What is a CPP?

April 17, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

A Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a designation by the Profeesional Photographers of America (PPA). It is an intense process consisting of a written exam and technical image evaluation. 

I didn't major in photography in college, most people who are photographers didn't. I went to school for graphic design and advertising. I found that I enjoy photography much more than designing things and made the switch a few years back. More photos, less design work.

I started looking into joining professional associations to rub elbows with other photographers who strive to earn their living from creating images. I had heard about PPA and since it was time to look for new business insurance I joined their ranks (and got myself business insurance too!)

After setting a goal in 2018 to work towards my certification I finally declared candidacy in October. Studying for the test was quite eye-opening, learning the technical aspects of photography is interesting and comes with a whole new vocabulary. 

I earned my CPP designation in March 2019 after completing an intensive program that measured my artistic and technical competence. Professional Photographers of America currently recognizes fewer than 2,500 CPPs. As of the end of 2018 there were only 13 CPPs in all of Nebraska! 

It's great to have this completed to show my commitment to providing the highest standard of quality for my clients. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow in photography and would love for you to join me in this journey! 

The next time you need photos ask if your photographer is Certified! 


If your business has photo needs email me at [email protected]  or call 402-557-8600 if you have any questions or are ready to book a session for your business!  


Professional Photographers of America (PPA.com/CPP) is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. CPPs must complete a written examination, finish an image evaluation and adhere to a strict code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continued confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.



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