It’s a while since I’ve posted to the blog – it’s been a busy few months, and having started a Facebook page in January I’ve found that an easier platform to which to post fresh content, though as the wedding season gets busier so too will the blog. Anyway, if it’s been a while since you visited, you may spot a small but significant change at the top of the page: namely the IPPA logo and the words “Member of the Irish Professional Photographers Association”. Joining the IPPA has been a long-held aim of mine, and it involves more than just signing a form and sending in a cheque. Members have to meet criteria regarding things like insurance and tax compliance – two things that I’ve believed important since I started earning money from photography – but it’s not just all red tape and bureaucracy either. A key condition of entry is that you submit a panel of 20 images to be judged by senior and distinguished members of the association, and only if they deem your work to be of a sufficient standard are you accepted. And with acceptance comes the first level of distinction that the IPPA awards – the licentiateship. And so, as of a couple of weeks ago, I am now Rónan Palliser, LIPPA. I didn’t join for the letters, though, nor for the glory. My motivation was more photography-related, which, I think, is appropriate given it is a photography association. A little on that, plus a closer look at the 20 images making up the panel, below.