Mike Bentley has been a CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) since 1992. Many people don't really know what that means and now more than ever you can see how important it is. Over the last few years "Professional" photographers have been popping up in almost every sub-division in America and with that the quality of photography and the professional standards that we have come to expect have sadly gone.

This is from the Professional Photographers of America:

Just look for the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) mark
When you hire a photographer, you want the best. Unfortunately, anyone can claim to be a professional photographer. So we made it easier for you to find a true professional via the Certified Professional Photographer program.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Certification program is recognized throughout the industry as a mark of excellence. When you see a photographer displaying the Certified Professional Photographer seal, you can be assured that he or she is among the less than 8% of all imaging professionals who have successfully completed and maintained our requirements.

What does Certified Professional Photographer mean?
Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a designation granted by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission, the world's leading certification agency for imaging professionals.

To assure you of the photographer's level of expertise and continuance to develop new skills and techniques, those who have earned the CPP designation:

* Pass a comprehensive written exam measuring their technical expertise
* Successfully submit their work to a panel of judges for review and approval
* Renew credentials every 5 years with continuing education, submitting work for critical evaluation, or retaking the certification exam

Your Assurance of Quality
Whenever you enter a studio displaying the Certified Professional Photographer emblem, you will be dealing with a professional who is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of professionalism and expertise available.