Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photos for PPA Magazine's 2010 Cover Contest

Okay. So.

If anyone out there is a photographer or even amateur photographer, you can all attest to the fact that one of the hardest parts of our jobs is editing.  That is, narrowing down your pictures to a cohesive body of work that represents you as a photographer, and expresses your vision.  Seriously, this is one of my big weak spots as I feel so emotionally attached to everyone of my pictures. 

I decided that I'm going to enter PPA Magazine's 2010 photo cover contest, to which you can submit one (ONE!) image.  One? Really? C'mon. Really? I have 21,000 files in my "wedding photography" folder in my Lightroom catalog. One? Crap.

So I obviously can't do this alone. So I'm enlisting you, dear readers, fans, clients, friends, and family.  I went through and picked out a handful of my favorite images and I'm posting them here.  I want your feed back. I want your ideas.  And if there's a picture here you don't see that you know of that you think I should consider entering--tell me!

These are pictures that are my favorites, but also, in my opinion, represent my vision as a photographer--fun, wild, colorful, cheerful, happy, exciting.  These are also the pictures that I think a national magazine might actually be willing to print on their magazine unlike this one and this one which, while they are both a couple of my favorite pictures I've ever made, I have a hard time believing PPA would print them on the cover of their mag. Anyway...this is the group I picked:

These first two from Sena and Jovan's wedding are what I would consider my "signature" images.  These images totally represent the way I see, and the energy and excitement I bring to my wedding photography. Really, this first one is my first instinct to be my submission, except that it's a horizontal image. It could be cropped to a vertical for a magazine cover but I think that would make it an entirely different picture completely. 

So? Have at it--write me your ideas in the comments or on my Facebook Page (where you should add yourself as a fan!).  Again, if you can think of another picture of mine that you know you like but I forgot about here--tell me which one.  Let's hear it!