I am a San Antonio certified photographer! After enrolling in a certification course from the New York Institute of Photography over a year ago, I finally received the good news today that I passed! I can now add the letters “WPPI-C” after my name! 😉
Photography certification has been around since 1977 and started with the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) as a way to identify professional photographers who could demonstrate technical competence through a written exam and image submission (CPP). The National Institute of Excellence sets the guidelines and oversees this certification process. In 2015, WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Professionals International) began their own certification process and the New York Institute of Photography regulates this certification (WPPI-C) for them.
I am a San Antonio Certified Photographer
The WPPI-C distinction differs from the CPP certification in that a WPPI-C certification is uniquely targeted to wedding and portrait photographers instead of just testing a generalized knowledge of photography. The program is extensive and covers topics beyond camera and art. This certification verifies and validates a candidate’s proficiencies in the art and business of wedding and portrait photography. Submission of a portfolio of your recent work, business practices and marketing materials is all part of the certification process. However, I will add that a photographer with either certification is clearly interested in making a difference in their work and their clients’ experiences. These artists care enough to do the work necessary to have a positive impact on the photography industry as a whole.
What does this mean to me?
- I think enough of my profession to pursue excellence.
- Demonstrates my dedication to learning and expanding my craft.
- Proves that I expect a high standard of myself and of my work.
- I want to instill trust, confidence and value of my work in my clients.
- I want to set myself apart from other photographers who do not have this level of commitment.
What should it mean to clients?
- Be assured that a photographer has a unique and refined skillset to record priceless, once-in-a-lifetime events.
- Makes it easier to spot photographers who are serious professionals.
- Lessens the chance of being emotionally disappointed in your final images.
- Helps diminish the chance of having to retake images or recreate something therefore saving you time AND money.
This certification won’t be my last investment in photography education. This is but one small step toward an ongoing, lifetime pursuit of photography perfection. I will continually empower myself and my craft and seek out mentors and workshops that can help me achieve superior imagery. Though I will probably never be the best photographer in the world (I’ve accepted this long ago), I will continually advance my skill, knowledge and competency each and every day until I put down my camera for the very last time. (<–That image just made me cry.)
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I am a full-time, internationally-awarded and WPPI-C certified professional wedding and senior photographer based in South Texas near San Antonio. I offer a premier and personal service coupled with an unforgettable photography experience. I cater to clients who appreciate quality photography and help them to create family heirlooms that will last for generations.
I started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. I enjoy documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I love being a part of people’s journey and consider myself privileged to document their legacies.
When I’m not photographing a wedding, family or high school senior, I love to spend my spare time hiking, camping, cycling, reading, listening to Elvis and Prince. The most important things in life are for me to see my two daughters happy and to create a family history my grandparents and grandson would be proud of!
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