I am once again extremely excited to announce that one of my images has placed in the NAPCP International Image Competition. Photos for the second half of the competition were submitted back in July and the results announced this morning. I think I've been stalking the website all day awaiting the post! This round, I was thrilled to see one of my images in the top five for the Baby category, earning a Merit Recognition alongside other amazing photographers.
NAPCP, or the National Association of Professional Child Photographers, holds this international competition twice a year with winners truly across the globe. I am so honored to count myself among them and to have a piece of my work, my heart, earn such an award from established and respected colleagues in the field. I can only imagine how hard it was to judge all these beautiful images! Being part of this supportive community has been incredibly empowering for myself and my business as I've had the opportunity to learn and grow from other inspiring photographers. I'm again truly humbled to have one of my portraits win such a prestigious award.
This particular image is also very personal to me as it's a self portrait of me and my son. (I know!) I remember sitting on the couch this day thinking the lighting was amazing as I snuggled him. I also marveled over his tiny fingers and hands and that natural instinct for babies to grasp your fingers. As this is my fourth, and likely last little one, I wanted to capture that moment of connection. I have so many photos of my other children holding the fingers of family members, but none holding my own. So I played with settings, took a few photos, adjusted settings, took more photos, and finally found one I loved. I especially love how my son's face is visible in the background sleeping so peacefully. And, of course, his precious tiny fingers holding onto mine.
I'd already ordered this image for my dining room wall as I loved it from a mom perspective. How incredible to now look at this everyday and also realize it's been recognized by my peers as an award winning portrait.
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