One of the fastest and easiest ways to grow as a professional photographer is to challenge yourself. Now there are several ways to do this with just you and your camera, but there are also ways of growing that maybe you haven’t thought of yet. Seek out new learning opportunities whether it be at international conventions or maybe from just a few close friends. Learn from your peers as well as those you look up to. Become involved within the industry. And when you get the opportunity, find out how you stack up against the competition by entering a few print contests.
In 2011, Luke & David attended the Imaging USA convention and trade show for the first time. The annual photography convention was held in San Antonio, Texas this year – right in our backyard so it was an easy decision to attend this year.
As part of their tradition, the organization conducts an International Photographic Competition and for the first time, both Luke & David entered prints to be considered alongside some of the world’s most talented and successful photographers. David won a gold award and Luke won silver. Luke was also a finalist in the best of wedding photography category. One of Luke’s images hung for convention attendees to view during the Kodak Gallery Award Ceremony the following evening which was both an honor and a blessing for Luke.
In addition to their image awards, both David & Luke were thrilled to receive International Photographer of the Year awards from the PPA organization for 2011. Two of their images were requested by PPA to be included in the Showcase Collection and three prints for the PPA Loan Collection.
PPA was a new experience for Edmonson Weddings, but one that they hope to continue in the years ahead. For those of you in our Dallas area, David has recently become involved with PPA on the regional level, serving on the local DPPA guild. He is responsible for planning the guild’s educational content, bringing in speakers and building relationships with those involved in the guild’s development through education. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Dallas PPA guild, you can visit their website at www.dallasppa.org for more information. We look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming programs!