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Inspiring Monday VOL 165 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 165. Today we are featuring some of the most amazing and inspiring child photography from all around the world!

We want to thank all amazing photographers who submitted their work trough Facebook , Facebook GroupInstagram and our Flickr Group. If you want to be featured in Inspiring Monday or Baby Boom, feel free to submit your work. We are always in search for a new, talented photographers!

 

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017 – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. SHINE – FREE TO ENTER MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST

 

Ewa Cwikla
Ewa Cwikla featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Agnieszka Buczkowska‎
Agnieszka Buczkowska‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Suzanne Taylor‎
Suzanne Taylor‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Griet Decoster‎
Griet Decoster‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Annie Mitova
Annie Mitova‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Carley Shelly
Carley Shelly featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 16

Sara Evans‎
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Page Kuepper‎
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Lisa Holloway
Lisa Holloway featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Nader Saadallah

Caroline Therese Hodge‎
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Helen Whittle
Helen Whittle featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Justine Shachar
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Three Little Birds
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Kate Miller-Wilson
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Egle (Aster)
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Fatima Zahraa Cherkaoui‎
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Josefina Morando‎
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Anna Krol‎
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Ewelina Siewier‎
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Beata Blaszczyk‎
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Diana Lemcio
Diana Lemcio featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 165

Csilla Hinrichs

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Inspiring Monday VOL 164 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 164. Today we are featuring some of the most amazing and inspiring child photography from all around the world!

We want to thank all amazing photographers who submitted their work trough Facebook , Facebook GroupInstagram and our Flickr Group. If you want to be featured in Inspiring Monday or Baby Boom, feel free to submit your work. We are always in search for a new, talented photographers!

 

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017 – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. SHINE – FREE TO ENTER MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST

Jennifer Kapala
Jennifer Kapala featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Alicja Brodowicz
Alicja-Brodowicz featured in Inspring Monday VOL 164

Helen Whittle
Helen Whittle featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Ewa Cwikla
Ewa Cwikla featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Ewa White
Ewa White featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Bruce Tang
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Kate Miller-Wilson
Kate Miller-Wilson featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Shannon Alexander
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Maria Del Valle Presser‎
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Ania Bojda‎
Ania Bojda‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Lisa Brockman Jones‎
Lisa Brockman Jones‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 164

Karolina Bazydlo
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Monika Serek‎
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Judyta Pilarczyk‎
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Vera Maltseva‎
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Olga Filenko‎
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Marika Wronska‎
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DANA Photography
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Elizabeth Griffiths‎
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Anna Bradley
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Beata Blaszczyk‎
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Gunther Gehlich‎
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Baby Boom VOL 93 – Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Baby and Newborn Photography

 

Welcome to the very first Baby Boom VOL 92! This is the gallery of the best photographs submitted by our dear photographers last 7 days trough Facebook , Facebook Group , Instagram and our Flickr Group.

There are several ways how you can be featured in Inspiring Monday or Baby Boom:

  1. Post your submission in our Facebook Group or FB Page
  2. Follow us on Instagram and use #cpcfeature  when posting a photo you would like us to feature
  3. Join our amazing Flickr Group!

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THYME & IVY STUDIOS

• S a n d r a T a w i l •

Sandra – Newborn Photographer

Amy West

Amani Ismail

Life Cycle Images Photographer

JustGaba Photography

Linda G Photography

Annie Whitaker

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Rán Bjargar
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Eliza Kurek
Eliza Kurek featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Dorota Skawinska
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Natalia Monakova
Natalia Monakova featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Kasia Pascoal‎
Kasia Pascoal‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Iwona Pajewska‎
Iwona Pajewska‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Tamarind Spender‎
Tamarind Spender‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Kamila Bartkowiak‎
Kamila Bartkowiak‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Nikita Razo‎
Nikita Razo‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Tina Krafts
Tina Krafts featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Dominika Skrzypek‎
Dominika Skrzypek‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Aleksandra Herrmann‎
Aleksandra Herrmann‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 93

Baby Boom VOL 93
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Q:  Hello Magdalena! First of all congrats on winning 1st place in the Documentary & Street Category at B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION! How did you react when you heard the happy news?

A: First of all… thank you so much for the recognition! It really means a lot to me and makes me feel I’m going the right direction in my life. As this is the first time I’ve entered a quality photo competition and there are so many amazing, talented photographers, I really didn’t expect to win, so the 1st place was a huge surprise which I couldn’t believe. That day I didn’t stop smiling!

Q: Would you tell us the background story of ‘Looking for the queen’?

A: The photograph was taken at Austin Nature & Science Center while visiting with all family and friends. It is a fantastic place where everyone can not only look at but also touch all the nature exhibits. There is also a beehive behind the glass. The queen can be easily located as she has a large white dot on her. Children love looking for her and the photograph was captured while my daughter Alicia was doing just that.

Interview with Magdalena Hutchins

“Looking for the queen” by Magdalena Hutchins – 1st Place in The Documentary & Street Category at B&W CHILD 2016

Q: Can you introduce yourself. Who is Magdalena Hutchins?

A: Magdalena… so official. Short and easy: Magda. I’m adventurous, confident and curious about the world, but also an introvert looking for peace. I’m a wife of 1 😉 and mother of 3 little ones’ ages 2, 3 and 5.

Q: Where you were born and raised? Is your official education related to photography?

A: I was born and raised in Poland where I lived most of my life… until I met my British/Irish husband. At that point, I moved to the UK where we started our family life. As we like adventures and traveling we took the opportunity to move to Asia and we lived in Malaysia for nearly 3 years. Currently residing in the USA. What’s next? Definitely somewhere warm… we’ll see what the fate brings us next.

Magdalena Hutchins photographs her children

Q: What’s your professional background?

A: Regarding education, I always loved maths and am a very technical person so I’ve studied and successfully worked in Information Technology Industry for years until my youngest son was born. At that point, I decided to take photography more seriously and learn it while being on maternity leave. I’ve found an online Child Photography Academy in Poland, where I started and… couldn’t stop learning. That was 2 years ago and I’m still absolutely addicted to the Academy 😉

Interview with Magdalena Hutchins

Q: How did you fall in love with photography?

A: I always enjoyed taking photographs and people enjoyed my pictures but I never was very serious about it until my youngest son was born. I decided to do his newborn session by myself without any knowledge or experience. I really enjoyed it and as this is our last child I said to myself ‘I will learn it properly now or never again’ and that’s how I started my photography adventure.

Lifestyle photographs of children

Q: On your facebook page you said you document life and childhood of you children. How do they react to being photographed by you? Do they enjoy as much as you do?

A: I think they are so used to the camera that very often they even don’t notice when I take pictures especially when they have lots of fun. Sometimes when I take photos of one of them, the other ones get jealous and want to be photographed as well but I never push if they don’t want it, which is very rare. A few times recently in return for a session I had to allow my daughter to decorate our little studio with her vision and I had to take photos of her or turn myself into a model for her! I must say, we had so much fun doing it…

Child photography by Magdalena Hutchins

Q: What is the one thing that you strive to achieve in your photographs? How do you succeed in doing that?

A: I try to catch interesting moments telling a story, but also feelings, emotions. To succeed I always must be ready, having camera around, watching what is going on and quickly react when is the right moment, but also predict when a situation may evolve into something interesting. Another method is organizing some fun for kids, could be at home or just taking them to places where they will have fun.

interview with Magdalena Hutchins

Q: In case you had to use only 3 words to describe your work, which ones would you pick?

A: passion, emotions, life

Q: What equipment do you use? How much is a good camera important to you?

A: I am a Nikon lover. I use D750 which I truly love. My mostly used lens is Nikkor 24-70 2.8. I also use 50mm 1.4 and Sigma macro 105mm. A few months ago I got my sweet Lensbaby set but I definitely have to spend more time to learn it, and that’s my goal for the next few months.

I heard so many times that pictures are taken by people, not a camera and I never thought this was true …until my D750 broke and had to be sent to a service. As I had to keep taking photos for my course I had to go back to my backup old, worthy D90. And guess what… I was still able to take good photos that were recognized. Definitely good equipment helps to take good photographs, especially in difficult light conditions but it is not crucial and we still can create amazing art with older/lower quality cameras.

Candid moments in child photography

Q: Can you share a moment of pure happiness you’ve come across while doing photography? What is that one extra special moment you’ve felt while documenting your loved ones?

A: My very special photo is the one with the rainbow (it has got a nomination in Silhouette category). I was driving my children back home from school. While I was approaching our road, I was more and more amazed by the rainbow that just has formed above us. I quickly drove to the driveway, took children out, ran to the house to get their umbrellas and said: ‘and now you just run!” There was so much excitement and happiness that it will stay with me for ever.

Little kids running under the rainbow

“We’ll find you” by Magdalena Hutchins – Nominee in The Silhouette Category at B&W CHILD 2016

Q: Can you tell us who your favourite photographers are?

A: I am truly amazed by Chee Keong Lim’s work. His photographs are amazing and they bring back memories from the time we lived and travelled around Asia. Also Elena Shumilova or Summer Murdock. As I love lifestyle and I think that’s going to be my path, they are my true inspiration.

Unique photograph of siblings running under the rainbow

Q:  How much of your work are personal projects and how much commissioned by clients?

A: As I’m not for long in the photo world, most of my photographs are personal but recently I decided to start doing some work for clients as well, so I’ve done a few sessions. I hope it will grow over time.

Q: What images from B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half have amazed you the most?

A: Ohhh, there are so many good ones that I can’t stop looking at them over and over again! My biggest favourite is Olga Ageeva’s “Playing with light”. This truly artistic picture leaves so much space for viewer’s own interpretation. When I was younger I loved watching horrors and thrillers. When I look at this photograph I can feel this thrill, exciting anxiety… what is the girl’s intention? What’s going to happen next? It reminds me of my still very favourite “Sixth sense” movie.

The other photographs that bring a lot of attention are “Batman” by Anna Kuncewicz and “The Mask” by Ewa Cwikla. Than “Hands” by Aleksandra Vereshchagina, “Childs Play” by Lora Moore Kakaletris.

Lifestyle child photography by Magda Hutchins

Q: In your opinion, why every photographer should take a part in quality photo competitions?

A: Taking part in quality photo competitions is a good way of confirming the level where we are currently. We also view other photographers’ high quality work which trains our photographic eyes and helps to find inspiration.

Interview with Magda Hutchins - the winner of documentary and street category at B&W CHILD 2016

Q: The best advice related to photography you ever received?

A: Maybe it is not a direct advice but everyone can draw a conclusion from this Annie Griffiths’ sentence:

‘Most important moments are fleeting. Hands touch. The ball drops. A smile flashes. Miss the moment and it is gone for ever.’

Interview with photographer Magdalena Hutchins

 

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Inspiring Monday VOL 163 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 163. Today we are featuring some of the most amazing and inspiring child photography from all around the world!

We want to thank all amazing photographers who submitted their work trough Facebook , Facebook GroupInstagram and our Flickr Group. If you want to be featured in Inspiring Monday or Baby Boom, feel free to submit your work. We are always in search for a new, talented photographers!

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017 – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Judyta Pilarczyk Fotografia
Judyta Pilarczyk Fotografia featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Annie Mitova
Annie Mitova featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Jennifer Lappe‎
Jennifer Lappe‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Berit Alits

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Amy Jean Photographer

Olga Ageeva

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Charo Diez

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Helen Whittle

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Shannon Lee Photography


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Landalen Washington‎
Landalen Washington‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Monika Vanhercke
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Marta Obiegla‎
Marta Obiegla‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Aga Andrews‎
Aga Andrews‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Fatima Zahraa Cherkaoui
Fatima Zahraa Cherkaoui featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Diana Lemcio‎

Diana Lemcio‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Martine de Groot‎
Martine de Groot‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Jennifer Kapala
Jennifer Kapala featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 163

Lilia Alvarado
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Inspiring Monday VOL 163
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Q: Hey Anna! We are enormously happy to have you here! You won The First Place in The Silhouette Category at B&W CHILD 2016 Second Half! How does it feel?

A: My first reaction to the news was astonishment. I thought “I’m just a hobbyist, why would they choose a photo of mine?”. The initial shock has now passed and I feel incredibly happy, grateful and honored.

Q: Tell us more about the winning photograph “Batman”!

A: For the past six months I have been involved in a project called the University of Child Photography Academy. I had to fulfill a few photography challenges and one of them was titled “Light”. While carrying out my research, I became fascinated by the unique shadows created by the sun and decided to use them to my advantage! The photograph was taken one sunny afternoon. My son likes dressing up in hero costumes so I encouraged him to play Batman and land from the window in our living-room with arms spread wide. In spite of the heat, he made several jumps until I managed to capture the perfect silhouette.

"Batman" by Anna Kuncewicz, Poland - 1st Place in The Silhouette Category at B&W CHILD 2016 Photo Competition, Second Half

Q: Please introduce yourself in 5 words.

A: Melancholic, stubborn, tolerant, forgetful, loyal.

Interview with Anna Kuncewicz

Q: What is your life story? Where are you born and raised?

A: I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Gdansk in Poland. Right after completing a master’s degree in Psychology, I decided to emigrate to Ireland and lived there for 3 years. The longing for my country, family & friends became so strong, however, that I finally moved back to where my roots were.

Lifestyle child photography

Q: Why photography?

A: After a period of stressful work & life events, I suddenly felt I needed an escape from my routine. I never considered myself a very creative or artsy person, but for some reason I found myself diving into jewelry-making, then scrapbooking and finally child photography. I love capturing the fleeting moments of my sons’ childhood and the unique connection between them. The phrase “Kids grow up too fast” may be a cliché, but it’s still very true and it’s the main reason I’m trying to save memories of their youth. Otherwise I’m afraid I could easily forget their tiny habits and all the changes they’re going through.

Interview with Anna Kuncewicz thw inner of the silhouette category

Q: Do you photograph every day?

A: No, I don’t. At the beginning of 2017 I embarked on a 365 photo project, but I couldn’t stand the pace for more than three weeks! From time to time I need to put my camera away on a shelf and wait for a few days for the right moment to grab it again.

Q: What’s in your camera bag?

A: My camera is the old, trusty Nikon D90 and my lenses are the Sigma 50mm, f/1.4 and the Sigma 17-50mm, f/2.8.

Black and white child photography

Q: How would you describe your style in photography?

A: I haven’t discovered my style yet. I’m still searching and experimenting in photography, but I hope that sooner or later I’ll find my niche.

Interview with Anna Kuncewicz

Q: Do you have any personal favorites from the Second Half of B&W CHILD 2016? If you hadn’t won silhouette category who would have won?

A: I’m relieved to be a participant of the contest and not the judge. The images submitted were absolutely stunning and I would have had enormous trouble choosing the winning one.

Winner of the silhouette category at B&W CHILD 2016 Photo Competition

Q: How do you know that you took the perfect shot. Is that the inner feeling or something else?

A: I don’t think I ever take perfect shots – very often I feel there’s some element of the image that could be improved. That’s why I normally aim for photos I consider ‘good enough’. They just have to be meaningful to me.

Interview with Anna Kuncewicz

Q: Who are your favorite photographers?

A: There are too many to mention but the first three names that come to my mind are Polish female photographers. I admire Magdalena Berny for her beautiful portraits, Mariola Glajcar for conceptual images and Iwona Podlasinska for her whimsical photos of her two sons.

Q: Where do you find inspiration?

A: I find a lot of inspiration from my kids’ emotions and activities, as well as their toys and storybooks. And of course the light – in photography interesting light is everything.

Creative natural light in child photography

Q: Do you have any quote that leads you through life?

A: “This too shall pass” but in a funnier version by a Polish poet and satirist Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, I would translate it as “Everything passes and goes away, even the viper with the longest tail”.

Q: How do you feel about post production, since it is spoken a lot whether photographers should edit photographs or not.

A: My editing software of choice is Lightroom and I keep my basic post-processing workflow relatively simple. In saying that, I hold nothing against photographers who use Photoshop to achieve a more artistic result. With all my admiration for conceptual artists, I realize that due to the nature of their photographs, getting things correct in-camera may be impossible and the final image does require a lot of post production.

 Anna Kuncewicz interview

Q: What would be your advice for other photographers who are planning to enter B&W CHILD 2017?

A: Just go for it! I had a lot of doubts about entering the contest, but my friend convinced me to give it a try by saying I had nothing to lose. Now I’m really happy I had the courage to submit my photo. I wish the best of luck to all the 2017 contest participants!

winner of the silhouette category at B&W CHILD 2016

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Q: Hi, Ekaterina! First of all, congratulations on Winning the 1st Place in The Portrait Category of B&W Child Photo Competition! Can you start off by telling us a little about yourself?

A:  Great news! Thank you so much!  Ok, I am a freelance documentary photographer, based in St. Petersburg. I graduated press photography at  St. Petersburg  Galperin Photofaculty of Journalist Union.  I used to photograph news and events for the local media, before the birth of my son.

documentary photography

Social and Documentary photography by Ekatarina Vedenina

 

Q: How do you feel like as the winner of the Portrait Category?

A:  I’m very glad to see my photograph as finalist.

Q: So, could you tell us the story behind your winning photograph?

This photograph was taken in Crimea.  We spent time in old hamlet house.  It was a sunny day and my friend’s kid woke up after a nap. She started playing with the curtains, waiting for her mom and i captured this beautiful candid moment.

The best photos in the portrait category

“Dancing with the curtains” by Vedenina Ekaterina, Russia

 

Q: How does your degree in journalistic affect your photography? Would you describe your approach to making art more documentary than pre-planned?

A:  It makes photography focused on real life situations. Ordinary incidents of daily life attract my attention. While shooting children I also have documentary approach. It is interesting to capture instant, candid moments of childhood.

Interview with Vedenina Ekaterina

Q: When did you start doing photography?

A:  About 8-9 years ago.

Real life situations captured by russian photographer Ekaterina Vedenina

Documentary photography by Ekaterina Vedenina

Q: Do you participate regularly on photography competitions?

A:  Not often, maybe twice a year.

Photos of children in rural Russia

Q: Why photographers you participate in high quality competitions?

A: I think, it is an excellent form of communication and information exchange.

Lifestyle and documentary child photography

Q: Where do you seek inspiration?

A: From nature,  paintings I see in museums, cinema and so on.

Q: What cameras and lenses can be found in your gear bag?

A:  Canon EOS, lenses  35 mm and 70 mm

Interview with portrait category winner at B&W CHILD 2016 Photo Competition

Q: How does one grow in photography? What are the steps that one must follow in order to become better photographer?

A:  It seems that each of us should find our own path, look around, be alert and aware, always study and practice photography.

Lifestyle child photography

Q: What is the best advice on photography you’ve ever received?

A:  Make photography with your feelings.

Q: If you hadn’t won the Portrait Category, who would have won it? What are your personal favorites from the B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION?

A:  “Shadow boy” Monika Strzelecka, Poland

Russian photographer Ekaterina Vedenina

 

 

 

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Q: Dear Ewa! We are so happy to have you here! First of all, we want to congratulate you for winning the First Place in The Conceptual and Photo Manipulation Category at B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half! So how does it feel to be one of the winners on a such a strong photo competition?

A: Thank you for this wonderful prize! I’m really happy and honored. I would like to congratulate to all the winners! Well done! It is always surprising and then that wonderful feeling of YES! It’s a huge satisfaction. Every year, the talent and the quality of images just keeps getting better and better. Images entered at B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half were incredible. Many talented and amazing photographers took part in this edition.

Q: We cannot wait to hear the story behind the photograph “The Mask”. Can you please tell us how did you get idea for this photograph? Can you reveal the process “making of” this photograph?

A: The story began in Poland in the summer in June 2016. Model Nina brought the old mask and when i saw it, I knew what I am going to do with it.  The picture was formed and inspired by beautiful model Nina. Nina is a model that fits like no other to my story with a mask. When I gave her the mask to hold in her hand and when I saw the scene already I knew how  the final photograph is going to look like, I simply knew what to do. A few weeks later When a few weeks later when I started editing, I was in a real elation when I saw the final effect.

Ewa Cwikla - 1st Place in the Conceptual and Photo Manipulation category at B&W CHILD 2016 Photo Competition

“The Mask” by Ewa Cwikla – 1st place in The Conceptual and Photo Manipulation Category at B&W Child 2016

Q: You are with us from the year one. What’s your impression of B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION? What do you think of your “rivals”?

A: I feel with you at home and always in the company of the best photographers. I also see more and more of famous names from all over the world that participate in your contests. This is a proof that professional panel of judges in CPC choose the photographs that have the “soul” and high quality.

Child portraits by Ewa Cwikla

Q: Can you tell us who were your favorite photographers and photos from the Second Half of B&W CHILD 2016?

A: OLGA AGEEVA, RUSSIA – THE GRAND WINNER OF B&W CHILD 2016. I am delighted with the sensitivity of her image. 1ST PLACE IN THE SILHOUETTE CATEGORY Batman” by Anna Kuncewicz, Poland. I like “Batman” because of wonderful creativity of the author. I think that all the winners showed in their photos pieces of their soul and it is precisely you also see and appreciate. Pure photography with emotions and story.

Little girl and bird

Q:  We follow your work for years. We noticed you had a huge jump in your body of work in 2016. Can you tell us more about this? What happened? 🙂 Is this jump the result  of practice, experience, inner thoughts, maturity, certain workshop?

A: I am over 20 years into photography with a private company and the studio. Last 3 years I started to photograph more for myself, my soul and not just for profit and clients. After so many years doing photography for my clients, I am truly enjoying this feeling of discovering myself as an artist. I strive to make photographs that represent me, my persona and how I feel.

Child portrait by Ewa Cwikla

Q: Emotion or technical side of photography?

A: If I have to choose between emotion or technique, emotion would always win.  You can always learn technique while emotions are miracle. Emotions are always close to each of us, but not seen by every photographer. Photographer that sees, makes miracle photographs!

Emotional child photography by Ewa Cwikla

Q:  How your typical day looks like?

A: I wake up and check out what’s the weather like. Then I take my dogs for a walk and my cameras and I’m looking for beautiful morning light. I get a cup of coffee, and I enjoy. I do this every time when it’s a beautiful, sunny day. After the walk, I check my emails, edit photographs or I have a meeting in the studio. I live next to my shop / studio so I am near photography and my work even when I cook and do domestic stuff. When I finish daily domestic stuff, lunch with my husband I go back to my studio and work. So..entire day I am pretty much into photography. (happy face)

Photos of children taken in forrest and nature

Q: How and when did you realize that fine art photography is “your thing”?

A:  I think I always felt fine art photography was part of me, but when I started out 20 years ago, I wasn’t doing fine art photography. I started my business for portrait, wedding and nature photography. Digital photography offers more possibilities and more imagination, it definitely inspired me to experiment more with my own photography.When i started photography, 20 years ago, I started with analog camera and I learned everything on my own.

Fine Art photography by Ewa Cwikla

Q:  Are you a full time photographer?

A: Yes, since 1995.

Boy playing accordion

1st Place in The Fine Art Category at B&W CHILD 2015

Q: How much of your story comes to life during actual shooting, and how much during the editing?

A: It is varies, sometimes when I take pictures, I know in advance how final photograph is going to look like. Sometimes it’s a simple portrait without too much editing, sometimes it includes a lot of editing. I think you should start each photo with a real good concept and know what you want to do with photos. But leisure;) ha ha experiment.

Serious portrait of a young girl

Honorable Mention at B&W CHILD 2015

Q: What are your goals you set in photography that you are yet to archive?

A: I love street photography but somehow I do not have boldness to go on the street with my camera. I truly hope I will challenge myself in this genre of photography.

Fine art child photography

Q: Can you give a piece of advice for photographers who are reading this interview?

A: Ha ha advice ?……..o this one:  See all the adventure and catch the light.

Unique and bold child photography by EWa Cwikla

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Inspiring Monday VOL 162 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 162. Today we are featuring some of the most amazing and inspiring child photography from all around the world!

We want to thank to all amazing photographers who submitted their work trough Facebook , Facebook GroupInstagram and our Flickr Group. If you want to be featured in Inspiring Monday or Baby Boom, feel free to submit your work. We are always in search for a new, talented photographers!

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. THE MAGIC OF LIGHT – FREE TO ENTER MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST
  2. B&W CHILD 2017 – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Annie Mitova‎
Annie Mitova‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Agnieszka Buczkowska‎
Agnieszka Buczkowska‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Chocophoto
Chocophoto featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Ewa Cwikla
Ewa Cwikla featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Monika Vanhercke‎
Monika Vanhercke‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Kelly Long‎
Kelly Long‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Alicja Brodowicz
alicja brodowicz featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Three Little Birds
Three little birds featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Chrissees Photography
Chrissees Photography featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Egle (Aster)
Egle (Aster) featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Rj
Rj featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Kate Miller-Wilson
Kate Miller-Wilson featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Maria Kruusenvald
Maria Kruusenvald featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Emily Williams

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Lucia Bana

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Lori McCurdy

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Meg Loeks

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Fotograf Anna Arvidsson

Shannon Lee Photography

Cris Stephens

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Sonya Adcock
Sonya Adcock featured in inspiring monday vol 162

Iwona Podlasinska
Iwona Podlasinska featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Carola Kayen-mouthaan‎
Carola Kayen-mouthaan‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Diana Lemcio‎
Diana Lemcio‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 162

Vera Maltseva‎
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Inspiring Monday VOL 162
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Q: First of all, we want to congratulate you on winning the Lifestyle Category at B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half! The Lifestyle Category is always one of the toughest categories to win, how do you feel as a winner?

A: I would like to congratulate all the winners! Well done! And thank you very much for this recognition. Of course I was surprised I won cause so many talented and amazing photographers take part in this edition. Also, lifestyle is my favorite genre in photography so it was a great feeling to be recognized and appreciated in something that I love doing.

Q: If you had to introduce yourself with only 3 words which ones would you choose?

A: …loyal, realist, reliable, haha doesn’t sound like an artist, does it?

playing with sheets and shadows

Q: Why did you fall in love with photography as an art form? Would you still be an artist if you had chosen another path in your life?

A: I wanted to have a record of memories, capture life’s moments and feelings, but I couldn’t have done that on paper. I love memories and traveling back in time to the past. I decided to capture life’s moments and it was then that I realized that I like to capture moments where life is just happening, where nothing is arranged. I would like my photos to be like a diary that people will happily open and go back for many years to come. Would I still be an artist If I wasn’t a photographer – absolutely not! (laughs). My educational background is in mathematics and accounting.

kid suprisingly looks at bones of dinosaur

Q: Can you tell us more about your winning photograph ‘Rodos’?

A: “Rodos” has a special meaning for me because on that photo the main characters are my children and my parents. The moment captured in that photo is not really that unique. It’s the kind of moment that I capture a lot while spending summer vacation with my parents. But it is important time for us – a time spent with people who loves each other unconditionally. The photo captured authentic and pure summer vacation moment. I hope that the photo shows real emotions and feelings and if anyone is looking at that photograph it will bring them back to their special summer vacation, moment filled with positive and joyful emotions. I also must add that for Polish people Rodos has a double meaning. Rodos as you know is a popular Greek vacation destination for many people, but in Poland RODOS is a funny abbreviation for spending your summer vacation at your family’s garden plot in your hometown.

Q: When looking at the image what really catches the eye is an extremely hectic  atmosphere captured in such a harmony! How do you manage to freeze and catch that perfect moment when all the elements of photograph are in the perfect place telling the stories of their own?

A: I won’t pretend that each shoot is perfect. There were many photos taken in the” Rodos” series. I like to wait, observe and capture the perfect moment. It was the case in this situation. I was observing my older son playing basketball while in the background the younger son was playing badminton with his grandparents. That moment seemed interesting for me, but I also wanted to showcase where the photo was taken -the previously mentioned Rodos.  I couldn’t work a lot in terms of the width of the frame. It was limited because of the other neighbour’s garden plot. So hence the idea of having Antoni playing basketball slamming into the frame.

"Rodos" by Karolina Wawrzyniak - 1st Place in The Lifestyle Category at B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION

“Rodos” by Karolina Wawrzyniak – 1st Place in The Lifestyle Category at B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION

Q: Technical side of photography seems to be one of your strengths. How much concisely pay attention to this aspect of photography?

A: Honestly? My favorite quote is by Henry Cartier Bresson ” Sharpness is a bourgeois concept”. Of course I would want all my photos to be technical and detailed oriented, but if I were to choose between the emotion or technique, emotions would always win.

Portrait of Anthony

Q: What separates bad photographs from good ones?  Do you tend to analyse your own body of work in order to grow more, or you just go with a flow and improve without thinking too much about it?

A: I think that part of the answer to that question lies in my previous answer. I love capturing emotions, authenticity and honesty. It’s not easy to select the perfect frame. I often use my intuition when I choose photographs especially lifestyle photographs. Technical aspects of the photos are always important, but I think that at this stage, I notice them on a subconscious level.

Lifestyle child photography

Q: Let’s talk about inspiration. What inspires you the most? Do you seek inspiration externally or you tend to find it within yourself?

A: Life inspires my photos. Of course, I browse through many photo albums and I love looking at photographs of my favorite artists. But I feel that the pictures you take can’t be someone else idea. According to H.C.Bersson “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera. They are made with the eye, heart and head.” This quote captures everything.

"Click" by Karolina Wawrzyniak

Q: What is the one special photograph you took that is the dearest to you?

A: I wouldn’t be able to pick just one photo that’s dearest to my heart. As a mother, I love photos of my kids. My favorite photos are the ones that capture my son’s relations. When I can see that I captured their trust and love for each other and their close ties I am very happy. As you can see it all comes down to emotions again.

Brothers hugging and laughing

Q: Which photograph was your biggest competition in the Lifestyle Category at B&W CHILD 2016 in your opinion?

A: That’s a difficult question to answer. How could I just pick one photograph when I love all the photos that have won in this competition. However, I must mention Karolina’s Piórkowska photo. Her photograph won the 3rd place in „Lifestyle” category. Karolina is my friend and an amazing photographer. It’s a great honor for me to take part in this competition with her and to share our victory together.

home domestic atmosphere with kids

Q: What’s your overall impression of B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION and quality of photographs?

A: The high level of this contest and outstanding judges made me send my photos to the B&W Child 2016 Photo Competition.  I think that a photography competition is a form of checking your own abilities and if you want to check your abilities the best option is to do it among the best of the best (laughs). I can’t stop looking at all the photos submitted in this competition. It is a great honor to find my own photograph among all the other amazing and special photos.

children enjoting childhood and playing outside

Q: Can you offer a piece of advice to all photographers who are just starting out there? Something that helped you when you were stepping into the world of photography?

A: If I were to give advice to all the photographers who are just starting out, I would say to photograph with a heart and passion. Of course, it’s important to know all technical aspects of photography such as rules of composition, cropping and so on, but the most important thing is what you are feeling. If you love what you do, it becomes your passion. Photography isn’t always easy, but that’s what’s fascinating about it. It’s a never-ending journey. You can always do something in a different and a better way.

kids playing ping pong

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