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We have now moved on to the next level of our contest Your Best Shot of 2012. We have asked some amazing, award winning photography judges to lend their expertise in helping us narrow down the top 100 images to the top 25.  With years of experience behind them, they offer some great insight and skill into choosing the best of the top 100 gallery.

Meet Joy Vertz.

Joy Vertz, has grown in just a few short years from a one-woman show in her basement to now running 2, thriving high end, boutique style studios with a team of 7 employees and having sustained this growth for 10 years! She is a self-proclaimed numbers girl with a firm grasp on the business aspect of running a photography studio at all levels. Joy’s studio, Shoot the Moon Photography has maintained a steady profitability despite the decline in the economy and continues to flourish. It is incredible to hear the organization system that Joy has implemented to ensure that thousands of clients think they are her one and only!

She has judged prints  for several PPA State Conventions as well as the NAPCP quarterly image competition and has a degree in Studio Art from Lawrence University. She also runs an educational website for photographers. You can view it HERE.  She has also been kind enough to give our members access to her  free Pricing for Profit Guide.  You can find the free download HERE.

You can see more of her fabulous work HERE. 

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Meet Dan Frievalt

Dan Frievalt of Frievalt Photography is a photographer that enjoys blending creative light with graphic design to create artistic images that evoke drama and tell a story. Dan’s formal education includes an Associate degree in Marketing Communications and has worked as a Graphic Artist for 12 years before changing his career path to photography in 2005. “I always enjoyed photography but ever since digital capture I have found a new voice in creating images by combining my design background with my eye for photography.” He has a list of awards behind his name, the most recent being the 2013 Wisconsin Photographer of the Year and 2013 Wisconsin Outstanding Achievement Aware.

You can check out his amazing work HERE. 

 

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Meet Michael Mowbray, M. Photog, Cr.

Since opening Beautiful Portraits by Michael in 2001, Michael Mowbray has gone on to win many awards for his portraiture and was  named International PPA Photographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012.  He has had the highest scoring wedding portrait in Wisconsin five out of the past six years, including Wisconsin Best of Show-Wedding 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He has won the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award five times, and the Fuji Masterpiece Award for Outstanding Wedding Portraiture three times. Michael has also been named one of the Top 10 photographers in Wisconsin multiple times and “Best of Madison” by the readers of Madison Magazine.

You can check out his amazing work HERE. 

 

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Meet Pierre Stephenson, Cr. CPP

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Pierre Stephenson, Cr. CPP  is the owner of the multi-photographer studio Pierre’s Portrait Art Company which, over the past 18 years has come to be recognized for its
innovative style. His training started out in the commercial large format studio arena, miles away from the Urbanist Portrait Journalism that has become his passion.
Pierre’s unique approach has led to international awards, media attention, and his work has been published nationally in magazines including Professional Photographer, Modern Bride, PDN, Rangefinder, and more. In 2006, he founded The Wisconsin Pro Photographers Forum and has taught seminars and workshops to professional photographers from around the world. He is a regularspeaker at WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) holding Masterclasses and “Night on the Strip” shoot outs at the MGM Las Vegas for the past four years, and lectures around the country. Pierre teaches advanced location lighting classes at Madison College and is a founding mentor of the LIGHTn Tour.  He is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer and was awarded PPA Silver Photographer of the Year 2010, Best of Show Weddings at WPPA 2009, received his Craftsmen at Imaging USA 2010, and will be receiving his Master Photographer at ImagingUSA in 2014.

Jul 2013 10

Congratulations to Your Best Shot 2012 winner Alejandro Santiago from Canada.  His image made it through four rounds of  judging by professionals and Adoramapix members  to take home the top spot of Your Best Shot 2012. His photograph on that foggy February morning  is the epitome’ of amazing street photography. ybs2012

Alejandro grew up in Miami, Florida and studied design at Parsons in New York. All throughout his life, photography and design have been a way for him to communicate the things and people he loves. You can see more of his street photography & portraiture on his website or his Facebook page.
I asked Alejandro to tell us a little more about his winning  photograph. He said, “ This photograph was taken on a foggy winter morning in 2012. I remember watching the fog outside my window and not being able to sleep.  I packed my camera and took to the streets before sunrise.  The photograph was  taken just a block from Lake Ontario. This man was crossing the street to get on a streetcar. This was an important morning for me because I made a choice to wake up, explore the streets with my camera and make photographs. That’s how creativity is — you need to claim it. I’m working on tracking down the man in the photo. I would love to give him a print. If you know him please contact me!”
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Not a lot of people understand or recognize street photography and what it entails. I asked Alejandro to explain it for us. He said,”

Street photography forces you to use all your senses to be completely present and  in the moment. It can feel like fishing because you’re attempting to capture a moment. Some days you come home with nothing other days you come home with a great image. I always make an effort to wander the streets with my camera at least once a week, it’s almost like a workout for my eye  and camera.  The best thing about street photography is that it doesn’t require planning or scheduling–the streets are always ready for you.  I recently began a Tumblr about my street photography in Cuba. Its called, Oye Cuba.
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I had to ask Alejandro what was in his camera bag. He said, “It’s easy to get caught up in gear and fantasizing about all the things you don’t have, but for me creativity is about exploiting those limitations and using what you have. I shot that photo with a 35mm lens on my Nikon D7000. When I’m on the streets I try to keep my travels light.  Though I like to use a speedlight which I usually hold in one hand and my camera in the other. Sometimes I put a small softbox diffuser on my flash it makes a huge difference. Good light is the most important thing for me.”
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I wanted to know if Alejandro had any advice on those just starting out on street photography. He replied, “Treat street photography like a workout, its a skill you need to develop that requires discipline. Don’t think so much, experiment, and make accidents on purpose.  Also, share your work. If you take a picture be sure to give it back to the world for people to experience. That will help encourage your growth.”
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Thank you Alejandro for your advice. You are an inspiration and your work is thought provoking. It speaks volumes without saying a word. In case you are wondering, Alejandro picked the Nikon D600 as his camera. His image along with 11 other winners will also appear in our YBS 2012 Adoramapix Photo Book.

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