International Association of Architectural Photographers

January 23rd, 2009

I want to highlight a recent comment made by Thomas Bliss, founder of the IAAP on the subject of a professional association for real estate photographers. Based on the discussion on this subject I think IAAP membership would provide most or all of what real estate photographers are looking for in a professional association.  Standards for IAAP membership are that members “must have talent, and eye and posses obvious technical ability”. There is a portfolio review required to be accepted as a member. Thomas says:

The IAAP would be happy to have a new specialty group to add to our growing community of Architectural Photographers.

Real Estate Photographers and Architectural Photographers share more in common than not. I am often asked by my commercial clients to images custom homes, and to shoot a commercial space more in the style of a “Real Estate Photographer”, that is to say, less production, faster shoots, often without any production at all. Get in, get out, deliver the image, much like the Real Estate game.

The “Real Estate Photographers” sign up on the site:

Choose the $87.50 Yearly Subscription: Upon sign-up I will rebate $37.50 back to the Photographer, then it will be $50.00 for the first year, and then go to $87.50 for each additional year should the member choose to do so.

I suggest that readers check this oppurtunity out and see if it works for you. I know that PFRE reader, Doug Cranmer is already a IAAP member.

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8 Responses to “International Association of Architectural Photographers”

  • At registrating at the IAAP registration page I noticed that they wanted to have money first. Without any check of creditentials or CV ?

  • Please, if the editors of this page leaves serious suggestions in articles, in the direction of other businesses; please ensure that your members are not channeled into scams.

  • Morten, If you have some evidence that IAAP is a scam, let’s hear about it in detail. I know of one other real estate photographer that has been a member of IAAP for sometime and is quite satisfied with the organization. Also, I have communicated with Thomas Bliss, the founder of this organization and am familiar with his work and have yet seen no reason for not recommending this organization to people that want to be involved with a professional organization.

  • IAAP is not a scam.

    Anonymous commenters, on the other hand….

  • Morten says: “I wrote that because they demand money before even considering the skills of an applicant; that is like buying a degree from a “university”. And certainly not something a serious photographer would want to have on his businesscard. In my world this is a scam, you may have a different view.”

    Larry’s reply: “Morten, You are expecting too much of a professional association. This is the way 99% of professional associations in the world work. They are not an absolute guarantee of your proficiency as in a University degree!

    After you’ve paid your money to IAAP there is a portfolio review. If they do not think your portfolio is worthy they will refund your money. Still it’s not a guarantee! You could have submitted someone else’s work.”

    Morten says: “…I’m afraid your 99% is way off. Ask anyone at any respected American University or College; how do they become faculty members ?
    And if someone joined something like this in Europe nobody would take them seriously afterwards, they would look like fools. That’s a fact. We have assosciations it could years to be able to join; a donation of a few dollars would not help….”

  • Interesting bit of blogging here.

    MORTON: “At registrating at the IAAP registration page I noticed that they wanted to have money first. Without any check of creditentials or CV ?”

    If the portfolio material demonstrates a skill level in keeping with the rest of our membership, the member is activated. If not then we “may” deny membership, or work with that person to assist them in presenting their best material. Not everyone is a Vance Fox, or Brad Feinknopf, some shooters are in the emerging stages. Would we deny that person? The answer is no. We are about Providing a strong voice, and valuable resources for the development of the Architectural Photographer.

    Allowing those in need of Architectural Photography services a means to make an educated decision on the choice of a professional photographer. (operative words here being educated, and decision)

    Further… Maintaining an interactive community of professional Architectural Photographers to:
    • Promote the exchange of ideas and resources.
    • Provide valuable services to the Architectural Photographer as a specialized group on-line.
    • Define our community as a valuable resource for those seeking to engage the services of an Architectural Photographer.
    • Provide a solid professional forum for peer to peer dialogue.

    Morton, Just curious. Have you seen our roster of members? If you have any doubts about us, please feel free to join the forum (free to non-members for the first 30 days). Interact with the membership, then perhaps you might want to rethink labeling an association that has been serving the “Architectural Photography” profession tirelessly for the past six years, as a “scam”.

    If you have any further concerns please feel free to contact me directly. My Phone number is 877-845-4783 (toll free) or email us at

    Feel free to join the forum.

    Thomas Bliss, IAAP

  • Morten sounds like an idiot. We’re talking about an association, not a university. Associations are about networking and having a unified group of people specializing in a particular style. Whatever you manage to learn, is due to the help of your peers. Any business contacts through the association is thanks to the size of the membership. If you want to go to school for photography, go call up the art institutes and plop down $80,000. If you want to network with people amassing many years of experience then join an association. I paid a university for my degree, paid them well, but I also spent 50 hours a week studying what they told me to.

  • They actually do critique the new members work.

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