April 27, 2022

Shutter Magazine is a publication by photographers… for photographers. It is a great honor to be among the photographers featured in fabulous Magazine. I have been published five times in this fabulous magazine: twice under Travel, twice under Seniors, and once in the Black & White edition. I will continue to submit images for publication!

Mingle Magazine - Branding Photography

I was very pleased to photograph my dear friend’s, Kelli May-Krenz, two-day workshop held in Galena in 2017.  It was my first official commercial shoot and we had a blast!  Kelli submitted the images and an article to Mingle Magazine.  I was thrilled to receive a copy of the magazine for studio!  You may find Kelli’s work on her website.

Julian's Journal - Commercial Photography

In 2021, I was honored to photograph the new Slumberland store in Dubuque, IA for their corporate office.  The Dubuque location reflected their new branding and was then considered their flagship store.  Imagine my delight in opening the February edition of the Julian’s Journal to find two of my images in their advertisement!

Commercial Photography Dubuque

As a photographer, I set goals for myself and my brand.  For years I had wanted to enter PPANI‘s print competition and 2021 was my year.  I entered 6 images into their event and was very pleased with my results.  To say this was difficult to do is an understatement.  You put your work out for critique.  This was a huge step in my photographic career and I will continue to enter so that I may grow as an artist.  This award means the world to me; I’ve been validated!

Photographic Trophy

Earning my Certificated Professional Photographer Designation

Every industry has its benchmark. The Professional Photographer’s of America has designated Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) as theirs. Earning a CPP  designation is a fundamental step in mastering the art of photography.

The process to earn the designation is no different than learning any other subject.  You learn the material and take comprehensive test(s); if you pass, you are presented a certificate.  For many, this may take years, and for others, only two years (the minimum time to earn this designation). I was on the two-year program. It was a huge commitment but one I wanted to take to be a better photographer. You see, I wanted validation I knew what I was doing.

I remember where I was when I got the email; riding the Blue Ridge Parkway with my husband in July, 2019.  We had stopped for lunch and happened to find cell reception. I danced around the parking lot when I read the email!  Maybe I was a bit nuts, but it was my validation.  I challenge myself everyday to be better person and feel my connection with my clients shows in they images I create.

This journey has helped with my confidence in all aspects of life; personally & professionally!

Certified Professional Photographer Amy May Photography