I was absolutely delighted to learn yesterday that I have achieved Qualified status with the Guild of Professional Photographers! Scroll down to find out more about what this means for me and my clients...
What is the Guild of Professional Photographers?
The Guild of Photographers is a highly regarded national body for professional photographers whose members are dedicated to enhancing their skills in the art, craft and profession of photography.
What is a Qualified member?
Becoming a Qualified member involves a very rigorous assessment process and is only granted to photographers who can evidence that they deliver high quality images, products and customer service.
How did I become a Qualified member?
I submitted a panel of 21 images that I have taken for recent clients (shown in the slideshow above). These all had to be relevant to the area in which I was seeking qualification, so I chose a panel of family portraits that reflected both my studio and location portrait skills. These were assessed by a panel of respected judges from a broad range of backgrounds. I also had to submit a brief explaining the clients' brief, and the technical and creative sides of the images, as well as proof that I am fully insured.
What does being Qualified mean for my clients?
As a member of the Guild of Photographers, I'm demonstrating my commitment to achieve the highest standards of professionalism for the benefit of my clients. By achieving Qualified status, my clients can be assured that this commitment has been rigorously assessed, and indicates a professional competence to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise me as an ambassador of the association. My clients can expect a level of professionalism where they should be delighted with the results of my work and the service they receive.
Why is being Qualified important to me?
Achieving Qualification is a culmination of years of experience, training and hard work. I have been working with a mentor from the Guild of Photographers over the last six months to finesse my photography skills and perfect the panel I submitted for assessment. I have a lot of respect for the Guild's judges and I'm delighted that they have recognised my efforts in awarding me Qualified status.
I'm continuing to work with my mentor, improving my photography skills and the images I produce. I hope to continue winning awards for my images in the Guild's monthly image competition. I also plan to work with a mentor for my wedding images and work towards Qualified status for my wedding photography.