What is a Certified Professional Photographer?

This is your way to know your wedding photographer is qualified to photograph your special day. There is nothing that prevents someone from pretending to be a professional wedding photographer.  So how can the consumer know who to trust?  Fortunately, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), in conjunction with the Professional Photographic Certification Commission, the world’s leading certification agency for imaging professionals, created the certification process. This commission is part of the same organization that certifies lawyers (bar) and public accountants (CPA).

There are many people who buy a camera and claim to be a wedding photographer. Why risk such important photographs to somebody who has not proven they can deliver? A Certified Professional Wedding Photographer has passed a written exam. But book knowledge is not enough! Photos from 20 events are sent to a jury of photographers to be judged. Only after the photographer’s work has passed does the photographer become certified. Finally, a Certified Professional Wedding Photographer must continue to maintain his/her certification by attending professional photographer continuing education workshops and be re-certified every five years.  Certification can be your assurance that you are dealing with a professional photographer who is dedicated to providing you with professional service.