What I am about to write and share with you, I still am having a hard time believing it myself!
The Utah State Fair takes place in September, annually. They have a huge art showcase with some amazing talented people. Participants enter from all over Utah in various categories and there is 1000's of submissions. This year, my first year, I submitted 2 images.
With some convincing from my super supportive hubby, I chose 2 of my favorite images. I entered them in the Professional Class, in baby and children portraits.
The first one I entered was Baby Oliver. It was named "New Curiosity". This one did not place, however the experience was so fun. Come to find out, I was competing against myself and I couldn't of placed anyways....Still love this image!
The second image I entered was Baby Mack. It was named "Sweetest Dreams Little One". This one placed! This image not only placed but took "Best of Show". I was in shock when my niece sent me a picture text of it hanging proudly with the coveted purple ribbon. I seriously cried! I've worked so hard and invested so much. I've strived to provide my clients true, professional portraits of their newborns. Capturing moments that are gone all too quickly.
I had gotten sick opening week and could not attend the fair. I was able to finally go on the last day. I saw my image hanging there, up front with all the other winners. Wow! Such an amazing feeling. There was a couple of gentlemen attending that day. When they came across me at my image they asked "were you able to come in for the Q&A?" I replied, "unfortunately not." The one man proceeded to tell me all about my portrait and why it was chosen. Turns out they judged the contest. They complimented me on the technical aspects of the portrait, offered a little critique and let me know that my portrait had been a conversation piece amongst all the judges. Proud moment, however, I could not of done it with out my amazing clients that entrust me with their tiny miracles.
So without further adieu may I introduce you to Baby Mack..."Sweetest Dreams Little One"
See a complete list of the winners here: 2015 Utah State Fair Photography Winners.