I have been honored with many state and national awards but really haven't taken the time to post anything so I figured now might be a good time to at least mention some recent ones. I was recently honored with some very big awards. PPA (Professional Photographers of America) holds an international competition each year. There are two main categories - Photographic Open and Master Artist. You can enter up to four prints in each category. A panel of jurors then judges the prints. The best of the best are accepted into a "Loan" collection. It can be very difficult to get a "Loan". This year all 8 of my entries were accepted as loan Only four of PPA's 27,000 members have done this in the 140 year history of the organization. Getting four loans in any category qualifies one for International Photographer of the Year status.
I am also excited because this year I will be speaking at PPA's annual convention in Nashville which attracts around 10,000 other photographers.
This first image was from a senior session. Her mother had seen my work and wanted an ethereal art piece to display in their home. We printed this as a 60" canvas and it looks unbelievably stunning! If you look closely there are lots of other little elements that can be seen like a V of geese and a small farm and silo in the background. I love little details that help create a story!
My 3rd International Photographic Exhibition Loan Print. Helping me achieve International Diamond Photographer of the Year status. The image was titled "The Last Menagerie" I photographed the carousel while exploring an abandoned amusement park alone (it was actually quite scary) The animals were photographed in a zoo. At the time I was disappointed I didn't get any real action from any of them but they were certainly perfect to use for this composite.
Another of my international award winning images in the master artist category. I created this awhile ago for the Wilton track team but only four prints are allowed in the digital category and I create many many posters each year so unfortunately some get left behind. The elements that I use for my posters are generally places and things that I have photographed before on random trips and have stored away in a library of many thousands of images.
My fourth international award winning image in the master artist category. I created this for Bettendorf High School. The poster that I created for them the year before also won many international awards. Need to start my brain thinking for this years poster!
Many of my images are greatly inspired by paintings and drawings both past and present. I have always had a fascination for “Raft of the Medusa” by Theodore Gericault since my art history days in college. Giving that a modern, tough, sports twist - I created this sports poster but always wanting to push myself further I decided to add an underwater scene so I added some sharks that I had some images of from a trip to the aquarium then hand drew a pirate ship (I really like pirate ships)