SWPP stands for the Society of Wedding and Portrait photographers, established in 1998 they represent photographers and offer many benefits to members, as well as being useful to consumers, offering advice and support.
The SWPP also have a qualifcation structure to help consumers judge the competence of any photographer within the SWPP. It is important to bear in mind that any photographer can join regardless of skill level, but qualifications require a professional standard to be achieved through submission of work.
What is LSWPP?
L in this instances stands for Licentiate, it shows that the photographer has submitted a panel of images and demonstrated that their work is of a consistant professional level. The photographer understands composition, lighting and the technical aspects of photography.
What is ASWPP?
A is for Associateship and is the next level of qualfication within the SWPP. This represents an even higher standard of workmanship and artistry.
What is FSWPP?
Fellowships are awarded to photographers who have not only achieved the other grades but have contributed significantly to photography.
Anyone can join the SWPP as a member and there are no pre-requisites or qualifications needed to do so. Members are yet to achieve (or pursue) any qualifications. This does not mean they not a professional photographer, but it does mean they have not submitted their work for judging at the SWPP.
Customers should always ask to see any photographers work regardless of qualifications claimed. It is always advised to check with the society or body in question to ensure qualifications are genuine.