Becoming a member and qualifying with a professional organisation was something of a personal aim since the time I turned to photography. I chose the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) because of what they offered their members, their professionalism and the recognition amongst some of the best photographers out there. I joined as a qualifying member back in 2012 and started working on attaining my qualification and in 2013 I achieved my Licentiate.
I was approached by the editor of the Photographer Magazine (a quarterly magazine which goes out to all BIPP members) earlier this year, who told me he was looking to do a small series of articles on photographers about how they started with the BIPP and about how the benefits within the organisation has changed their career. I was a little taken aback by this, as I have been reading the Photographer since joining and some of the most inspiring photographers have been featured in it! So I met with the editor Jonathan and we chatted for a couple of hours about the start of my journey with the BIPP and my professional and personal aspirations and a few weeks later he sent through the draft of the first part of the article.
Yesterday, I received this in print, and could not have been more proud than to see samples of my photography from my Licentiate panel on the pages! It was then, when looking at them, I realised just how much my style and perception of photography has changed! It just goes to show, that in joining a professional organisation such as the BIPP doesn't just give you members benefits and a qualification….it gives you growth.
The printed article - part 1! :)