I’m in the top 4.5% in the Shoot & Share 2019 Photo Contest?

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Will the wonders never cease?

I received an email this afternoon telling me that one or more of my 40 photos that I submitted to the Shoot & Share 2019 Photo Contest was favorite-ed in Round 11. That means that I still have a chance to be a winner if I can make it all the way through Round 12 tomorrow!

 

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I finally came across one of my photos in Round 11! Mine is the shot from the Orange County Fair.

 

The way this contest works is that it is “Completely Free and Fair”.

A lot of times photographers with a HUGE number of social media followers will tell their followers to go and vote for their photos in whatever contest they’ve entered. That gives people with HUGE influence a HUGE chance to sweep the contest. But, this photo contest is completely different. It is totally free, nobody has to pay to enter, and you don’t have to sell tickets to get more votes. Photographers can enter up to 50 photos into 25 different categories. My name is never displayed during voting so only people who closely follow my Instagram even recognize my photos. And even then, since I like to attend group shoot-outs, up to 12 photographers may have taken the same or similar photo. That means that “each photo is judged on its own merit and every photo is given equal opportunity to be voted on. It is displayed the same number of times to the voters as any other, so every photo is in the running.”

 

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One of my friends saw my photo of cutie Journey in Round 11!

 

That means “It’s All About the Photos”

This is a super unique contest. As they say “It’s not about one photographers popularity vs. anothers or the ability to rally social media for votes. It’s not about your financial ability to pay for more entries to flood the photo pool.” Seeing my friends photos in the contest has been incredibly exciting, because I know how hard they work and they deserve the recognition.

 

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I have terrible Imposter Syndrome, which means that I never feel like I’m measuring up. Can you imagine my surprise when I found out that I’m still in the running?  I’m super excited because even if I don’t win one of the prizes, just to know that my work was in the top 4.5% of the remaining 26,458 photos is such a big deal for me.

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One of my friends saw my photo of Maddie (bottom left) at the beginning of the contest

Someone loves me!

I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful work from other photographers. From People Portraits, to Weddings, to Landscapes and even a category for Phone Photos and 21 other categories, there has been so much talent and so much inspiration. This was my first year entering the contest and to know that my photos were getting voted on from a starting pool of 583,150 photos was so overwhelming. But every couple of days I would get an email that someone had favorite-ed one of my pics and it made my heart soar! To date my photos have been chosen as someones favorite 71 times. OMG, I’m just going to take a moment to let that sink in. I mean, most days I kind of like my photos a little but to know that other people cared enough to click on that little heart MEANS SO MUCH!!!

 

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them but you know they're always there.

 

Learning to use my Nikon camera, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop has given me some serious challenges and sleepless nights. But, I’m so thankful for my group of photography friends who have been there for me when I get into a tight spot and need their sage advice. And I couldn’t have done it without my biggest cheerleaders by my side; my husband Phil and my kids, Savannah and Trevor. No matter what happens or what doesn’t happen for me in the contest, I’m so happy to have been a part of it and to be among such a tremendous group of talented photographers.

Thank you Pink Ombre

 

Published in La Belle Kidz Fashion Magazine!

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I’m so excited to have my photo of adorable actress and model Journey Christine published in the Winter 2018 issue of La Belle Kidz & Teen Fashion Magazine.  I’m filled with gratitude to have my photography featured in such a stunning publication and so thankful to La Belle Kidz for the opportunity.

 

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Journey Christine is featured as a La Belle Fav Model and I’m so happy for her. I was lucky to meet five year old Journey Christine in September. After talking to her mom about my plan for the shoot I found the perfect dress from Biscotti and designed a Beyonce-inspired floral crown for Journey to wear. Not only is Journey absolutely adorable but she has the most charming personality. She flitted from tree to tree, like a precocious little pixie, in a gorgeous park in Pasadena, California and worked her magic for the camera. The results were stunning and I’m so thrilled for her continued success.

 

To learn more about Journey Christine, visit her on Instagram and see all of the incredible work she’s already done for Disney, Honda, Walmart, Kohl’s, Home Depot and other top companies.

Published in Avant Garde Magazine

 

Our cover model, Nicole Fitzgerald

On a cloudy and pale July morning we set out to capture images of the mysterious Lady of the Lake.

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The warmth of Summer held us in its languid embrace and the wildness of the wetlands enveloped us in enchantment.

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With a smoldering look and the hint of mystery in her eye, the Lady of the Lake withheld all of her secrets from us.

 

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The Enchantress beckoned us to come closer.

 

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From the wetlands we moved on to a nearby pool and created magic as the sun rose hot and high in the sky.

 

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I always love to see Behind the Scenes photos so I can see the scene from the perspective of someone else.

 

I’m so grateful to this team that I had the privilege of working with and especially thankful to Hair Stylist, Nicole Martin and Fashion Designer, Kasha Faye for inviting me to be a part of this collaboration. I’ve been officially published in a print magazine,  the August 2018 issue of Avant Garde Magazine, and I have this amazing team to thank! I feel so lucky to know so many talented artists and to be able to create this beautiful shoot, surrounded by a talented fashion designer, a hairstylist who transforms models tresses during New York Fashion Week and my friend, Emmy Award Winning Make Up Artist Margaux Lancaster, was a dream come true. The model, Nicole Fitzgerald, is a delightful soul and we recently got together to take some lifestyle and fitness shots of her and I can’t wait to share them!  And I feel so thankful that my husband, Phil Barker, came along on the shoot and was my photography assistant and runner. Thank you, everyone!

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Fashion Designer: @kashafaye
Photographer: @christinebarkerphotography
Hair: @nicolemartinhair
Makeup: @margauxlynlancaster
Model: @nicolejeneanefitness
Floral: @LyndaBYoung
Photography Assistant: @pbarker21