Choosing a newborn and family portrait photographer: Do professional titles matter to you?

SWPP Fellowship Panel
Professional awards and accreditations are far from the be-all and end-all.

First and foremost my main motivation is to create stunning photography for my clients and their families to enjoy.

Yet, in my profession there are organisations such as the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and the National Photographic Society which run competitions and award professional qualifications to those who meet their stringent criteria.

Thousands of professional and amateur photographers enter these competitions every month and many work to gain qualifications to gain professional kudos.

imageAward-winning newborn and family portrait photographer

If I believe a photograph I have produced is of exceptional standard I will submit it for judging.

It’s something I have been doing for years, and often with great success.

I’ve won many Gold and Silver awards in the past few years alone. I’ve also won the title of ‘Pictorial and Fine Art Photographer of the Year’ (2014). Most recently I won ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year’ (2015), both with the SWPP.

For she’s a jolly good Fellow! Which nobody can deny!

In addition to these awards, I recently applied for Fellowship of the SWPP. I’m delighted to tell you that I was successful!

My submitted panel of 20 images was closely scrutinised by five highly-regarded international judges.

Their unanimous decision was to award me Fellowship! Woo!

Fellowship is the highest judged award level that a photographer can achieve.

It is the top tier in a three tier system of professional judging which goes: Licentiate, Associate, Fellow.

As a Fellow I’m now among a very small cluster of professional photographers who have achieved this standard in their work. (I’m also now entitled to use the ‘FSWPP’ letters after my name!)

SWPP Fellowship PanelGrowing pains

My panel, entitled ‘Child to Woman’, featured portraits of my daughter Scarlett – a passionate and accomplished dancer. (She is the only one of my five children who is happy to be photographed without whinging too)!

While she performed various dance moves, I captured the movement in a number of experimental ways, later adding texture and a fine art feel using digital editing software.

The pictures within this panel represent my daughter’s turmoil to accept the changes that accompany the transition from child to woman.

The series is dark, moody and mysterious. It was created to give a nod to the Impressionist school of art, which I adore. But it also reflects my own artistic style.

I wanted to force the viewer to look twice at my pictures, and question their authenticity, for example: ‘is that a photo or a painting?’

I hope that you enjoy my panel, some of which I show you here.

If you would like to have a look at all 20 pictures in my panel you can find them on the SWPP website! 

Fine art photo

An informed (and professional) choice

How does this affect you, you may be wondering?

Well, put simply, I hope that becoming a Fellow of the SWPP may hopefully give you one more reason to consider choosing me as your newborn and family portrait photographer.

If that’s the case, I look forward to hearing from you! Contact me today!

Until next time,
Love Jos x