People are my least favorite to photograph, but every so often I get a really good shot. It is actually where I started, but then moved on to taking pictures of everything but people, unless someone made a request. People photography is tough because we all have a vision of what we want to look like and it's hardly ever what we see in an image of ourselves. What we see in a mirror and a picture is exactly opposite, hence the reason we never look the way we think we should. For this reason I have chosen to share everything beautiful and non-human around us, with the humans.
With that being said, the image above I did a few years ago of my dad. We were just sitting around right before my graduation and I liked the way the light from outside was hitting him through my dining room and kitchen windows. He worried that he had not shaved yet but I insisted that it was just for fun. What was a shot taken on a whim with no pressure, expectations or money, turned out better than either of us could have anticipated. With this image, which I called ‘Dad’, I went on to win “Best in Show” at the Skills USA Competition in Kansas City in June 2014, right after I graduated with honors, from Dakota County Technical College with a Photography Degree.
After I joined the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2015, ‘Dad’ was entered into a district photo competition where it won a merit. From there it was selected, out of 5700 images, to be one of 2428 accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. ‘Dad’ will be in the International Photographic Exhibition for 2017 alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling to special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
These are some of the best images, the ones in the most unexpected places and times. It was capturing the moment......and a perfect moment it was.
Meet my dad.....pretty handsome fellow. I may be a little biased though.
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