University photographers work long hours, cover countless events, wear a lot of hats, and do it all on a tight budget.
At Libris, we understand that it can be challenging for photographers on campus to purchase new equipment or invest in their professional development. That’s why we’re excited to announce the Libris by PhotoShelter UPAA Grant.
One member of the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA) who is employed full time by a college or university will be awarded $1,000 to use in their professional endeavors.
We can’t wait to help a university photographer, because we’ve been in their shoes.
Before joining the Libris team, our Director of University Solutions, Martin Vloet, was the senior photographer and brand manager for sports photography at the University of Michigan. He was responsible for organizing, managing and distributing all of the athletics department’s photos. He also used visual asset management to boost his budget. Martin set up an NCAA compliant photo store to sell stadium shots, game action imagery and special edition prints. The revenue from his six figure photo store allowed him to cover his costs and supplement his department’s budget.
During his time at Michigan, Martin also served on the board at UPAA, planning the annual Symposium.
“I spent 12 years freelancing and 14 more in a staff role as a university photographer and the world of photography changed dramatically in that time. I’ll be forever grateful that I discovered the professional and social benefits of UPAA,” he says. “There’s no better resource for networking, comparing notes, or establishing best practices–plus, I’ve developed some incredible friendships that I’ll treasure.”
Libris Account Executive Caroline Summers spent 22 years as the university photographer for Samford University. She used Libris to speed up her workflow so she could get back to the best parts of her job.
Caroline took over Martin’s post on the board of UPAA, and hosted a Symposium at Samford. That year, she launched a biannual Help-Portrait service opportunity at the UPAA Symposium. She knows the power of professional development, and the incredible value that UPAA provides.
“Having been a university photographer for 22 years, I know the stress of budget challenges,” explains Caroline. “Whether this scholarship helps you update much needed equipment or assists you in gaining some professional development, I am excited for the opportunities it will bring to one lucky UPAA member!”
Meet Martin and Caroline at the 2017 UPAA Symposium at Washington State University. Plus, don’t miss the keynote speech by Libris founding product architect and DAM expert Peter Krogh! Want to get a head start? Check out our series, Up and Running with DAM.