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Recently I was inspired to begin the journey of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer.  Currently there are fewer than 2500 Certified Professional Photographers (CPP) in the world.  There are two parts to passing this certification – an image submission and a written exam.  The written exam is to cover your technical knowledge of photography.  The image submission included 20 of my images from 20 different clients/sessions and had to show my knowledge and application of correct lighting, lens selection, and composition.  I also had to provide a Statement of Purpose for each image.  These images were then reviewed by a panel of 5 judges – all with the PPA designation of Master Photographer.  Not an easy task I was told to become a CPP (especially the image submission), but worth the designation – as my clients will know that I am dedicated to being the best at what I do.

I was thrilled when I received my letter last week congratulating me on passing the image submission (my daughter and I did a little happy dance 🙂  )!  Since then I’ve had some questions from others (who are also attempting the same designation) about my images.  Following is the portfolio that I submitted.

Thank you to all of my amazing clients for helping me create such awesome images and for trusting my artistic vision!


I will be taking the written exam mid-September and hope to be a CPP shortly after that!

We want to celebrate all the amazing couples we have worked with or will be working with in the near future!  In short, we think our couples rock and we’re pretty sure their friends and family will agree.  Check out the Facebook Discussion Board for full details.  The contest will be going on throughout the summer before our grand prize winner is announced, so you won’t miss your chance to get in on it.  The winning couple will receive a huge 20″ x 24″ standout print of your choice from your engagement, wedding or day after session and a $100 gift card to your favorite store or restaurant!

I apologize for the blog slacking lately and promise to catch up sometime this week.  Busy….busy….busy….tis the season!  🙂

Happy Memorial Day!  Hope you all had a great weekend!

I have some more opportunities for some of you high school seniors in the surrounding area, class of 2011, to become photography representatives, or “reps”, for MMGPhotography! This is not just for the schools listed above, my area extends all over Western PA and Eastern Ohio, so just send me an email to see if your school is included.

So what is this so called “rep” you ask?  Well, before I divulge that information, let me start with two questions for you!  Do you want amazing, stand-out, hip senior photos but just don’t know how to get them? Are you going to sit in a studio and settle for something that’s going to look like everyone else’s……?

What do I think a Senior Portrait should look like?  I’m going to have to go with photos along these lines….

Alright, so tell me about why being a Senior Portrait Rep is so out-of-this-world amazing already!  Ok, I will.  Here’s what it is.

* Limited to 1-2 willing & deserving Seniors per High School in the area.

* You don’t have to be the most popular, but you do have to be involved in something you can prove will give you a chance to share your photos with a good amount of peers. (For example, “I’m a yearbook editor so I meet with and interview students daily, where I could share creative senior photos other than the required yearbook pose.  I also am very active in the theatre program at school, and you know how us theatre students like to talk about ourselves!  Lastly, I’m an active member in my church youth group so I could easily promote you to seniors at multiple high schools.” Any one of those reasons would be great to describe a good potential rep.)

* In return for promoting my skills and senior photography services you get a FREE photo shoot, along with some FREE prints!

* Lastly, you must be willing, and most importantly WANT, to share your photos to as many of your fellow ‘11 graduating seniors that you can.  You will receive a print credit for every student you send my way!

Think this sounds appealing, then give me an email at mmgphotography@comcast.net and tell me a little about you, in return I’ll send you the full details and list of free goodies.  Oh, and don’t forget to let me know what high school you attend!

Senior Rep sessions will be taking place in April and May, so contact me as soon as possible!

Wow!  I woke up about 5am this morning with a cold nose on my hand letting me know he had to go outside.  Thank God for fences is all I can say.  There was well over six inches blocking the door to let Frankie out.  Lucky for him he was tall enough to make it through.  Not so lucky for the littler ones who had snow up to their necks (a site my daughter found to be hysterical).  🙂

Just wanted to take this time to catch up and say thank you to the couples who have taken the time to meet with me this past month.  I’ve added a lensbaby (courtesy of Santa Claus) to my line-up which promises some very cool images.  2010 is nearly full and 2011 weddings are starting to come in.  I’m really looking forward to working with you all – both this year and next.  Call or send me an email today to find out if your date is still available!

Taken with the lensbaby...an amazing selective focus lens. I love this baby!

She wanted to dig her swingset out. Notice the snow is to the top of her legs.

This guy loves playing in the snow!

A little black & white action shot...

It was hard to get her to come back inside. 🙂