I’ve been beyond excited the last three weeks about passing my NZIPP Portrait Qualifications!!
My followers on Facebook would have seen my post three weeks ago and I thought it was about time I mentioned it here. My printed submission was returned to me yesterday and I sat there looking at them in wonder and elation, reflecting on the late nights I put in to get them perfect, the last few hours before sending them when to my kids and husband I must have looked like a mad woman stomping around, those moments of self doubt saying I probably wasn’t ready and the sheer disbelief, delight and exhilaration that I felt all at once when Karyn Flett, the Portrait Director of NZIPP called to say yes! I had passed at my very first Q submission!
To those who are wondering what I’m going on about, let me go into little more detail. NZIPP stands for New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. It is the only qualifying body for professional photographers in New Zealand and it maintains and promotes the highest of professional standards in our industry. You can find out more about them by visiting their website. To become a full member of NZIPP, you have to go through a stringent process of passing the qualification process in your chosen category, mine being Portrait. The submission requires certain business requirements and a portfolio of twelve printed and digital images that goes in front of a panel of five judges and they are among the best of the best in our industry!
The judging criteria is very comprehensive and the whole process of selecting my images and looking at them with a critical eye has been an impressive learning curve for me and has helped to further hone my craft. I had an awesome and supportive network of fellow peers who helped critique my work and provide constructive and some very positive comments that helped me to compile a strong portfolio. I’m glad I jumped up one night and announced to my husband that I was going for my Q’s only three weeks away from submission date. It seemed crazy at that point but I wanted to learn from the experience of not passing if anything.
I learnt a lot about myself and my craft in that three weeks and am immensely proud that every time I pick up my other love… I mean my camera, I know I’m creating beautiful, timeless professional portraiture !
If you’ve still stuck with me and my delirious excitement, I’m proud to share the images from my Q submission:
To all my wonderful clients featured in each and every image above, my heartfelt thanks to you for being so amazing. You all made my job a little easier just by being you!