warning: It’s a braggy post…sorry…I need to do it…I will try not to use words like “brilliant”, “inspired”, and “magnificent” in reference to myself in anyway…I promise!
Last week I was super excited to find out that I was selected in the KW Record’s readers choice award as one of the area’s favourite local artists. That is so cool! I have a love/hate thing with regarding my work as actual “art”, but not so much when I look at other photographer’s work that clearly puts then into the “artist” category in my very judgemental eyes. So I feel a bit weird about it, but yeah, I am so NOT going to call them and say take my name off of the list. Not going to happen.
THEN, yesterday, I received word that I was awarded an accreditation with the Professional Photographer’s of Canada (PPOC) in the category of Fine Art. The PPOC is a Canadian professional photographers industry association. They have pretty stringent requirements to be a member – you get the first two years as an observing member, but the you MUST qualify through the accreditation process to remain a member. Accreditations can be earned in a TON of categories (like over 75 I think…I would have to look that up). Not all photographers will get accredited in all categories – there is no time in any future I can forsee that I will qualify for an accreditation in aerial photography or entomology (bugs! ick!) or mining (I am not going underground til I am forced to!) But, it is a wonderful challenge and educational opportunity to work towards accreditations, which are judged by three peers in the association that have long earned a ton of awards themselves.
The criteria is tough! I once sent in 10 wonderful images for a category (all purchased by clients, all favourites on my website) but they didn’t make it through! Gah! But, an image you and I might love, doesn’t necessarily hit the mark at that level of judging.
I do have my accreditations in Youth/High School Senior portraits, and Portraits – Children (which were the first two I tried for a few years back and I was lucky to get them on the first try – good thing, because those are two of my favourite subjects!). This time, I decided to go for the Fine Art category, and was happy to receive it, also on my first try (I won’t talk about that other one I went for and got 0/10…I will wait until I earn that one sometime in the future, and THEN I will tell you all about it LOL).
I thought I would share the 10 images I submitted for the Fine Art category. And I might dress all in black, drink lots of coffee or bad whiskey, and be belligerent to everyone I see…just for a day, okay. I think I get to be the “artist” for 24 hours…just let me have this one…please? okay, I am still dressing in black though…sheesh, tough crowd!
(sorry for the weird formatting – that is just how we have to submit them, and I didn’t bother reformatting for here…I am a lazy artist apparently).
I have already started thinking about my next accreditation submission. It is really important to me, to keep raising the bar to excellence for myself, and this process is a very good way to measure that (not the only way though – making portraits my clients and I love is the absolute MOST important measure to me. That will always be the case).
Julie Tauro is the owner and main photographer at Tauro Photography. Tauro Photography has been providing photography services for families in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge since 2002. She also still hasn’t put away her halloween decorations – procrastinator that she is.