ISPWP Membership Acceptance!
A rare ‘latest news’ type post from me, but I’m so chuffed to bits I had to share it somewhere! So pleased to have received news at the weekend that I’ve been accepted into the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers!
The ISPWP is undoubtably one of the most respected bodies on this planet for representing wedding photographers. It is fearsomely difficult to become a member, but last week I decided to give it a shot as I’m a big believer in the ‘no harm in trying’ attitude.
To learn a little more of the incredibly high standards these guys uphold have a read here.
The application process follows in their own words:
Applicants must have photographed a minimum of 50 weddings as the primary in-charge photographer. Weddings shot as a tag-along, second, or backup photographer do not count. This is the minimum experience requirement, many ISPWP members have shot hundreds of weddings with decades of experience. Some of our members are Pulitzer prize finalists and winners.
Applicants must submit their website and wedding galleries for review and evaluation. The online galleries must demonstrate artistic and technical ability. The portfolio must include a minimum of three galleries depicting coverage of three separate weddings. This allows the Membership Approval Team to evaluate how the applicant shots a wedding from beginning to end. If the submitted galleries show only selected favorites from a variety of multiple weddings, or if they are limited to creative bridal portraits with no other wedding coverage, the application will be rejected.
Applicants must have no outstanding complaints with consumer protection organizations such as the Better Business Bureau.
Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with the ISPWP Code of Conduct. The standards of practice in the Code of Conduct protect both the photographer and the client, and provides assurance to the client they are dealing with an ethical professional business with highest of standards.
Applicants must be sponsored by an existing ISPWP member, or they must submit two client references and two wedding photographer references. This provides evidence as to their professionalism, reputation, and experience.
I held my breath when I clicked the ‘submit’ button after reading that, but totally made my year when they got in touch accepting me in!
I join up with only 50 or so other photographers in the whole of the United Kingdom so I’m off to do a little happy dance 🙂
You can check out my profile page here > https://www.ispwp.com/members/profile/NTgwNw