Mary Fisk Taylor Receives PPA’S Highest Honor
So we are going to take a moment to brag on our own, Mary Fisk-Taylor. She would never write an entire blog post about herself so we are going to do it for her! We don’t often talk about the Professional side of photography with our clients. Many of our clients know that we teach and mentor but we try and separate that from our time behind the camera. However, in this situation we felt our clients would love to hear about this story.
On May 2, 2015, Mary was given an amazing award. This National Award is the highest award you can be honored with in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). This is not an award that you can earn, it is a true honor. And even more exciting is that this award was presented to Mary by the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association, which means her award came from the entire region.
To help understand what this award means we have included the National Award Congratulatory Speech:
“Volunteers truly are the lifeblood of PPA and its Affiliates. Every association has those extraordinary volunteers whose efforts on behalf of the Affiliate and its members deserve special recognition.
Seeking a way to thank these individuals, Professional Photographers of America created the National Award in 1958. Each year, PPA makes this prestigious award available to state, regional, national and international affiliates – who then present it to deserving individuals.
The highest honor granted by a PPA Affiliate, it recognizes those whose support for photography goes far beyond any regular expectations or contributions. The simple inscription on this plaque reads “for service to professional photography” – but we know that this award mean far more than that.
We are here to honor one of those special individuals today. PPA is pleased to share with Southeastern Professional Photographers Association in the presentation of the coveted National Award. On behalf of the PPA, I am pleased to extend my gratitude and congratulations to this year’s recipient.
Would all those who have received the National Award please come forward to congratulate this year’s recipient?
Now here is, Doug Penninger to tell us about this year’s National Award Recipient.”
Doug went on to talk about meeting Mary in Photoshop Class 16 years ago and how they became great friends. He watched her grow as a photographer and a business woman but more importantly he noted that her leadership and charitable heart constantly stand out. He stated that Mary’s continued support to PPA Charities and efforts to raise the level of Professional Photography made her the perfect candidate for this award.
And here is a quote from Mary regarding this honor:
“My life is so much more than professional photography. Being a daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend is so rewarding and crucial to my very identity. However, my life as a professional photographer, mentor in the industry, small business owner and steward to the art and business of photography is my passion. I love what I do. It is the most rewarding career, job, profession for me. I get to create beautiful artwork and capture memories for my clients to treasure for lifetimes. I have found a small niche in the world of professional photography to share and teach and mentor others. And, most importantly I am able to follow a calling to volunteer and give back. I know that Professional Photography has given me so many opportunities and circumstances to live and love my life to the very fullest.
To be honored and recognized by the Southeastern Professional Photographer’s Association with the National Award is a breath-taking and lifetime experience for me. To be given such an honor for doing what I love and frankly what I feel that I am put on this very Earth to do is just magical. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to all of the amazing recipients that have come before me, my family and my mentors that have given me the space, patience and wisdom to be here. I stand amongst giants and am humbled by this experience. Thank you SEPPA and specifically the SEPPA Board and my great friend Doug Peninger. I will make you all proud.”
So you can imagine how proud we are of Mary and how why we wanted to take this time to let everyone see a glimpse into this side of her. Our clients know she is behind the email and business side of Hayes & Fisk and they get to see her behind the camera but we want everyone to see how truly special Mary is to the entire Professional Photography community.