In March, we became the only photography studio in the area to have a Certified Professional Photographer on staff. The process to earn this certification consists of two major parts: a comprehensive exam measuring technical expertise and industry knowledge and an image submission to a review board made up of industry elites.
The image submission portion of certification, outside of two compulsory images, must be made up of images from the photographer’s paid work. In other words, without you, my amazing clients, I could never have completed my CPP.
So, thank you. Thank you for allowing me into your lives, to work with you to create images that you and I treasure. Thank you for being exactly who you are and for letting me capture that with my camera.
You all, quite simply, rock.
These days, anyone can claim to be a professional photographer. I decided to pursue certification to help bring my clients the confidence that our studio is different. That we will still be here for you, God willing, in 20 years. The process was not easy; it was consuming at times. But here on the other side of Certification, I am a much better photographer than when I started.
This week, I got a very exciting package in the mail. It’s my official Certification paper–and you can bet it’s getting framed and getting a special spot on the wall. But, let’s be perfectly honest, you really don’t care about my certificate. 🙂 So instead of taking a picture of that, let me share with you a few of the images that helped me earn the fancy piece of paper.
If you’re a photographer, please, join me in becoming certified. Make the effort to set yourself apart from the sea of folks with cameras calling themselves professionals these days. Trust me, your clients are worth it.