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Certified Professional Photographer


I’m super excited to be able to announce I’ve earned the designation of Certified Professional Photographer through Professional Photographers of Association.  This is a rigorous two part process that includes passing an exam of technical knowledge and submitting a portfolio for review.  The portfolio judging is the last part that takes place only a few times a year.  Candidates are required to submit 6 images to show knowledge of basic lighting skills, composition, and camera skills.  There is also another 9 images required for application.  These must be images taken in the last two years and must have been created for paying clients.

I took my written exam this summer at the Texas Professional Photographers Association’s Summerfest.  This is TPPA’s annual conference and print competition.  I also competed in their print competition and earned a platinum pin for having seven out of eight images scoring in the merit category or higher.  I was also honored with a Distinguished Print Award for my portrait of Cheerio and earned a Judges Choice Award for one of my maternity portraits.

I submitted my portfolio in time for the August deadline and was notified last week that I had passed my image submission and had earned the CPP designation.

PPA Certfied Professional Photographer certificate and Pin earned by Valerie Steinkoenig, Valerie Kay Photograph

PPA Certified Professional Photographer certificate.





pet portrait fancy rat in wood bucket with pink flowers

Image Title: Say Cheese

The Certified Professional Photographer designation was a goal I set for myself in January this year.  I’m so happy to have accomplished my goal before the end of the year.  I am always looking for ways to learn and grown and am looking forward to finding my next challenge.

In January I’ll be traveling to Atlanta to PPA’s Imaging USA.  One of my competition images was selected as a top ten finalist in the portrait category for the Grand Imaging Awards.  While I’m there I plan to soak in as much knowledge as I can.  I enjoy attending photography conferences and learning knew things and always come back to work inspired and ready to do bigger and better things.  2018 was fantastic and I hope to make 2019 even better.


“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
- A.A. Milne-


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