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February 24, 2022

CPP Spotlight: Jake Durham

Jake Durham, CPP, is an Oklahoma-based photographer and writer whose work has appeared in Professional Photographer Magazine, 405 Magazine, Oklahoma Today, and The Oklahoma Gazette. He has authored two books with the third set to be released later this year.  

We asked Jake to tell us about his experience of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer and what PPA members can expect out of the process. If you’ve ever wanted a firsthand account of what the CPP process entails and the benefits of being certified, keep reading!

At a bare minimum, obtaining certification as a professional photographer is a personal testament to one’s abilities. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you have the skill and knowledge necessary to place you at the same level as other peers in your field.  

I remember being on the fence regarding whether it was worth the time, money, and effort to study for the CPP. It is hard. In fact, it was one of the hardest certifications I have ever studied for, and I had serious doubts regarding my ability to pass it successfully. In my opinion, I also never felt that my work as a fine art photographer warranted recognition through accreditation.However, as an author, accreditation has played a significant role in soliciting book publishers and magazines when listing it among my credentials. To those unfamiliar with photography, it is an impressive addition to one’s resume.

Since obtaining my CPP, photographers have approached me, inquiring about the process, and asking whether it was beneficial. To them, and those still contemplating the move, I say that it is worth it even if it is only for you. More importantly, your personal growth should be the primary reason to strive for the CPP. Like printing one’s work and hanging it on the wall, there is a significant reward factor, and the result is a motivational testimony to what you know, have accomplished, and are capable of doing.  

Interested in learning more? Check out this article on becoming a Certified Professional Photographer.