American Society of Media Photographers South Florida


Message from ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman: Protest the new 1099 Requirements

Dear ASMP Members and Small Business Owners:
One of the provisions of the new healthcare reform legislation will significantly impact the administrative burdens of your business unless the IRS changes it. 
As of now, starting next year, if you pay any person or corporation more than $600 in a year for goods or services, you must report that to both the IRS and the entity or person whom you paid. For example, if you bought a new camera or lens for $1,000, you would have to report that on your income tax returns and issue a 1099 to the company from which you made the purchase. Fortunately, there is now an exemption for credit card transactions, but that doesn’t apply if you paid by cash or check.
The good news is that the IRS has asked for comments from the public. Please copy and paste the sample letter,available a the link below, edit it as you choose, and email it to Please be sure that the subject line of your email says Notice 2010-51. Please note that the emails must be sent by Sept. 29, 2010.
We understand the government’s desire to track cash transactions, but the current system would impose an unacceptable record-keeping and reporting burden on small businesses like yours.
 Full message and sample letter at this link:

Thank you for your support and your membership in ASMP,
Victor S. Perlman
General Counsel and Managing Director


Dear South Florida members,

 We hope you enjoy the new strategic alliances we are building in South Florida, in order for our SoFla ASMP Chapter to get more dynamically involved with local events, organizations, groups and companies, hereby branded as the “Friends of ASMP South Florida Program”, which will allow us to develop a stronger visual community, bringing more exposure and visibility to ASMP SoFla, and providing more local member benefits.

In this very first occasion, we have a round of interesting seminars for end of August and early september, coming from our friends from the Hollywood-based Professional Photographers Guild of Florida (PPGF), our sister organization, led by our ASMP General Member, Robert Stolpe.

 and from from Fotomission, a non-profit organization which has dedicated many years to help finding homes and parents for kids in foster care programs, and is now producing a series of seminars and workshops, to gather more funds for such amazing activity. Fotomission was founded and is led by Chendo Perez, yet another of our ASMP South Florida General Members.


The Professional Photographers Guild of Florida, is inviting us for August the 18th at 7:00PM for a seminar about Lighting methods of the glamour era, introducing the Old Hollywood Clock System, and it’s applications to contemporary lighting.
 The presenter is Miami photographer Jorge Parra (current President of ASMP South Florida), and the conversation on the 18th will set the stage for a future hands-on lighting workshop, dates still to be announced.

 All details in the links: 

For the end of August , Fotomission has a seminar on Color Management and Digital workflow, and for early September there is a great workshop on Digital Printing, both of which may be of interest to many in the community. Details on the Fotomission site: -Color Management and Digital Workflow: Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 10:00AM to 4:PM with a break for lunch 

-The Digital Printing workshop: Saturday, September 4, 2010 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM with a break for lunch

Just remember, these are not ASMP events, these are programs created and developed by the “Friends of ASMP South Florida”, who are cordially inviting our membership to get together, interact and learn, in our quest for a better local community. Stay tuned for more information about this program, which will also bring special discounts and offers from local Photo businesses, and more exchanges with other Organizations in South Florida.

We are in conversations with several companies and studios to make them “Friends of ASMP SoFla”, in order to generate additional benefits for our local members.


ASMP South Florida Board