I am so excited to share about the award received last night! PCPPA is the Pierce County Professional Photographers Association, of which I am a member. Our annual print competition was last night in Tacoma, WA. This image was choosen by the judges to be BEST OF SHOW for the WEDDING CATEGORY!! Woot Woot! We also recieved a merit for this print. I will be entering this image in the 2013 PPW - Professional Photographers of Washington, of which I am a member there as well since 2009, for their print competition.
Prints are judged on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. I've copied this from the PPA - Professional Photographers of America - I'm a member there too, since 2009. This standard has been used to measure print competitions locally, at the state and national level. Photographers compete to obtain the Merit image, not against each other.
Well - here it is!
The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.
Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.
Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.
Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.
Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.
Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.
Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.
Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.
Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.
Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.
Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.
I have found that many of today's brides want to have a cd of their wedding images in addition to a wedding album and some even opt to have a cd only with out any albums. At Point of View by Lou Photography, Mary Lou takes pride in providing the highest quality of products to her clients. Our photo CD's are a fine work of art. Each cd cover is personalized for the clients.
CD's of wedding pictures are included in many of our packages and are available ala carte or in the Custom Package Collections.
So what does something like this cost?
Well if you purchase an a wedding album, all the retouched photos in the album are included in a cd for you as a gift with purchase. The wedding albums begin at $600 and can easily show 25-40 photos depending on the size.
A Wedding Photo CD with out an album purchase is $600 and includes 25 retouched images. We also offer a wedding photo cd of all the wedding photos + 25 retouched photos for $1000. This cd typically has 300-500 photos.
The studio policy is to retain the copyrights of the images we've created however every cd leaves with a reprint release for you, the client, to print as you wish. Photos can be printed as large as a 16x20 or as small as 4x6 and all sizes in between.
Still have questions about Wedding Photos, Photography, or want to talk to the Photographer? Simply call the studio and talk to Mary Lou at 253-225-7108.
So much planning goes into a wedding to make it the very best it can me. We plan every detail because it is important, yet there is one thing that we simply have no control over - the weather. For Alan and Claudia this was the case October 6th, 2012 began as a drizzle continued all through the wedding's evening. So what is a couple to do? I would suggest that when choosing a venue that you ask about a back up plan in case of inclement weather.
Fortunately, Alan and Claudia choose one of my favorite venues - Canterwood Golf and Country Club. This beautiful venue is locate in the South Puget Sound on the Peninula and minutes from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Gig Harbor WA. In addition to the picturesque golf courses, the event facilities are supurb, including an inclement weather space! You'll want to contact Rebecca Magyar at 253-666-8502 Rebecca.Magyar@ourclub.com
Another favorite vendor that I adore is Jen's Blossom. Claudia's wedding flowers in shades of violet were the perfect compliment to her cream wedding gown. The flower adorned the bridal arch, the cake and centerpiece. In addition to floral design, Jen's Blossom's provides event design. And because no two events are the same, Jen provides each couple with a custom proposal. You can contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 253-678-2311
Finally, Alan and Claudia's beautiful and delicous cake was provided by Tortes-N-Tartes you can contact Kelly Hopper the English Patisser at TortesNTarts@centurytel.net or at 253-857-5425
These are my favorite photos from their wedding
Beautiful Venue and Flowers
Here is Kelly putting the finishing touches on the cake
Chris & Jan will be here in the morning to proof their wedding photo - but you get a sneak peek! We have a unique, creative and fun vibe when taking pictures of the bride & groom and the families. I hope that you can catch a sense of the joy and love that was part of their special wedding day.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the wedding last week. I was so happy that the weather was cooperative for Tessa & Robert! Robert made the arch for the wedding with drift wood he collected. I think this is so very cool! Check out the full video below to see some of the highlights