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2013 Print Competition

When you shoot upwards of fifty weddings per year, year after year, it can sometimes be tough to stay fresh and creative. Anyone in a creative position who works often can understand the difficulty to bring something new to the table each time you go to work. While it might sound easy to "just go take fun pictures" it can be a challenge to head out to the same hotel you worked in the last week and make something brand new and original to the clients you have that week. All I can do is keep my eyes open, look for beautiful light, and keep an open mind to the scenarios around me. This allows me to find new compositions weekly and use old elements in new ways. Take this image of the bride’s shoes from a wedding I shot in 2012 at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. I took one of the two shoes and had my assistant hold it up so that I could shoot through it towards the other shoe. I set the furthest shoe in the windowsill of the Four Seasons and realized quickly that if I left it on the sill itself I wouldn’t be able to see it in my frame since the dark line of the windowsill blocked it from view. I took two small water glasses from the hotel room and used them to prop up the shoes, which also helped give the image some visual interest. I entered it into the Wedding Division : Wedding Details category of the WPPI 16x20 International Print Competition in 2013 and was pleased with my score. I also entered it in the Fearless Awards and was also pleased to see it win a Fearless Award! 1/2000; f/2.8; ISO 200; 45.0 mm.