Going for Qualification

2020 had its' fair share of ups and downs.  Well, let's be honest, not so many ups and a whole lot of downs....it was challenging on so many levels for everyone and I know there weren't many people who were sad to see the back of it!

With all the negative vibes flying around, I knew I needed to set myself a project to keep myself upbeat and focussed on something that would bring me a bit of joy. 

The Guild of Photographers offers training and industry qualifications and towards the end of 2020, I needed something to work towards.  So I took the plunge, signed up for some mentoring and took the plunge to get my Guild Qualification!


For a Qualification Panel, I was required to submit 21 images in the chosen genre; in this instance, People.  These needed to be 3 images from 7 separate shoots, but importantly, the 21 images together needed to form a cohesive set of images that clearly showcased my style. 

It's a real task to pick out the ones that might work and having sent through some images for consideration by my mentor (the wonderful Saraya Courtaville), I was completely gobsmacked when she said with just a few tweaks the images were ready for submission! 

And so, once those tweaks were completed, off my panel of 21 images went!  (Cue; nail-biting wait!!)


Here is my panel

I cannot explain to you the utter pleasure it was to receive an email from Guild HQ a few weeks after my submission, to tell me that I had PASSED!

Photography is my passion, it is my therapy.  Being outdoors, meeting clients and creating wonderful memories for them to cherish is beyond a joy!


But it isn't half wonderful to get an endorsement from The Guild of Photographers too!

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  • Debra O'Connor

    on November 30, 2020

    Beautiful images, and congratulations - great achievement x

  • Anna Kennedy

    on November 10, 2020

    Hugh congratulations on this achievement! It's not easy getting qualified by the Guild of Photographers, well done you :)

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