I haven’t blogged in a while, because things have been kind of hectic.  There are a few developments bubbling under the surface that I haven’t written about, because, well, I don’t want to put a curse on them by telling everyone too early.

One, that I am happy to talk about now, is the fact that I am applying for a Licentiate qualification in portrait photography with Master Photographers Association.   Licentiate is the entry level that shows  “an established level of skill and competence.”  Its not as easy you think!

I need to submit twenty photographs, that will be judged by a panel of three Fellows of the Association. The photographs need to be taken from ten commissions undertaken in the last two years.  So, no problem there, I think I have undertaken about 120 jobs in the last 8 months.  Picking the sessions to show was more difficult though.  Although the judges are looking for sound technical competence along with “composition, control and lighting of the subject”, the images have to look good, not just individually, but when they are displayed together in two rows of ten photos. So I needed to pick two sessions, from which I would have five photos from each.  Which sessions to choose?  Maybe the ones that I sold the most from?  Well that didn’t work – the baby just lay there with a blank expression on its face.  So in the end I picked 2 sessions, one from a baby boy and one from a baby girl, where there was a lot of expression and eye contact with the camera.  The other 10 come from a variety of sessions: baby boys and girls, a mixture of ethnicities, a variety of clothed and unclothed. I had some help with the selection, I sent a whole load of photos to a fellow of the association and got his advice on which ones would work.  I have the ten main photos selected, but we are still trying to narrow down the other ten from about sixteen.  Once selected, I will need to get them printed and mounted.  The usual size is 12″ x 15″, so that will cost about £120.  I also have to write a Working Profile, that includes a comprehensive CV and details of the organisation and management of each image.  This will be read before they see my photos and allows them to make a better judgement of the quality of the photos.  This could be an advantage to me, as I can explain that I am not working in a studio but photographing babies in their homes.

The judging takes place in about three weeks, so i will write about how I get on later.


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