I believe that professional photographers should never stop learning! In fact, I invest every year in my education to learn more about business and honing my craft. Continuing education has been an integral part of my evolving business and style, and I have mentored under some of the best of the best including:
Certified Professional Photographer – CPP
In May 2019 I became the ONLY Certified Professional Photographer in Calgary! What the heck is a CPP you ask? From the Professional Photographers of America website: “The Certified Professional Photographer credential was started in 1977 as a way to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written exam and photographic evaluation.”
A CPP is someone that goes above and beyond to rise above others in their field. As a client with valuable memories to capture, you can be assured that a CPP has professional knowledge and experience and that they go to great lengths to achieve and maintain a higher standard.
In 2020 I received my “Canine / Dog Portrait” accreditation from the Professional Photographers of Canada. In order to acquire this title I had to demonstrate professional ability to the Board of Examiners of the PPOC by submitting a series of ten images. To be accredited is to be recognized as an expert in a given field.
Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist
Although I have been active in the pet food industry for over a decade, it wasn’t until recently that I was able to find a pet nutrition certification worthy of striving for! In the past, I was only able to find courses that were either biased or based on old, outdated information. In January of 2018, I acquired my “Pet Food Nutrition Specialist” designation from DNM University! I plan to continue my studies with DNM University; I just have to decide which course to take next!
Photo Competition and Memberships
I am a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and earned the title of “Bronze Photographer of the Year” at the 2017 IPC (International Photographic Competition) with images taken at real-life, actual client photography sessions. (see photos above)
I am also a member of HeARTs Speak’s Artists Helping Animals, which is HeARTs Speak’s seminal program that currently includes a network of nearly 600 professional artists working in a variety of mediums, who provide their services pro bono or donate their work to animal shelters, rescues, and advocacy groups.