Earlier this year I achieved a silver and a few bronze awards in the monthly competitions run by the Guild of Photographers. I also achieved the FIRST PLACE in a monochrome portraiture competition held by the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. Today, I am very proud to say that I have won a GOLD and a SILVER Award for two of my newborn images. And only six images were awarded Gold status out of about 1000 images submitted in that month. I was also the winner of the month in the Newborn and Baby Category. If you would like to see the other winning entries, please follow this link.
I would never have dreamt of achieving a Gold award for my portrait photography so soon; I am over the moon! I work really hard to constantly further my skills: I attend workshops and seminars and receive mentoring on a regular basis. I even do portfolio shoots regularly to practise certain techniques and poses. Not only do I want to get better and better for my own development, but I also believe that I owe my clients the best quality and service of which I am capable.
In my opinion, training is so much more important than gear. I don't have a large studio with several set -ups and I don't use the most expensive gear. Of course I use professional cameras, lenses, lights etc, but as with all things, there is always more expensive equipment available. Instead, I use my home as a studio and welcome my clients into my living room (see the images below). And yet, I have been able to achieve such a prestigious award! So, I guess this is testimony to the fact that it's not always about the gear!!! Never stop reaching for your goals and never stop aiming higher even if you think you don't have the best preconditions. It's all in your head (and hands) and your willingness and perseverance to reach for the stars of your dreams!
For the two winning images I would like to thank Toni and Chris, once again, for their participation as well as patience!
And here are some behind the scenes pictures.