Read on about why I thought it was worthwhile qualifying and gaining the associateship in photography with the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography).
I made a decision when I first turned professional with photography not to simply buy a membership of an organisation and leave it at that. Other than the endorsements that clients give you through paying for your work, I also wanted to follow a path of testing and qualification based on quality of work and the ability to deliver a service. A kitemark or quality mark if you will.
I selected the BIPP because of their emphasis on continuous improvement and after submitting and appearing before a judging panel, was admitted as a licentiate on 2006 in commercial photography. I submitted a new body of work to the associateship panel last week and passed. The submission process is rigorous with pre-panel portfolio critique and mentoring, creating a piece of written work to evidence career progression and business practices, and finally the studies and portfolio. I’ll admit to having left it a bit long to get around to it but having gone through the process and I’m please to be qualifiying and gaining the Associateship in photography with the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography).