Archive for March, 2015

2015 is a big year for EAP. Yeah yeah… I may that every year, but after my mentor session with the lovely and awesome Laura Winslow, I have really taken my time to research, write and plan out my vision on how I see Erica Abbey Photography and my work. I was worried and too hung up trying to fit in with the rest of the photo community since that’s what people are geared towards. I wasn’t myself and after realizing that, I made sure I change things to what I want it to be. How I see things. Ever since slowly changing back to me, I have been getting more clients, I have been happier, and I don’t hold back on my artistic vision. I photograph people and things the way I see the world.  Being honest with myself has made me into a better photographer, but just happier in my life as well.

A few months ago I saw the Shoot and Share contest was open for submissions for 2015. I was too intimidated to submit last year, so I made it a goal this year to branch out and to NOT BE AFRAID to submit my work to contests and publications. It’s a free contest to any type of photographer, and you can submit up to 40 images into the multiple categories they have available. I saw they had a phone photography category this year and knew this was my time to submit those my personal iphone art (#emaphotoart) I have worked so hard on the last year. I submitted about 25 photos, from my favorites from past sessions of 2014, and my iphone art photos as well.

Over 110,000 photos were submitted this year, and it was going to be voted on by the public! They had 10 rounds, which after every round they would remove the bottom 20% of images with the least amount of votes. I have to say it was a lot of fun spending hours voting for others work, and being inspired by some great photographs. I would see a photo of mine pop up here and there, but I haven’t seen any since the 6th round. I figured well at least you made it this far! 6th round out of 10, not bad, maybe I can do even better next year…

The final round of voting started yesterday, and I was intrigued to see what photos made the finals. I spent maybe an hour yesterday picking my favorites out of the 4 that would pop up for each category, rarely seeing the phone photography category come up. I had to stop before getting addicted to voting again, so I went to check my email. Right on the top of my unread inbox was this email from Shoot and Share with this inside…

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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?! HOLY COW I have a photograph (or a few, but I’m pretty sure it’s one) in THE FINALS?!?! Me!! I have a photograph that made the top 10% out of that 110,000 photos that were submitted!!!! I really wasn’t expecting this at all, but I have to say I cannot be more happy. This is such a confidence booster for me, knowing that my work is appreciated. Even though it’s different compared to many other photographers in my area, I shouldn’t be afraid to showcase my art, my portraits, my photographs. I am so proud of myself getting this far!

Voting ends today, so please go and VOTE HERE for the photos that made the finals!! I am pretty sure it’s one of my iphone art photos that made the finals (the building phone photograph submission, below the newborn photo) so if you see it pop up (or some of the others below) please vote for me! 🙂

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I know I have many sessions and things to share, but I promise we will be back soon! I’m working hard to finalize my brand and my new website!! Hoping to have done at the end of the month 🙂