Moving on up!

January 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

After having taken a brief hiatus, I am back in the mix and back in the proverbial studio! And I'm excited to announce two exciting developments:

  • I have completed all requirements for my Associate’s Degree in Photography & Media Arts, and will be graduating this spring
  • I have declared my candidacy within the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for Certified Professional Photographer status 

For those unfamiliar with PPA certification, it’s a fairly intensive vetting process conducted by more senior photographers within the PPA - one in which candidates must meet stringent requirements and which can take up to two years to successfully complete.

To become a PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), I will have to pass a technical exam (which I am scheduled to take in March) and then go through a grueling portfolio submission and review process.  The portfolio images I submit for review are required to demonstrate numerous technical and artistic aspects of high quality, professional level photography.  It is not an easy process, and it’s not uncommon for CPP candidates to have to go through several portfolio submissions before passing this part of the certification journey.

When I became a lawyer, I had to pass the bar exam and go through a vetting process before I could practice law.  In the field of photography, there is no similar requirement - but the PPA’s CPP certification process provides an opportunity to voluntarily submit to a testing and vetting process that will help ensure I have baseline of competence as recognized within the general professional photography community.  I believe it will help me stretch and grow creatively and improve my technical skills, and I am very excited to be participating in the process!

More information on the PPA's certification process can be found in the following resources:

- Certification Makes a Difference

- Why Hire a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)?

- Professional Photography Association's Certified Professional Photographer Program

- Why I Got CPP Certified

- Why Bother Becoming a Certified Professional Photographer?


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