2014 in Review

January 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Model Mayhem Pic of the Day Winner September 9, 2014Model Madison Kaapke About this time of the year, its always fun and interesting to review my growth and note the accomplishments for the past year. Its also a time to reflect about where I am in my artistic journey and where I want to be. While the year yielded a few successes for me, I am at a place in my artistic life where I want, and need, to evolve to a truer place about what really interests me and moving in that direction. But that is a whole separate blog. For now the accomplishments I am most proud of.

For the past 2 years I have been entering the Model Mayhem Pic of the Day contest when I felt I had a photo worthy of entering. This has been a private goal and I never mentioned entering the contest for fear that I might get votes from my friends. I wanted the photo to win on its own merits.

Now, i must mention at this point that I am not a huge fan of the Model Mayhem site, but as a rule the contest has some amazing, high quality images. Anyway…. Model Mayhem Pic of the Day Contest Winner, Dec 13, 2014Model Megan Brock

I finally won the contest on September 9th with a photo taken with the amazing model Madison Kaapke. This images is still one of my most favorite images. It projects a soft vulnerability and yet very mysterious vibe. What is she thinking? I loved shooting Madison and plan to shoot with her again next year.

Two months later on December 13th I won the contest for the second time with model Megan Brock. This photo was taken at my buddy Dave Kelley’s cabin. Dave actually assisted me by holding the flash outside of the house and aimed through the blinds. Orienting the image 90 degrees clockwise created a mysterious feeling of “how did you do that?” Megan is such a delight to work with...so down to earth and so much fun.

My favorite photo sharing site is 500px. Both of these photos along with about a half dozen others rose in popularity to not only reach “Page One” of the site, but right up near the top of the page. Quite an honor considering the photographers posting on 500px are considered among the best in the world.

Published Winter Edition RUNWAY Magazine, Table of Contents pageModel Marlow DeVonne I was published in two magazines this past year. The one I am most proud of is my photo being chosen for the Table of Contents page of RUNWAY Magazine, winter edition. This famous fashion magazine is sold in bookstores and newsstands all over the world. The second magazine was IKON, which is an online magazine but regarded as one that is committed to high fashion art. Again, my photo was on the Table of Contents page followed by a four page spread. Marlow DeVonne was actually my model for both of these publications. Our team also consisted of C. Edward Brice and Anthony Leroux. We shot in Sedona.

Most important is my growth as an artist, making new friends, shooting wonderful models and traveling to beautiful places to shoot. Lets see what 2015 has in store for us. 

Published in November Issue of IKON MagazineModel Marlow DeVonne
Published in IKON Magazine, November 2014 IssueModel Marlow DeVonne

The above two photos and three other appeared IKON

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