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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

PhotoPlus Expo

PhotoPlus Expo 2018

APA Members Register Now for a Free 3-Day Pass Sign on to your APA account to access the landing page that provides your discount.

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

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

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

• 7.5% discount on Portfolio Reviews. Sign up early to get your reviewer of choice


Complete details are here on the CreativeLive APA Landing page.

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

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 Find A Member and on the 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 Pro Media 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. Members' cards automatically arrive in 4-6 weeks from join and renewal dates.


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

Jeff Kausch
APA National Membership Representative

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.

Portfolio in APA Creative Network

Behance Portfolio in APA Network is available to all members. Join today.

APA members are invited to join the APA Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network powered by Behance — to gain broader exposure for their work, connect with like-minded photographers, and be discovered more easily by potential creatives. Joining the network allows you to:

How to join the network

1. Go to the APA Member Gallery
2. Click on Sign Up & Showcase your Work
3. Sign on to  Behance (existing or create new)
4. Put in your APA special Join Code (code can be found in APA Member Only area when logged in to
5. Done (you will start seeing your work in APA creative network within a day)

Get serious exposure
Your work will be shown both on the APA Portfolio Gallery and in the larger Behance Network that attracts millions of visitors per month.

Build a following
Gain followers everywhere your work appears, and easily alert your followers when you publish new work. You’ll also be able to access statistics on your own portfolio.

Publish once, appear everywhere
The APA Portfolios Gallery gives you the ability to display your work on your APA's creative network, post your work instantly to Facebook and Twitter, sync with Behance and have your work seen an APA National's home page.

Showcase your work
Put your best foot forward by building unlimited projects using images, text, audio and video, all for free.

Keep your work at your fingertips
With the free Behance app your APA Member Portfolio is always with you on your iPhone or iPad, making it easy to show your latest work even when you don’t have your full portfolio on hand.

APA Behance Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens to my portfolio if I don't renew my APA membership?
If your membership has expired, your portfolio will no longer show up as part of the APA Portfolios Gallery, but it will remain on the Behance Network—without APA affiliation. When you reinstate your APA membership, you'll be able to re-join the APA Member Portfolios Gallery in Behance so that you can enjoy the benefits of inclusion in this trusted and respected professional network.

Q: Is there a space to display my résumé?
Yes. This feature was added in November 2010. You can provide both a searchable web page and downloadable PDF version from your profile.

Q: Can I add a URL that links to other websites/projects I have done?
Yes, users can add URLs to their profiles in the Edit Profile setting. Another option is to add links and linked text within a project. To do this, simply add a TEXT module to your project and select the icon for inserting a web link from within the text editor.

Q: Can I organize the projects in my portfolio by groups?
While users can add specific tags and creative fields to each project that they publish in their portfolio, Behance doesn’t currently offer the ability to group projects by a specific group name.

Q: How do I configure the Copyright settings on Behance to maximize protecting my projects?
To maximize your copyright protection with the new APA/Behance galleries follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your account at
  2. Click on "Me" then "my profile"
  3. Click on a project
  4. Click "edit project"
  5. Click on "settings"
  6. Click on "edit" next to copyright
  7. We recommend selecting "No posting or usage without explicit permission"
  8. Click "Done"
  9. Click "save changes"

Q: I need help!
If you have difficulty setting up your portfolio, contact Behance for technical support.

Q: How do I get my work “featured”?
Featured projects are handpicked by the APA curatorial team, based on a number of criteria and data from the network. APA has a dedicated group of people who review every project published in the network every day to find the most innovative projects.

This benefit is available to all members.

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 Card

The APA Member Pro Media 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.

While it is not a press credential, the back of your APA Member Pro Media 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.

The APA Member Pro Media Card has an open area in the design so members can easily add their own one inch square headshot, to turn the card into a photo ID. After affixing a self-portrait, simply insert the ID card into a laminating pouch designed for business cards (available at most office supply stores) or have your ID card hot-laminated.

Please note: Not all airlines accept the card as an approved media credential, yet. 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 cards for extra baggage discounts. Print out that info and bring it with you when checking in. With their terms in hand, it should be easier for their employee to honor your APA Member Pro Media Card.

Your APA Member Pro Media ID Card will automatically arrive within 4-6 weeks after your join or annual auto-renewal date; please make sure your USPS address is current and complete in your Profile. Members can also login and scroll to the bottom of your My APA page to print out your temporary APA ID card.

APA Member Pro Media Card is available to all members.

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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