All last year I was hearing a lot of well known photographers talking about how they wish that there was a “standard” for newborn photographers. Not only a place where we could come together as a community but a place where we could be recognized as a professional. There are not any requirements to being a newborn photographer. Anyone can pick up a camera and take pictures of your baby. Some people wanted a certification that would require members to meets required levels of safety, business practices and technical knowledge. Then the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International was born. I was so excited and knew right away that this place was for me.
Sometime last year, a photographer that I respect, posted on her site that her and a colleague had finally worked to get something like this started. She has always been such a huge advocate for newborn safety practices and raising the bar for newborn professionals in our industry. I love what she stands for. I was right there when they launched the APNPI program. After doing some research, here are some of the things I found that they stand for:
- They want to give professional recognition to newborn photographers with opportunities for us to get accredited.
- They provide resources for us to learn and grow in our industry in knowledge for tons of areas.
- Creation of a community where we as photographers can all come together to learn from and support each other
- (And this part is my favorite) A place where you THE CLIENT can come and find a newborn photographer in your area that has safe business practices and is skilled in handling newborns.
- Lastly, a place where the client can come and find out what to look for in a newborn photographer.
There are a couple of steps to being accredited, the first was going through a safety course. The Safety Course tested us on all aspects of newborn safety from posing and spotting to babies health and wellness. I have spent a lot of time learning these aspects but it was a great refresher and I learned a few new things too. I never want to stop learning when it comes to newborn safety. It is such an important part of newborn photography and something I feel very strongly about.
Getting My QNP
Now the next step was a bit more of a challenge. And it should be. This next part was for me to earn my Qualified Newborn Photographer credential. It took me a while to get all of my information together. It was actually quite a process. We were tested on a multitude of areas and had to submit images showing our knowledge in the following areas:
- The technical aspect of photography
- Gallery Cohesiveness
- And so much more….
I was so nervous sending all this off. Having someone judge my work is not something I have done before. I am so passionate about my business and my job. But with that comes the self doubt and uncertainty of my value in contributing in a positive way to this community. I definitely believe our industry should have standards and all newborn photographers (certified or not) should hold themselves to the highest standards. Well, yesterday (after 6 weeks of waiting), I was notified that I PASSED and earned my Qualified Newborn Photographer certificate!! I am so excited because I worked really hard to get here. Being recognized by my peers as a photographer who is knowledgeable and someone who practices newborn safety means the world to me.
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