There have been some recent changes that have caught my eye… one of which is PPA. You will notice at the bottom right corner a PPA logo that’s been on my website for a few months now. That means I’m now a member at PPA, a great community for professional photographers or any photographer who is in search of a community who supports photographers and of course looking to better yourself in our field!
How did come across this amazing site with amazing photographers who support you in giving feedback as to how to better yourself as a photographer. I honestly stumbled across the website by looking up another website for backing up my photography. Somehow I came across PPA, sat down and took some time to go over the website as a whole. I’m still learning the ropes but it’s worth it!
I’ve been a member at PPA officially two months and I’ve become a better photographer with knowledge as to how to be aware of light. Light is the important part of the shot, without it all you have is black empty space you can’t see in. Sometimes it’s okay to have but light is an important part in photography…
Another great benefit they have is their protection plan for your gear, an open door to lawyers if you need them as well as other benefits that help you as a photographer in the field including education.
I’ve already announced this on my facebook so I will announce it here to. I am currently studying for my CPP, what is CPP you ask? Well CPP is Certified Professional Photographer. What makes you stand out from the rest of the photographers with a CPP? Well it’s quite simple, and taken from PPA’s website:
“The certification of specialized skill-sets affirms a knowledge and experience base for practitioners in a particular field, their employers, and the public at large. Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence. In some professions certification is a requirement for employment or practice. Doctors, mechanics, accountants, professional secretaries, surveyors and many others are all required to go through a certification process of some kind.”
In a nut shell this helps you become a better photographer due to the knowledge you learn or relearn if you have been in the business for years. Of course I’m not discrediting other photographers out there who have worked years in the profession and been very successful. I want to know your success.
Now I know there are some photographers out that who think I may be wasting time on this, no… I don’t feel that I am because this is making me better at my job. Its knowledge I haven’t been taught in my school days.
And here is also a valid point to make too for being a CPP:
“There’s no greater proof than when the letters “CPP” follow a photographer’s name. They designate a Certified Professional Photographer, someone who is putting in the extra work to stay above the rest. It assures you of this photographer’s professional knowledge and experience, while also declaring that photographer as one who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.
See the Difference Certified Professional Photographers Make
Consistency. CPPs know how to achieve great results—every time. You get a strong collection of images that tell your story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.
Technical Skills. CPPs are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your unique style and become works of art you will treasure for generations.
Unique Artistry. CPPs have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision. It’s your story captured as a collection of art.
Professionalism. When you hire a CPP, you know you’re getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you’ll tell time and time again and treasure forever.
Just about anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when life’s biggest moments are unfolding and there’s just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don’t risk it. Entrust your photography needs to a Certified Professional Photographer and see the difference for yourself.”
The CPP is a two process… I have to take a 100 question exam and after that a portfolio submission. Once I’ve done both and passed both I would be officially CPP.
Currently I am in the process of taking the exam… and now I am in need of a portfolio. This is a personal journey validating my craft because I want to be a professional photographer.