…I feel a little silly tooting my own horn like this. I begged Devin to write this post for me because it is a much easier pill to swallow when someone else announces your accomplishments. But then he threatened he would give video proof and praise to my extraordinary singing and dancing skills as well, so here I am…I think I’m even blushing a little…but I do have to admit…I am pretty pleased with how my prints did at the Vermont Professional Photographers Association competition this past weekend.
The annual convention was this past weekend and I was able to volunteer during the print judging by entering the scores into the computer system. It is really a neat process, especially for myself who has never entered a competition before, to hear what the judges have to say about the various prints. Two of my entries received merits, which means they scored an 80 or above. Each score is based on 12 elements: impact, technical excellence, creativity, style, composition, presentation, color balance, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technique, and story telling. The judges who are judging at these competitions have been trained in what to look for in an image that deems it meritable. My images were by no means the best there, several images received scores of 90 or more! But seeing the fabulous work of my fellow photographers truly gives me the inspiration and drive to better myself as an artist and photographer. And we can all use a little more drive. 🙂
This image, titled “The Kiss”, is from Sully & Dave’s wedding. The way the light falls softly on them accenting Sully’s face and gown really adds to the romantic feel of the image and moment. Very Casablanca-like. 🙂 When I shared these images with the couple and their family after the wedding I heard numerous encouragements of “You should enter this in a competition!” from all sides. You can imagine how excited I was to share the news with them that not only did this portrait receive a merit, but it also received Judges Choice, Court of Honor, and the Kodak Gallery Wedding Award! The judges referred to it as “A truly real wedding portrait.” Thank you for your encouragement. 🙂
“Building a Family” also received a merit and is from Leighann’s belly session. Her little girl is growing quickly now! And we have another belly session planned for this coming June. 😉 Baby #2! The judges loved the warmth and quietness of the image as well as the lighting and textures. I personally love this image because it again has that feeling of romance and timelessness. No, it is not a wedding image, but it is the beginning and growth of a family and what is more romantic and filled with love than that?
So, there it is! Seeing as “The Kiss” won a Kodak Gallery Award it is now eligible to be entered to compete for the Kodak Gallery Elite Award which will be awarded at the Imaging USA 2012. A few months off yet. 🙂
If you’ll excuse me now, I need to polish my horn and put it away. I’m really no good at playing it…