Here is my final post from the Shoot & Share 2016 Contest.
This has been an incredible process for me. From choosing the images to enter, actually entering the contest, voting day after day while my family thought I was nuts, to waiting on pins and needles to find out how my images placed, if they placed at all!
21 of the 50 images I entered placed. Almost half! I know I’ve mentioned this before but I’m so thrilled and amazed. It’s one thing to love what you do and have the people who love you tell you your good at it. It’s another to be told by your community and the people who you’re photographing. But it’s entirely another thing to have your images chosen again and again by complete strangers, all across the globe.
The statistics of this contest were crazy. Over 225,000 images entered in 25 categories from over 120 different countries. 10 rounds of voting and thousands of photographs eliminated each round. Here’s a breakdown of how the awards tiered.
Here is the final image I’ll share. My top 100 winner.
I can remember everything about taking this photograph. It’s from a wedding that was in Glen Ellen at Atwood Ranch that I shot with Matt. We had taken the bride and groom, Jen and Egan, away from the reception during the “golden light” for some portraits. They had stood on the back of this cool, old truck and Matt was setting up his shot. I was asking them to lift their pants and dress so that I could see their shoes. (They had worn these cute “non-traditional” wedding shoes). It was a whirlwind moment, we were kind of rushing so that we didn’t lose the light. I needed to get my shot quickly so that Matt could get the real hero shot but as she lifted her dress, Egan gives out this great laugh and points to Jen’s leg telling me to “look!” I cracked up and grabbed the shot and immediately ran over to Matt to tell him about it. I thought it was so funny! Apparently loads of other people would agree with me. 😉
Here’s the shot that placed in the top 100 of the category. It placed 37 out of 5,385 photographs. Thank you to everyone who voted and for all of the love and support I’ve received from my family, friends, clients and colleagues. Big gratitude over here!