In 2007 I qualified as a Licentiate with the British Institute of Professional Photography (LBIPP), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to promoting high standards in professional photography since 1901. The BIPP is one of the oldest professional photography institutions so I was immensely proud to achieve an Associateship (ABIPP) with them in 2016. I'm one of only a handful of wedding photographers in the region to have achieved this.
Gaining these qualifications not only required submitting a set of images to a panel of judges, but also attending an interview, supplying evidence of good business practice and excellent customer service, proof of business insurance and to agree to a code of conduct.
I am also a qualified Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and a fully qualified member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. I also studied photography at Harrogate College of Art and The Northern School of Art (previously known as CCAD), where I later taught photography.
Being a member of these organisations requires that I maintain exceptionally high standards of photography and customer service. They are also a source of help in emergencies as being a member puts me in contact with other professional photographers who could help in the unlikely event that I'm unable to attend your wedding for any reason.
I obviously hope that it will be me you entrust to capture your big day, but understand that you will want to look at others. This BIPP Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Photographer will help you through the process.
The following images were submitted to the BIPP for my Associate qualification back in 2016.