I’m now a fully QUALIFIED wedding photographer!
One of the things that has been on my to do list for the past two years is to qualify with The Guild of Photographers. Wedding photography is a difficult business to work in these days, especially when everyone has a camera. Sometimes there is no real way of clients figuring out if they are getting a professional or qualified wedding photographer or not.
It is important to me that my clients know that I am good for the job, that my kit is the best it can be, and I have many backup solutions. It is also important to me that my clients feel comfortable all the way from planning the big day, through to editing and beyond. But that they also have the reassurance that the images I take will be of a great standard.
So, for myself and my clients, I decided that the best way to prove I am able to do the job well, is to actually apply to qualify through a photography guild… A little piece of mind for us all.
I have to say I am not the most academic person on the planet, so being able to submit my photographic work instead of writing masses of essays was perfect for me.
What I had to do.
- I had to submit 21 digital client images in total. 7 images from three different weddings, taken in the last two years.
- I had to send my Public Liability and certificates to prove I was in business.
- A purposeful written brief explaining each image and how I went about taking it, this is to make sure I understand poses, locations and lighting correctly.
My images were then judged by three of the Guilds judges. They would assess the work and decide whether my ability it is aligned to standards of competence that reflects a level where the customer should be pleased with the results, when employing the services of a wedding photographer.
In other words, qualified indicates professional competence. To a level where the Guild are happy to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association. Hopefully giving my clients any reassurance they need that I am fully qualified to do a good job.
My Qualifying Panel Video
Until next time!