Back from SWPPA!!
Last week I spent several days in Texas at the Southwest Professional Photographers annual Convention and District Image Competition. Wow, that’s mouthful! I have so much to talk about I barely know where to start. The best parts of attending any Professional Photographers of America (PPA) affiliated convention is getting to see all of my talented friends, sharing hugs, viewing the competition prints, and even learning some new things about both photography and business. Meeting up with friends and getting to spend time catching up is definitely my favorite thing about conventions. I think I hugged til my arms were sore.
My second favorite thing is image competition. There’s just something addictive about it. Even when you don’t do as well as you hoped it is still very exciting to see all the images that everyone submitted. It is always interesting to hear what the judges have to say about all the images too. Fortunately my images did really well this year. For the first time in my many years of competition I merited all four images that I entered at the SWPPA District level. What a great feeling knowing that going into the International Print Competition in July my images already have their seals and will go strait to the next level of judging. WHEW! They even give you a nifty little pin to signify the award.
The down side to competition is that I can’t share these images until they get past this stage. So all of my dear friends who have modeled for me are dying to see their photographs. Well wait no more! The titles, models and scores are as follows. Bonnie and Clyde (Rebecca Ralstin and Jonathan Suttmiller) scored an 83, Scarlet Muse (Paige Muncy) scored an 80, The Wordsmith (Robert Barron) scored a 90, and Uncaged (Jara Lemmon) scored an 81.
I could not be more excited! I had the best models a photographer could ask for!
While at the convention I was also honored to be asked to teach posing and lighting one on one in the SWPPA Photo Bay on Saturday afternoon. It’s very rewarding to give back to the associations and to teach up and coming photographers. I look forward to doing it again.
I also attended a number of seminars on high school seniors, marketing and even some on landscape photography. AND I bought three new backgrounds. (Don’t tell Doug!) So if you’ve been waiting to make an appointment now would be a great time!
Last but not least I have to give a shout out to my Oklahoma photographer friends who are always pushing me to work harder and be better every single day. You know who you are. And a special thanks to Doug and Paige who put up with me around competition time and trust me when I say that is no easy task. I couldn’t do it without them.
Next stop, PPA International Print Competition!