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Baby Boom VOL 116– Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Baby and Newborn Photography

 

Welcome to the Baby Boom VOL 116! 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!

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017  – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
  3. MESSY FUN – FREE TO ENTER MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST

Anna Teodorczyk‎
Anna Teodorczyk‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 116

Noelle Mirabella Photography

Lindsay Walden Photography

Tina Krafts‎
Tina Krafts‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 116

butnaturalphotography

storyanthology

Natalie Houlding
Natalie Houlding Baby Boom VOL 116

Nikki Criniti Photography

Kath V. Photography

Tory Dimitriadis
Tory Dimitriadis featured in Baby Boom VOL 116

Jenniferkaye

princesspeaimages

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Ⓜ.Ⓔ.Photography

Casey Bell

Photography By Kellie Mac

Dominika Skrzypek

Neus Vendrell

JustGaba Photography

sweetpea.photo

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My Only Sunshine Photography

Kell Johnsson
Kell Johnsson featured in Baby Boom VOL 116

The Milk And Cream

Fabiana Blanco Photography

Baby Boom VOL 116
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Inspiring Monday VOL 189 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 189! 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. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
  3. MESSY FUN – FREE TO ENTER MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST

 

Monica Hart

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Lilly Jean Photography

Tomasz Migdal‎
Tomasz Migdal‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Krzysztof Maria SlowinskiKrzysztof Maria Slowinski‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Agnieszka Filipowska
Agnieszka Filipowska featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Milou Krietemeijer-Dirks

Olga Fedorova Photography

Alena Kozlova‎
Alena Kozlova‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189
Barbara Peacock

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manyka

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My Captured Life

Paulina Duczman

Phillip Haumesser Photography

Amy Wilkinson

light.chamber

Ania Onopiuk

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Hernán Olguín

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Lori McCurdy

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Alicja Brodowicz
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Olga Karasik

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kseniya_borodina

susan.grimes

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Мария Струтинская

Karen Hunt
Karen Hunt featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Mel Valiante

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helenwhittlephotography

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Dawn Cox
Dawn Cox featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

photovasko

Emily Williams

Belmen Photography

Beata Blaszczyk‎
Beata Blaszczyk featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Anna Marie Slobodnikova
Anna Marie Slobodnikova featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Jana Tolaszová Tichá
Jana Tolaszová Tichá featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

Fifi Bristoche
Fifi Bristoche featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 189

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Baby Boom VOL 115– Weekly feature of The Most Inspirational Baby and Newborn Photography

 

Welcome to the Baby Boom VOL 115! 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!

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017  – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

princesspeaimages

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Jenny Gibson

A post shared by Jenny Gibson (@thebabyroad) on

Justine Arbaugh

Natalie Howe

A post shared by Natalie Howe (@howestudios) on

Jean Mills

Unforgettable Moments photo

Kath V. Photography

Noelle Mirabella Photography

Annie Whitaker

Lindsey Porter

S a n d r a T a w i l

Dominika Skrzypek

JustGaba Photography

Linda G Photography

Sandra – Newborn Photographer

Sweet&Tender Fotografia

Aga Tetera Photography

Destiny Tillery Photography

Dorota Skawinska‎
Dorota Skawinska‎ featured in Baby Boom vOL 115

Axela Frank
Axela Frank‎ featured in Baby Boom vOL 115

Basia Landia‎
Basia Landia‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 115

Irina Jalba‎
Irina Jalba‎ featured in Baby Boom vOL 115

Milena Ratajczak‎
Milena Ratajczak‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 115

Rán Bjargar
Rán Bjargar featured in Baby Boom VOL 115

Ela Drozynska‎
Ela Drozynska‎ featured in Baby Boom vOL 115

Monika Paderewska‎
Monika Paderewska‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 115

Baby Boom vOL 115
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Uliana entered our contests for the first time in 2015 and back then she won the 1st Place in The Fine Art Category. She also received numerous honorable mentions. This year, she entered her work once again and she impressed our judges! This time, she was the best in The Portrait Category in The First Half of B&W CHILD 2017 PHOTO COMPETITION.

Q: Hello, Uliana! First of all,  congratulations for winning the 1st Place in The Portrait Category in The First Half of The Contest! Tough category to enter and definitely a great success! How did you feel when you found out that you are the winner of The Portrait Category?

A: Hello. When the e-mail came, I was going to the kindergarten to pick up my youngest child. I was very happy! I Immediately went to your website to see the results of the contest!

Q: Please, tell us the background story of your winning photo?

A: It was a creative photo shoot. Prior the photo shoot, I talked to Lena by phone, she was telling me about her hobbies. One of her hobbies is collecting the plants for the tea. And when I saw Lena, her hair, sticking out like a dandelion, and this wonderful dried flower of a dandelion, the frame has already begun to exist. All I had to do is to press the shutter button on the camera and capture it.

Uliana Kharinova -st place in The Portrait Category

Q: After our last interview, we noticed that you entered and won a lot of competitions! What do they mean to you?

A: Any contest is a test of your strength. Photo Contests inspire you to do something unusual. It’s a great help in a creative stagnation!

Ulian Kharinova fine art child portraits

“Diana” by Uliana Kharinova – Honorable Mention in The Portrait Category at B&W CHILD 2017 PHOTO COMPETITION, First Half

 

Q: What is the goal you are trying to achieve in your photos? How do you do it?

A: The goal is the same – to talk with the viewer about the person without words. To “talk” about his emotions, character, feelings, joys, and sorrows, about growing up.  I try to find the mutual language with my models and to “read it”.

Classic approach to portraiture in child photography

Q: If you had to use only 3 words to describe your work, which of them would you choose?

A: Model, sensation, moment.

Fine art child portraits by Uliana Kharinova

Q: How did you like the photos from the first half of B&W CHILD 2017? What are your personal preferences?

A: Every time I watch all the works of participants with a sinking heart. The photographs are just beautiful and inspiring. Some of the photographers I find really creative so I follow them on social medias. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for judges to make a final choice. All the photographs in the winner’s gallery are worthy of an award!

Interview with Uliana Kharinova

Q: Since our last interview…What has changed in your life and in your photography?

A: What has changed? I began to actively conduct online lessons in photography. I am very glad that my colleagues approached me not only from Russia but also from other countries.

And when it comes to my work, there have been changes since I experiment with the light. Previously, I was shooting almost 100% with the soft natural light while now I love experimenting with hard light too, I combine natural and artificial light, or I use continuous light solely.

Child photography by Uliana Kharinova

Q: How would you explain the growth of Russian photographers in 2017? Russian photographers achieved great results in our competition this year.

A: Yes, it gives me a great joy to see my colleagues from Russia becoming more involved in international competitions. I think this is connected with the growth of high-quality photography in Russia, and with the fact that they began to learn about the existence of international competitions. It’s great!

Documentary photography by Uliana Kharinova

Uliana Kharinova Russian photographer

Q: The best advice related to the photo you have ever received?

A: Take pictures of what you really like. Don’t be a slave to trends and fashion.

Uliana Kharinova -Winner of the portrait category at B&W CHILD 2017 PHOTO COMPETITION

Q: Do you photograph every day?

A: Unfortunately, no. I really want to give my favorite occupation at least 10 minutes a day, however, it doesn’t work all the time.

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

A: It’s definitely an inner feeling. I am very critical and demanding of my work. But when I am already on the set and photographing and after I take the certain frame, I stop, take a look on the camera screen and I simply know that’s it. I got the perfect shot.

HONORABLE MENTION in the Lifestyle Category at B&W CHILD 2017, First Half-“I no longer play with dolls” by Uliana Kharinova

Q: How do you feel about post-production, since there is a lot of talk about whether photographers should edit photos or not. How important the post production in your own work?

A: High-quality post-processing emphasizes the photographer’s idea. I always do it. In some cases, it is a minimal edit, while in others it can be quite a lot. But I always try to make in a such a way that looks natural or to look like something that human eye would naturally perceive.

Creative child portraits by Uliana Kharinova

Q: Do you have a quote that leads you trough life?

A: Not really a quote. Long, long time ago, a good friend of mine said that she needs to have dreams because her dreams were like a guideline and they would materialize. Every since then, I have a lot of dreams. Some of them already came true, and some of them are yet to come.

Uliana’s work in B&W CHILD 2017 Winner’s Gallery | Uliana’s portfolio on Photo Vogue | Uliana’s portfolio on 1x.com

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Inspiring Monday VOL 188 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 188! 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. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

NATALIA KHARITONOVA

Joan Reijmer

Olga May
Olga May featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

sallykatephotography

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Kamila J. Gruss

Stacy

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Katarzyna Gacek-Jarosławska
Katarzyna Gacek-Jarosławska featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Red Banjo Studios
Red Banjo Studios featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Cristina Villalba

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E S I P H O T O G R A P H Y

Таnya Ilyina

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Lilly Jean Photography

Evapictory

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olga.trofymets_photo

islandofsea

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tania_ruda_photo

susan.grimes

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Daisy Seilern Photography

Charo Diez

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Cristina Díaz Fotografía

Olga Fedorova Photography

Alexa De Blois

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Ксения Кузьмина

sophiejanephoto

Beata Blaszczyk‎
Beata Blaszczyk‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Agnieszka Maruszczyk

Meg Loeks

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Jenny

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Barbara Peacock

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Adam Kizielewicz
Adam Kizielewicz featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Lauren Bramlett
Lauren Bramlett fetaured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Alena Kozlova
Alena Kozlova featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Anna Ajtner
Anna Ajtner featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Bob Matkodak
Bob Matkodak featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Jurgita Bekerė‎
Jurgita Bekerė‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Inspiring Monday VOL 188
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Baby Boom VOL 114– Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Baby and Newborn Photography

 

Welcome to the Baby Boom VOL 114! 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!

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017  – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

BelliniPortraits
BelliniPortraits featured in Baby Boom VOL 114

Corrie Michael Photography
Corrie Michael Photography featured in Baby Boom VOL 114

Dorota Skawinska‎
Dorota Skawinska‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 114

Tory Dimitriadis‎
Tory Dimitriadis‎ featured in Baby Boom 114

Natalie O’Donnell‎
Natalie O'Donnell‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 114

Wendy O’Sullivan
Wendy O'Sullivan‎ featured in Baby Boom vOL 114

Ann Mróz Wska‎
Ann Mróz Wska‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 114

Andrea Strunk‎
Andrea Strunk‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 114

jacintadalbenphotography

Polina Kuklina


Sharyn Safi

Sweet Beginnings Photography

Noelle Mirabella Photography

Abby B Photographic Design

Life Cycle Images Photography

DONNAY ZULBERG Photography

Dulces Recuerdos / Lore Castro

Natalie Howe

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Amanda Hamlin Photography

Baby Boom VOL 114
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Inspiring Monday VOL 187 – Weekly Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Child Photography

 

Welcome to Inspiring Monday VOL 187! 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. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
  3. SUMMER UNPLUGGED – Free to enter Bi-Monthly Photo Contest

 

Alberto Luis Serra‎
Alberto Luis Serra‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Beata Blaszczyk‎
Beata Blaszczyk‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Alena Kozlova‎
Alena Kozlova‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Annie Mitova
Annie Mitova featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Olga May‎
Olga May‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Adam Kizielewicz‎
Adam Kizielewicz‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

sophiejanephoto

Robyn Marika Chubey

Olga Elesina

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Chaor Diez

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Irati Ayerza

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NATALIA KHARITONOVA

Meg Loeks

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Iwona Weiss

natalie_g_photography

Photographer Anastasia Kuchina

Tara Herron

An Atheist
An Atheist featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Ella Malysheva
Ella Malysheva featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Sven Berger
Sven Berger featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Egle Laurinavice
Egle Laurinavice featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Edie Layland
Edie Layland featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Dmitriy Usanin‎
Dmitriy Usanin‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

Tina Krafts‎
Tina Krafts‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 188

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Baby Boom VOL 113– Inspirational Blog Post Devoted to The Art of Baby and Newborn Photography

 

Welcome to the Baby Boom VOL 113! 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!

CURRENTLY OPEN CONTEST:

  1. B&W CHILD 2017  – 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN BLACK AND WHITE CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
  2. NEWBORNS 2017 – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
  3. SUMMER UNPLUGGED – Free to enter Bi-Monthly Photo Contest

 

JustGaba Photography

Lynne Harper‎
Lynne Harper‎ featured in Inspiring Monday VOL 113

Rimma Rivera Photography

Connie

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My Only Sunshine Photography

Noelle Mirabella Photography

Sweet Beginnings Photography

Neus Vendrell

Catalina Avila Photography

Channon Williamson

Jennifer White Photography

Ann Mróz Wska‎
Ann Mróz Wska‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 113

Newborn Photographer Paola

inspiredimagesbysarah

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sweetpea.photo

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Annie Whitaker

Michelle Min Marshall‎
Michelle Min Marshall‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 113

Natalie O’Donnell‎
Natalie O'Donnell‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 113

Natalie Howe

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Lindsay Walden Photography

Linda G Photography

Kimberly Huntley Lynn‎
Kimberly Huntley Lynn‎ featured in Baby Boom VOL 113

jennapayn

Natalie O’Donnell Photography

calliecrawleyphotography

Joanna Poliwoczak
Joanna Poliwoczak featured in Baby Boom VOL 113

Baby Boom VOL 113
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We are very happy to have a chance to speak today with a man who participated in B&W CHILD Photo Competition for the first time, and who took it by the storm! He won both 1st and  2nd places in the Fine Art Category in the First Half of B&W CHILD 2017 , his photographs left the judges out of breath. We introduce you to the Evgeny Matveev – the master of timeless child photography

Q: First of all, we want to congratulate you on winning the 1ST and 2ND place in Fine Art Category at B&W CHILD 2017, First Half! You participated for the first time in our competition. Did you expect to achieve such a great result?

A: Thank you for your congratulations! No, I did not expect such a result. I hoped to enter the short-list, but to be a winner did not expect!

Matveev Evgeny portraits

Q: Can you introduce us to Matveev Evgeny? What is your background? Where do you live? How old are you? Do you do photography as a full-time job?

A: I am 46 years old. I live in St. Petersburg, Russia. I’m engaged in photography for about 20 years (as a hobby). In last three years, photography has been my main profession. I’m currently working as a photographer at the Boris Eifman Ballet Theater.

Evgeny Matveev

Q: Can you tell us the story about Sasha series?

A: In Sasha, I was attracted to model’s hair, fragility, and her eyes. I arranged the shooting with the girl’s mother. A lot of photos were taken, both portraits and general plans, with the idea to show her fragility. Photo, where she lies in the grass (1 place in the category Fine Art), is  just about that. A small fragile person in the big world. Subsequently, I did a few more shootings with Sasha and all of them resulted in good shots.

Sasha by Evgeny Matveev

“Sasha 2” by Evgeny Matveev, Russia – 1ST PLACE IN THE FINE ART CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

 

Q: Who is Lera?

A: Lera is a gymnast. I spotted her at the sports competitions. I liked her look: a serious look of intelligent eyes. I also manage to organize the shooting together with her parents, and as far as I can tell – the shooting was a success!

Portrait of a young gymnast by Evgeny Matveev

“Lera” by Evgeny Matveev, Russia – 2ND PLACE IN THE FINE ART CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

 

Q: Do you have an official education in photography?

A: I do not have a special “photographic” education. I graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Film and Television as an expert in the processing of photographic materials. Also, as a teenager, I graduated from art school in the class of drawing.

Matveev Evgeny portraits

Q: Where and how do you learn photography?

A: As I said, I did not get a “special” education. But I’ve watched a lot of photos of classics photography, such as Avedon, Saudek, Horst P Horst, Sally Mann, etc. I read books, I try to understand why their photos are so good. What makes them so good? How do they differ from other photos I see? It doesn’t have to do anything with copying, I’d rather call it an attempt to understand what makes photographs amazing.

Evgeny Matveev - Child Photo Competition

Q: How did you get your start in photography? What were some of the most important things you found along the way in relation to the development of your photography?

A: I tried to shoot nature, still life… Eventually, I realized that the most interesting thing for me was to take photographs of people. It seemed interesting to show a person in the photo the way I see them. I tend to shoot different people. But for the last few years, I have been taking photographs of mostly young girls. Perhaps because I’m familiar with this subject in photography. I have been shooting rhythmic gymnastics and ballet for many years. I see the girls not only as they’re on stage or when they’re performing, but I also accompany them on long and exhausting training and rehearsals. In addition, they are still natural, they do not perform the roles that the “adult” world decides to give them. They are fragile. Some of them are looking at my lens with caution, some with a very free and artistic point of view. Some of them are trying to get close, someone – feels like on stage. Their fragility, prickliness … their beauty. In a few years they will become just  “like everybody else”.  Until then I’m trying to show that they are alive: without plastic glamour. Girl just as they are.

Matveev Evgeny child portraits

 

Q: How would you describe your photography in a few words?
A: Sight, Eyes, Fragility, Angularity, Elbows, Knees, Teenager, Alertness, Sincerity. Own world. An alien world.

Evgeny Matveev

Q: What caught the eye of the judges is your classical, almost painterly approach to photography.  What are your favorite art periods and movements?

A: All that can be defined as “classic.” For example, Irving Penn to me is much closer and clearer than Andy Warhol. I like to look at the picturesque portraits of Repin, Serov, Surikov. But at the same time, I really like theatricality and pretentiousness of “art nouveau” and “art deco” style.

Evgeny Matveev - Sasha

“Sasha” by Evgeny Matveev, Russia – HONORABLE MENTION IN THE FINE ART CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

Q: Who are your favorite photographers?
A: Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Sally Mann, Jock Sturges, Jan Saudek.

Q: What inspires you?

A: I can be inspired by the models –  their eyes, hair, their motion. Sometimes the atmosphere of places inspires me. And of course, inspires me and motivate me to work – photographs and pictures of the classic era.Evgeny Matveev

 

Q: What is in your camera bag? What camera body and lenses do you use?

A: When I go to shoot, what can always be found inside my bag, except for the camera is:
– Trash bag;
– Napkins;
– Paper tape;
– Dresses for the model;
– Water;
– An umbrella (yes, this is St. Petersburg! :))
A little explanation about the dresses: most of the models are photographed in dresses I buy in the “second hand” markets, in flea markets. When it comes down to wardrobe I always try to achieve timeless feeling, so modern clothes are mostly not suitable for my photos. And the models simply do not have the clothes that I need.

Evgeny Matveev - Eva

“Eva by Evgeny Matveev, Russia – NOMINEE IN THE PORTRAIT CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

 

Q: What about the lightning?

A: If it is possible, I try to use natural light. I love it very much, I love the sun – light, and shadow. But unfortunately St. Petersburg is not the best place to shoot in an open air and direct sunlight. For example, this summer the average temperature is + 16C, and for 25 days a month it rains and it’s cloudy. So I have to use studio flashes. But even when I am using them, I try to get the effect of natural lighting.

Evgeny Matveev

Q: What is your proudest moment as a photographer/artist?

A: For me, as for any artist, any attention from the viewer or the jury of the competitions is valuable. Especially if the jury pays attention to my work among other participants. That shows me that I and my models achieved something, so I’m going in the right direction. I also really love the moment when I get to tell the models that photographs we did together caught the eye of the jury. It’s a great pleasure to see them happy!

Masha - Evgeny Matveev

“Masha” by Evgeny Matveev, Russia – NOMINEE IN THE PORTRAIT CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

Q: Do you have any advice to offer us fellow photographers and artists about photography?

A: Councils are simple: see the work of classics (not only photos but also painting, movies). Analyze what you see, think about it. Try to understand why they are good and interesting. Communicate with colleagues. (In case your colleagues praise you all the time – find other colleagues!) Take pictures by yourself. Do not try to make one hundred different photos from one shot/angle, make three or five frames, but very well done. Pay attention to errors, reject and throw out the unsuccessful shots.

Matveev Evgeny - Russian photographer

 

Evgeny Matveev

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Jennifer Kapala is one of the amazing photographers that was part of our community from the very beginning. She’s been featured numerous times on our website and she has been recognized and noticed on B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION so many times so far, but this is the first time she became the category winner on this highly popular contest. Below, you can read the interview we did with Jennifer, get to know her better and her work.

Q: Hi Jennifer! We are so happy to have you here. How are you?
A: Thank you – I am honored to be here!

Jennifer Kapala

“Ripple Effect” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada–HONORABLE MENTION IN THE FINE ART CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

Q: You have been here with us since the very beginning of the competition and your photographs were well noticed many times in past years. However, this time you are the category winner! How do you feel about this? Did you maybe experience new kind of feelings? Did you expect to become a category winner?

A: I am absolutely thrilled and shocked to be a winner. What I have learned over the years is that you can never or at least you should never “expect” to win an image competition. All you can do is your best work and put forward your best images. In the end, the only person you are competing against is yourself and how you did last time.

Jennifer Kapala

“Illuminate” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada –
HONORABLE MENTION IN THE DOCUMENTARY & STREET CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half

Q: Can you tell us the story behind the winning photograph?

A: The image is a personal image I shot of my two youngest boys. Although they are close in age they are very different in looks and personality. So much so, people have a hard time believing they are related. My older boy is pretty independent and doesn’t like to admit he needs his younger brother, but that night I heard him ask his brother if he could sleep with him because he was scared. I went into the room later and saw them sleeping like that, so I quickly grabbed my camera. I was struck by how similar their poses were as they slept and despite many differences, there were similarities after all. It has a lot of meaning to me on a personal level.

Comfort by Kennifer Kapala

“Comfort” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada – 1ST PLACE IN THE DOCUMENTARY & STREET CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

Q: Would you be kind enough to introduce yourself to people who are not familiar with who Jennifer Kapala is? Can you tell us more about your personal background, education, things you like and dislike?

A: Sure! I am a multiple award-winning child and family photographer and the 2014 National Association Child Photographer of the Year I live in Calgary Alberta in Canada near the Rocky Mountains. I have three boys and a wayward pug who likes to get into all sorts of trouble. If I wasn’t into photography I would have picked up a paintbrush again.

Jennifer Kapala

Q: Why do you love photography?

A: I am attracted to many different forms of art, and used to love painting and black and white film photography. When I got older I stopped doing art for a while, but I missed it. When I picked up a camera again years later, I knew I had to keep going with it. It just felt right.

Jennifer Kapala

“Hidden” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada–HONORABLE MENTION IN THE LIFESTYLE CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

Q: When did you start photographing?

A: I used black and white film cameras all through high school and used to spend a lot of time in the darkroom, so a very long time 😉

Jennifer Kapala

“Joy” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada–NOMINEE IN THE LIFESTYLE CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2017, First Half

Q: You’ve done many workshops all over the world. What’s that golden advice you give to your students, related to photography?

A: Be intentional in all that you do. Photography is a blend of technique and artistry, so master the technical so its second nature and then show the emotion in your images. And practice a lot. Photography is a tough business so be sure to find people who are sincere and supportive. There is lots of competition out there, but there are also incredibly supportive communities too. Be selective in who you choose.

Q: You’ve stated on your website that you enjoy underwater child photography. How did the passion for underwater photography develop?

A: I love to try new things and was drawn to underwater photography for a while, especially as I love to swim too. I bought a cheap bag to try it out and was immediately hooked! It’s a very challenging form of photography and nothing like photographing on land.

“Night Swimming” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada – HONORABLE MENTION IN THE SILHOUETTE CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2016, First Half

Q: What camera body, housing, lighting, and lenses do you use for your underwater photography?

A: For my underwater work, I use an Ikelite housing, with my Canon 5D Mark 3. I use several lenses, but my absolute favorite has always been my 35 mm. I have started to play around with a LumeCube for lighting as well.

Jennifer Kapala Photography

Q: Who do you like to photograph the most?

A: I actually love photographing the human connection and love family and child photography the most. There is nothing better than being able to express what pictures are in my head and executing my vision.

Jennifer Kapala

Q: What do you struggle with the most in photography?

A: Black and whites! Seriously a great black and white is actually a very hard capture and I think that’s what always has intrigued me about it. There is such an art to it, and I am drawn to the simplicity and the way it causes the viewer just to slow down and pause – it removes all distractions from the photo so its elements are all that remains. And they better be great elements to work!

Jennifer Kapala

“Storm Watching” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada – HONORABLE MENTION IN THE SILHOUETTE CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half

Q: If you hadn’t won the Documentary & Street Category at B&W CHILD 2017, First Half who would have done it in your opinion? Can you tell us which photographs are your favorite from The First Half of B&W CHILD 2017?

A: That’s a tough one. There are lots of images that just took my breath away. I really loved the expression and sense of movement in Olga Fedorova’s picture “Trip”. I wanted to know more about the story and meaning behind “White Wind” by Milou Krietemeijer-Dirks who has some very interesting work. I just love Ulyana Kharinova‘s work as well – her black and whites are truly incredible!

Jennifer Kapala

“Awe at the playground” by Jennifer Kapala, Canada –
NOMINEE IN THE DOCUMENTARY & STREET CATEGORY | B&W CHILD 2015, Second Half

Q: If you could give everyone one piece of advice to everyone who plans to participate in the following years of B&W CHILD Photo Competition, what would it be?

A: Keep picking up the camera and trying. Keep pushing yourself to learn, grow and develop and put in the time.

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