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Thread: Certification matters
04-12-2007, 08:59 PM #1
In the monthly certification newsletter, two PPA Forum members had something to say:
Being a Certified Professional Wedding Photographer has allowed me to
book at least a couple of weddings which I might otherwise have lost to
other photographers. In both instances, my clients told me
"Certification matters and was a deciding factor in selecting you over
the other photographers we were considering." While these clients may
not have understood everything which is involved in certification, they
themselves are in industries such as accounting or education where
certification provides a level of prestige.
When I became Certified The first thing I did was put a new headshot of myself along with a press release from PPA in my local paper. People literally stopped me on the street to congratulate me and families of seniors I had photographed the previous summer sent me cards saying how much they enjoyed telling other people that their photographer was one of only X number of photographers in the country to have this designation. I framed my certificate and hung it on the wall right at the entrance to the studio. I started using the Certified logo on my cards, letterhead and price lists. Anytime I ran an ad in the paper or yellow pages I included the logo. My web site has a link to the PPA web sites page explaining what Certification is and I use the Logo on my site. Almost every bride that has interviewed me to photograph her wedding has asked what it means. Anytime they see me or my name it says Certified and they remember it and ask about it.
04-12-2007, 09:58 PM #2
I agree with D.Craig. Certification is something to be proud of. It is only benifitial if you use it. Like D.Craig, use it on everything. The word "Certified" is more recognized than Masters Degree or Photographic Craftsman. Just my opinion.
EdEd Booth, PPA Certified, M Photog.Cr., API, P/BA, F-PPC, S-PPC
Huth & Booth-The Portrait Gallery
04-13-2007, 01:11 PM #3
Howard Kier and David Lottes ...
Where are all of the members leaving praises for Howard Kier and David Lottes for being featured in the latest certification newsletter ?
Anyhow ... congratulations to you both !
04-13-2007, 01:31 PM #4
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, D Craig. Is this a newsletter just for CPP's? If so, I dont' get the newsletter - yet.
Congrats to Howard and David!! Well spoken and I'm looking forward to getting my certification and enjoying the success that you two speak of.
04-13-2007, 01:39 PM #5
Congrats guys - are you selling autographs? I don't get this newsletter either, but I'm studying to become Certified!Lori Clapp
Will I EVER know how to use what I learn?
04-13-2007, 01:56 PM #6
04-13-2007, 02:05 PM #7
I had heard about the newsletter, but I'm not getting it either. Maybe it's a regional thing.--Elephants can swim...
...and very gracefully.
I do believe
Anything is possible for me.
Kirk Darling, CPP
04-13-2007, 02:49 PM #8
April Certification Liaison Newsletter .... you need to be a C.P.P. Liaison to get it. Doesn't it make you that are certified want to be a liaison and give the exam ?
04-13-2007, 03:27 PM #9
And the next question is.... how does one go about being a CPP Liaison? What does it entail? I'll do anything for a newsletter.Liz Vance, Cr. Photog, CPP
oh baby photography
bellies. babies. beautiful.
A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there--even if you put them all end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity. - Robert Doisneau
04-13-2007, 03:42 PM #10Senior Member
- Join Date
- Aug 2005
Thanks for the acknowledgement D.Craig!
As you can see, Howard and I are tremendously popular.
Do you know whose chain I need to yank to get a copy for my memoir.