Frank Meo on The Photography Business at resourcemagonline.com

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Let’s face it we all know the photography business is a tough one–no real surprise here. The state of commercial advertising photography is a challenge. However, being the forever optimist I see and witness many terrific opportunities… that are missed. So a better question is, “What is the state of your photography”?

To state the obvious, they’re too many of us and not enough projects. Okay, got it. What to do then? It’s about perseverance and commitment to the craft. I think many photographers have gotten lazy. Not lazy-lazy, but it seems that many have forgotten what it was that motivated you to become a photographer. I think a reality check is in order. It feels, in some cases as apathy of spirit–dangerous stuff. Yeah, it’s hard, no doubt but where’s the fire in the belly that was your guiding force when you started out? You must find that fire again and embrace it with all the passion your spirit will allow.

Read Entire Post at http://resourcemagonline.com/2014/02/frank-meo-state-commercial-advertising-photography/

Read more.. Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

American Photography Asks the Photo Rep: The Most Annoying Things Photogs Do

The question above is a grenade that the kind people at Pro Photo Daily have asked me to place firmly on my head. Please send all hate mail directly to the editor.

I actually don’t think “annoys” is the right word to use here. In fact, I would rephrase the question entirely. I think a better question to ask is: What things do photographers do that cause them to miss golden opportunities? Listen, I get that everyone is wound up too tight these days and that nobody has time or patience.  However, we all must relax and focus on how to create opportunities to succeed.

Entire post at http://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/8988/ask-the-photo-rep-the-most-annoying-things-photo.html

Read more.. Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Frank on Stock Agencies at resourcemagonline.com

With photographers receiving checks for peanuts for their imagery why do they continue these one sided relationships with stock agencies? This bullshit really has got to stop..

Simple question: What is the upside to your business relationship with your stock agency?

Why do we keep these stock photo companies in business? It is an asinine situation that I simply do not get. Look at the revenue numbers for stock houses, and then look at your own. Why do photographers continue to feed these monsters? Is it just laziness? On every level it makes zero sense.

Even more insipid, when the agency sells an image of yours they don’t even give you an opportunity to up-sell. No client information, no art buyer contact, no art director contact–no information at all. How can that be? It most cases you don’t even know the image that was sold. Why do you put up with that? This is so condescending it is beyond words.

Entire post at  http://resourcemagonline.com/2014/01/frank-meo-business-stock-agencies/

Read more.. Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Frank Meo on the Business of Stock Agencies

With photographers receiving checks for peanuts for their imagery why do they continue these one sided relationships with stock agencies? This bullshit really has got to stop.Simple question: What is the upside to your business relationship with your stock agency? Read the entire post.

Read more.. Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Tips from the Photo Rep: Getting the Most from Portfolio Reviews

In this month’s edition of his Pro Photo Daily series, New York-based photo rep Frank Meo says he’s seen too many photographers fail when it should be their chance to shine. “I find it frustrating that many photographers come to these reviews ill prepared to succeed,” says Meo, who offers insights on how to succeed during your review.

Read more.. Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Frank Meo talks about Project Bidding at APA-DC

Frank Meo, the founder of www.thephotocloser.com, will share his insights on the various elements of project bidding. This seminar will breakdown, in detail, the process by which an estimate is put together. By sharing insights on the various elements of bidding from preparation, pricing, estimating, negotiating, producing, billing and follow-up, Meo will expose the entire process by which jobs are awarded. Visit APA-DC for more info.

October 10th, 6:30-8:30 pm

APA DC
1301 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Read more.. Monday, October 21st, 2013

Frank Meo talks about Project Bidding at APA-DC

Frank Meo, the founder of www.thephotocloser.com, will share his insights on the various elements of project bidding. This seminar will breakdown, in detail, the process by which an estimate is put together. By sharing insights on the various elements of bidding from preparation, pricing, estimating, negotiating, producing, billing and follow-up, Meo will expose the entire process by which jobs are awarded. Visit APA-DC for more info.

October 10th, 6:30-8:30 pm

APA DC
1301 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Read more.. Monday, October 21st, 2013

September Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter.

Read more.. Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Tips from the Photo Rep: Should You Enter Photo Competitions?

With the plethora of photography award show competitions around the world, pros are understandably confused about which to enter. The first question to ask yourself is whether you should enter at all, says New York-based photographer’s rep Frank Meo in this month’s edition of his series for Pro Photo Daily. There are a number of things to consider before you drink the contest Kool-Aid. Here, Meo offers a list of questions to ask yourself before you enter.

Read more.. Friday, August 16th, 2013

iPad vs Print Portfolio Presentation

Frank Meo weighs in about some do’s and don’ts, whether you’re going with an iPad or book.

Read more.. Tuesday, August 13th, 2013