Can you believe it’s 2019? I am officially back in the office this week after taking some time off to celebrate the holidays and spend time with my family. I love this time of year because there is so much that lies ahead; so much to look forward to; so many goals to plan and execute! I also love to reflect on the things I did in the previous year. What a great 2018!
Earning my CPP
My biggest and most exciting accomplishment of 2018 was becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the Professional Photographers of America. This credential is achieved in two phases. The first, is an exam based on several technical aspects of the photographic craft. The second, is to submit images based on specific criteria that displays knowledge of photographic technique and skill. The goal is to equip photographers with expert skills and technical proficiency that holds them to a higher standard.
Several years ago, I only dreamed of earning my CPP. It was a mere thought in my head. However, I always had an urge to push for it. I wanted to take myself and my skills to the next level. I declared my candidacy at the end of 2016 and took the exam in January of 2017 with a passing score.
After the exam, I moved onto the second phase of submitting 15 images. I managed to procrastinate the second phase for about a year and a half. Yikes! Doubt and fear are not my best qualities! However, I passed the submission on the first try! It felt so good to finally accomplish this big goal I had set for myself.
You Can Hit Your Goals Too!
What a journey! Earning the CPP is not just about passing an exam and an image submission. It’s about all of the steps it takes to get to the standard you want to hold yourself to. It’s about dedication, hard work, and making yourself move forward even when you want to stand still. I am so glad I kept moving forward. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to achieve your goals, as long as you put one foot in front of the other.
I am so excited for this new year! Cheers to 2019! I can’t wait to continue on this journey and work toward my next set of goals. May you push forward and achieve the goals you have set for yourself and never lose sight of the things you want most!
The Professional Photographers of America are updating their requirements for the Certified Professional Photographer image submission in 2019. Visit the PPA site by CLICKING THIS LINK to learn more!
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