Today I have found out that I have been awarded a Fellowship accreditation in Wedding Photography !
For those that don’t know many of the UK professional photography bodies offer three different levels of qualification / accreditation to recognise photographer standards within the industry.
The there levels are outlined below and Fellowship is the highest that you can attain – so needless to say I’m rather pleased !
Even though the Licentiateship is where most applicants will begin the qualification process, a high standard of submitted work is required. This high standard must run from capture through to processing.
The IPPN Licentiateship will be awarded to applicants who show a consistently good level of professionalism in their submitted panel of work, giving the board confidence that they are able to produce a good professional standard of work for their clients.
The IPPN Associateship is awarded to applicants who are able to demonstrate a high level of competence in professional photography.
A panel of work submitted for Associateship must clearly demonstrate a high degree of skillfulness and understanding of professional photography. Work must show a high level of expertise and experience in the technical aspects required at both the capture stage and the processing stage.
In addition to the technical aspects of photography, an IPPN Associateship requires the applicant to have developed a high level of creativity and visual style.
An IPPN Fellowship will be awarded only to photographers who clearly show truly outstanding aptitude and flair in their chosen field
In addition to demonstrating the highest levels of technical expertise, the IPPN Fellow will be an experienced photographer who shows a strong and unique creativity that takes professional photography to a level to which others will aspire. The work of the Fellow of the IPPN will be an influence to others in its outstanding quality
I already held Associate with a previously submitted panel so used this opportunity to show the distinct style that many clients hire me for on their wedding day, and it seems the panel of judges agreed with my choices.
It was also very nice to hear that the time and effort I put in to helping others within the industry has also been recognised as I’m a true believer that we all got help when we started out in one way or another and should pay this back whenever we can by helping those who are just starting out on a career in photography.