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Certified Professional Photographers

If you visit our websites often, you may have seen a new logo or professional designation by our names: CPP. What is a CPP? What does that really mean? CPP stands for Certified Professional Photographer. Certification is only granted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world’s largest non-profit association organized for professional photographers. Michael Carr, CPP, recently earned this professional designation. I had to pass a written question test, as well as submit a portfolio or body of work for review. My portfolio had to demonstrate specific lighting, posing, color balance, and harmony in our photographs. In February 2016, over 80 photographers submitted their portfolios, and only 50% passed and earned the CPP designation. To maintain this credential, I have to recertify every 3 years. This process insures photographers remain current in our photographic field and current in our craft.
PPA includes additional info on the CPP standard and you can read about that below:

“These days, photography is practiced by anyone with a smartphone, but it’s mastered by few. When it comes to those once-in-a-lifetime moments—when you’ve got one shot at getting it right—you better make sure the person behind the camera is a pro. A proven professional photographer that is.

There’s no greater proof than when the letters “CPP” follow a photographer’s name. They designate a Certified Professional Photographer, someone who is putting in the extra work to stay above the rest. It assures you of this photographer’s professional knowledge and experience, while also declaring that photographer as one who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.

See the Difference Certified Professional Photographers Make

Consistency. CPPs know how to achieve great results—every time. You get a strong collection of images that tell your story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.

Technical Skills. CPPs are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your unique style and become works of art you will treasure for generations.

Unique Artistry. CPPs have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision. It’s your story captured as a collection of art.

Professionalism. When you hire a CPP, you know you’re getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you’ll tell time and time again and treasure forever.

Just about anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when life’s biggest moments are unfolding and there’s just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don’t risk it. Entrust your photography needs to a Certified Professional Photographer and see the difference for yourself.”

To view more of our work and learn more about our Family Portraits, Business Headshots, and Editorial Portraits, visit our site: www.michaelcarrphotography.com or call us at 713-461-2862.

Kelli & Jeff’s Wedding: St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio TX

Houston wedding and portrait photographers, Michael and Lisa Carr, CPP, recently traveled to photograph Kelli & Jeff’s wedding photography in San Antonio, TX. The fun wedding weekend started on Friday, when we photographed their Rehearsal Dinner at Hotel Emma. You can read more about Kelli & Jeff’s Rehearsal Dinner here.

On the day of her wedding, Kelli and her bridesmaids spent their morning having their makeup and hair done at the hotel. We documented Kelli getting ready as well as Jeff getting ready at The St. Anthony Hotel. Their wedding ceremony was across the street at Travis Park United Methodist Church. After the ceremony, guests walked over to The St. Anthony Hotel to enjoy the reception. Kelli & Jeff’s reception was held on the first floor of the St. Anthony. Guests were able to go ballroom to ballroom and enjoy the band, décor, and even a lounge area. The lounge area décor complimented the hotel and the entire wedding décor. Florals for the wedding were by DeVinnie’s Paradise. The band was Blind Date Austin. They did a wonderful job with entertainment and the guests danced non-stop throughout the reception. Lisa and her team with Haute Weddings, San Antonio did a wonderful job coordinating the wedding.

Michael Carr Photography is a Houston based portrait photography studio that has specialized in weddings and portrait photography for the past 20 years. Since the beginning, the studio has been owned and operated by Michael and his wife Lisa. The studio is available for destination weddings both domestically and internationally. To learn more about our Bridal and Family Portraits, you can view our portfolio here. To learn more about our weddings, please visit our wedding photography site. We can be reached at 713-461-2862.

Rehearsal Dinner at Hotel Emma: San Antonio, TX

Houston wedding and portrait photographers, Michael & Lisa Carr, CPP, recently photographed Kelli & Jeff’s rehearsal dinner at Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas. Hotel Emma is a historical and fun hotel that used to be Pearl’s brewhouse and is a San Antonio landmark.

Kelli and Jeff enjoyed mingling with their guests during the cocktail hour, and then everyone was seated for a family style dinner. This was a wonderful party to set off a fun wedding weekend for the couple and their friends and families.

Michael Carr Photography is a full time commercial portrait studio specializing in creative and timeless heirloom portraits and wedding photography. We offer environmental bridal and family portraits in Houston, and are available for domestic and international portrait commissions. Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio. What this means to you is that we complete your portrait from the beginning to the finish phases: conception, capture to completion and hanging in your home. To learn more about our studio and portrait photography for your individual portraits and family portraits, visit here. To learn more about our wedding photography, visit our site here or call 713-461-2862.

Bridal Portraits at The St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Houston portrait photographer, Michael Carr, CPP, recently captured Kelli’s San Antonio Bridal Portraits at The St. Anthony Hotel. Our team enjoyed working at the St. Anthony Hotel because there were several beautiful vignettes, both inside and outside, for us to capture classic portraits as well as contemporary portraits of the bride.

Michael incorporated a mixture of natural light and on location lighting equipment to create her Bridal Portraits at The St. Anthony Hotel and also across the street at Travis Park Methodist Church. He captured a collection of full length, three quarter and seated poses of the bride so she and her family would have a variety of options for their portraits. A week after the bridal portrait session, we met with Kelli and her mom here in the studio for their viewing and ordering appointment. We reviewed all the images with them and helped them select their favorite images for the press release, wall portraits, gift portraits as well as their Bridal Portrait albums. We also helped Kelli & her mom select custom framing for their Bridal Portraits. We were very excited this past weekend because we hand delivered Kelli’s stunning, framed portraits to her family and also photographed her wedding in San Antonio.

Michael Carr Photography is a full time commercial portrait studio specializing in creative and timeless heirloom portraits both in black and white and color mediums. We offer environmental bridal and family portraits in Houston, and are available for domestic and international portrait commissions. Michael Carr Photography is a full service portrait studio. What this means to you is that we complete your portrait from the beginning to the finish phases: conception, capture to completion and hanging in your home. To learn more about our studio and portrait photography for your individual portraits and family portraits, visit here or call 713-461-2862.

Houston Bridal Portraits

Houston portrait photographer, Michael Carr, recently photographed Laura’s portrait on location at Las Velas. This location was chosen by the bride since the décor is an Italian feel. Her bridal portrait session was scheduled one month prior to her wedding. Her portraits were ready for delivery in time for her wedding so she could display them at the reception. To view more of our Bridal Portrait Portfolio visit our site here or call the studio at 713-461.2862 to schedule a personal consultation.

Houston Bridal Portraits

Houston wedding photographer, Michael Carr, photographed Emily Catherine’s bridal portrait on location at Houston Country Club. Her wedding announcement was posted on Houston Chronicle.

Bridal Portrait sessions can be photographed on location or in our commercial studio. Michael will guide you through your session to help you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. He will capture a variety of images of you that are timeless and also contemporary. To learn more about our portrait and wedding services, visit our site or call 713-461-2862 to schedule your personal in studio consultation.