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APA National Payroll

APA National Payroll Service is the preferred provider for American Photographic Artists and members of APA will receive a discounted handling fee. APA National Payroll is provided through Smith & Stilwell, Inc. This special member benefit program has been developed in collaboration with APA to keep the process simple and accessible, making it a no-brainer whether you have a part-time or full-time assistant, makeup artist, stylist, receptionist… or an entire staff. They’re ready to service all of your payroll needs.

Smith & Stilwell has been a major payroll provider to the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years.

APA National Payroll Service provides daily, weekly and salaried wages per individual client requests. Smith & Stilwell offers a quick turn-around of properly submitted timecards, provide direct deposit to all employees & customize invoices and projects specifically to our clients needs. Because Smith & Stilwell becomes the employer of record for your employees, they also offer:

• Nationwide workers comp insurance

• Unemployment insurance

• Union fees if applicable

• Accurate withholding for federal, state and city payroll taxes regardless of your location and the location of your crew members

• NO forms for you to file or sign since you are no longer the employer

• Easy reporting for each employee’s time, day rate or hourly rate

• Simple payroll invoice shows what you owe each member (serves as backup for expense billing)

• Checks issued and mailed on your approval

• Complete reports for all filings

This important member benefit of APA National Payroll is so inexpensive and simple to use that many members pay their own salaries through the service rather than going the usual payroll route. It can be used for office staff at reduced rates, is specially priced for APA members at 2% of gross pay, along with employee and employer matched tax fees, and best of all, is billable for each job.

Your liability is eliminated, payment is automatic and hassle-free, you completely avoid payroll bookkeeping, and it costs less than doing it yourself. (More info about your liabilities is included down below).

APA Payroll is provided through Smith & Stilwell. They're ready to service all of your payroll needs. For forms, information, and to sign up, contact Smith & Stilwell.  Current APA Membership number required.

How APA National Payroll Service can reduce your liabilities

Two very important liability issues face every photographer who hires assistants and other crew members.  Standard insurance policies for workers comp insurance (for job-related injuries) are costly and likely limited to in-state crew members.  This means that even with a standard policy in place, your policy will not be enough when shooting in another state.  But this is only part of the problem.

The far more serious problem may be assistants and other crew members who may be incorrectly classified as independent contractors (according to current IRS rules).  A discovery to this effect during a routine IRS audit can create huge liabilities for back taxes that can put a studio out of business.  Those who do it right have a huge overhead related to meeting these requirements (like employee unemployment insurance), and recovering these direct costs as job-related expenses can be daunting if not impossible.

The second liability issue is an IRS audit that reveals unpaid withholding taxes for assistants and other crew members who have been incorrectly classified as independent contractors (according to current IRS rules) can put a studio out of business.

The overhead related to meeting these requirements (like employee unemployment insurance), and recovering the costs as job-related expenses can be daunting if not impossible. APA's Production Payroll service solves all these and other problems by becoming the employer of record, relieving you of all related liabilities. The extremely low cost can save the fee for membership dues many times over in a single year.


Blurb® is a self-publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, promote, and sell professional-quality printed books and ebooks.

APA members at the Supporter level and above receive an 30% percent discount.


$50 gift for a test order or your first order
- 40% off for any other subsequent orders


APA Members at the Supporter level and above save 10%.

Paper Chase

Paper Chase Press is a second generation, family-run press and bindery providing clients bespoke, cutting-edge printed media since 1976. The firm is owned and operated by a group of skilled artisans, each providing expertise from several sides of the industry, allowing us to work directly with our customers as a printer and design partner. 

Our in-house production allows us to focus on quality craftsmanship as we build an environmentally conscious, community-focused business.

We specialize in catering to photographers and their print needs, providing beautiful hand-made hardcover and softcover portfolio books as well promotional items like multi-panel folded cards, flat cards and posters.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact

Palm Springs Photo Festival

APA Members save 7.5% on all Palm Springs Photo Festival activities including registration, seminars, workshops, portfolio reviews and more.


ImageRights International provides intelligent images search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide to ensure that their intellectual property rights are protected and that they are compensated for the unauthorized use of their copyrighted works. Through its in-house license compliance team and global network of copyright attorneys, ImageRights has recovered more than $7 million in settlements and awards on behalf of their clients. 

APA Members save 20% on any ImageRights account type.

This benefit is available only to Supporter and higher member levels. To upgrade, please contact

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

For over 25 years, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has offered the best in photo workshops, with world-renowned instructors, a 3,000 square foot studio, small class sizes, and a state-of-the-art digital lab.

Santa Fe Workshops is pleased to offer APA members $100 off tuition* on any four-day or longer workshop in Santa Fe.

Celebrate your passion for photography at Santa Fe Workshops!

For the full schedule of upcoming workshops, visit

Email with any questions.

*Discount only valid on new registrations for four-day or longer workshops in Santa Fe; may not be combined with other offers.


AbelCine offers sales, service, rental, training and equipment financing on all levels of camera equipment, accessories and optics.

AbelCine brings over twenty years of experience providing production equipment and services to content creators. With rapidly evolving technology making video more accessible and prevalent than ever before, we are excited to offer our services to photographers in the still imaging world as well.

AbelCine is pleased to offer APA members 15% off any of our training classes. We regularly hold workshops and seminars, as well as free events, in our New York City, Chicago and Burbank, CA facilities. Our classes, taught by AbelCine experts and working professionals, are hands-on and focused on practical knowledge. Classes offered include camera specifics, fundamentals of HD video technology and audio, lighting, optics and much more.

For a full schedule, visit Please email with any questions.

DriveSavers Data Recovery

DriveSavers Data Recovery offers APA Members a 15% discount on all data recovery services. DriveSavers is the worldwide leader in professional data recovery services and provides the fastest, most reliable and only certified secure data recovery service available in the industry today. All major digital camera companies, including Canon, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, refer their customers to them. They perform data recovery on all types of storage media, including memory and hard disk solutions such as SD(HC), xD, SmartMedia, Memory Stick(Pro), P2, SSD, RAID and more.

DriveSavers discount is available to members at the Supporter level and above.

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