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Hire An APA Pro - Easy steps to update your Member Profile

We are very pleased to announce a significant upgrade to our Member locator, which will help you get more work.

Hire An APA Pro is designed to help clients easily find the best APA photographers for lucrative jobs, and it has now replaced our Find A Member tool, and soon, it will replace the Behance Portfolios.


Hire An APA Pro is commensurate: the higher your member level, the more searchable specialties and portfolio images you are entitled to, and the higher up in the search results you will appear.

Member Level    Number of Specialties & Images

Leader                           10

Pro                                8

Associate                       5

Supporter                      3

Contributor                    1

APA will be proactively promoting Hire An APA Pro to creatives across the country, so it's to your advantage that you take a few minutes now to join APA and then complete your new Hire an APA Pro Profile and Portfolio.

Hire an APA Assistant

APA has developed a brand new state of the art Assistant search. If you are a photographer and an assistant, you can now show up in either search results, by selecting Photographer for your primary profession, then on the same Edit Specialties page, you will see "Assistant" -- use that pull-down to select "I am also an Assistant" and select your assistant specialties/skill set. Click "Update Profile".

Here is the complete list of all APA Member Specialties

Photographer Specialties:

Fine Art    
Photo Journalism    
Still Life    
Youth Culture


Advertising & Design Personnel    
Artist Representative    
Consultant/Career Coach    
Professional Services/Other


Digital Techs    
Food Stylist    
Hair & Makeup Stylist    
Location Scouts    
Rental Studios    
Set Builders    
Wardrobe & Prop Stylist    

Assistant Skills

Digital Tech - Capture One    
Digital Tech - Lightroom    
Digital Tech - Motion    
Digital Tech - Stills    
DSLR - Sony    
DSLR - Canon    
DSLR - Nikon    
Equipment Truck/Van    
Gaffer - Hot Lights    
Grip - Rigging    
Medium Format    
Medium Format - Hasselblad    
Medium Format - Phase One    
Outdoor Lighting    
Strobes - Bowens    
Strobes - Broncolor    
Strobes - Norman    
Strobes - Dynalite    
Strobes - Elinchrom    
Strobes - Hensel    
Strobes - Impact    
Strobes - Profoto    
Video / Motion    
Video / Motion - Audio

Benefits Summary: Discover how to get the most value from your APA membership

APA Members, login to see the entire concise summary of how to get the most value from your APA membership.

(Once you are logged in, click on My Benefits in the main nav menu, then scroll back down to where it says - Benefits Summary: Discover how to get the most value from your APA membership.)

Not yet an APA member? Here is a summary of our primary member benefits:


APA is an active organization that gives our members a voice on the national stage. Your membership helps us help you, and the wider photo community, as we keep our eyes on our rapidly changing industry.

APA helps you get more work with your own Member Profile & Portfolio.


Many APA Member benefits are protected behind the Login screen, so members can simply login to their "MY APA" webpage to access their benefits. Here are the Membership FAQs and here is info about the recently updated APA Business Manual, and members have access to our APA Industry Survey. APA Chapters are here.


APA Members save money on useful products, training, workshops and services from these APA National partners including: APA National Payroll, A & I Books, AbelCine, Apple Discounts, Agency Access, Blinkbid, Blurb, Clickbooq, 4by6, Eyeist, ImageRights, liveBooks, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Paper Chase, PhotoDeck, PhotoPlus Expo, PhotoServe, PhotoShelter, Santa Fe Workshops, Think Tank Photo, Yodelist as well as magazine subscriptions such as Archive, PDN, and Resource. The APA Awards and local chapter competitions all provide special pricing for APA members.


Whether you are a student, an emerging or seasoned professional. you need to consider business insurance for equipment, liability and more. Talk to the professionals who know the photo industry, get a free quote, and make sure you have the right coverage for you.


All APA members are searchable on Hire An APA Pro Online Portfolio section of our site. These are designed to help you get more work by making it easy for potential clients to find you. We suggest that members activate them as soon as possible and update them regularly. Professional and Leader level members are invited to participate in the APA Sourcebook. Check with your local chapter to find out about additional benefits and promotional efforts in your area.


APA's NEW Pro Media Photo ID Card is specifically designed to help expedite quick check-in service at airports, as well as to facilitate the pro media discount on excess baggage, available through many airlines. Starting in April 2019, only APA Associate, Professional, and Leader level members will be eligible to purchase this Pro Media Photo ID, for just $20.  You can receive your APA Pro Media Photo ID Card in under a week, or within just a few days, depending upon when your order is placed and where it is sent. There are many advantages to this major new APA Photographer Member benefit, described here.


In April 2019, all members will begin to receive our new APA Member Card, in lieu of the old (no-photo) Pro Media card. Use your Member Card for in-person gear rental discounts, and for proof of APA membership at events. It will no longer reference “Media” on the card and will likely not be accepted for baggage discounts when traveling.  Members' cards automatically arrive in 4-6 weeks from join and renewal dates.


If you would like to upgrade to our Associate member level or above, to take advantage of the APA Pro Media Photo ID Card benefit, as well as other valuable APA Photographer Member level benefits, please send an email to


If you have any questions regarding APA membership please email me at:

Jeff Kausch
APA National Membership Representative

PhotoPlus Expo

PhotoPlus Expo 2019

Check back here for updates as we get closer to the PPE registration dates.

APA Members typically are entitled to a Free 3-Day Pass.

APA Members usually also receive a discount to attend keynote speakers, seminars, and classes.

For example, in 2018 members enjoyed:

• 15% discount on Full Conference Pass or any One Day Conference Pass Option.

APA Members also received a discount for the official Portfolio Reviews at PhotoPlus Expo produced by PSPF

• 7.5% discount on Portfolio Reviews.


Complete details are here on the CreativeLive APA Landing page.

APA members at the Supporter level and above receive an 20% percent discount.

International O-1 Letters of No Objection for USA Visas

As a benefit of membership, APA assists our international Professional and Leader members in documenting your professional status and photographer requirements in your USA Visa application, for an Advisory opinion in support of O-1 petition (letter of no objection), or for your Green Card application.

Annual (not Monthly) Leader or Pro level Membership is required, and there is a one-year minimum.

APA has a no refund policy.

Examples of your photographic work are also required, and upon APA reviewer approval, qualified applicants will receive an official statement denoting photographer with exceptional ability.

There is a one-time $100 processing fee for either letter.

If you are not yet an APA Professional and Leader member, please wait until after the APA reviewer approval before joining.

Contact our National Executive Director, Juliette Wolf-Robin ( for details.

A&I Books

A&I Books - Printing Discount

APA members receive 10% off any custom book order from A & I Books. Designed for both Mac and PC use, Book Creator’s clean interface makes it simple enough for the novice book designer, yet the functionality is powerful enough for the critical artist. Photos, text and a variety of professional borders and effects can be added simply by dragging and dropping or clicking a button. Your creativity combined with our modifiable templates make for infinite possibilities, delivering photo books that are as unique as the person creating them.

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


PhotoDeck is the professional's choice for a modern photography website:

- super-fast, responsive HTML5 websites, native video support
- highly customizable designs, full-page still and video backgrounds capabilities
- easy to use and flexible proofing suitable for commercial clients: secured by https, galleries protected by password or individual-level permissions, direct downloads, lightboxes, ... zero-commission ecommerce for downloads, stock, prints...
- SEO tools, social networks integration

APA members at the Supporter level and above benefit from an ongoing 15% discount on the PRO and STUDIO plans

Learn more and try for free now!

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


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. Offer valid through July 31, 2018. Valid for photo books, magazines, and trade books.


$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

APA Chapters’ Membership Benefits

APA is a strong national federation of nine active Chapters. In addition to exceptional chapter events, juried exhibitions, and portfolio reviews, many of our chapters provide a wide, valuable range of additional member benefits and resources. We encourage you to check out the chapter website for your region. The APA Chapter Territories Map is here.

And as an APA Member, you are an important part of your Chapter's thriving photographic community.

All chapters produce networking events and/or have social hours before their educational events so members can share the latest information and keep up to date.

One of the most important Chapter benefits is your admission discount on Chapter events. Most chapters offer up to a 50% discount on event admission, and some offer free event admission to members. The event savings alone can cover most, or all of your dues. And there are member-only events, like our popular Portfolio Reviews.

Plus there are many other great chapter benefits that can save easily save you hundreds of dollars each year.

Some chapters offer their members current referral lists of member-approved Intellectual Property Attorneys in their area, as well as local referral lists of CPAs, Bookkeepers, and Accountants who are familiar with pro photographers' needs. For another example, APA LA and APA SF members are entitled to a full 20% discount on all rentals from Samy's Camera. Depending upon how much you rent, this chapter benefit alone can easily cover your annual dues, and more. It pays to be an APA member!

Check out these Chapter Benefit webpages for many other lucrative examples.

APA NY Chapter Benefits

APA LA Chapter Benefits

APA SF Chapter Benefits

The list of all APA Chapters is here.

Palm Springs Photo Festival

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

APA Photo Industry Survey

We invite you to arrive at your own conclusions

Unlike most surveys, the APA Industry Survey was conducted by professional photographers for professional photographers with a keen eye on what matters most to us.

The survey resulted in a wealth of detailed anonymous information about the overall state of our profession. The comprehensive results also serve as a real world read on professional photographers’ current business practices.

The survey consists of 118 questions covering a wide range of topics including fees, usage/licensing, stock, crew, income and much, much more. The results are sometimes predictable, at times surprising but always informative. The results will provide you a better understanding of how other photographers generally behave, and where you stand in the field.

The APA Survey results are an essential cutting edge tool that will help you cultivate a competitive advantage in the photo field.


The survey was designed to provide information on the current state of our industry as well as to help depict future trends and facilitate planning.

In early 2013, 1590 photographers from all over the country participated in and completed the survey. The anonymity of all respondents was guaranteed in order to obtain the most honest data.


Current APA members can download the 2013 APA Photo Industry Survey by logging in. You will need the specific Survey password to open the 34 page PDF. 

The Survey PDF opens with all current versions of Acrobat, going back to 6.0. It's a fairly large file so it will NOT open in your browser window; reset your browser preferences so it downloads to your desktop, instead.


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

Lürzer’s Int’l Archive

All APA members receive 40% off the cover price and can purchase an annual print subscription for just $66.30 or, full subscription for just $118.15 and you'll receive unlimited access to our entire Archive collection since 1984 on and on your iPhone or iPad.

Legal Referrals

APA Chapter Attorney Referrals

Many APA Chapters maintain referral lists of qualified attorneys in their area. Members often prefer to retain local legal assistance so they can easily meet face to face, and so their counsel is knowledgeable about relevant State laws. Contact your Chapter directly to request the current Chapter Attorney Referral list. This Chapter benefit is available to all membership levels.

Please note that while you may choose to, you are under no obligation to retain the attorney after your initial consultation.

Premium Video Vault (Members Only) and Public Video Vault

Our public APA Video Vault on YouTube helps answer your business, copyright, and other questions about the business of how to be a professional photographer. Our short, concise videos from industry experts help address how-to questions about running a photography business.  However, these videos are intended as educational material only and should not be construed as legal or financial advice.  

Check out the public APA Video Vault content on YouTube here

If you like these videos, please consider joining  APA for access to dozens of valuable member benefits, including premium video content, which is locked in the APA Members' Premium Video Vault.

APA is the most prestigious national organization for professional photographers and we are committed to leading the future of our  industry. However, you should rely on your own advisors who are  familiar with your specific circumstances, for advice about your  specific situations.

Discounts on Events and Competitions

All members enjoy discounts on events and competitions and are entitled to attend Members' only programs. APA's regional Chapters produce ongoing programing like: continuing business education, face-to-face portfolio reviews, panel discussions, and presentations by award-winning photographers.

Discounts on events and competitions are available to all members.

APA Member Pro Media Photo ID Card

Starting in April 2019, all members will begin to receive our new APA Member Card, in lieu of a (no-photo) Pro Media card. Use the card for in-person gear rental discounts and proof of APA membership at events. It will no longer reference “Media” on the card and will likely not be accepted for baggage discounts when traveling.  


More info is here.

New APA Member Pro Media Photo Identification Card, available to current APA Associate, Professional, & Leader Members, for just $20:

UPGRADE: If you would like to upgrade to our Associate member level or above, to take advantage of the APA Pro Media Photo ID Card benefit, as well as other valuable APA Photographer Member level benefits, please send an email to


Advantages of an APA Professional Media Photo Identification Card, available in April 2019, exclusively to APA Associate, Professional, and Leader members for $20

• Photo ID validity: Many airlines now only accept Pro Media Cards which contain a color headshot.

• More Secure: Like all photo ID's, your card cannot be used by anyone but you. Your portrait is embedded by thermal re-transfer, which permanently bonds the hi-res print layer, using a high-temperature heat-sealing process to the surface of the card.

• Authenticity: APA Pro Media Photo ID Cards have our registered APA logo, and our National Executive Director's signature on the front, for enhanced authenticity.

• Expedited Access: You can use your Pro Media Photo ID for quicker airport check-in.

• More credibility: We designed our card to hang around your neck on a lanyard, so it's readily apparent you are a pro photographer, on the job.

• Quick turnaround: You can receive your APA Pro Media Photo ID Card in under a week, or within just a few days, depending upon when your order is placed and where it is sent.

• Save a bundle: Use it to facilitate the pro media discount on excess baggage, available through many airlines

These are very high-quality identification cards. While it is not a press credential, the back of your APA Member Pro Media Photo ID Card reads:

Please extend to this APA member any professional media discounts on excess baggage, as well as all pro media rights and privileges, including FAA / TSA hand inspection of cameras and photo equipment. Benefits pursuant to membership in APA also apply.

Please note:

Not all airlines accept Pro Media Cards as approved media credentials, and many airlines do not accept Pro Media Cards without a photo.

It often depends on the agent behind the counter, so arrive prepared. Our recommendation is: before traveling, research the particular airline and see if they accept Pro Media Photo ID Cards for excess baggage discounts. Print out that info, and bring it with you when checking in. With their terms in hand, it should be much easier for their employee to honor your APA Member Pro Media Photo Identification Card.

While the Card Preview looks very close to the final tamper-proof result, because of the sophisticated production process, APA simply cannot guarantee the quality of the photo on your card. Your head shot is embedded by thermal re-transfer, which permanently bonds the high resolution print layer -- using a high-temperature heat-sealing process, to the surface of the card.

APA Pro Media Cards can only be sent directly to addresses in USA, and Canada. 

Access to Members-Only Content

APA produces content on a variety of photo related subjects each year. Gain access to our comprehensive photography industry survey - this is a great tool for analyzing your business performance with other professional photographers. APA publishes white papers on industry best practices and important topics like understanding social media terms and conditions.

Access to members-only content is available to all members.

Professional Insurance Plans

Having progressional insurance to protect important business assets is smart. As a matter of fact, insurance is so important that APA created a dedicated business unit to handle our members professional insurance needs. It's business insurance designed by photographers for photographers. As the leading not-for-profit organization serving professional photographers we know the unique demands of this industry. Our business insurance team can customize a policy that fits the unique demands of any photographer. For more info, and to receive a free quote from AIS (APA Insurance Services) please go here.

Additionally, we have special policies available for students and educators.

Professional business insurance is a benefit for members at the Supporter level and above.

Chapter Portfolio Reviews

We understand how difficult it is getting work in front of agency creatives. Let the strength of the APA go to work for you. Our local chapters administer portfolio reviews on behalf of our members. While each chapter runs their reviews differently, they all have one thing in common — getting our members access to creative professionals for feedback on portfolios. This is your chance to get up close and personal with art buyers and creatives to build a relationship and earn future new business. At this time, Chapter Portfolio Reviews are available through many, but not all chapters; please contact your local chapter to find out more.

Portfolio Reviews are a benefit for members at the Associate level and above.

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