I was shocked to find that the number is so low. I am proud to call myself one of the few photographers in this state that took the time, effort, energy and countless hours of studying to acquire the CPP designation.

Certification is not a requirement in our industry. This was a personal and professional goal that I set and thought would help separate myself in a cluttered market and show my clients that I am dedicated to my craft. After passing the CPP exam and submitting a portfolio for review, I became a CPP in 2010. Every three years I need to renew by CPP status by taking the exam or earning professional education credits by attending industry seminars, workshops and classes.

This is my passion. This is my livelihood. I am a professional photographer.

Thank you for taking the time to learn why hiring a Certified Professional Photographer matters. For more information about the CPP process, you can visit the PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA.

-Jennifer R. Fiereck, CPP