Just in time for Spring! Had to share this soft,new painting. I love everything about it - the colors, the mood, and the slight breeze. This is what I love about painting. I get to create exactly what I see in my heart. Isn't she darling?
I just returned home from Professional Photographer of America's 2014 convention - Imaging USA 2014 in Phoenix. Although I was very sick (yuck!), I had a great time! On Monday night, I was shocked to win both First Place Portrait and Second Place Portrait in the Grand Imaging Awards. To be named among the top 10 for all of PPA is incredible - but to win first and second was surreal and humbling. There is so much talent represented in the group!
On Tuesday night I received my Master Artist degree from PPA. I am proud of that...it represents a few years of work and the accumulation of even more years of learning my craft. The thing about art and photography, though, is that the learning never, ever stops.
Here is an iPhone picture of the three from my state who received their Master Artist this year.
Okay - finally back! The last quarter of 2013 was perhaps the busiest I have ever experienced. And, just when the final piece of fudge at my house was consumed, we were slammed with the flu! I mean the BIG, BAD, UGLY flu. So, I donned my nurse cap, filled the vaporizer and began taking care of my charges. As the last family member began turning the corner, I went down with bronchitis...all of this just days before I am to fly to Phoenix for PPA's Imaging USA 2014.
Speaking of Phoenix, I do have some fun news to share. Many of my clients tell me that I am not communicative enough when it comes to awards, etc... A lot of that has to do with the fact that it really doesn't come up in most conversations. I enter professional competition to keep myself current and to challenge myself to keep up with the best of the best - as best I can. For the last several years, the International Print Competition has been the "be all end all" for me. And, I am proud to have done well. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has more than 22,000 members and most every year more than 10,000 entries in their international competition. In 2011 and 2012, I was happy to have two portraits in what PPA judges determined to be the "10 Best Portraits" for each year. In 2013, I have 3 pieces of work in the finalists for PPA's Grand Imaging Award and the Bronze Medallion from American Society of Photographers - which I will be receiving in Phoenix.
As if that isn't fun enough, I was recently notified that there is a new competition which is an extention of PPA's International Print Competition. It is called the "World Photographic Cup" and it allows professional organizations (like PPA) to enter up to 3 pieces of work in 6 different categories. PPA chose to include one of my portraits as one of their 3 entries to represent the United States for that category. This, the inagural year for the World Photographic Cup, had 22 countries involved. While I didn't make it to the podium for first, second or third, I did score in the "Top 10 Portraits" for the world. Here is a link to the finalists...http://worldphotographiccup.org/top-10-finalists-by-category/. You might have to copy and paste it into your browser.
Finally, I am also receiving my "Master Artist" degree from PPA. I am very excited to now hold both "Master Photographer" and "Master Artist". It still amazes me that I am able to make a living doing the one thing I have always wanted to do...art!
Thank you for allowing me to work with your children and your families. And, a special thanks to those clients who have now been with me long enough to just trust me to create whatever I seen in my cluttered brain and who react with such joy when I present it to them! Happy 2014!
Okay - so I am sure that some long-time viewers are wondering why there are quite a few senior images on my blog (more to come, too!)? Well, I work with children and a funny thing happens along the way......they GROW up!!! This senior happens to be kinda special because she has also been a student of mine. She is a talented photographer with a lot of good things ahead of her. I asked where she wanted some portraits made and she picked the place - a favorite spot that she uses for location work. So, we captured a lot of images and I haven't even had a chance to look through all of them. But she challenged me to stretch my own boudaries a bit and combine her style with my own. I like the outcome thus far!
Very often my favorite portraits of siblings will happen when they are ignoring me and just interacting. These are illustrations of "life". When composed with gorgeous light, nothing is better...even when your sister is decorating you with flowers! So cute. A tiny, tiny sneak peek for mommy!
I have been working around the clock...for those clients who are still waiting to see their beautiful portraits, the time is coming! I am finding that the older I get, the more perfectionistic I become. So, I am doing what it takes to create the most beautiful portraits possible for everyone.
Even though I risk being redundant, I have to apologize for being so behind on the blog. I will, bit by bit, update it. These images are so darling and I was anxious to share them. We did some beautiful, formal and classic holiday portraits. Then, the children got to wear these brand new fur hats. I think the result is a whimsical, magical Christmas portrait. Aren't these little ones gorgeous?
See? I am telling the truth. Look at these sisters...they are breathtaking! And they just keep getting prettier and more fun each year.
I am behind on the blog (I know you are shocked!), but I wanted a tiny sneak peek for these ladies and their mom and dad. We got a break in the rain today and were able to reschedule from studio to outside at the very last minute. And the colors were just gorgeous!!!
So fun - this family wanted a story-telling, wintery portrait that captured "childhood". I envisioned something that showed the fun and possibilities a "first snow" has for children. Hopefully, this will be a piece that will cause smiles and conversation for years to come...
I began working with these little girls when the youngest was about 3 months old. Every year they grow prettier and prettier. As cliche as it sounds, watching them is like watching a flower bloom! It is so fun to see how they grow and mature.
We wanted to do some formal portraits this year - and then let them have fun. So we turned them loose with mirrors and lipstick. Here is a sneak peek for mom, dad and all who love them!