On March 24th , 2014 we’ve launched 2nd International Annual Photo Contest in Newborn Photography – NEWBORNS 2014!
In our wildest dream we couldn’t imagine that we will receive so many high-quality entries in less than 24 hours.
The Winner of NEWBORNS 2014 will receive:
– Title NEWBORNS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR,
– $500 Cash Prize,
– $50 Gift Voucher in Handcrafted Crowns,
– Priceless recognition, exposure and promotion.
More about prizes
Let’s find out more about our judges and what each of them will pay attention to while judging on this contest.
HI MARY, LISA AND HEIDI! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR STORY AND WHERE YOUR LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY COMES FROM?
MARY MACOMBER: Aw well thank you! My story begins with me developing my own film shots back in college. I then married my husband and put the camera down to have some babies. Soon after our 1st, my husband deployed to Iraq in 2006 and communication lines were down. I overshot our daughter to send him prints to feel connected. I had friends who saw my portraits and wanted me to shoot them. Hence I started Pebbles and Polka Dots and not until I had our 3rd child in 2010 is when I decided to solely focus on newborns. I just love coming to work.
LISA DIGESO: After my son was born I started taking tonnes of images of him, and quickly realized that my work looked nothing like photographers, I was frustrated and wanted to figure out why?! I spent all my free time combing over books, forums & sites learning about photography, every spare second I had I was practicing. I love to learn, and I love having a creative outlet & creating art. I started Milk & Honey in June of 2010, and have photographed well over 300 newborns. They truly are my passion.
HEIDI GUERARD: I grew up with a love of fine arts. My mom still has a framed watercolor painting from kindergarten in her bathroom! In college I trained to be an art teacher but never took a single photography class. I loved drawing and painting portraits at the time. In my first year teaching high school I had to teach a black and white photography class, video production and Photoshop, all of which I knew nothing about. I spent the whole summer after I graduated in the dark room, learning film developing, reading Photoshop books, and trying to get one step ahead of my students so I wouldn’t be eaten alive. From there my love grew and I’ve been hooked!
WHY NEWBORNS HAVE YOUR HEART?
MARY MACOMBER: I love newborn sessions as they are so peaceful. The sound machine, the heat, the creativity, it just makes my soul shine.
LISA DIGESO: I love being a part of that joy & celebration in a families life. I love watching my clients families grow as they add more littles to their broods. My husband and I struggled with infertility for over 5 years and finally conceived our son with IVF. I love newborns because they truly are miracles. To be celebrated and cherished. Each one is sweet and unique and I love the time I get to spend with them in the first days of life and watch them grow over the years.
HEIDI GUERARD: There is something so peaceful and perfect about newborn babies that I just connect with. There is no peek-a-boo or silly noises to get their attention. You learn about their little soul without words. I think it easier to know someone that way. With out all of the noise.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?
MARY MACOMBER: Having my own kids jump started me into the newborns, before I had them I thought I was Ansel Adams and photographing trees.
LISA DIGESO: I started portfolio building and did a model call for friends and family.
HEIDI GUERARD: My first “newborn session” was with my own daughter at 6 weeks old. I didn’t even know “newborn photography” in the popular style existed at the time. I photographed her in the living room of our condo, on a coffee table, with a sheet hung in the background. I lost myself in capturing her. And I found myself. I had a flicker account at the time and I started searching for newborn photos. I came across the work of Kelley Ryden and Tracy Raver. They were a huge inspiration to me. They had posted a pull back shot of their set up by a sliding glass door and I literally got goosebumps everywhere. I thought, “this is what I am meant to do with my life.” It was an instant knowing like I’ve only felt a few times in my life.
WHAT IS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING NEWBORNS THAT INSPIRES YOU?
MARY MACOMBER: Photographing newborns inspires me to try something new each time and see what I come up with next. They are so cute and represent everything new, I feel like my work should too.
LISA DIGESO: I love the newness and freshness of a newborn. I get to be a part of a magical time in a families life, I get to create art that commemorate the celebration of life. It is my bliss.
HEIDI GUERARD: I think I’m just baby crazy. You know that feeling a mother gets when they hold their newborn baby? That drunk-in-love feeling? I seriously feel that with every baby I hold. I’m inspired by their little souls, their amazing beauty, their tiny perfection. I’m inspired by their potential. I’m inspired by how simple it all is. I want parents to feel that wash over them every time they look at the photos.
WHAT LIGHTING DO YOU PREFER AND WHY?
MARY MACOMBER: Studio lighting, for its consistency. LOVE.
LISA DIGESO: I use both studio & natural light. Depending on the day or what I feel like using that day I will use my big north facing window or a PLM/AB400 or AB400/Westcott 50X50.
HEIDI GUERARD: Natural, because I it is what I’ve always done and I’m set in my ways! We have 3 very expensive studio lights and softboxes, but they remain in the box. I wouldn’t know what to do with them if I tried!
CAN YOU TELL US WHY IS IMPORTANT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN HIGH QUALITY PHOTO COMPETITIONS?
MARY MACOMBER: It’s very important to participate in photo competitions as adding the award winning status to your name is bonus!! Plus it gets you out there to meet other photographers, and gets you to compare your work to others which in turn will help you strive to work harder.
LISA DIGESO: Accolades amongst peers feels awesome, to know you are on the right track with your work feels incredible! Also clients love to know they are going to an award winning photographer.
HEIDI GUERARD: I think participating in photo competitions like this one is an amazing opportunity for photographers to be seen on an international level. There is so much amazing talent out there to be recognized and congratulated! Just entering gives an opportunity to learn and improve, and to be inspired by others. And hey, if you win an award, that is icing on the cake!
WHAT YOU WILL BE LOOKING IN THE WINNING PHOTOGRAPH ON 2ND ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY- NEWBORNS 2014?
MARY MACOMBER: I will be looking for creativity, posing, and use of light and color.
LISA DIGESO: Excellence in lighting, posing & processing, in addition to unique & creative use of props & composition.
HEIDI GUERARD: Obviously being technically sound is important, but some photographs just move you beyond that. Perhaps it is their peaceful stillness. Perhaps it is the way the light hits a detail and looks heavenly. When I get goosebumps, I know it is GOOD!
WHAT SPECIAL ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS?
MARY MACOMBER: Take your time. A good portrait is never rushed xo
LISA DIGESO: Practice practice, practice & practice some more. Never stop learning!
HEIDI GUERARD: Your potential is limitless. Value your time and your work by planning your business and building the framework through which you can give your gifts to the world. Honor your own creative voice. Don’t get distracted by what is around you…. look inward to find your greatness! The future holds more than you can dream for yourself.