One of the things that helps a photographer to improve and excel in their craft is entering competitions.
I have been entering competitions for several years and I love the process of conceptualizing a shoot and then taking it through to fruition. It is not an easy task, and is often not done alone.
I earned a Silver award for this image in the 2018 Portrait Masters Awards & accreditation Program. This competition is unique in that it is not only for winning but also to earn a level of recognition within the industry. I am proud to say that I achieved Master status in 2018, and I was beyond excited!
This image came together in a studio in El Segundo. I had a hair & makeup artist, a stylist the model and myself all working together. I got the idea for the image from a 1972 Czechoslovakia photographer named Tono Stano (Born in 1960 in Zlaté Moravce, Czechoslovakia). I loved the image so much and wanted to create my version of it.
The styling was accomplished with a black table cloth duct taped to the models body. She was really a good sport. This was the first time I organized, envisioned, created and executed a shoot like this!