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Looking Up Photography – Family Master Photographer Certification


Fellow professional photographers and clients alike have asked me about this, so I wanted to share a short blog post about this recent recognition. I also wanted to inform you about what makes up the application process!
First, you may remember that I am in possession of another of the National Association for Professional Child Photographers‘ (NAPCP) Master Photographer Certifications. After receiving my Newborn Master Certification, I knew certification in the Family category would be a goal I hoped to meet in 2021. For those who may be unfamiliar with the group, NAPCP is an association of professional photographers who are recognized in the child and family photography industry. The association’s members include some of the best across the more specialized categories within child and family photography.
According to NAPCP, “The NAPCP Master Photographer Certification Program rewards NAPCP members by acknowledging their excellence in the craft of professional photography. The NAPCP evaluation panel is constantly reviewing hundreds of images submitted in portfolios before awarding Mastery certificates in each category.”
Similarly to when I applied for Newborn Master Certification, I first carefully assembled a portfolio of Family Photography imagery. I included some of my favorite photographs in the portfolio, in addition to the best technically proficient images that were so important for scoring purposes. Once again I asked questions. I asked the opinions of my professional photographer peers, in addition to friends and loved ones. I reviewed my portfolio and reviewed it again to ensure it met the extremely specific requirements. There isn’t anything quite so nerve wrecking as pressing the button to “Submit”! I was on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting my results. It can be so difficult to wait sometimes (even with that old adage about “good things” in mind …)!
The feedback from the judges was “Wonderful portfolio. Love the range and variety you showcased here, capturing authentic expressions in each. Great job.” 
I am so proud to have my name among the other Master Photographers in the Family category.
Master Photographer Certification in the Family category is an amazing opportunity and accomplishment for me. It is incredibly validating to know that your livelihood isn’t just ‘work’, but also that it is appreciated by your peers, and brings joy to others!
Many thanks, NAPCP!



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