The real cost of being a member of the AIPP.

Now let me start by saying i have become a vocal supporter of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and i plan on joining the AIPP in 2012. It is this decision to join that has instigated me doing my homework on what it actually costs. At the recent PMA event in Sydney where the Australian Professional Photography Awards were held i went up to at least a dozen AIPP members and asked “What is the real actual costs of being a member of the AIPP for a year?” all of them answered with “Around $450 a year or so.” I realised that like most photographers they are kidding themselves about the actual costs of running a business. {now hopefully that’s because they are making so much money that they have someone do it for them, but more than likely they are telling themselves and others that it is “only” blah blah blah}

Let me also preface the following with that i am not saying it is expensive or cheap, i am just saying that this is what it costs.

This is what i want out of it: To enter both the state and national awards, to go to the judging and to go to the two biggest events of the year; “The Nikon Event” & “The Hair Of The Dog”….

so here is DJ Paine’s working out of the real cost of joining the AIPP

please let me know where i have got it wrong or right!

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a full accredited member
$550 for the first year.

Entering everything you can {except for the art category}
$300 for up to twelve prints.
$95 for two books in the Photographic Book Category
$65 for the Wedding Album of the Year Category
$350 – rough figure for printing & posting
 $810 for the state awards

printing: $100
matting: $40
discs etc: $20
entry $230
entry two videos $130
Print Case $125
P+H $30
 TOTAL $675

I am in QLD so to head down to the judging & awards in Melbourne or Sydney for three days:
flights $230
room – $300
food & drinks $240
travel – $30
TOTAL $800

TOTAL of both entering and attending – $1475

The major “Nikon Event” {usually not in my backyard}
Ticket for the three day event AIPP Member price – $650
flights $230
room – $300
food & drinks $240
travel – $30
TOTAL $1450

The Hair Of The Dog
This IS in my backyard – Brisbane.

Ticket for the three day event AIPP Member price – $350

Travel -$120

Food – $130

TOTAL – $600



note: i have not added in the tickets for parties, award ceremonies etc.. 

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today was the day for good sentiments

check out this trifecta of love i got today… three wonderful gifts to me over three different platforms…

story one: i saw a lovely couple at the studio today about photographing their wedding in January 2012. Their names are Marty & Anna. We had a great two hour chat about life and love and their wedding. After they left Marty the groom to be sent me a sneaky text message: “perfect perfect perfect” says Anna… Just thought you’d like to know"

story two: on this past saturday i photographed a special wedding up north in Peachester in the Glass Mountains / Sunshine Coast. i asked my new friend and great photographer Matilda “Tilly" Breezley to come and second shoot / assist / play with me and the wedding party – we had a good time and she was a pleasure to hang out with… today she sent me this message over email: "I must say, after six years of business and four years shooting weddings, that I have never worked with a more professional photographer. You are relaxed and easy going and your style is classic! It was a privilege to work with you DJ. ”

story three: as you may know i have finally begun to announce that i am doing a 365 photo a day project this year. today in my Facebook inbox i had a personal message from a dear creative lady who i had the pleasure to photograph on her wedding day in Melbourne quite a few years ago. her is what she said: “sometimes you inspire me too much… loved your photo of miss b… and loved the family picnic shot in Jan ‘11… ps. i love the sky too”

i replied a sincere thanks and she replied with: “I just think that I needed to tell you b/c I often look up your multiple websites to cheer me up from time to time…I just find your work so inspirational and I just thought I should let you know…”

ahhhh….. it’s gonna be a good year


long time no post… what can i say i’ve been crazy busy!

but let’s cut to the chase: BACK UP.
Backing Up Your Mac’s….

here is what i have:

Righteo! Hard Drives. at the moment you can get one TeraByte drives for $99 Australian from the mighty nerd store Umart
i have about 9 drives- 3 of them are what i call “master” drives that are kept here in the office, 3 of them are copies of those masters that are kept here in the office, and finally 3 of them are copies as well but are kept in a pelican case offsite {at my parent’s place to be exact}.
my drives are all “naked” off the shelf “internal” sata drives {i prefer silent samsung drives} – i do not have enclosures on them. instead i use a hard drive dock. at the moment i have a DUAL dock from vantec {once again from umart}

i also back up some “important” jobs to DVD {weddings}, but i am trying to totally ween myself off this practise… they take up too much space and are a total hassle to catalogue… but i’ll probably keep doing it for now.

CLOUD Back Up:
i have decided to go with BACKBLAZE for my online no brainer back up. Don’t be put off {like i was} with the stupid “i’m so confident in my online back up i can set fire to this 20 year old laptap i found at the tip” video they have on the front page. here’s the deal: it works with Snow Leopard, it also backs up my external drives and it’s cheap. if you want to use them use the coupon code “online10″ for 10% off – so that works out to a total of $45 a year for unlimited online backup.

i also use DROPBOX for another type of online back up. it’s what i call online backup and synching, and it rocks the casbah like nobodies business! The great news is that you can use dropbox 100% for free for up to 2 gig, if you have friends who might use it, refer them and you get more space for free! SO PEASE SIGN UP USING THIS LINK:
anyway, you download dropbox to all your machines, sign up for an account and then on each machine you have a Dropbox folder, and whatever is in this folder is synched over all of your machines over the internet.
The files are in the folder are downloaded onto each machine, so you have a local copy of everything, as well as a copy on dropbox online. This is perfect if you have any apps like 1Password or Things that you want to synch over multiple machines, just place the app’s library/background goodness onto your dropbox and booyeah you have the app synched over the machines. i LOVE ME SOME DROPBOX. been a big fan of these guys since they started, seriously check out their tour and then sign up using me as a referal so i can get more space to back up my Chick Tract collectable list.
anyway – check their awesome tour here

i also back up a LOT of personal photographs on my pro accounts at ZOOOMR & FLICKR – i set them as private so only i can see and download them.
i do the same with video on my pro/plus account at VIMEO

so there ya go. anything i’m missing? what are you doing? let me know!

this is my three boys in our old 50’s bathroom, enjoying one of their favourite pastimes together… left to right > 3 year old Galvin > 9 month old Judah > 5 year old Drummond.