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by James Yates

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PPA members have a way to stand out from the crowd built right in to their membership. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the photography industry.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of professional competence and ability.

Photographers who earn their CPP credential do so for three primary reasons:

  • It gives them an edge in advertising their services, as certification promotes trust in the minds of clients and consumers.
  • It is a way to justify the price of services offered by the world's top photographers.
  • The peer validation step that is required to earn the certification signals to the photography world that you truly care about your craft.

The path to certification is a simple, 3-step process.

  • Declare your candidacy to PPA.
  • Study for and pass the CPP exam.
  • Submit a set of images for official review.

Once said images are approved, the photographer will have earned their CPP designation. For more information or to get started on your path to photography certification, head to PPA.com/CPP

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Your PPA family is getting bigger: the New York Institute of Photography is now offering their students certification through PPA's CPP program! This is a big deal and serves to expand and deepen both organization's missions to elevate the craft of photography and provide support to professionals. Check out the press release, reprinted below.

NYIP Adds Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Designation to Online Photography Course Offerings    

The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has partnered with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to offer their students and graduates a widely recognized industry certification. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the highly competitive creative industry.

NEW YORK, NY-JANUARY 17, 2017
The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has partnered with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to offer their students and graduates a widely recognized industry certification. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the highly competitive creative industry.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of professional competence and ability. Through this exclusive partnership, photographers who study with NYIP can qualify to take the CPP exam and earn their certification.

Photographers who earn their CPP credential do so for three primary reasons. First, it gives them an edge in advertising their services, as certification promotes trust in the minds of clients and consumers. Second, it is a way to justify the price of services offered by the world's top photographers. Finally, the peer validation step that is required to earn the certification signals to the photography world that you truly care about your craft.

"PPA is excited to bring the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) credential to NYIP students and alumni through this exclusive partnership," says Julia Boyd, CAE, Director of Certification at PPA. "As the world's largest non-profit photography association PPA's mission of creating a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence is in sync with NYIP's values and goals. We are eager to spread the power of Certification as both organizations continue to raise the bar in the photographic industry."

The CPP program can be added to any of NYIP's online photography classes at the time of enrollment for $473. This cost is $50 less than the price typically offered by PPA and includes one year of PPA membership. Students and graduates already enrolled in NYIP courses may purchase CPP directly for the same price.

After purchasing, the path to certification is a simple, 3-step process. First, students will declare their candidacy to PPA. Second, they will study for and pass the CPP exam. Finally, they will submit a set of images for official review. Once said images are approved, the photographer will have earned their CPP designation.

For more information or to get started on your path to photography certification, you may visit http://www.nyip.edu/courses/cpp-photography-certification.

About the New York Institute of Photography
The New York Institute of Photography offers ten great online photography courses. Founded in 1910, NYIP is the largest and longest running photography school in the world, having successfully trained thousands of photographers for more than 100 years. Located in the heart of the art capital of the world, New York City, NYIP brings high quality photography education straight to its students' doors. NYIP currently offers ten online photography courses in areas such as portraits, weddings, travel, nature, photojournalism, video making and Photoshop. NYIP is owned and operated by Distance Education Co., LLC, which also operates the New York Institute of Art and Design, the premier home-study school for creative professionals.

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association organized for professional photographers, by professional photographers and with more than 29,000 creative members in more than 50 countries. Our mission is to create a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence.

by James Yates
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Your PPA membership comes loaded with several educational opportunities to keep you competitive and on the forefront of modern professional photography. One of the greatest ways to set yourself apart from the competition, if you haven't already, is to GET CERTIFIED! 

Becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through PPA gives you more than just the CPP behind your name, it makes an impact on your career.

One of PPA's favorite podcasts, The PhotoTellers, recently sat and talked with PPA's Director of Certification, Julia Boyd, for a conversation all about the program. In this episode, Julia and co-hosts Bill Ramsey and Cris Duncan discuss:

  • What does it mean to be "Certified Professional Photographer?" Why does it matter?
  • What are the steps to become certified?
  • What are the objective metrics that distinguish a certified and non-certified photographer? How is this used in marketing? How will PPA help you leverage this distinction?
  • To the photographer who says, "I don't need certification! I'm doing great work without it." What will you gain through the process?

Give it a listen here. And, while you're at it, check out the other fantastic podcasts from the PhotoTellers team and the Fireside Network. If you'd like to learn more about the Certification process, head on over to PPA.com/CPP.

Certification is one very important way that PPA helps you Be More Successful!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for James.JPGJames Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

Have you ever wanted to explore the path to Certification, but don't know where to start? Imaging USA is a great place to get all the information you could ever need! Whether you prefer an intimate group setting or a larger informative type of session, you'll find options: 

Head to Imaging USA early and take the Certification preparation class! The three-day intensive class covers all of the topics you'll encounter on the Certification exam (which you'll also have the opportunity to take during Imaging USA). It covers all of the technical side of photography and is equivalent to nearly a semester of college! You'll walk away more knowledgeable, more confident and more prepared. 

Sunday: 
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Join this panel of Certified Professional Photographers and see how it's changed their photography and their businesses! The panelists range from wedding, baby, maternity, sports, headshots and senior photographers who all had a huge change in their business once they became a Certified Professional Photographer! 

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: 
11:30 - 5 PM
PPA Booth: Learn the benefits of Certification and first steps at the PPA Association booth #1227, where PPA staffers will be able to show you the path to Certification and how to best get started. 

Take the step to Be More Competitive in 2016 with Certification! See all of the options at ImagingUSA.org and get details on discounted hotel rooms at ImagingUSA.org/Hotel

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By Nicole McIntosh

200,000. That's about the number of professional photographers active in the United States, so how do you stand out from the crowd? You know your stuff and you are not average. Upholding an official certification like the CPP points it out right away!

If you are ready to venture into a new stage of your photography career, or want to take your work and professional recognition to a new level, then its time you got Certified. 

Every year the photography world becomes more and more competitive to keep up with the changing times. Although there are some people that are just looking to get the best price out of any photographer despite the quality, there are actually a ton of people who value the quality of their photos. In order for a person to have confidence in their photographer sometimes they have to have proof to believe they will get the best results. This is why it is important to become a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) so that you will have a title to vouch for your name and work.

So now I bet you're wondering, what if I'm scared to do it? Well guess what, you're not the only one! Others may fear the steps of earning their CPP because they don't understand the process. It can be very challenging to try to figure it all out on your own and it shouldn't! That's why at Imaging USA 2016 there is a panel to help out, get rid of these fears, and put you on your way to becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. 

This special CPP-prep program is called the The Game Changer: Become a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). The presenters, Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, Cr.Photog., CPP, Bree Adams, CPP, Landon Day, CPP, and Dave Goldman, Cr.Photog., CPP run successful wedding, baby, maternity, sports, headshot and senior photography businesses. They will give you the opportunity to learn how they earned their CPP and how it impacted their work and their businesses. They will also share everything from their successes to their failures and ultimately leading to how earning their CPP changed the game for their businesses.

You won't want to miss this opportunity at Imaging USA. Earning your CPP in 2016 could be the game changer for you too!


Nicole McIntosh is one of PPA's Marketing and Communications Interns, yay! Nicole is known for her vibrant smile and the one to laugh even if the sky is falling. A sophomore at Spelman College, she hopes that working with PPA will give her the tools she needs to start her own non-profit organization one day.

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By Chris Homer

Have you ever thought about becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) or earning a PPA degree? These official marks of recognition will help you be more in-demand as they mean more than just being able to add a string of letters to the end of your name. Becoming a CPP or earning a degree is a great way to show your potential clients that you are a true professional photographer committed to constantly improving your craft - which means they can trust you to consistently create great imagery for them! 

The next webinar on this topic is FREE! On June 9 at 2 pm EST Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  goes over each step of the process in an online session called: "Certification, Competition, and Credentials: The Course for Continued Success". Christine will walk you through certification, photographic competition and degree programs and how they make a big difference in attaining various career and personal goals. Christine also de-mystifies each process and presents them in understandable terms so that you may incorporate one or more of them into your own goals.

It's a good way to get the low-down on PPA's Certification as well as the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Artist degrees, what it takes to add each of them to your resume and how they will help you become a better photographer. Prepare to be inspired and... amused!

Speaking of photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is currently accepting entries, so if you're thinking of entering IPC this summer, this webinar couldn't come at a better time! 

The webinar is free to both PPA members and non-members to stream live, so sign up today. If you want to access the recorded version of this webinar (and more than 1,100 other PPAedu classes and PhotoVision videos), you've got to be with PPA. So join today! And don't forget to enter your images in the IPC!


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About the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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Congratulations to our newest round of Certified Professional Photographers! These folks have taken the effort to pass the Certification exam, as well as the image submission portion to set themselves apart in the photographic industry. 

Debbie Andrus, CPP - Camden, AL

Jennifer Ashby, CPP - Meridian, ID

Marina Baklanova, CPP  Albany, CA

Ryan C. Bates, CPP - Vacaville, CA

Dawn  Baxstrom, CPP - Drumright, OK

Roben Christian Bellomo, CPP - Carmel, IN

Humberto F. Boncristiani, CPP - Odenton, MD

Jaelene A. Bryan, CPP - Pullman, WA

Sandra M. Burns, CPP - Massapequa, NY

Stephanie R. Carnessali, CPP - Johnsonburg, PA

Sabina Cavalli, CPP - Naperville, IL

CL Clay, CPP - Elgin, SC

Diane K. Costello, CPP - Half Moon Bay, CA

Joshua A. Cuppek, CPP - Blairstown, NJ

Dalisa Jo DeChiara, CPP - Entiat, WA

Veronica Dennis, CPP - Huntsville, AL

Lori Jill DiBiase, CPP - Charleston, SC

Meghan Elizabeth Doll, CPP - Minneapolis, MN

Dan Ferguson, CPP - Wylie, TX

Russ Forthofer, CPP - Fishers, IN

Juliah K. Ginos, CPP - Quincy, IL

Susan A. Goralski, CPP - New Hartford, CT

Meggan Harper, CPP - Ormond Beach, FL

Blair Wyatt Haynie, CPP Houston, TX

Ryan Higgins, CPP - Phoenix, AZ

Jenn Hindman, CPP - Ellsworth, IA

Aubrey L. Hord, CPP - Kahului, HI

Kathryn Tracey Jennings, CPP - Stilesville, New Brunswick, Canada

Russell L. Jensen, CPP - Rapid City, SD

Bill S. Johnsen, CPP - Baraboo, WI

Felicia Jane Jones, CPP - Richland, WA

Edward Keller, CPP - Monroe, MI

Bob J. Laramie, CPP - Moorestown, NJ

John Lee, CPP - Little Neck, NY

Javon D. Longieliere, CPP - Valdosta, GA

Carla M. Lynn, CPP - Smyrna, TN

Ross D. Magnuson, CPP - Billings, MT

Laura H. Mansur, CPP - Houston, TX

Jeffrey L. Mason, CPP - Silver Spring, MD

Renee K. McCardell, CPP - Greensboro, NC

Scott A. McDougall, CPP  - Highland Park, IL

Mac K. Miller, CPP - Tyler, TX

Steve L. Morrow, CPP - Abilene, TX

Ann Nester, CPP - Ravenswood, WV

Rodney O'Dell, CPP - Middletown, OH

Bradd A. Parker, CPP - Chatsworth, GA

Jari Poulin, CPP - Ithaca, NY

Jaiel Prado, CPP - Barueri, Brazil

James Remington, CPP - South Riding, VA

Tim Roebuck, CPP - Winter Garden, FL

Amanda A. Sharpe, CPP - Columbus, IN

Simone Cristina Silverio, CPP -  Barueri, Brazil

Krystal L. Stankowski, CPP - Madison, WI

Chrystina Straughan, CPP - Cibolo, TX

Kimberly Diane Teichrow, CPP - Bend, OR

Zach Thomas, CPP - Saint Augustine, FL

Stephanie W Turner, CPP - Newton, NC

Graciela Valdes, CPP - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Joan Hustace Walker, CPP - Norfolk, VA

Qian Wang, CPP - Lexington, SC

Kerri S. Weiss, M.Photog., CPP - Saint Charles, IL

Rodney Williams, CPP - Columbia, SC

James M. Woltjen, CPP - New Bern, NC

Why should you consider becoming Certified? Check out our blog here that hits on the four key reasons Certification can boost your business and your confidence. Learn more here! 

By: Lauren Walters

PPA CEO David Trust was in DC the past two days advocating for photographers like you! He and PPA's copyright team in D.C., the Nickles Group, had a series of meetings with Representatives of Arizona, California, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming and Senators from Los Angeles and Oklahoma who all have a say on the FAA's proposed rules for regulating the use of drones in the United States. The proposed rules are awaiting approval and are now in a 60-day comment period, during which PPA is working diligently to pull together comments for submission.  

The revised proposal indicates good progress for Photographers. The FAA proposes and approves the rules on drones; those rules are not legislation and do not require congressional approval. Currently, the said rules categorize drones into three physical size groups. PPA is mainly concerned with regulation pertaining to small and micro drones. A small drone is classified as 55lbs or lighter, and a micro drone is 4.4lbs or lighter.

The FAA's proposed rules would require professional photographers wanting to use small drones (less than 55 lbs) to take an aeronautical skills test and obtain a permit and renew that license every two years.  There would also be a one-time registration fee of $150. With 560 testing sites, finding a testing center should be easy. PPA believes the proposed rules for small drones to be a major step in the right direction as they eliminate the current requirement that commercial drone users hold an actual pilot's license. 

The proposed rules for micro-drones (4.4 lbs or less) are even more favorable as they require no skills test.  Photographers wanting to use micro-drones in their business would have to register and self-certify that they understand the FAA's aeronautical information manual.

We are still months away before the rules are finalized, yet solid progresses are being made in the direction of photographers. Want to weigh in? Please visit the discussion on theLoop about drones, it's a dynamic one! 

Drones are the hot topic at the moment, but Trust also had discussions on copyright reform and the Next Great Copyright Act, which are still under development. 



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