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For those of you who don't know, Portrait Palooza is a fun, annual event created by the WPS as a challenge for professional photographers. Here's how it works: the WPS secures a gorgeous local venue, wedding gowns, lovely bouquets, talented hair and make-up artists, and, of course, BEAUTIFUL brides . . . and then, invites WPS member photographers to come out and photograph them all. BUT -- there is a catch -- as a participating photographer you have only 10 minutes to create 1 perfect shot that showcases all of the participating vendors! Oh, and did I mention that there are a bunch of other photographers working at the same time so, like on any wedding day, that one "must have" spot you picked out when you arrived - yeah, it's probably taken. ;-)
After the event, each participating photographer submits 2 of their favorite images from the night and the vendors vote to choose the winning image. The winning image is distributed to each of the vendors for their use in publication and advertisement, and the winner also receives an awesome prize, too. This year, the lucky winner of Portrait Palooza received a $100 gift card! Woo Hoo!
* * * *Portrait Palooza was held at The Oaks at Salem (www.theoaksatsalem.com) in Apex. April Maness, (Owner/Coordinator), has been a great supporter of local photographers and the WPS, and we we were truly honored that she agreed to host us in her lovely home/venue! Thank you, April!
We were also extremely grateful to several other wonderful vendors who offered their time, talents and/or products to help make Portrait Palooza 2013 a huge success. I really don't have enough words to express my gratitude to each and every one of them. Please take some time to visit each of these generous vendor's websites, and - if you have the good fortune to work with any of these talented people at a wedding or event, then be sure to tell them how much they're loved by the WPS!!! :-)
Watered Garden Florist -- www.wateredgardenflorist.com
Ginger Mullins (make-up & hair) -- www.gingermullins.com
Ashley Bromirski (make-up) -- www.radiantbeautybyashley.com
Brad Matthews (FJ Wescott Representative - lighting)
Songbirds Consignment Boutique (Katy) -- www.facebook.com/songbirds.consignments
Kissing Toad Productions (Hope) -- www.kissingtoad.com
* * * *Ok. But seriously. The reason you're here is to see the images, so without any further delay . . . please enjoy the Top 5 images from this year's Portrait Palooza:
FIFTH PLACE -- Erin Costa (Erin Costa Photography)
Judges' Comments: No one ever shoots the golf cart. / We love the pose. / Pose is unnatural.
FOURTH PLACE -- Joe Payne (Joe Payne Photography)
Judges' Comments: We love the reflection. / Does not show the venue, but it is a great portrait.
THIRD PLACE -- Rachel Abi (Rachel Abi Photography)
Judges' Comments: We love the boat. / Nice fun pose. / A little grainy.
SECOND PLACE -- Les Atkins (Les Atkins Photography)
Judges' Comments: Loved the use of boat. / Elegant. / We would loved to have seen the main house in the image.
and, the WINNER of the 2013 Portrait Palooza is . . . .
FIRST PLACE -- Joe Payne (Joe Payne Photography)
Judges' Comments: Love the shot of the house. / Wish we could see bride better.
A HUGE congratulations to Joe Payne for producing the winning image!! Way to go, Joe!
* * * *Thank you to all the photographers that came out and participated in Portrait Palooza - I know September is a CRAZY month for a lot of us, so having your participation was very much appreciated. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
And, if you missed out on Portrait Palooza this time around, don't worry - it'll be back in 2014 - and, probably a little earlier in the year, so be sure to keep an eye on the Calendar and the WPS Facebook page for a springtime announcement . . . !!!