Photographer honored by professional group


Angela Blankenship-Daly


Contributed Reports

Friday, February 1, 2019

Angela Blankenship-Daly of Heirloom Portraits in Rocky Mount has earned the Master Artist degree from Professional Photographers of America.

The degree was presented to Daly by PPA president Stephen Thetford, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, on  Jan. 20-22 in Atlanta.

This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Daly has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She has been awarded the Master Artist degree in recognition of her superior photographic competence and enhancement of images with artistic techniques as demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. In 2019, she was one of only 24 recipients.

Daly’s Master Artist degree — and all the expertise it requires — illustrates her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few. Daly has been in business since 2008, originally in Nashville as AB Photography.

She has previously earned the Master Photography degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. In 2018, she added many awards to her portfolio for her work submitted to the state, regional and international photographic competitions, including Best in Show and the Silver Medal Award for having all 4 image submissions scoring above 80 out of 100 points possible.

Daly specializes in Painterly Portraits and was interviewed by Jean Almand-Kitchin in the “Around Town” series on WHIG TV in December. She credits the mentors she has made through the state affiliate organization of PPA — the Professional Photographers of North Carolina — with the development of her skills.

Professional Photographers of America is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association with a 150-year history. It currently helps 30,000-plus pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.