Cass Davies Photography is proud to be one of the most highly qualified baby photographers working in the UK & Twice nominated BANPAS ambassador for Wales region
OH. MY. …….INSERT SQUEALS & EXPLETIVES HERE – Saturday’s post brought some of the best news ever, as some of my lovely customers & my poor suffering other half will know for the past six months or so I have been working on my panel for my next qualification.
Having missed it by 11 points & scrapped the lot just before that, this time the pressure has been on!
Well I have finally done it, I have been awarded Associate status with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers, making me qualified as Cass Davies ASWPP – happy happy happy!!!
I am one of only four photographers to hold this qualification across Wales & one of only three that I know of holding an Associate panel that is made up exclusively of Newborn images. This was no mean feat – there are 14 different babies in the panel & many more shots on the cutting room floor.
The panel has to sit together & look beautiful as whole as well as each image being flawlessly lit posed & edited. A panel of five of the country’s top photographers judged the panel over six areas. Each area worth 20 marks with a minimum of three judges awarding a pass needed and scores totalling a minimum of 96 out of 120 to pass.
The official line from the SWPP on Qualified Associateship – At this standard, we are viewing images that not only display a high degree of technical ability, but also portray imagination and creativity in execution and presentation. These are important factors that often go hand in hand with higher prices as this qualification is held by the top 10% of practitioners, who coincidentally are often impressive image makers and astute businessmen. swpp.co.uk & my favourite summary from one of my peers – A quality portfolio with great lighting, great composition & great posing. Obvious affinity with subject matter, charming images.
I could never have imagined where this rabbit hole would take me in five crazy short years & I love every minute of it! Who knew such a world of baby photography even existed – indeed it was in its infancy in the UK when I began five years ago, now i’m honoured to teach students all over the country to do what I do & offer beautiful newborn baby photo’s from my gorgeous new studio in Aston Park, with clients coming from across Chester & Cheshire, Deeside, North Wales and as far as Lancashire. I love the fact that i’m on baby number three with some families & they have stuck with me through my learning (very steep!) curve from a green as grass newbie to where I am now, I really couldn’t do it without their support – you know who you are xxx