Confession. I am ridiculously competitive. Not so much with other people but definitely with myself. I set impossible goals (never shoot the same image twice), am impossibly hard on myself, and strive to one up myself with every shoot. So this morning, when I won another Fearless Award, I launched straight over the moon. Happy Valentines Day to me!!!!
Fearless Photographers is a unique photography directory of more than 3000 of the world’s most amazing wedding photographers serving couples who truly love photography. It is also my favorite competition that I take part in. I love how these photographers from every corner of the earth strive, with every shoot, to create, stun, and push boundaries with their art form. And each time I win an award with these giants, I get weak in the knees!
The awards competition happens 4-5 times a year and with every shoot, I always have Fearless Awards in the back of my head. First, I think about all the beautiful imagery that I learn from with every member of the group. Second, am I shooting with “how can I win with this composition?”. There is an incredible push between all of us to keep improving and I know in my heart, this group consistently makes me better.
Photography, especially wedding photography, can be so much more than simple documents of your wedding day. It can, and should, be emotional, daring, hilarious, and, quite especially, it should be art.