Imaging USA 2018, that took place at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, is a Photography Convention that I will never soon forget. Not only did I walk the stage to receive my Masters of Photography Degree, but I was also awarded Diamond Photographer of the Year – two of my professional goals met in one year!
I worked hard to earn the prestigious Master of Photography degree. It is not merely a piece of paper – It means that the recipient has met the standards of excellence set by Professional Photographers of America! The degree is awarded in recognition of superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. I am truly honored to be recognized for superior image making and photographic service and to have the M.Photog. designation after my name. I have learned so much from other master photographers and through being a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Being named a Diamond Photographer of the Year is also a dream come true! Earning a Diamond in IPC means that all four of a photographer’s images submitted into competition (i.e. the whole “case”) earned a spot in the coveted Loan Collection and is considered the best of the best. In 2017, only 16 cases in the Photographic Open category earned Diamond Status and I was thrilled to be one of them.
I have only been entering prints in competition for the past two years. I certainly wish I would have jumped into print comp sooner. In 2016, all 4 of my images merited and three were accepted into the Loan Collection (Platinum Photographer of the Year). In 2017, all 4 of my images merits and all four made it in the Loan Collection (Diamond Photographer of the Year). Below are the 8 images that helped me be an award-winning photographer. I would advise any photographer who is trying to improve upon their craft to join PPA and enter the International Print Competition. It will strengthen your vision, skill and creativity and will certainly stretch you toward your artistic potential.
This year marks my 10th anniversary of making a photo calendar. I made my first one back in 2007 and have continued making a calendar every year since. Many of my friends would be sad if they didn’t get their annual photo calendar gift from me and a few of my friends have actually kept them from year to year as a keepsake.
The photographs in this 12 month calendar represent many of the places I traveled to in the past two years – including South Africa, Coast of Maine, Coast of Rhode Island, Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, Moab and Monument Valley in Utah, Death Valley in California, Valley of Fire in Nevada, San Juan Mountains of Colorada, Glacier National Park in Montana, Banff and Jasper in Alberta, Canada and of course all over the beautiful state of West Virginia.
I love portrait photography but am also enthralled with traveling and photographing new places, wildlife and landscapes. It’s always hard to choose the top twelve I want in the calendar, but this year I narrowed it down to one of my favorites from each place I visited in 2015 and 2016. I hope you enjoy the images and feel free to contact me (304 940 5254) if you want to buy one – only $25 plus shipping.
Lewis & Whitney are a perfect match. I loved shooting their Nashville wedding and designing their Art book – too awesome not to share! xoxo