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High Time For That Accreditation In Low Key Portrait

Low Key Lighting Wedding Portrait

Dramatic Low Key Portrait Lighting

Whenever I get into something new, I get to know whatever it is as thoroughly as possible – all the ins and outs, high and low. True to form, when I joined the PPOC in 2010, the first thing I did was dive right into their accreditation program to see what genres of photography applied to my interests.

It didn’t take very long for me to see that something was missing. While “high key portrait” was in the mix, “low key portrait” had been overlooked. It’s like having only one side of a coin. So, I suggested to the association that the oversight be addressed and, after some back and forth on details, Low Key Portrait was added to the accreditation categories. Considering much of the art I’d created over the years was specifically dark and moody, it was a tailor-made genre for my (often) preferred style. Perfect … off we go!

Low Key Lighting Male Portrait

Moody Portrait Lighting

But, no. Six years later and guess who still didn’t have their accreditation in low key portrait? (note: if you get the answer wrong, we can no longer be friends …)

It’s not that I’d tried and failed, or even lost interest in it – I simply hadn’t gotten around to it. Silly, I know, but that happens sometimes. All that excitement of getting it added to the mix and, somehow, it felt like “my job was done”.

Anyhoo, I finally got off my duff and submitted the work for review. The rest is … well … the rest is below in the press release. 🙂


Portrait Accreditation

Press Release 2017/02/17

The Professional Photographers of Canada is pleased to announce that: Jay Terry MPA LPPO , has just earned an accreditation in Low Key Portrait, at our Accreditation judging in Langley, BC.

Accreditation is the first elevation above the general membership level, and is achieved by submitting samples of the applicant’s photography to a PPOC Board of Review for Accreditation. Accreditation demonstrates that the photographer is capable of delivering above average quality photography in a chosen category. In assessing Accreditation Submissions, the judges will consider the following criteria: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Colour Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Image file quality, Technique and Story Telling.

Along with other service and print merits, a minimum of one Accreditation is required to qualify for a Craftsman of Photographic Arts and two accreditations are needed for a Master of Photographic Arts.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Lee, HLM, MPA, SPA, Cr. Photog
Brian Lee Photography

Tanya Thompson
PPOC Executive Director
T: (888) 643-PPOC (7762)
F: (519) 537-5573

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