To keep growing as newborn and maternity photographer, submitting images to competitions is quite a big thing. There are many photographers associations that offer monthly competitions. There are several categories that cover all aspects of photography and you are allow to enter 1 image per category. Images are judged by some of the most esteemed Fellow, Master and Grand Master photographers in the UK and across the world.
This month I sent a couple of images to National Photographic Society and I was thrilled when I got a gold award for the category Pregnancy and Babies.
I also received a highly commended award for another image from the same session!
When I told my client that her image won an award she was very excited and feeling like a model 🙂
I don’t enter my images to competitions every month. Even if I know it helps in learning more and growing, sometimes I forget, sometimes I feel I don’t have images strong enough or good enough.
But I do deliver images to my clients every month. The feedback from my clients is even more important than an award to me.
“I have been admiring the photos everyday! What a good job you have done and I am really glad to have the photography session with you!”
Receiving a text the day after the session to say “Thanks so much for the session, it was a great fun” makes my work feel appreciate it. These are small things, but for me, as a working mum and a small business are huge!
If you are interested in knowing more about maternity photography have a look at my portfolio.
Do you want to grab a coffee and have a chat with me? Get in touch!