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Knoxville photographer earns certification

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Colby McLemore; image submitted

KNOXVILLE - Colby McLemore of Colby’s Photos & Videos has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of American (PPA).

McLemore earned this designation after completing an intensive program that measures his artistic and technical competence. PPA currently recognizes fewer than 2,500 CPPs worldwide.

“I feel one should never cease developing their craft no matter how long they have been in the business,” McLemore comments. “I have been certified by the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association, as well as Adobe (the makers of Photoshop), but the CPP designation has been the most challenging certification I’ve obtained so far. I’m proud to be a Certified Professional Photographer.”

McLemore had passed his written examination years ago, but his busy work schedule prevented him from dedicating the time to working on the image-submission phase. With the slowdown of business due to COVID, he was able to focus on this final requirement to complete his CPP.

McLemore has a long history as an educator teaching photography at the University of Tennessee as well as doing presentations and workshops for enthusiast and professional groups. The Tennessee Professional Photographers Association has asked him to teach a CPP written test prep class for their annual fall convention.

PPA is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. CPPs must complete a written examination, finish an image evaluation, and adhere to a strict code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continued confidence in the professionalism of those receiving the designation.

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Published August 2, 2020

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