Professional photographer and former ASMP president, Susan Carr, outlines what you need to know to become a successful professional photographer in her book, The Art and Business of Photography. Published by Allworth Press, this informative guide is both honest and enlightening, covering numerous topics and concerns that affect working photographers on a daily basis. As co-owner of carrcialdella, a well-respected photography studio in Chicago, Carr knows what it takes to not only survive as a photographer, but how to thrive.
In addition to discussing the balance between artist and business person, the basics of copyright, and pricing skills, Carr delves into other fundamental topics, including, how to balance your personal creativity and desires with those of your client. Sample photographs and essays by top photographers, advice on finding future prospects, and a look back at the history of the profession and the current state of the industry are all additional topics that ensure this will be more than another photo book on your shelf, but rather, a true resource.