Guild Of Photographers Qualification Panel

I did it! I’m really pleased to have finally submitted my Qualification Panel and passed!

I’ve been a member of The Guild of Photographers for around five years, initially I was  shooting portraits but my photography and business evolved over time into something very different. For quite some time I’ve been feeling the need to push myself more with my photography, I’ve slipped into a comfort zone that I don’t often leave, much as I know a lot of people enjoy what I do I really don’t want to stop growing creatively.

I probably should have done this a while ago but I’ve been conscious that my work is quite different to most of the Guild members. Much as I’m happy to be different I wasn’t sure how the judges would react but it turns out they like different too!

So what does it all mean?

The Guild defines its Qualified status as “indicating professional competence to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association.” A panel of 21 images is submitted and reviewed individually by five judges, happily all five judges passed my panel.

Below are my 21 images, all taken with Lensbaby lenses, mostly with the Velvet 56 or 85 but there’s also a Burnside and a Sol thrown in too. As far as I can be aware this is the first time anyone has achieved Qualified status with a set of Lensbaby images…

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

Guild of Photographers Qualification Panel

My next challenge will be to create a new body of work and pass the Craftsman level, and that really will be a challenge that pushes me way out of my comfort zone in lots of ways!

For more info about the Guild of Photographers please visit their website. If you are interested in joining pop me an email and I can let you have a referral code so you can join at a discounted rate.

26 Comments

  • Vesna Reply

    Congratulations! Beautiful and very competent still life work!

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Vesna!

  • Roxana Reply

    I am very impressed.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thank you 🙂

  • Gizella Reply

    Congratulations Janet! Beautiful images, superb craftsmanship. Your set is very cohesive. Long live Lensbaby! 🙂

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Gizella! Long live Lensbaby indeed!!

  • Anne Reply

    Janet, These are all delightful: they each tell a story, the colour palette is restrained and the subjects simple and strong. Congratulations indeed!

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Anne 🙂

  • Karen White Reply

    Congratulations! Beautiful images and a well deserved pass and qualified status.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thank you Karen!

  • Rosana Reply

    Congratulation, Janet!!! Gorgeous and very beautiful images! You deserve it!!!

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thank you so much Rosana!!

  • Alejandra Reply

    Congratulations Janet! Your photos are amazing.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      That’s so kind Alex, thank you! Hope you are well x

  • Rob Reply

    Great achievement and – imho – well deserved
    Great image where not only the lensbabies play their roll but of course also you creative way of composition and editing.
    Congratulations

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Many thanks Rob!

  • Wendy Reply

    Oh wow Janet! Beautiful images and well deserved achievement.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Wendy!

  • Martin Smith Reply

    Well deserved. Beautiful images Janet and certainly an inspiration to us all.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks Martin!

  • Ghislaine Véronneau Reply

    I absolutely love your pictures. The subjects, the composition, the colours! Fine work with the textures. Do you make your own textures ?

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Hi Ghislaine, Thanks so much for your kind comments! Yes I do make my own textures although I also use others. Mine are available via my Etsy shop https://etsy.me/2NnZHeW, or you can search Etsy for JanetBroughtonUK. Thanks again!

  • jeanne stone Reply

    just gorgeous! Love all of these and you deserved the qualification for sure

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Jeanne!

  • Gary N Reply

    Superb Janet. They all work really well. I can see why all 5 judges passed your submission straight away. 🙂 Well done.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Gary!

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