Becoming Qualified with the Guild
I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I have achieved Qualified Status with the Guild of Photographers! (July 2018)
While anyone can become a registered member of the Guild, provided they are committed to the Guild's standards and code of conduct, the Guild also offers an assessment structure which aligns to the traditional ethos, competence and skills of a traditional tradesman's Guild in a historical context. These levels are Qualified, Craftsman and Master Craftsman.
From the Guild's website:
The Qualified Status is aligned to standards of competence that reflect a level where a customer should be "pleased with the results", when employing the services of a skilled tradesman (the photographer). In other words 'Qualified' represents professional 'competence' to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador for the association.
In order to apply for Qualified status, I submitted a panel of 21 images, comprising sets of 3 images from 7 separate client commissions, along with a short, purposeful brief. As a professional photographer, I also had to submit a copy of my public liability and professional indemnity insurance in order to be awarded the 'Qualified Professional' status.
My submission brief:
I have been a semi-professional photographer for the past eighteen months, specialising in dog portraiture. Currently I am completely mobile and travel to the client’s home for their portrait session. I prefer to arrange the photo shoot at the client’s home as the dog will be relaxed
and comfortable in a familiar location, however this can present a range of challenges as I never know exactly what I will be facing in terms of space and light. I normally use either a one-light or two-light setup, depending on the available space.
My panel represents seven commissions which have been undertaken between January and April in 2018.
Images 1-3 and 13-15 are from two litter shoots which include group shots and individual portraits. The group shots can be particularly challenging as the puppies have to be at the right level of sleepiness to be able to position them for the shot. Both sets of puppies were about five weeks old at the time of their litter shoot.
Images 4 – 9 and 16-18 were from three individual portrait sessions at the clients’ homes using a one light set up as space was very limited. I use a pop-up backdrop and different velvet materials which I set up in the shooting space to create a clean background. I then apply textures in post-production to create the finished look of the images.
Images 10-12 and 19-21 were two individual portrait sessions at the clients home using a two-light set up as more space was available. The additional space meant I was also able to use the suitcases as props to create some variety in the portraits. For image 10, the wall was applied as an overlay in post-production.