Professional Personal Photo Organizers bring a high level of personalized, care and attention to each project. They also apply their expertise to help make good decisions about which photos to use or delete and how to showcase them. They can even train and educate on photo management and digital photo basics.
There is an organization for that!
In his article; The Value of Professional Organizations, William Fischer, identified 2 valuable attributes a group of like-minded individuals all involved in practicing the same discipline can have when they bind together to form a professional organization.
“One of these is the idea that a profession is built around a substantial body of theory and knowledge, which must be continuously tested, revised, and expanded. Thus one value an association can bring to its profession is to encourage and support research that feeds the theoretical/knowledge base of the profession. The second attribute of a profession deals with its members constantly pursuing the new o r re-validated knowledge that is a result of research efforts in the field or from cognate fields. A second value that an association can bring to its profession is to encourage and support the professional development of its members."
In the Fall of 2010, Cathi Nelson, a then practicing photo organizer in the Northeastern U.S., clearly understood the attributes Fischer outlined. She set out and founded the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO). Here is an early YouTube video offering a brief description of the organization and this emerging business opportunity. Today APPO continues to grow, adding members and opportunities for those associated in photo organizing related products or services.
APPO - not just an organization - now a certifying body!
While it is true the value of an association that brings together those involved in similarly related professional pursuits has merit, the recognition of professionals who have
met specific minimum standards, and proven through examination and client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification goes a long way in demonstrating professional commitment.
In keeping with this idea of striving towards on-going excellence within the profession, APPO has announced a voluntary certification that is designed to benefit the members of the photo organizing profession, as well as the public it seeks to serve. This program is one that recognizes the individual as possessing specific knowledge pertaining to industry standards, practices and ethics. For the public, while the APPO designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of personal photo organizers maximizes the value received from the products and services provided by an APPO Certified Member.
Some reasons to become APPO Certified include:
• Display a high level of professionalism.
• Confirm your dedication to the personal photo organizing industry.
• Differentiate yourself from other photo organizers.
• Attain recognition from clients, and peers within the industry.
• Contribute personally to strengthening the profession.
• Commitment to your personal development and education.
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