Today we have a huge announcement to share! We recently submitted one of our favorite bridal party images to the 2015 Shoot & Share photo contest…and what we LOVE about this contest is that it’s worldwide and is absolutely huge – and all of the voting is “blind.” As photographers vote for their favorite images they have no idea who took each of the photos so it’s truly objective, whereas most of the other photo competitions in our industry seem to be more of popularity contests. You can enter your images and everything stays 100% anonymous until the winners are announced, which is awesome for us because the thought of submitting photos to a contest is really scary! We are both incredibly competitive, and what we do is so personal…so the fear of rejection or “not being good enough” is always alive and well, and it’s also so easy as artists to be critical of our own work.
Last year we entered this contest at the last minute, and we were absolutely 100% shocked when we took first place with Ali+Walter’s bridal party photo. We had entered that photo last year on a whim, and never in a million years did we expect to place, let alone win first place! And one thing that we’ve believed to be true for the past year, was that it must have been a fluke – a one time deal – that so many of our peers could love one of our photos so much. We felt like we had just happened to be in the right place, with the right bridal party, at the right venue, at the right time…and that we had simply been lucky enough to be there to capture the shot. Anyone else could have gotten that same shot, is what we’ve told ourselves over this past year. It was a fluke.
This year we entered the contest again, with absolutely zero expectations. We feel like we have confidence in our work, of course, but knowing that we’re competing against some of the best photographers in the world is intimidating to say the least…especially with these statistics from this year’s contest:
And this week, when we were notified that at least one of our images was doing very well in the contest we were again blown away. And today we are SO incredibly honored to announce that out of nearly 111,000 photos and after over 23 MILLION votes, this bridal party from Nicole+Dave’s wedding finished in 20th place (click on the image to visit the Shoot & Share website and check it out along with the other winning images)!!!!
We’ve spent this week kind of in a daze about this…it’s so incredible to us that we’ve now placed two years in a row in the contest with bridal party photos – and we are so proud of all of the hard work, practice, education, and time we’ve invested into expanding our knowledge of our craft over the years – and we are so proud to be where we are today. Although contests definitely aren’t everything, because the absolute most important thing in the world to us is serving our clients first, we are so thankful to everyone who loved this image enough to vote for it, and who have taken the time to write us and give us such amazing feedback. It’s so wonderful to head into wedding season riding this high, and we want you all to know that this has only pushed us harder to create new things as we look forward to documenting over 30 love stories this year. Thank you thank you thank you!!! Love, R+A