As an artist, I believe that getting better with my imagery is extremely important to my growth as an artist as well as a businesswoman. I started submitting for competition a few years ago and I believe the process has made me a more proficient, detail-oriented, and technically advanced photographer. I'm very specific to what competitions I submit to. I look for competitions that are judged by leaders in my industry and that keep the artist's name out of the competition to further ensure that they are based solely on the quality of the work and not by the artist's notoriety. The images below were submitted to the International Photo Competition or as we call it IPC. This competition is put on by Professional Photographers of America an organization that has been the leader in the industry for 150 years. I have been a member since 2016. If you would like to learn more about IPC click here. If you would like to know more about PPA click here.
You might be asking yourself how this benefits you. Simply put photographers that submit to these types of competitions where they receive true, honest, and sometimes gut-wrenching feedback grows to be much better at their craft. This in turn creates better imagery for you, it ensures you receive professional quality images that you will be proud to hang on your walls.
This is the first image I received an award for and therefore holds a special place in my heart. This sweet little lady has the most stunning blue eyes I have ever seen and she just so happens to be on the spectrum. Her diagnosis doesn't define her and she makes huge strides every day. She is smart and beautiful and is a massive joy to her family and all that know her. Her mom is a dear friend of mine and I love how she has fought tirelessly for the medical care and education that her daughter deserves. This image was taken during an Authentic Kids Session.
My Favorite Things
Oh, how sweet and gentle this image is, how she lovingly holds her blanket. You would never know that this is a rare glimpse into this child's life. She is one of the most active children you will ever see! Always moving and wildly entertaining! Her smile lights up a room and she keeps her parents on their toes and filled with great joy! This image was taken during an Authentic Kids Session.
Unveiling The New Me
I had so much fun photographing her! Talk about an amazing young woman! She's not only stunning but she had such great energy and laughter! I loved how she felt comfortable in my knowledge to trust my vision for her entire session. This image was taken as part of her Graduating Senior Session. This image signifies that she is moving on to a different part of her life. Like a butterfly coming out of its chrysalis.
Contemplating The Arrival
This image was taken with the intent of showcasing how inward bigger kids are. They aren't as wild and energetic as toddlers. As time goes on they morph into inwardly thinking beings and this image shows that perfectly. His soft expression and body language, he truly is in a quiet space. That red hair of his is simply outstanding with the speckling of freckles. Sometimes a soft expression is so much better than a smile, it speaks volumes to the viewer and creates a story, drawing one in to wonder what he is thinking about. This session was part of an Authentic Kids Session.
Ok so it's hard not to be partial, this handsome man is my son. When I took this image I wanted a more stoic expression, kind of "too cool for school" as one might say. He typically is akin to being a tornado of sorts with lots of energy and laughs. I loved how thought-provoking it is. I am an artist who believes in your family being the art on your walls, and you better believe this image is proudly displayed in my home.