Gaining qualifications is a must, if as a photographer you want to improve and continue to develop your individual style. A Fellowship is the highest qualification a professional wedding photographer can achieve and is ‘attainable for distinguished and exceptional ability and creativity’. What better stamp of approval for our clients?
My Fellowship in wedding photography was a long time in the making, having qualified at Associate level in 2012 with all three main professional bodies, I didn’t want to stop there. In March 2013 I was awarded my Fellowship by the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Unlike other organisations the BIPP assess a body of work rather than a single panel. They look at complete albums for quality of print, presentation and finish as well as looking at a panel of perfectly finished 20×16 mounted prints. I didn’t feel I could show my complete wedding day style in just 20 finished prints so I took it one step further and also provided a body of work which spans 2011, 2012 and 2013, providing 60 additional fine art prints of some of my favourite wedding photographs, 50 of these are shown below.
Choosing and constructing the panel of 20 mounted prints is no easy task. The panel of prints are viewed as two rows of ten prints and have to sit together perfectly as a collection of images. They have to illustrate a consistent style and be recognisable as being the photographer being assessed work, the judges don’t know who’s photographs they are viewing. Each print needs to printed perfectly, density has to be matched across all twenty prints and absolutely no errors can be visible. Working with my mentor and fellow Kevin Pengelly we spent a lot of time putting the following collection of images together and I must say seeing the prints in the flesh makes me very proud of what I have achieved.
Now that I have achieved my Fellow I won’t be stopping there, I want to mentor other photographers who want to improve and possible work on a personal project to achieve a Fellowship in portraiture.