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Jessica Gwozdz Photography – Bellingham Washington Photographer » Blog

you were always in good hands, but now it’s official

As this year comes to a close, I wanted to share the accomplishment of one of my bigger 2010 goals. This year I went through the process of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP).

In other industries mechanics, accountants, attorneys, plumbers, electricians, etc. are required to be certified in their field. Obtaining certification affirms that the individual has passed a comprehensive exam as well as met other requirements, and possesses knowledge, extensive experience, and is appropriately skilled in that particular field. But what about the photography industry? These days it seems that anyone who gets a new dSLR camera prints up some business cards and markets themselves as a professional photographer. Whether or not they actually know the basic elements of exposure, composition, or color – in truth anyone can call themselves a professional photographer. When I looked at the saturation of photographers the marketplace, I felt that I needed to do something to differentiate myself from the pack. So although anyone can call themselves a photographer, very few can call themselves Certified Professional Photographers.

Chicago is a huge city, and clients have a choice of literally hundreds of photographers here. But did you know that there are only seven certified photographers within 20 miles of downtown Chicago?

And now I am one of them.  🙂

My journey to becoming a CPP was shared today on the ClickinMoms blog. Click here to check it out.

As I set new goals for myself both personally and professionally for 2011, I want to wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tree - Congratulations Jes! I’m so happy for you and proud of you.

sara seeton - what a great year you’ve had! wishing you all the best in 2011 🙂

Hilary - Congrats on the certification! Well deserved!! Beautiful work:)

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