Entries in award winning wedding photographers (2)
I'm not a member of many photographic societies or directories. The majority of them promise to only market the very best photographers and yet, after not so long, their listings become saturated with poor quality wedding photography. I suppose, ultimately, they are a business and therefore look to sell as many subscriptions as possible but it does mean that now more than ever, letters after your name or an association's logo on your website really means exceptionally little. It's what's in your customer's albums and your portfolio that really count.
I'm only a member of two associations - the Wedding Photojournalists Association (WPJA) and the International Society of Portrait and Wedding Photographers (ISPWP). Achieving membership with both is tough, the ISPWP particularly so. ISPWP was created by professional photographers to raise the standards of the wedding photography industry by representing only the most professional and most talented wedding photographers in the world.
In their own words they're 'picky' and will never compromise standards. I cannot stress enough how good wedding photography can be, there are many good photographers in ISPWP, the majority from north America but having so many good photographers under one roof means that the quarterly competitions are quite hard and I'm delighted when I get just one result but this time, to my delight, I got six!
Congratulations to all the other photographers that qualified, especially the UK folk as we're a little outnumbered and possibly outshone by the slick industry from across the pond.
I'm delighted to announce that I've recently been shortlisted as a Top 10 Winter Wedding Photographer. Congratulations to the 9 other photographers...