Congrats! Local Photog Earns Recertification, Wins 1st Prize in State Competition

GOOD Morning Wilton is so excited to congratulate photographer Andrea Topalian, one of our contributors. Wilton resident Topalian recently reaffirmed her status as an elite photographer, once again earning the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

Topalian, who owns and operates Moments by Andrea Photography in Wilton, successfully completed the stringent requirements required to keep her CPP designation, something she originally earned in 2011.

Every three years, CPPs must show that they have maintained the mark of excellence that the CPP designation represents. Topalian earned this designation after meeting challenging requirements that measure her artistic and technical competence.

PPA is the leading body for certifying professional photographers in the United States. Certified Professional Photographers must pass a written examination, submit a portfolio for review and adhere to a strict code of conduct that upholds their mark of excellence. Certification must be renewed every three years, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.

Adding ‘Prize-Winning’ to her Resume

Eve low resIn addition to consistently maintaining the high professional standards required by PPA, this year marked the first time Topalian entered a professional photography competition. Her confidence and abilities paid off, when she won First Place for a maternity portrait entitled ‘Eve’ (at left).

“I’ve been a professional photographer since 2006, and I am always looking to take my skills to the next level. That’s why I tried something new by submitting my work in the print competition. It was an amazing honor to have won the first time out,” Topalian said.

Images are judged on Twelve Elements of Merit by a panel of five Master Photographers trained to judge the images by the Professional Photographers of America.

For more information on PPA visit To learn more about the certification program go to and to view samples of Topalian’s work and for booking information, visit