this will be my 5th year submitting work for the annual print competition with the Vermont Professional Photographers and it’s the first year where i feel like i actually “get it.“ i say that because there is a particular style, ascetic each image is judged on along with their title. it’s especially difficult for wedding images specifically due to the sheer fact there isn’t a whole lot of control a photographer has on a wedding day. (well, limited control.) therefore i don’t submit wedding images for that reason. until this year..

there are specific things the judges are looking for that go into the meriting of an image which is the standard from the Professional Photographers of America. images are judged on:


tehnical excellance





color balance

center of interest


subject matter


story telling

SO …… I MEAN……. just remember to think of ALL Of those things in addition to your exposure settings the next time you click a shutter. :)


so proud to show off my first ever wedding image that i submitted got a blue ribbon (scored 80 out of 100)! i was actually working behind the scenes at the live judging (SO EXCITING!) and got to listen in on the judges critiques. this has always been THEE highlight of my year - listening to feedback and the critique. and also doing my best not to jump in and try to defend myself. ;) my favorite part about art school - and in life - are the critiques. how can you grow if you don’t know what doesn’t work and what does? i try to apply it to all aspects of my life.


i received a Court of Honor award from last year’s blue ribbon entry “Shades of Radiance.” it’s been my highest scored print thus far at 84!

just some bragging and photo love here at the CKPhoto studio and a reminder that your art form is a beautiful journey and not ever ever a race. XOXO