The Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation is an internationally judged photo competition in which I participate in twice a year. There are three levels of accreditation: Associate, Master, and Fellow. During this process you select images that you think are your best recent work and submit them. Your body of work is judged by 12 master photographers who are leaders in the photography industry from around the world. This body of work accumulates points depending on the score each image receives from the judges. 25 points is the first step and earns you an Associate status. I'm happy to announce that since 2017 I have been working toward my accreditation and I'm thrilled to let you know that this past week I reached this level with 27.5 points. One of my images earned a spot in the top 20 in the Teen category in January 2019. As of today, I am one of 90 photographers in the world to have earned this achievement. To say I am excited is an understatement as you can imagine!
During this journey there have been moments of self doubt, tears, joy, building of confidence, and getting lots of critique and feedback from other photographers. I have attended workshops, classes, YouTubed the heck out of “how do I…..in photoshop”, attended trade shows and tried to be the biggest sponge I could be. I have built my studio to be a warm, beautiful space where clients feel welcome and comfortable.
Doing something well is worth the time it takes to learn it and dive into it. Wholeheartedly. It means staying up late even when you’re tired. It means spending the time to edit that image just a bit more because it’s not ready yet. It means putting up with your own perfectionism because that’s what each image deserves. That’s what clients deserve: A piece of Art.
The love and support from family and friends has been overwhelming while I have been on this journey. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and can’t wait for what’s next. What’s next? Glad you asked… Master Level which requires 50 points. These were my highest scoring images to date.