Here I find myself on this really stinking cold March evening dying for summer to hit again, looks like no luck on that front. So instead of blogging like I should be, I am looking for the next dress or skirt I want to shoot. I finally felt a little inspired to blog about the lovely fall session I had with my friend Faron. I wanted to get my turns in with the skirt before I sent it off around the Edmonton and surrounding area (it even made its way to my friend Jen in Uclulet). So I grabbed Faron and out we went for a few quick shots before the sun set.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, I entered a huge contest called Shoot and Share. I entered again this year and went all in with 50 submissions from over my year of photographing all of my amazing clients.
This is the biggest contest that is held over the year with a jaw dropping 583, 150 entries this year. Photographers from all over the world enter every year and I am so excited that I had the opportunity to participate in it. The talent is amazing and I have learned so much from just looking at others work and knowing exactly where I want mine to be. We have just entered round 7 which means we are officially in the top 30% and I know I have at least 1 photo still in there floating around somewhere. SO Exciting!!
I went in with a full heart and a heavy hand on my decisions going back and forth adding and removing and re-adding selection after selection until I finally came to my final 50 choices. I chose photos that made me smile and laugh until I cried remembering every moment I spent photographing families, weddings, friends old and new.
I have loved every second of spending time with all of you, meeting you and finding new friendships. I chose photos that made my heart soar with memories and love and photos that made me feel all the feelings I have in me.
I truly want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with your memories as you grow together, I couldn’t be happier that I got a chance to be part of it.
This year was the year for me, I entered 11 photos into the contest Shoot and Share and hit submit, all while cringing at the thought that other professionals around the globe would be criticizing and judging my work. Along with this contest I also took part in a travelling dress piece (you might remember the lovely little yellow dress I shot at the Edmonton Ice Castles last year), which was also a huge step for me as I don’t do very well with showing off my work, despite what you may think. I loved that concept so much I started my own travelling dress this year and a travelling skirt that are both making its way around Edmonton, Alberta and BC. Stay tuned for a blog post when the projects are all done!
Back to the contest though, I entered this contest thinking there was no way I would do well, I mean I only entered 11 photos out of the 50 max you could submit so really odds were already against me. I walked away thinking “wow there is so much talent in this world how can I channel that into my work? What do I need to do to get there?” I could have walked away thinking man I suck time to list my gear on Kijiji and sell it all, BUT I wanted to learn and grow from it. And grow I did.
I took what I saw and got to work. I completely changed my entire editing, shooting, mentality and pay structure on how I ran my business. I gave away a lot of shoots for free so I could learn. I sold off all my newborn posing gear. It was huge. And scary. I gave up all I knew and all I was comfortable with. I had some serious fails but overall my changes in my eyes were a major success. My editing process is exactly where I want it to be. I shoot a lot more of what I want to be shooting, not what I feel like I have to be shooting. That in itself makes me so much happier, shooting the things I love not that people say I should.
I guess bottom line of this post is – do what makes you happy and do it for you not everyone else. In case you were wondering, I had one of my eleven photos in last years contest end up in the top 30%. Not bad – but I want more.