I am thrilled to announce that I received a Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographer's of America (PPA) at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 14-16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.
What is that you might ask?
Well, PPA awards this degree in recognition of superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession.
A lot of time and energy, tears and excitement have gone into the earning of the degree. I had many mentors along the way, nudging me along the path and helping me to push beyond my comfortable borders in order to strive for excellence in my craft.
My friend, Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP was one of these mentors, and I was honored that he agreed to be my sponsor at the degree ceremony and walk with me on stage and hang the degree on my neck. Here we are with PPA President, Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP the night of the ceremony.
It feels validating to receive this accolade, but with any artist's craft, the journey does not end. You have to constantly be honing your skills and reaching beyond. I am on to the next thing. I encourage you to set a goal for yourself and work towards it.
Allison McGrail, Master Photographer
PS: Here is my 15 seconds on stage. I made it across without tripping!