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Judging The Best of The Best

A Week Of Inspiration I just returned from Altanta after spending the week at Gwinett Technical College judging at PPA’s International Photographic Competition.  Every year, judges from around the country get together for a week to judge the best photography from around the world.  It is truly an exciting and inspiring week. Over the course of the week, we judged over 5,200 images – then judged the top images again for the PPA Loan Collection. There was live streaming of the judging and even an internet TV show – IPCLive.  In case you missed my appearances on there, I’ll see if I can find a link!  
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Award Winning Monochrome Image

Back From The UK Well, I’ve fallen a bit behind on my blogging lately and realized that I never really mentioned something BIG that happened to me earlier this year! I had the opportunity to speak in London at the Societies’ 2014 convention- which was a blast.  The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers is the top photography organization in the UK – bringing together top-notch photographers from all over the world. It was truly an honor to be surrounded by such talented artists! I brought my wife and kids and we had an incredible time exploring this fascinating city. One of the highlights that I WASN’T expecting, was to be a winner in their photographic competition.  Over the past year, I had entered several images in their online photography competition and was thrilled to find that I was a finalist for the monochrome category.  At the Awards Banquet, I practically fell out of my chair when they called my name for Monochrome Photographer of the Year.  I even got a kick-butt trophy! The Image The image that won for me was a self portrait from my 40@Forty Project.  It was created in the parking garage of a museum in
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I’m On The A-List

Well, some kind soul nominated me for the Dallas A-List so I figured I may as well play it out. As most of you know, I’m not a huge self-promoter.  I’m going to post the link and hopefully droves of raving fans will head there and vote.  Hey- it could happen??? So get out and vote.  Tell your friends to vote.  Drop by the library and use their computer to vote.  Whatever you have to do-get it done. Thanks in advance for your unending support!!   BEST Portrait Photography
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Are You Ready To Smile??

$$$ SMILE! $$$ How do you put a price on a kid’s smile?  How about $240??? IT’S BACK! In April, we will once again be participating in Celebration of Smiles – an event organized by PPA Charities.  Those of you who participated last year will certainly remember it.  If you missed it, you need to mark your calendars for April 26 right now! THE CAUSE  The event benefits an organization called Operation Smile.  Started in 1982, this organization is dedicated to treating children who are suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.  In 1996, they were the first recipient of the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize in recognition of their contributions to alleviate human suffering.  Last year, medical volunteers provided free surgeries for 9,221 children – both international and local.  I think this is truly amazing. As a professional photographer, I make my living off smiles – so this charity was clearly something I wanted to get involved with.  My wife found out about the program at a photography convention last year and we have been big fans ever since. THE EVENT It costs $240 for Operation Smile to repair one child’s smile, so the Professional Photographers of
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Checking out the Iowa Photographers

Off To Iowa I just got back from a fantastic week in Iowa, hanging out with the Iowa Professional Photographers Association. I spent the first few days serving as a juror in the North Central District print competition.  The North Central District is made up of 10 states and part of Canada.  The best photographers from those areas sent their best images to be judged by yours truly and his PPA Juror buddies. It was a great chance to work with some top-notch judges and we had the pleasure of judging some incredible images. It was a mentally draining couple of days, but the fun didn’t stop there.  Instead of heading home after the judging ended on Saturday, I stayed around to put on a program Sunday evening.  Actually, there were TWO programs!  The first was on the do’s and don’ts of print competition and the second was on optimizing the home studio. Speaking We had a packed room for both programs and I got some very positive feedback from everyone afterwards.  How anyone can sit through 6 hours of me talking in one evening is beyond me, but they did it.  Its always fun to speak to a packed
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Imaging Excellence

Road Trip This week, I travelled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Professional Photographers of America’s national convention- ImagingUSA. I had a great time catching up with old photographer friends and sitting in on some great photography seminars. Imaging Excellence   The high point for me was receiving the Imaging Excellence Award from PPA.  I’ve always been an active participant in photographic competitions and the IE award is one of the top achievements you can reach for.  Every year, the best of the best images are accepted into the PPA Loan Collection and included in the prestigious PPA Loan Book.   Getting an image in the Loan Book is no easy task, but I’ve been fortunate enough to get a few of my images included. The Imaging Excellence Award is given to photographers who have managed to get thirteen of their images accepted into the Loan Collection.  It took a while to achieve, but I ended up with three Loan images this year- which pushed me to the magical 13!  It was truly an honor to be given such an exciting award and sharing the stage with some of the top photographers in the industry. Night At The Aquarium After the awards
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Are You On The Right Path?

  “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” —Joseph Campbell   GOT ME THINKING I came across this quote a while back and it got me thinking – how do you know you are on the right path?  We’ve all been there at one point or another.  Either professionally or personally or maybe both.  In our quest to always be the best we can be, we are always left wondering about the path not taken.  Is photography the right industry for you?  If so, are you doing the right kind of photography?  Should you do more fine art work or did you miss your calling as a wedding photographer?  The bad new is – there is no right answer.   That is also the good news… YOUR PATH My interpretation of Campbell’s quote is that the uniqueness of your path is what makes it so great.  Trying to choose the “best” path is an impossible task.  Maybe you’d rather be jet-setting around the globe photographing celebrities in exotic locations – but
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Make Me Smile!

Smile!!! On April 21st, we will be participating in the 2012 Celebration of Smiles, a fundraiser to benefit Operation Smiles. Founded in 1982, Operation Smile treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Every year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. I couldn’t believe that! On Saturday the 21st, I will be setting up at The Westwood School’s high school campus to photograph friends, clients or anyone else who wants to help. Here’s how it works… For a minimum donation of $24, I will create a fun headshot of you and your fabulous smile! I’ll give you a retouched file that you can share on Facebook, email or whatever you want. It costs Operation Smile $240 to perform one surgery, so for every ten people we photograph, we can fix one smile. How cool is that? If this sounds like fun, please put it on your calendar and stop by on Saturday. You can even RSVP at: FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE Spread The Word I would really appreciate it if you would spread the word to any of your friends in the DFW
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Back From Georgia

I just got back from a great weekend in Athens, Georgia at the GPPA Convention. The first few days were spent judging the SEPPA district print competition, so I got to see a bunch of great images.  We had a great panel of judges and I had a blast. Sunday morning was my Home Studio program.  Either I’m a great teacher or they are really smart in Georgia- because we flew through a lot of info fast!  I even got to meet an authentic 60s girl – or at least someone in a 60s costume.  So hard to tell… Now that my big month of travel is over, I can finally settle back into the studio and get some work done.  I’ve been out of town so much that the blog has suffered a bit.  But fear not, there are more blog posts on the way.  I might even mix in another YouTube video or two.  
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Imaging USA – New Orleans

Well, I’ve been away from the blog for a few days – did you miss me? I just got back from ImagingUSA in New Orleans. If you aren’t familiar with ImagingUSA, it is the big national convention for the Professional Photographers of America. Photographers from all over the world gather to talk shop and learn more about the craft. Of course, just visiting New Orleans is quite a photographic experience. SOOOO much to photograph. We spent some time walking around the French Quarter and I got this shot in Jackson Square – right as some rain was about to move in. One of the highlights of the convention is the print exhibit – where the top competition prints from the previous year are displayed. I love going through and seeing images that I remember from judging a state convention. They even have mentor booths where you can sit down for a one-on-one consultation with a PPA juror to get all your print competition questions answered. Of course, if you have a few extra dollars to spend, you could probably find a few items at the trade show. It was massive. It took a couple of hours to walk through the
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