Posts Tagged ‘Portrait’

WPPI 16×20 International Print Competition

March 18th, 2010

Every year WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographer International) holds a print competition at their convention in Las Vegas. It is the biggest event for folks in this industry and this year it did not disappoint. After observing last year’s print competition and seeing how exciting it was to see your work get critiqued by panel […]

 

Every year WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographer International) holds a print competition at their convention in Las Vegas. It is the biggest event for folks in this industry and this year it did not disappoint. After observing last year’s print competition and seeing how exciting it was to see your work get critiqued by panel of well-qualified judges, I finally conjured up some courage and decided to enter some of my prints this year.

All of my images were entered into the Premiere category – reserved for people entering the contest for their first time. Over 3300 prints were submitted from all over the world and I am pleased to announce that 5 out of 6 that I submitted received an Accolade of Excellence in that category. It is one thing to have your friends and family members tell you that your images are great. But to have international qualified judges recognize your work is definitely humbling and a honor. I learned so much from sitting in on the competition and look forward to submitting more images next year.

If you have not entered anything before, I highly encourage you to do so. Also here’s a secret. So much information and knowledge can be attained about photography just by sitting in on those critique sessions. I walked away with some great tips which I will apply this year. The best part is that these advice are all free! 🙂

They even wrote a press release for me – it makes it sound so official! Thank you WPPI for this award and opportunity! Here is the official press release and the images that won.

Official WPPI Press Release

Official WPPI Press Release



A Rainy Day in Detroit

Accolade of Excellence: A Rainy Day in Detroit



Wall of Promise

Accolade of Excellence: Wall of Promise



Italian Lovers

Accolade of Excellence: Italian Lovers



Forbidden Kiss

Accolade of Excellence: Forbidden Kiss



Accolade of Excellence: Stairway to Heaven

Accolade of Excellence: Stairway to Heaven

And finally, this is my sixth submission that did not win anything – yes this is probably my most favorite one out of the ones I submitted. I know the judges did not like the dark black area surrounding the image, this shot took much patience, planning and positioning to capture it. So I want to share this with you any ways. The final image is:

The Unveiling Moment

The Unveiling Moment

All in all it was a great experience and I look forward to participating it again next year. Thank you WPPI for the recognition and for putting on such a great competition.

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Denver Colorado Family & Lifestyle Portrait Photos: Mayo Family

November 12th, 2009

Thank you everyone for all the support & the comments that you have been leaving on the previous blog post about my recent trip to Tanzania Africa for Thirst Relief International. There will be more things covered in the future about that project but for now we will take a break from there and talk […]

 

Thank you everyone for all the support & the comments that you have been leaving on the previous blog post about my recent trip to Tanzania Africa for Thirst Relief International. There will be more things covered in the future about that project but for now we will take a break from there and talk about a recent photoshoot I did before my trip to Africa. I was commissioned to photograph the Mayo family out in Denver Colorado.

I knew Jim & Julie back in college but it has been over 12 years since I last saw them. Recently we reconnected through facebook and from that relationship this opportunity came. I have no idea what their secrets are, but they have not changed physically – they looked the same as they did in college. I don’t know what fountain of youth they are drinking from but I want some of it. We decided to kill two birds with one stone and did a family photo session in the morning then spent the afternoon doing a lifestyle session as a couple. I have never done a photoshoot like this before so I thought this would be a fun idea!

We ended up having so much fun that day shooting and just catching up on what we missed out in the past 12 years that day. The Mayo family were amazing and such a great host as well. They treated like I was their family member coming over to stay at their house and I felt so welcomed and I am not going to lie – it was almost like being on vacation! Denver also welcomed me the next day with over 20 inches of snow so I even got to do a quick session with the family in snow! Talk about having cool images for your portfolio.

Any ways, here are some images that we were able to capture during this visit. I primarily focus on weddings but it was good to take a break from it and do something outside the box for a change. Julie & James thank you for being such wonderful friends & ideal clients. I can’t wait to visit you guys again in the near future!

We started out in the morning by shooting the family in the local park
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

They were so cute! I think can pose as models for the GAP kids!
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

We even took advantage of all the snow the next day and did another family photoshoot in the snow. That was a lot of fun!
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Then it was time to have some fun with the parents! Looking at this couple, you’d never guess that they have been married for over 12 years with 2 beautiful kids! I could probably post this as a Denver engagement session and no one would second guess it!
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

We walked around and found various bridges and architecture around Denver downtown area.
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Mayo Family Denver Shoot

Did you know Denver has a Union Train Station too? We spent some time doing photos there as well.
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

I think i am going to start doing this more often in my future engagement / lifestyle shoots. I like to call this shot a “Double Take”.
Mayo Family Denver Shoot

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