I'm a Certified Professional Photographer through Professional Photographers of America. That simply means I've displayed a significant understanding of photography and my portfolio successfully passed a review panel of award-winning professional photographers.
I started with a film camera and spent a lot of time and money discovering what not to do in photography. The message was clear. Get it right in the camera and create value in each photo!
Photos should have a purpose; tell a story or move the viewer. In photos we want others to know about us; who we are, our passions, what we wish to become, what we offer or what we've achieved. Photos with a purpose can also resonate with us because of their beauty, uniqueness, passion, lead us down a path or leave us wondering what lies beyond. If I can convey those things in my photos, I've succeeded.