One of the ways we keep raising our own bar year to year with our wedding photography images is by competing in Professional Photographers of America (PPA) image competition. In early March, a state-level competition was held, and we are proud of several awards we won.The above image, “Snowy Magic”, was taken in January 2014 at Sheena and Dominic’s wedding in Freeport, Maine. It was snowing, it was cold. Sheena was such a sport, ever-willing to do what we asked to capture the images we envisioned. Toward the end of the night, on a quick trip to the car, I saw the possibilities of this image and grabbed two off-camera lights, set them up, and ran in to ask the couple to step outside. Again, about a 90-second endeavor for an award-winning image. Snowy Magic also won the honor of the Masterpiece Award for a wedding image.
All of these images are award-winning in our client’s eyes, for sure. It is all the more gratifying that the PPA judges realize that these wedding competition images, unlike controlled shooting situations, are made with time of the extreme essence.Above, “Sunset on A New Dawn” won a blue ribbon and top honors in the wedding category, with the prestigious Court of Honor Award for a wedding image.
It features the August wedding of Caitlin and Scott, and is one of the many instances where we had literally 90 seconds, if that, with the right light and conditions to make the shot. Sunset on a New Dawn also received a Judges Choice award from a recognized national level PPA image judge.
Above, Jillian and Michael braved December winds and cold temperatures near the western Maine Sunday River ski resort at the SkiEsta mansion for a kiss on the roof. Another blue ribbon award winner, this image was titled “Storybook Moment”.And, our fourth blue ribbon-winning wedding image, “Blissful and Breezy”, Kimberly and Tyler at their May 2013 wedding at the iconic Catholic church in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.