookertbrown.com

    Booker has amazing vision. He can turn the craziest space into a fantastic scene! He is great to work with and communicates well…truly an artist he is.
    Go BOOKER!

  443. Solomon Georgio March 7, 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    www. heatherchristianson. com

    It is extremely difficult to explain how amazing of photographer Heather is in 100 words, and now it’s even more difficult because I wasted some words in this sentence alone. She is a staple in the Seattle comedy scene as show photographer and is the most recommended photographer in her field. She shows up to take many pictures and constantly produces quality work. It is a gift to be one of the people she photographs and any step to better her opportunities should be given to her. So please, double please make her your choice.

  444. I Take Faux Toes March 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    I nominate Adrian St. Onge
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/itakefauxtoes/

    I would absolutely love to attend ASMP Strictly Business for the simple fact that I do not know ANYTHING about the photography business. I do know its a big part and its something I will have to learn, either the easy way or the hard way.

    I know, without a doubt, that my love and commitment to capturing and creating images with my photography is in pace and that learning about the creative and business side of this industry is a never ending journey. What scares me to death, and stops my from quitting my day job, is living off my talents.

    Being confident enough to say “I will shoot your wedding/portrait/high school/ad campaign” without feeling like a fake or a fraud would be worth a thousand burning suns from a thousand different galaxies.

  445. Chas March 7, 2008 at 6:34 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Why Heather Christianson? As a producer of many events, both live and captured to current media, I have strict standards for those with whom I choose to work. I need someone to be fast, have a keen eye for composition, the ability to capture a mood and the ability to anticipate a great moment. Heather Christianson possesses all of these traits I seek in a colleague and some I value as an inspiration: she is humble and grateful for the opportunities she has been given and she continually works to improve. There is no reason to look further.

  446. Z Karnopp March 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    I nominate Carson Blume
    http://www.carsonblume.com/

    Carson tutored me all the way through my BA degree at Brooks Institute. He is innovative, helpful and would apply all the knowledge he learns at this event to great use.

    Z Karnopp

  447. Jha March 7, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    I would like to nominate Brian Larter
    http://brianlarter.com
    http://aperturestudios.ca

    Brian does so much within the community. I see him pretty much EVERYWHERE, all over the town, and he involves himself with so many events, almost tirelessly! I’ve no doubt that all the knowledge that Brian will learn from this conference will be put to great use, not just for himself, but for many others associated with him.

  448. pennyndoug March 7, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    I nominate Darien Chin
    http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy

    Way beyond Darien’s ability to take pictures lies a person that breathes passion for the art of helping others to be all that they can be. Darien spends hours each week answering questions to complete strangers that want to learn more about the art of photography, about concepts, set-up, lighting and more.

    This prized opportunity will help Darien to marry his creative spirit with the business side. It will provide him the opportunity to take that much needed step towards the love of his life – turning photography into a business to live by.

    If chosen, Darien won’t let you down.

  449. Alix March 7, 2008 at 9:13 pm #

    I nominate Miriam and Laura
    http://www.lostartphotos.com

    You would not even believe how COOL these women are, AND talented too! I have operated my own business for the last 26 years and have become pretty good at spotting others who have what it takes to do the same. I feel confident in saying that these two have “got it”…passion, great work ethic, and definitely the talent. I can “feel” their photographs. I can give them no higher compliment than that! It would be wonderful to see them have an opportunity to learn more about how to translate their love of photography into a career.

  450. Chris March 7, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    I nominate myself, “Asian Chris” Lee for the ASMP strictly business 2 trip.

    http://www.holymoleephoto.com

    Reasons in A.D.D. list form:

    1. I’m a terrible photographer. Seriously look at my work. I only want to learn about business.

    2. I’m a strong believer of helping others. Your donation will allow me to teach others what I’ve learned.

    3. I’m fresh out of college. Your contribution will provide many years of return.

    4. Whats in it for you? I will wear your chase jarvis shirt ( The one I won one already ) the whole time I’m at ASMP 2. Even if it means not wearing other t-shirts.

    5. I’m well connected. If you let me win thousands of others will know through facebook, myspace, linkedin, digg.com, photographer voter , twitter, blogs, photography forums and even your grandmother will know in days. Watch out. But seriously, I participate in monthly photographers meetings as well and always push myself to meet more people everyday.

    6. Lets talk about myself: I’m ridiculous and relentless. I really don’t care what others are doing. I want to separate myself from others.

    7. Seven is the lucky number to end at before i mention more ridiculous stunts. Have a great day. Thanks for your time.

  451. Nicolas March 7, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    Chase,

    Name: Nicolas Duprat
    URL: (website upcoming) check my hacked myspace if you want: http://www.myspace.com/nicophoto

    Application:
    I’m currently working towards a master’s degree in business and IT in Paris (fr). I dedicate all my free time to photography. Since last month I’m spending a lot of efforts to work with pro (models and make-up) in order to build a brand new portfolio. My favorite styles are architecture, gigs, and on location with models. After my master’s degree I’ll try to become a full time photographer.Next year I’ll move to Montréal and Ottawa and attending to the ASMP could be a great opportunity to understand the North America’s market, to meet photographers and confront ideas.

    Best,

    Nicolas.

  452. jay March 7, 2008 at 10:25 pm #

    i nomiate me! jay reilly
    http://www.mycameraisbiggerthanyours.com
    http://www.jayreillyphoto.com

    you should pick me becasue i am your compeition and I need to learn to how to bid more competitively, for both of our benefit, sorta kidding, but not really. ;-)

    thanks, love the blog,
    jay

  453. Jeremy Dukes March 7, 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    I nominate Darien Chin
    http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy

    I believe in Darien. I spent a good portion of my happiest years watching him hone his skills, I was even in some of his early work:) I think he has the talent and the drive to make his place among that small elite group that the rest of us spend our whole lives trying to be like.

  454. JustinFCP March 8, 2008 at 1:00 am #

    I nominate Darien Chin
    http://www.flickr.com/people/knottyy

    Hard working, creativity and love for photography is what Darien is all about. Darien is constantly working on his craft and he is going to make great contributions to this industry.

  455. stillrix March 8, 2008 at 3:29 am #

    I nominate Jen Cleary.
    http://www.jencleary.com

    Jen truly is an artist. Her photos are both effective and affecting, evocative and subtle, and just downright beautiful. I have known her for several years, and consider myself really lucky to have her art in my life. I can unequivocally say that there is no person more deserving than she. Thank you-

    ~Matt

  456. ang March 8, 2008 at 5:15 am #

    Hi,
    I would like to nominate Brian Larter for this.

    He is amazing photographer who is creative and driven by his love of the industry.
    He has a great rapore with his clients and makes them feel very much at ease. His commercial shots are amazing and he is able to capture so much in his pictures.
    Brian is also supportive of new photographers starting out and helps the community out in so many ways.
    Brain would be an asset to this event and we all would benifit from him having this experience.

    It would mean a lot to him to attend and I know he would truly be appreciated of the experience.
    You can check out his work at

    http://brianlarter.com

    http://aperturestudios.ca

  457. rgreason March 8, 2008 at 6:18 am #

    I nominate Booker T. Brown http://www.bookertbrown.com WHy. He is a wonderful photographer. His has a unique ability to make the subject and or thing come alive with a camera. He is dedicated to his profession. I have seen him work first hand and I was amazed at how well he works in shooting and the beautiful outcome of his work

  458. olerud March 8, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    I would like to nominate Austin Holt http://www.rightcoasphoto.com

    I met Austin a few years ago and he instantly was eager to ask questions and gather knowledge anyway he could. This attitude has really paid off when looking at the progression of his work. His ability to maintain that humble learning attitude makes him an ideal person to bring along to Chicago in my mind. He would maximize the benefits of the trip!

    Karl Stone

  459. Larissa March 8, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    I nominate Ryan Smith
    http://www.csphotographs.com

    His passion for his work and the amount of time he puts into building his business humbles me everyday. He is my husband and business partner, and truly deserves great opportunities for all his hard work.

    Larissa Chace Smith

  460. AnthoNYC March 8, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Chase. I can’t believe you’re doing this. This is the coolest thing I can think of for helping raise awareness…

  461. Anonymous March 8, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    I nominate Heather Christianson
    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    Heather has been documenting the candid moments of the Seattle comedy scene through her photography for well over a year now. Heather’s artistic eye and motivation to volunteer her time capture the unique images of a thriving and largely unknown community of comedians during live performances. I think that Heather’s work is necessary to promote Seattle comedy as well as to preserve the re-emergence of an overlooked art form.

    -Blaine Reeder

  462. Jeremy March 8, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    I’d love to nominate Christy Kinskey

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    Her photos are evidence of her fantastic and unique creative mind. She has amazing amounts of potential, and some business training is just what she needs to take her photography to a new level!

  463. Eric March 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    I nominate Ethan Myerson
    http://www.myersonphoto.com

    Ethan has spent so much of his time in helping photographers in the Tucson area. I have started shooting much more and consequently been taking better pictures because of Ethan. He has given so much he deserves this oportunity to have something given back to him.

  464. Paul Merrill March 8, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    I nominate Heather Christianson:

    http://www.heatherchristianson.com

    She’s is one of the best photgraphers in Seattle and has helped chronicle the burgeoning Seattle comedy scene.

  465. Evan March 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

  466. jsimmons March 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    I nominate BOOKER T BROWN- http://www.bookertbrown.com

    It’s taken Booker a lot of time and hard work to get where he is today with his work, and I am very proud of him. He has such a passion and drive to be an award winning photographer. He takes in everything the eye beholds and envisions exactly how he wants it photographed. His intense approach to detail is admirable, and I think Booker T Brown has the potential to become the best at what he does! Booker is very deserving of the Stricly Business 2trip and I would love to see him get this opportunity!

    Good luck Booker!
    Jackie

  467. jsimmons March 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm #

    I nominate BOOKER T BROWN- http://www.bookertbrown.com

    It’s taken Booker a lot of time and hard work to get where he is today with his work, and I am very proud of him. He has such a passion and drive to be an award winning photographer. He takes in everything the eye beholds and envisions exactly how he wants it photographed. His intense approach to detail is admirable, and I think Booker T Brown has the potential to become the best at what he does! Booker is very deserving of the Stricly Business 2trip and I would love to see him get this opportunity!

    Good luck Booker!
    Jackie

  468. Pamela Vasquez March 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    I nominate myself…Pamela Vasquez. (www.pamelavasquez.com…it will be under total construction by the end of the month)

    I am passionate about photography. So much so that I have not watched TV in over a year. My free time is spent educating myself and practicing my craft. I made the mistake 20 yrs ago not to study photography and today I playing catch up. I have a small business on the side that I wish would become my only work outside of my home. I want to dive head first into a full-time studio, but have hit many roadblocks. I struggle with the right things to focus on in regards to the “business” side of my business. I know such a seminar would help me focus on what I need to get in place and how to go about making this lifelong dream come true.
    I want to focus on weddings and teen/tween portraiture with an artistic bent (moving away from traditional portraiture). My website doesn’t yet show this new direction of my photography, but will in about a month when my new site is up.

    Best, Pamela Vasquez

  469. Emile Abou-Mansour March 8, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey/

    Christy’s love and passion for photography is not just about pictures, but also people and stories. Selfless, she uses her amazing talent and creativity to express her unique generosity, share her special way of seeing the world, and spread the joy she feels when beauty catches her eye.
    Producing amazing and unique work, no problem. Christy has been working so hard trying to turn her work into a business to reach and touch more people with it. It would be a great waste if the world misses out on her.

  470. Michael March 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm #

    I nominate Christy Kinskey, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckinskey

    Christy should go to Chicago for trillions of reasons. The top ten reasons are:
    1. Her Doughnut Queen photo is hanging up in my place. It is the only picture h