IVLEEN & CHAN: A ROMANTIC MATERNITY SESSION
You know that fire in your soul kind of love? This couple undeniably had a love connection like no other. I was able to capture them so beautifully.
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PERSONAL: WHY I DECIDED TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER
Here my personal story on how I fell into my career as a professional photographer.
February 13, 2018
Have you ever switched jobs and felt like, “What the bleep have I gotten myself into? Can I actually do this?” Even when you’re following your heart, changing jobs or putting yourself in a new position can be a bit nerve wracking.
When I was starting my business, I was hungry to jump head first into photography. I was passionate and ready to go, but also going through the question game in my head. After some thinking and research I decided I needed somewhere I could turn that cared about photography as much as I did and could help guide me in my new world.
I became a member with the Professional Photographers of Canada in September of 2012. I received my first accreditation in April 2013 in Children and Infant Portraiture. From there, I have added birth, maternity and newborn accreditations to my achievements.
To become Accredited, photographers have to submit ten images to be peer-reviewed by a panel of members from across Canada. The images are judged on impact, creativity, style, composition, presentation, colour balance, centre of interest, lighting, subject matter, quality, technique and storytelling.
The Professional Photographers of Canada website explains that Accredited professionals have “proven experience, knowledge and equipment to provide you with a quality product in their area of expertise. The Accreditation process recognizes photographers who have reached a nationally accepted standard of proficiency and knowledge, and sets them apart as being industry leaders.”
The process was daunting and challenging—like most important milestones in life. Becoming Accredited was a reminder that I was on the right path. Professional designations not only allow photographers access to helpful resources like training, best practice advice and mentorship, they’re also a way to continuously improve.
Accreditation helped me take this challenge on headfirst. So much so, that I went after a designation with the PPOC. I achieved my Craftsman of Photographic Arts designation in April, 2017.
This is achieved by accumulating a required number of image and service merits with the PPOC. Members earn merits through image acceptance in the PPOC national image salon, accreditations, volunteering for the national association or its regions, attending photographic educational events, and by promoting professional photography.
The Craftsman designation isn’t just the education and the letters after my name. It represents taking a leap. It represents going after something I’ve wanted for a long time. And, it represents and reminds me that working hard does lead to results. Every time I step into the studio I’ve prepped, crafted, and planned for results, the most special of which will hang proudly on my clients’ walls.
After all the work and sweat, I consider my professional designation kind of like my license to thrill. This designation helps me to maintain the highest standard for clients and the highest expectations for myself as your photographer.
I was elected in 2016 for the Director at Large position on the PPOC-SK board. Just recently, I have been given the opportunity as the Education & Sponsorship Director for PPOC-SK. I had no previous board experience and was scared out of my freaking mind. However, I have reaped so many rewards from stepping out of my comfort zone. I had written a proposal to make a policy change to the National Image Salon categories. My proposal was successful and there is now a separate newborn class that fellow members can enter. I was also asked to be on the PPOC National Think Tank Committee. This committee is an innovative committee looking at what we can do to improve the experience within the association. The sky is the limit when it comes to opportunities with the Professional Photographers of Canada. The more you are involved, the bigger difference you can make in our photographic community, and the higher the standard becomes as a professional photographer.
If you want to learn more about my story check out http://elishaguest.com/about
If you want to learn more about the PPOC check out http://www.ppoc.ca/