Have you ever wondered how images are judged?
Come join us for our Accreditation Judging Event! Follow along as our qualified judges provide critique and suggestions for improvement on our most recent APNPI Accreditation Submissions. Learn invaluable tips to improve your imagery from industry experts with an eye for detail.
On Tuesday, October 20 we’ll be airing our pre-recorded Accreditation Judging Event. You’ll have access to the replays for 24 hours.
Best of luck to all of our members who have submitted for this round of Accreditations!
Bryan is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fonthill, Canada. In 2014, he was awarded his Masters of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest Canadian photographers to receive this level of achievement. Bryan is the lead content creator at SproutingPhotographer.com and the host of the Sprouting Photographer Podcast. He teaches at workshops across North America, including industry-leading conventions and conferences such as WPPI, Shutterfest and Canada Photo Convention. Bryan is also the CEO and Founder of Sprout Studio.
“When I am presented with an image to judge, the first thing I’m subconsciously aware of is the obvious – the image’s initial impact.It doesn’t stop there, but it’s where I start. That isn’t to say that a low-impact image would score low or that a high-impact image would score high. It’s just the starting point, and that gut reaction forms the baseline.From there, it’s an investigative journey. It’s a more conscious exploration. I let the image guide my eyes as I observe elements such as subject matter, emotional impact, storytelling, composition, lighting and colour.Depending on what I’m judging for (accreditation, image competition, etc.) and the guidelines for what is acceptable and the pre-defined standards, I add or subtract points, mentally, from the image.”
Charmekia is a maternity, newborn and family photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a wife, mom to two beautiful children and takes pride in being an Air Force Veteran. She’s been a professional photographer for nearly 4 years and has always had a love for photography but quickly gravitated more towards newborns. It’s truly been an amazing journey perfecting her craft. Being a newborn photographer has brought her more joy than she thought she could ever have with a career.
“In the imagery, I am always looking for emotion. As photographers, we can all take beautiful images but without emotion it’s just an image. I need to feel the emotion. That’s what’s captivates and grabs my attention.“
Jessica specializes in creating maternity, newborn, and family portraits that are soft, natural, and that capture authentic emotion and connection. Her relaxed lifestyle approach and fine attention to detail ensure clients are photographed in a manner that is comfortable while producing images that are flattering and timeless. Whether in her cozy Toronto studio or on location, her full service approach helps her clients feel completely taken care of from the moment they book their session to the moment their art is in their hands or on their walls.
“Images that catch my eye have a clear colour story as well as attention paid to technical details like cropping, temperature, and thoughtful use of light and shadows. When all of these elements are in harmony, they disappear into the background and I’m able to see and appreciate what the photographer intended to convey in the image.”
Angelica Lawson–Sam is a published portrait artist specializing in Newborn, Maternity and Baby’s First Year portraiture in in Houston, Tx. She owns and operates A Little Taste of Heaven Photography, a full-service portrait studio. In addition to operating her studio full time, she is a educator and mentor. Sharing her knowledge of newborn safety, photography and business is her passion, and she feels extremely blessed to help encourage growth and education in the industry. She appreciates the people met, the stories told, the hours kept, and the capturing of some of life’s greatest milestones.
“The most important elements of a quality portrait is the ability of the photograph to communicate with the viewer. It should have good composition, lighting, and most importantly an in-focus subject matter.”