Certified Professional Photographer

Why it's important to select a true professional for your portraits

What is Certification?

Greg Patterson, Certified Professional PhotographerThe certification of specialized skill-sets affirms a knowledge and experience base for practitioners in a particular field, their employers, and the public at large. Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual's professional competence. In some professions certification is a requirement for employment or practice. Doctors, mechanics, accountants, professional secretaries, surveyors and many others are all required to go through a certification process of some kind.

Why Certification is Important

For us, certification helps to show potential clients the value in hiring a true professional. You might not know much about professional photography, but you understand that certification means professional-quality goods and services. Anyone can buy a camera and take some pictures, but a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation shows we are true professionals in the field.

Clients in every industry seek out credentialed professionals, as the public recognizes certification as a sign that one is an authority in the field. A CPP designation offers an assurance, not just of quality, but of technical skill, artistic expertise and superior customer service.

"Would you use a first-year resident as a doctor because you can save a few dollars on an operation or use a specialist recognized by his peers in a particular profession? Certification shows that we took the time to learn about what we're doing and how to perform to a higher standard. Each client that comes to our studio asks me about the very visible certificate on the wall. I explain the difference between CPPs and everyday photographers and educate them on the investment they are about to make. Certification makes it a critical difference."

You can Trust G Patterson Studio

Trust is key in any relationship, right? You want a photographer you can count on, and certification gives you that extra level of confidence.

"Photographers are coming out of the woodwork in every town in America, and being a CPP places us in a much different category than the average photographer."

The digital era has made it much easier for inexperienced part-time and fly-by-night photographers to throw their hat into the ring, undercutting professionals with rock bottom prices. Certification helps our clients understand and appreciate our level of experience and talent.


One can't just declare themselves certified. Certification is granted by Professional Photographers of America, the world's largest non-profit association organized for professional photographers. Certified Photographers must recertify every three years. This requires continuing education, training, and knowledge of the latest industry techniques and skills applied in our work.

"Technological advances have resulted in a huge number of aspiring photographers entering the market and presenting their imaging skills as being professional. We see CPP as a demonstration to the public that there is a difference in being a CPP, that we have the skills for our profession, and that we can be held to the same high standards that are expected from other professions."

What our clients are saying about G Patterson Studio...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the staff! They are awesome! I love that they are no pressure and let you get what you want and spend as little or as much as you want. And they are always helpful when helping me pick the right poses.

Lindsey K.

The studio and grounds were simply amazing and I can't think of anywhere else we would of liked better to share in such a special memory of graduation. Thanks for working so well with Crash(the dog) and for the delicious cookies!!

David, Debi and Devyn J.

I had a GREAT experience and the outcome was totally worth it! My pictures couldn't be better and I don't think I would ever go anywhere else to take pictures for any occasion!

Brittany H.

I would highly recommend Greg Patterson for any of your occasions, believe me, it would be worth it to travel-like I did.

Brittany H.

We picked up my son's senior portraits yesterday! They were absolutely amazing!!! Better than I could have ever imagined! Thank you all so much! Great professional service before, during and after the session! We will definitely suggest you to our friends!

Darla S.

Our family portrait session was relaxed and lots of fun. The variety of ways Greg had us pose to get the right personality stood out. Greg obviously cares about what he's doing and likes people. You won't be disappointed - Well worth the investment.

Melissa B.

I can't begin to express my appreciation for all that you provided for our family photo. From the very beginning of this adventure, you gave me your full attention to what would help make everyone feel at ease. Your outstanding people skills provided us with an A+ morning

Helen O.

Our family pictures are gorgeous and we were so surprised as we could not believe how many good pictures we had to choose from. It can be so hard to photograph 3 kids under the age of 5. The pictures were amazing!

Stephanie C.

Every session has been very professional, fun for my daughter, and most productive. Greg is wonderful, patient, so good with kids. My daughter can be rather shy but she always warms up to Greg. And I love seeing the final product.

Dana C.

The pictures are always very high quality. My friends and family are just blown away by the backgrounds, fun poses, great expressions, and (again) the quality of the photos. If you want amazing pictures of your children and family, THIS is the studio to choose.

Dana C.

Everyone who has seen my pictures loves them. We're really excited to do our little boy's newborn pics this week. And my husband, who hates taking pictures, wants to come back in the spring for family photos. Now that says something!

Kathy R.

My children have been photographed by Greg Patterson for the past 10 years. He always does an amazing job, and each time I feel like it is more and more difficult to narrow down the photos. I cherish the memories he helps to capture in time.

Lori H.

The portraits of my daughter were perfect. We are so proud of all the work they did. We had a great experience with the whole Patterson Studio Crew before, during and after the shoal Worth every penny.

Rhonda C.

Thank you for taking such wonderful pictures of our wedding! They are all so beautiful. We will be telling others how great all of you are both personally and professionally.

Daniel W.

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