Most of you know, that a few months back I set a goal for myself.  I decided that I wanted to become a Certified Professional Photographer.  Some people asked me why?  To me it was simple, in our modern day when these amazing cameras have become so affordable and there are now so many new “photographers” turning up everyday, how do you set yourself apart?  How do I prove to my clients that I have worked hard studying, learning new techniques and spend a huge amount of my time trying to consume every bit of knowledge I can to take my passion to the next level?

So, during the summer I submitted my images to the panel of judges and did a big happy dance, when they notified me that I passed – that was 1 of 2 parts to becoming a CPP.  The 2nd part was an exam.  A really, really tough 100 question exam which I drove to Akron to take in the early morning hours about a week ago.  I was sure I didn’t pass and when I got home that morning, I was already checking their site to see when/where I’d be taking the exam next.  The testing sites usually aren’t very close and are few and far between.

Yesterday, I ran out to get the mail and in their waiting for me was this gold tube – and I mean, really shiny gold – and it was from PPA (Professional Photographers of America).  I knew what it was before I even opened it…what else could it be?!  I passed-yay!  Inside was a brand new certificate and it read – Michelle M Galazia, Certified Professional Photographer.  Wow – I’ve got a little tag at the end of my name now.  No, it’s not MD, but to me it may as well be.  I’m such a photo geek, I know – my husband reminds me everyday, but I’m loving every minute of it.  🙂 🙂 🙂

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