The Reason

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 embarked on a journey to becoming a Qualified Photographer!

The Journey

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!!)

This is my panel of images

Becoming a Qualified Photographer

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!