NZIPP wedding director

I have been an NZIPP member in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region for the past 5 years and I have been the regional secretary for the past 4 years.  And I happily tell anyone who will listen that it was probably the single best thing I've done since I started in this biz.  I am a bit of an NZIPP fangirl :-)  So I was really honoured to be approached by Steve Sharp about following him as Wedding Director on the NZIPP board.  The board of five directors (including specialist directors for wedding, portrait and commercial) is responsible for the governance of the Institute.

Talk about a tough act to follow!  I have a huge amount of respect for Steve; initially because of his stunning wedding imagery but more recently I've been blown away by his passion for the craft of photography, his willingness to share so openly and his enthusiasm for the NZIPP.  He has been instrumental in setting and maintaining an unapologetically high standard for wedding photography in New Zealand through the Q (qualification) process.

As Steve will no doubt explain for himself via the next ProReport he is resigning as Wedding Director for entirely personal reasons.  And he will be sorely missed.  I for one hope he'll be back in the future as I know he has a lot more to contribute.

So here I am stepping into some pretty big shoes as Wedding Director.  But I'm excited about the possibilities.

The way I see it professional photography, and I think particularly wedding photography, is going through possibly the biggest period of growth and change ever. And I am really excited about the role NZIPP can play in this. 

NZIPP is all about relentlessly driving up standards across the board; through education, through the awards and through the Q process.  We're about being a community of professionals dedicated to continual improvement.

Where in the past most photographers worked for or owned studios with more than one employee, most of us now work alone most of the time.  More and more we work from home offices.  And some of the wonderful things about those studios are lost; the opportunities for mentoring and teaching have changed.  The peer support and opportunities for collegiality have changed.  I see NZIPP having a huge role to play in meeting these challenges.

So wish me luck!


Completely unrelated pic...just coz I can :-)



Steve Sharp
5:25pm 21st April 2010

Hi Nicola, you are very flattering.

Thank you. I have a lot of faith in you. There are many photographers out there but not many that give themselves, and their time, to the pursuit and advancement of photography for the benefit of other photographers. Thank you for taking on this role. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Steve Sharp

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