Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has been providing education and community to the photography industry since 1880. Today PPA is the world's largest not-for-profit association for professional photographers, with more than 29,000 members in 54 countries worldwide. It is an association that seeks to strengthen members' business acumen, broaden their creative scope, and advance their careers by providing tools for success. Our CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) certification by the board of the PPA is a recognition of photographic excellence that is held by fewer that 3% of all professional photographers. In 2016 Kevin received his Master of Photography degree; Betty Kay is working toward her degree and expects to complete the requirements soon.
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) was founded in 1980 to better meet the educational needs of wedding photographers. Today, WPPI has grown to be the largest trade show and convention in professional photography. The annual convention in Las Vegas features workshops and seminars led by the country’s leading portrait and wedding photographers. We have personally attended workshops and presentations lead by such well-known photographers as Denis Reggie, Charles Maring, Joe Buissink, Bambi Cantrell and Jerry Ghionis. Perhaps better known would be the clients they have photographed: Caroline Kennedy, Donald Trump, Jennifer Lopez. Learning the techniques of these world-class photographers helped us to develop our own personal style and expertise. WPPI launched it's own certification program in 2015, administered by the New York Institute of Photography. Kevin was one of the first members of WPPI to receive WPPI Certification, and Betty Kay expects to complete hers shortly.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) was founded in 1912 and works to promote ethical business practices in all industries. It facilitates open communication, acts as a mutually-trusted intermediary between consumers and businesses to resolve disputes, and provides information and training on ethical business practices. All BBB accredited businesses have agreed to live up to our Principles for Trust. Our Principles for Trust are a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices focused on how businesses should treat the public – fairly and honestly in all circumstances. We have been BBB members since 2008 and have consistently maintained the BBB's Gold Star Certification, representing no complaints in the previous three-year period.
The International Special Events Society (ISES) was founded in 1987 to provide education and networking while promoting ethical conduct for the special events industry. The membership is made up of over 5,500 event industry professionals representing every aspect of the industry, including caterers, event planners, floral and decor, entertainment, audio-visual technicians, venue managers and many more. The Denver Chapter of ISES was started in 1996 and currently has over 100 members. In addition to monthly meetings, the chapter focuses annually on local philanthropic initiatives such as involvement efforts in the Annual Network for the Needy. We are active members and were honored in 2014 with the "Best Event Photographer" award, in a blind competition judged by another ISES chapter; in 2010 and 2011 we won a similar distinction. In 2014 one of our weddings was one of three finalists in the International ISES Esprit Awards, held that year in Seattle, WA.
The National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) is the oldest and largest catering association in the world, encompasses all aspects of the event industry. Dedicated to promoting career success for its members and the professionalism of the industry, NACE offers educational programs, professional certification, chapter initiatives, networking opportunities, recognition and awards programs, a job bank, community service projects and the industry’s most prestigious annual conference. In helping its members enhance their business and careers, NACE helps the industry reach its highest potential. We have both been active members since 2009 and served on the board for several years.