Posts Tagged ‘portrait’

The past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity of photographing some great seniors…from football players to a city girl, the best thing about these sessions is how unique they are to the individual.  Mike is a senior in Salem and an amazing athlete (I’ve been told).  So we headed to Reilly Field for a few shots in his jersey and then to the park for what I like to call the mom shots.  You know the guys…most want the “tough” shot, but mom is going to make them dress up for a few and why shouldn’t she.  It’s a parent’s last chance to get their child to take pictures the way they want them to look.  🙂  Both turned out great.  Thank you, Diana, for returning to me this year with your second graduating son.  It was a total pleasure!

The wall was painted white, so this worked out perfect!

When I met Dan and Megan initially, they were just coming back into town from vacation and they missed their Teddy.  After meeting Teddy, I can see why.  Teddy is a shar pei/boxer mix and completely adorable.  I love to mix it up for engagement sessions and was excited to have him along for the first part of theirs.  The  morning sun that day was amazing and the results were beautiful and so unique.  I had a great time with all three of them and am looking forward to the wedding next Spring!

I really love the light here.

They're such a cute family. 🙂

Megan threw a penny in here for good luck...

I'd rather be next to normal anyday. 🙂

As I was beginning the day at a wedding I was shooting in mid-July, I received a phone call from my brother.  My heart sank – my new nephew was coming and he was early…very early.  Needless to say, as I was taking pictures during the ceremony – I was also praying extra hard and couldn’t stop thinking about his arrival.  What a strong little boy he is.  He came through everything so quickly and after a few weeks in the hospital, he was headed to his home.  Of course, we couldn’t wait to go down to visit him.  He was all my little girl and I could talk about even before he was born.  And so late in August, we went to meet William for the first time and he got to have his “newborn” session.  I might add…he’s perfect.  🙂

He got lots of kisses that day...one from my sister-in-law

...his daddy (my brother)

...some extra special love from his big brother. 🙂

and a little smile for Aunt Michelle 😉

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.  🙂 🙂 🙂

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!