Renewed and Revitalized: My Journey as a Certified Professional Photographer



A Passion That Drives My Work

Photography isn’t just a job for me; it’s a calling, a passion that drives everything I do. With over 25 years of experience, I’ve come to understand the profound impact a single photograph can have. It’s a window to the soul, a timeless testament to the beauty and complexity of life.

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Every three years, I renew my certification through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). This involves continuing education, clock hours, and workshops, keeping me current with industry trends, and refining my skills.

The Coveted “Gold Tube”

One of the highlights of this renewal process is receiving the coveted “Gold Tube” – a symbol of dedication and achievement. Opening it is a tangible reminder of my ongoing journey as a photographer and the countless moments I’ve captured. The equine image below is one of my submitted images.

Pushing Boundaries and Pursuing Excellence

But my journey doesn’t end with certification renewal. With each cycle, I am inspired to push the boundaries of my artistry further. Currently, I’m only 7 merits away from completing my second Master’s, a goal I’m determined to achieve. This pursuit through PPA signifies my dedication to excellence and my commitment to mastering my craft.

The Value of Being a PPA Member

As an organization, PPA supports photographers with educational opportunities and resources. I’ve been a proud member of PPA for over 12 years. Clients can verify my credentials through PPA’s website, ensuring they hire someone with the necessary expertise and commitment.

horses running in the dust with wrangler on horse in red shirt

Ensuring Transparency in Photography

Fortunately, there are ways to ensure you’re hiring a truly qualified photographer. Verifying credentials is a great first step. Some photographers might claim affiliation with PPA without actually being members, so it’s important to check. Visit PPA’s Find a Photographer site

Continuing the Journey

My journey as a certified professional photographer has been one of growth, learning, and dedication. With over 25 years of experience, I continue to evolve as an artist, always striving for excellence. Renewing my certification isn’t just a requirement; it’s a reaffirmation of my passion for photography and a commitment to delivering nothing but the best to my clients.

As I embark on this new cycle of renewal and pursue my second Master’s, I do so with gratitude for the opportunity to pursue my calling and share my passion with the world. With PPA by my side, the possibilities are endless, and the journey continues to unfold.

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