I Am Certified!!!

These days, photography is practiced by anyone with a smartphone, but it’s mastered by few. For everyday photos, you may be fine with a neighbor, a friend or your sister-in-law (no offense!).  But when it comes to those once-in-a-lifetime moments-when you’ve got one shot at getting it right-you better make sure the person behind the camera is a pro. A proven professional photographer that is.

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.  Certified Professional Photographers must complete a written examination, an image evaluation, and adhere to a stringent code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.

I, Sheila Hebert, CPP earned this designation after meeting rigorous requirements measuring my artistic and technical competence towards the end of 2013 (PPA member since 2008, but a CPP since 2013).  And let me tell you, it was no piece of cake.  I’d be lying if I said I knew I’d pass the first time (I did pass the first time…but I had my doubts).  Why I wanted this certification degree?  Because it was a personal challenge to raise the bar in my business & photography.  More importantly it gives my clients (present and future) a sense of security & relief knowing that when they hire me, I have the skills needed to do the job.  No worries – I’VE GOT THIS!  Does this mean I never make a mistake…HEAVENS NO!  But being a professional means I accept it, make it right, and move on.

Professional Photographers of America currently recognizes less than 2,000 Certified Professional Photographers in the WORLD.

 

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