That makes 13 award winning photos for 2013!
This morning the Artist Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association announced the results of their third quarter contest. I’ve gain 5th place for ‘groom getting ready’ and 15th place for ‘reflections’ categories. Happy days!
5th place – Category ‘Groom Getting Ready’.
15th place – Category ‘Reflections’.
Two more awarded photos in 2013!
This year has been great for awards. I have two more to add to the list from the latest ISPWP contest (fall 2013). These two images gain 12th and 19th in their respective categories. The year is not yet over so there are still more opportunities to come…
12th place – Category ‘Movement and motion’.
19th place – Category ‘Kids will be Kids’.
Invited to join BOWP
I’m now a member of BOWP (Best of Wedding Photography)! YES!!
BOWP is the most selective wedding photography association in the industry. Membership is an invitation-only association of top wedding photographers from around the globe. They look for photographers who have achieved high levels of success in the industry, with accompanying recognition by brides, and fellow photography professionals.
Following is a copy of the letter is received…
Congratulations! We’re writing to you to offer you an invitation to join Best of Wedding Photography. As you know, BOWP is an invitation-only membership group for top wedding photographers with very high standards for membership.
We spent time looking over your site and we love your sense of style and your sense of fun — it infuses every one of your photo stories. We can certainly understand why you have been accepted in many wedding photography associations such as ISPWP, WPJA, Fearless Photographers, etc. We especially enjoyed your great coverage of Wendy and Jeff’s engagement session – your passion for photography shines through. Overall, we love your bold, fresh, beautiful images that really capture the moments and the honesty of the events you document.
We hope that you will consider our invitation. You’re just the kind of photographer we’d love to see in the group, and we would be honoured to count you among our members.
Thanks and best wishes,
THE BOWP TEAM
You can see my profile page here: http://www.bestofweddingphotography.com/stephenson-imagery-philip-stephenson/
If you’ve ever visited Paris you’ll know it’s a wonderful city. A city for lovers. You’ll see them everywhere. This newly wedded couple from Russia came here for their honeymoon and decided to mark the occasion with a photography session. It was windy along the river Seine that day which added that special little touch to some of the photos. Here’s a few for the shoot…
6th Place – Emotion
I had a nice surprise this morning when I saw one of my images picked up 6th place in the latest WPJA competition!
6th place – Emotion
A few words behind the image:
This photo was shot in the summer of 2013 in Calvados. During the bride’s father’s speech, the words just couldn’t pass his lips. He paused at several moments when it all became too much for him. The whole thing was very moving and at time I even found it hard to take the photos. I’d like to thank the bride and groom for this opportunity.
The WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) hosts the largest international wedding photography competitions in the world judged by panels of award-winning photojournalists.
Two awarded photos in the latest ISPWP contest
3rd place – Bride Portrait
5th place – Kids will be kids
Engagement Photo Session – Xiaochun & Junlin
I was given a blank card for this engagement session in Paris. The couple trusted my creative eye to chose the locations and plan the day. I love couples like this!
We started out on Pont des Arts at sunrise. If anyone knows this bridge it’s most likely the busiest bridge in Paris. We were alone! Xiaochun was surprised when Junlin got down on one nee and proposed. Me too for that matter… he never let me in the loop which could have been a good idea! Anyway, I got the shots of the moment which was very moving!
Following that we headed to Trocadero. I’m often asked, “Where are all the people? Surely there are a lot of people in Paris. Do you retouch your photos?”. I never retouch people or things out of my photos. The are “as taken”… no cheating on PhotoShop! If you want to get those shots where you are the only people in Paris this is what time you need to start.
Next stop was La Défense. This isn’t the first place that comes to mind when people think of Paris. It’s a shame because the area can be very striking from a photographic point of view. I was very please with the images taken here. I even entered some into an international competition by the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association. I gain 18th place in the Engagement Portrait category.
The final stop was in Paris’ Latin Quarter. This area is full of nice coffee shops along pretty cobbled streets. We got on so well that at the end of the session we eat lunch together before parting ways. They finished by saying, “Next time you’re in China we will photograph you on the Great Wall!”.