Wow what a few days it has been. I’m still on a high from Tuesdays awards evening at The Newborn & Portrait Show. I posted a few bits & bobs of my trip on Facebook, but here it is in detail.
Every year in mid May Rhianna (admin assistant at Inspirique) & I attend the show and at Heart of England Conference and Events Centre. There’s three days jam packed of training, talks, workshops and two large exhibition rooms full of props.
On the first day, there's a whole day of live judging for the print competition (which I entered and won, I'll get to that), you can actually go and sit and watch the judges give live feedback to everyone's images. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the judging this year as it was my daughters Christening on the same day, but the lovely Emma from Little Love Photography (who did my newborn images) live streamed it so I could watch it at home, which was amazing! This is such a valuable experience, and the feedback alone is worth entering.
This is the image I entered, you can read the story behind the image here.
This year I entered one image, which was live judged by industry famous names Terrie Jones, Kelly Brown, Gary Hughes, David Stanbury, Christina Lauder & Clare-Louise. The feedback is invaluable in itself, but to score 85 was a shock (score 85 - excellent use of imagination, skill and technique in most areas), it was one of the highest scores out of the whole competition. 5 images are chosen from the highest scores to be in the final which I was keeping my fingers crossed for but didn’t have high expectations.
Here is the live judging and feedback on my image..
When I arrived on Monday I saw my image displayed at the entrance of the show and I was amazed to be in the final, I was 1/5 from the newborn category. Of course I wanted to win, but I was happy enough just to be in the final as this in itself is a huge achievement, and you still get to go up on stage.
So I was on a high from the moment I walked into the venue, which means with every purchase I made I said I was celebrating.. I'll always find a way to justify, I would have said I was drowning my sorrows and needed retail therapy if I didn't get in! Every year I say I'm not going to buy anything, and every year I just can't help myself. Just look, how can I walk past all of these beautiful stalls and not fall in love with something? This is just a small selection of vendors.