Yesterday, I had the great news that I have been accepted as a Members Ambassador with the Guild of Photographers!
I first joined the Guild of Photographers back in May 2018 when I was just starting out as a professional photographer. With the help of The Guild and the other members my photography has come on a long way since those early day starting out. It is not only the photography that has benefited either as they have also been around to give advice on the business side of things.
With the help of the Guild, I now have areas of photography that I specialise in, rather than trying to be a ‘Jack of all trades’. The result of this is that I have been able to become a Qualified Member with The Guild and regularly win Silver and Bronze awards in the Guilds Image of the Month competition.
As with anything though the Guild of Photographers is not just about the photography. During the current situation they have been a constant support to their members with anything from business advice to legal protection, along with a friendly community to help you grow. For all that to happen there is the network of photographers and friends who carry out this important role. For the competitions there are also the judges and mentors who constantly strive to get the photographers, new and old, improving on what they do.
There is also the Guild’s Facebook Group (or should I say groups) who are full of other members willing to encourage and help newcomers to get involved. There are also local groups which, when permitted, arrange meet ups and competitions so that you can get to know other photographers in your area.
Right now, you are possibly thinking that I am only saying all this because I have now been accepted as a Members Ambassador. That is far from the case. I have tried other associations and the Guild of Photographers is one that, in my opinion, stand out about the others in the way that everyone supports and helps each other.
With that in mind when the Guild asked for applications for new Members Ambassadors, I jumped at the opportunity to give back and help new members the same way that I was helped. You never know I may also make a few new friends along the way.
It can be a bit daunting when you first join somewhere like the Guild. You are new and not sure where to go for advice. There are people around who seem to know everyone, and you are not sure how you will ever fit in.
When new members join the Guild, they are assigned to a Members Ambassador who will be there to keep in touch for the first month or so while you get settled in. They will act as the first port of call for any questions about the Guild that they may have.
The way that newcomers are allocated their Members Ambassador is by their location and the genre of photography that they do. That way they will understand the local groups and the type of photography that you are interested in.
To become a Members Ambassador they first need to know a little bit about the Guild and where to find information. For this reason, Members Ambassadors must have been a member for over 12 months.
They also must have a good working knowledge of the Image of the Month competition and how to get mentoring so new members can go for awards or qualifications to improve their photography skills.
The simple reason is that the Guild of Photographers has helped me to grow so much as a photographer. They have always been there to offer support and advice and this for me is my way of giving something back.
Also, when I started out as a photographer I didn’t have much so I know what it feel like to be in that place and be surrounded by people talking about equipment and things that you could only dream of.
When I joined one of the things that I wanted to get from the Guild was to improve my photography, both for my benefit and that of my clients. The Image of the Month competition has done this and encouraged me to go further by becoming a Qualified Photographer.
What’s more if you have already made up your mind and would like to join then you can get 10% off your first years membership by using my referral link.