I’m really behind on blogging, which is why I’m taking advantage of this March snowstorm to get back in the game!! I shared the following news on social media, but never here on my blog.
As a Chicago child photographer, image competitions are extremely important to separate yourself from the thousands of other photographers in your area. Being recognized internationally is crucial. Competitions separate the hobbyist from the professional, as those who really curate their craft are constantly challenging themselves and want to push their work to the next level. Every year, National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has two image competitions (January & July). There are thousands of entries, and the judging is TOUGH. You’re scored on your image based on technical merit, creativity & composition and impact. Your total score is a number out of 10. Usually, images in the 7’s & 8’s have a chance to receive a merit or placement, depending on the other images entered. The following image received a score of 9.93, and received FIRST place in the toddler category. See the full gallery of winners here
When I found out, I was two weeks postpartum, and completely hormonal. I still don’t think it’s quite hit me of what an honor this is. This image also placed first in a separate competition (post to follow). It has been my 2016 gold star, and it is so exciting to see it continue to pop up on different websites. The picture is the cute tush of my son’s best friend. He is one month older than Campbell, and they are two peas in a pod. I’ve been in awe of this bathroom ever since I got the house tour on their first playdate, and when the opportunity came to shoot in there – I jumped! Thank you to my dear friends for letting me plan a session and capture such a cute moment of their little boy. I hope you treasure this photo forever!