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My first award!! {Auckland maternity photography, newborn photography, family photographer & Christchurch & Palmerston North photographer}

It’s a bronze for me!!  I’m super excited to have been awarded at this years prestigious New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography 2013 Iris Awards!  The caliber of work presented was utterly amazing, and I’m still in a bit of shock that I get to be included.  I can only begin to describe the process and the feelings that come when deciding to enter something of this level.  You go from hating all your work and feeling like nothing is good enough, to deciding – ok maybe you’ve got a little bit of a chance, to excitement and hope when you see the finished beautifully printed and mounted photo, to utter sickness when you finally send them off for judging, and finally relief when it’s over – whatever the outcome.  It is a roller coaster to say the least, one that tortures you, but that you also love and never want to end.  It was great meeting so many wonderful, well established, inspiring photographers, and see that they too feel the same way and go through a similar process.  It’s very encouraging.  I’ve learnt so much from watching the judging process and seeing what they think makes not only great daily work of a professional photographer, but award worthy work.  I’m really looking forward to getting out there and creating for next year, and seeing if I can top this year.  Bring on NZIPP Iris 2014!

I also had one entry in the landscape category which scored a high professional standard, 2 points off a bronze, and I’m so happy with that!  While it’s not an award, it’s still recognition of high professional technique and practice.  I was completely sure it was going to be trashed by the judges upon seeing the other entries, but luckily that wasn’t the case, and I’m happy where I landed.  Landscape is a new area for me, but one that I personally really love and hope to continue growing in.  I never would’ve been able to create this image without the past teaching and encouragement of a great photographer who I thank very much.

I strongly encourage anyone wishing to increase their photography skills to seek knowledge first, then to just get out there while having fun and create!  Now it’s time for me to sign off and follow my own advice! :)

Thanks everyone for all the love and support

xx Shari

My landscape gallery here

My portrait gallery  here

Check out this cool little video at how it all goes down and the gold awarded images! :)

GALA INTRO from NZIPP Honours Council on Vimeo.

Maternity Photography – Newborn Photography – Family Photography.  Fine Art Landscape prints and Canvases New Zealand

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