I recently got the news that I earned my Certified Professional Photographer status from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA)! The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Certification program is recognized throughout the industry as a mark of excellence. When you see a photographer displaying the Certified Professional Photographer seal, you can rest assured that he or she is among the less than 8% of all imaging professionals who have successfully completed and maintained PPA’s strict requirements. Some of these requirements include knowledge of lighting ratios and specific lighting patterns, posing, lens choice, color harmony, selective focus, color spaces, color calibration and so on.
What does being a Certified Professional Photographer mean?
Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a designation granted by Professional Photographers of America, the world’s oldest and largest association for imaging professionals, currently numbering about 24,000. To assure you of the photographer’s level of expertise and continuance to develop new skills and techniques, those who have earned the CPP designation:
- Pass a comprehensive written exam measuring their technical expertise,
- Successfully submit their work to a panel of judges for review and approval,
- Renew credentials every 3 years with continuing education, submitting work for critical evaluation, or retaking the certification exam.
It’s Your Assurance of Quality.
When you enter a studio displaying the Certified Professional Photographer emblem, you will be dealing with a professional who is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of professionalism and expertise available. The next time you’re in the market for a photographer, make sure to ask if they are Certified by PPA. If you’re interested in finding out more about CPP, please check out the PPA website.
Here are a few of the images from my CPP submission. I’ve set aside several for International Print Competition this spring, so I can’t show them yet ;).
Siamese Kitten for the Bryan Animal Center
1st Place PPGH – May 2015
Texas A&M Kyle Field Panoramic
Waldo, Pitbull Mix, Bryan Animal Center