Curious fellow photographers have asked me about this, so I thought I'd go ahead and write a blog post about this recognition, as well as a bit about what the application process entails. Let me begin by saying that as soon as NAPCP announced Master Photographer Certification, it became a goal of mine. NAPCP is an association of magnificently talented professional photographers who are highly recognized in the professional photography industry and some of the best of the best in the different niches of child and family photography.
To begin with, I assembled a portfolio of Child Photography images. Of course I included some of my favorite images in my portfolio, as well as the important technically proficient photos. I asked a few questions. I checked and re-checked my portfolio to ensure it met the detailed requirements. I took a deep breath, and exhaled as I excitedly submitted my Master Photographer Certification application. I knew that my portfolio would be reviewed by remarkable evaluation panel of some of the most talented women in professional child and family photography. I waited and waited. The evaluation process can take a couple of weeks, which, if you've ever waited for anything super exciting, you know can feel like eternity!
This was such a terrific opportunity for me, and a rewarding creative outlet at this time, as well.
For any of my fellow NAPCP members thinking about submitting their portfolio to one of the upcoming Master Photographer categories, I know that putting yourself and your work out there is a risk, but I can tell you that the benefits outweigh that risk tenfold!