Is your photographer a Master of Photography (M.Photog)?
When looking at your choice of photographer, are you considering their qualifications among the other usual variables brides consider? Are you aware of the award system with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography? Some photographers have completed a formal university course (for example at the Queensland College of Art). Some are self taught, and some have been mentored by established Masters. In our opinion, the best way to validate the experience and current talent of your photographer, is to look at the awards they have achieved with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, or even more specifically the Australian Professional Photography Awards (Sponsored be Canon Australia). Every year, Australia’a most respected professionals enter four of their best images to be judged by a panel of their peers. These images are printed and mounted according to strict guidelines. The printing technique is just as important as the image itself, as all factors are considered when awarding prints. Not just good camera techniques are considered. Other (and just as important) considerations such as creativity, printing technique, choice of paper and imagination are all paramount to a successful award print. This is a very tough process, with only the top 20% of entries being awarded (keep in mind that all entries are at a professional level). With awards come merit points, and these points are collated over the years to achieve specific honours with the institute. An associateship with the AIPP (AAIPP) is awarded if the photographer has had a consistently high standard (with awards) over a five year period. A Master of Photography (M.Photog) is awarded if the photographer has had an even higher standard (2x to be exact) over a further 5 year period. Being a Master Photographer, or more accurately a Master of Photography (M.Photog) is a definite confirmation of distinction, which is highly revered and sought after. A Master of Photography has finely tuned their technique and craft, to bring you the best quality of photograph that this industry has to offer. This also extends from the exquisite image on the screen right through to the final print.
Here is a link to our website: https://www.christopherthomas.com.au
The awards and honours are described in intimate detail here: https://www.aippappa.com/about/honours-and-points
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Thanks for reading
Chris (M.Photog) and Michelle (AAIPP)