Betsy earns Photographic Craftsman Degree

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Betsy and Steven after Betsy receives Photographic Craftsman degree.Last week, we were in Nashville, TN for a very special occasion! At the photographer convention I attend every year, I was honored with an award and a degree during the awards ceremony.

I shared about the Photographer of the Year award this past summer, when I found out that four portraits of my clients were accepted into the exhibition. Getting my degree, though, was the highlight of the trip. After putting in many hours and months of hard work, I can now officially say that I have my Photographic Craftsman degree. During the ceremony, I was presented with my degree by Ron Nichols, the president of PPA; Steven conferred the degree medallion to me at that time too. The snapshot to the right is of Steven, my husband, and I after the awards ceremony — the blue ribbon around my neck holds the medallion at represents my degree. Take a peek at the end of this post to see a more close-up view of the medallion.

While I’m by no means the youngest photographer to receive this degree, achieving this degree so early definitely puts me ahead of the curve! It’s really flattering to be recognized for all the time and effort I’ve put into the art and craft of photography.

Here’s the official press release:

Betsy Finn of Betsy’s Photography in Dexter, MI has earned the Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America. The degree was presented to Finn by PPA President Ron Nichols, M.Photog.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., API at the awards ceremony on January 12, 2010 during the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA in Nashville, TN.

Finn has met the standards of excellence set by the Professional Photographers of America. She has been awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.

Professional Photographers of America, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science, and a visual recorder of history.

Betsy Finn, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer