I'm Accredited!!

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) is a national group of photographers that offers a wide variety of services to it's members including education and the ability to earn awards and designations.   Not only does the PPOC provide a way for a photographer to gain professional status in the industry, they also provide a way for a consumer to connect with those photographers. See here:   PPOC

I joined the PPOC this fall with the goal of getting "accredited" and therefore being recognized as a professional photographer in Canada.  "The accreditation process recognizes photographers who have reached a nationally accepted standard of proficiency and knowledge in photographic arts.  It is achieved by submitting samples of photography to a PPOC Board of Review.  This peer-reviewed program challenges candidates to demonstrate their capability of delivering exceptional quality in a chosen categorey." (from the PPOC accreditation brochure)

I recently submitted 10 images for accreditation in the category of Environmental Portraiture, meaning portraits taken in an environment other than in a studio.  Today I got the results back and my submission was fully accepted!  I was actually shocked to get the news because I didn't think I would get accepted.  Not only are the standards high, but they are also subjective.  For example, one judge may  really like a photograph, but another judge may reject it because there is something about it they just don't like...like the clothing of the model, or the cropping, etc.  So I didn't really know what to expect.  I have to give a huge thanks to  Tracy Grabowski, the PPOC regional consulting judge, for helping me select and edit my accreditation images.

This is a huge personal accomplishment for me!   I'm a 52 year old mom who is a self-taught photographer.  Even though I worked in the photography industry during the 80's and the 90's I only worked in the back end, as a retoucher, assistant, office worker, and lab technician.  I always wanted to be a photographer but didn't think I was good enough.  So, I really wanted to get accredited to prove to myself that I was.

I'm looking forward to getting to know the PPOC better and working towards further accreditations and designations.  Here are the 10 images I submitted and my letter of acceptance.