Good afternoon, I thought I would share a bit of good news for myself and the business and this news was a great Christmas present to me.

Part of being a photographer is the sense that you are improving and you are always providing the best service that you can for your clients.  However, how does anyone truly assess something that could be described as an art form?

Photography is highly subjective and one person might look at a picture and decide it’s a masterpiece, whilst another will look at the same picture with indifference.

So how do I know that I am improving?

Well the best feedback is always from your clients who tell you they like your pictures; but I think that there is also great value in letting other photographers assess or judge your work, in particular photographic organisations who’s opinion you respect.

I am a member of  @The Guild of Photographers and also the Master Photographers Association.  Both organisations have a qualification and mentoring system designed to promote continual professional development and both have a tiered membership/qualification system reflecting level’s of experience and ability.

It’s true that Photography related qualifications can be a controversial issue.  The list of amazing photographers without any formal qualifications is long, however I feel that the benefit’s of exposing my work to other professionals in the industry and obtaining feedback far outweighs any negatives.

Having recently submitted a portfolio of 21 images to the Guild of Photographers, I have just been informed that my submission was successful and I have been awarded “Qualified” status.

I am really pleased at this as news  (and for the bottle of Champagne I recieved from Dee).  For those who want to know what this means, a check on their website shows the following description;

‘Qualified’ indicates professional ‘competence’ to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association , so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.                                                  (source – www.photoguild.co.uk/qualifications1) 

I am still chuffed to bits to round off the year with this qualification and it confirms that I am moving in the right direction. I have enclosed a few images from my submission and wish everyone a Happy New Year.