This months issue of “Professional Photographer” magazine marks a major milestone for me professionally. They published a 5 page article on me and the unexpected education I’ve found through my involvement with Professional Photographers of America certification process and their “See the Difference” campaign.
I was contacted earlier this year by the editor, Jane Gaboury, of “Professional Photographer” magazine inquiring if I would be game to do an interview regarding my role as a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Liaison and share my story of the process and how I’d become involved. I jumped at the opportunity as the CPP process and being a liaison has meant a lot to me and helped me both as a photographer and a mentor. Really it’s introduced me to so many wonderfully talented people from all over the country, whom I’m proud to call my friends.
So in August, International Photographic Competition Week, to be exact. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jeff Kent from the magazine. What a week that was, finding out my competition images had earned me a Platinum Medalist Photographer of the Year honor, and then the next day being interviewed for this article. Jeff spent a little over an hour with me on the phone and asked me basically from when I got started with the PPA to where I was as a Platinum Medalist and the road I took to get there, specifically in regards to the Certification process and being a liaison. I have to say he did a great job taking my thoughts and translating them into words and wrote this fantastic article.
I still can’t believe this is all happening. I’ve worked really hard to get my work to the level that it now is and certification was and is a huge catalyst for helping me get it there. I’ve worked equally hard to help others who are getting started with the Certified Professional Photographer process with the PPofA. It means a lot to me that Certification Team back at the PPofA main office recommended me for this article. It is undoubtedly, one of my proudest moments as a professional photographer and member of the PPofA.
I can now say that I’m officially a published photographer. Never in a million years would I have thought that could happen, but it has and I’ll enjoy this moment because I really still can’t believe it happened! 🙂 Cheers!