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Award Winning Image 2015 | Ernesto Sue

Last year I proclaimed, "this is the first photo competition I have ever entered and wow! I won!”  Well, I must say, this, my second-time winning, has convinced me, I’m a bonafide photo-taker-outer.  Having pushed myself over the course of the year to augment knowledge and skill as a photographer, I’m pleased by the recognition bestowed upon me by my peers.  I have put a great deal of hard work into my craft and I will continue to do so because winning a competition does not mean it's the end of the learning journey, it's just the beginning.  I am determined as an artist to be the best that I can be.  So, while I acknowledge this win and I extend a “thank-you!” to Portrait Palooza for the opportunity to have been a part of this competition, I will not rest on my laurels at this junction in my career; instead I will continue to work toward curating my art-form.

While this year’s competition resulted in a draw, I am fine with that.

The rules for the competition were simple: every photographer had 10 minutes to shoot with a randomly chosen model.  There's no preparation, so when your name is called and you are paired with a model, it's go time and the clock starts ticking.  In the 10 minutes, each photographer had to capture three elements 1) the venue 2) the dress and 3) bouquet.  These three details were very important in this competition as the vendors/suppliers were judging the final images.  After the images were captured, we had 48 hours to submit two images to be judged; I submitted the below two, the first one is the winning image.

I couldn't have done this competition without assistance from Wesley Shang.  He arrived at the venue totally prepared to help me win this competition.  Not only did he come with the hunger to win, he came with suggestions and ideas, which were inspiring.  He so much wanted to be part of the process that I agreed to him editing the second image, albeit not the winning image, still Wesley did a phenomenal job with the re-touch.  If you are photographer, contact Wesley he's a very talented re-toucher.  Thank-you!, Wesley for the support.

Here are the vendors:
Venue - Marbles Kids Museum
Flowers by Floral Dimensions
Make Up by Ashley Bromirski - Radiant Beauty by Ashley
Hair by - Cheri Leathers of Hair by Cheri 
Jewelry  -  Sabika Jewelry Inc.- Sarah Butler, Sabika Director

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Award Winning Image 2014 | Ernesto Sue

On the morning of Tuesday March 23rd on my Facebook news feed I notice an event about a wedding photo competition by The Wedding Portrait Society title "Portrait Palooza 2014" in downtown Raleigh, which was happening on the same evening.  Typically I would ignore photo competitions because in my view the deck could be stacked against the competitors, but this particular event peaked my interest.  In most photo competitions one would submit an image that was previously made for a specific category which is fine.  However, if one had enough time, resources and outside help anyone can or should be able to create a great image.  I believe that are artist / photographer should be able to compete in the same fashion as athletes where everyone has the same time, resources and restrictions.  So as I investigated the "Portrait Palooza 2014" competition a little more I found that it was exactly what I thought a photo competition should be.

The rules were simple, every photographer will get 10 mins to shoot a random model.  There's no preparation, so when your name is called and you are paired with a random model it's go time and the clock starts ticking.  In the 10 mins the vendors wanted us to capture 3 things 1) the venue 2) the dress and 3) bouquet.  These 3 peaces of information were very important in this competition as the vendors were judging the images.  After the images were taken, we had 48 hours to submit two images to be judged.

I really didn't have any preparation for this competition, I signed up the morning of the event and in the evening of the event as I sat in the holding area before my name was called I had a few minutes to think about what I wanted to do and all that I keep thinking about was speed.  Thinking about composition and posing was pointless because I had no idea who I was shooting and where I would shoot.  So when my name was called I hit the floor because I wanted to capture the venue's beautiful ceiling as it was the first thing I saw when I entered the venue.  Then I thought about the dress and bouquet.  I used the icelight because using constant light in 10 mins is the best solution to increase speed.  After I had those 3 things lined up, then I thought about posing the model and composition.  When I took my first image I knew had something but I didn't like the expression on the model's face but I really didn't have much time to correct it as I had to keep going just in case I was wrong.

It turned I was wrong and the first image I snapped was the winning image.  This was my first photo competition I ever entered and this was probably a fluke that I won, but I am pretty honored that the judges loved the image enough to vote for it, so thank you very much, it means a great deal to me.  Here's what the judges had to say.

"Wow! What an attention grabbing photo! So many great things going on.. using the lights to frame the composition, great moment, technically well executed. I would like a little more refinement on the light position so you get more light onto the shadow side of her face but well done. "

Location - Babylon Restaraunt
Dresses - Formalwear Outlet
Flowers - Ninth St Flowers
Model - Katie McGhee
MUA & Hair - Brandice Farrar

Award Winning Image 2014



The Cary News October Publication | north carolina photographer

I am so honored Hamilton Scot Inn and our local newspaper The Cary News choose to use one of my image in the October 30th publication.  Please take a moment and read the article about Hamilton Scott Inn in The Cary News

Hamilton Scot Inn has the distinction of being the only bed and breakfast located in Cary, North Carolina.  I've used the quaint and eclectically appointed residence as the backdrop for a very successful Breakfast At Tiffany's themed engagement photo shoot in the past and recently had the pleasure of capturing images of an engagement party held at the Inn.  Inn keepers Eric Hoke and Sue Ferguson are always a delight to work with.

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