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Sandra Burns of September Blue Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.
Massapequa, NY – Sandra Burns of September Blue Photography in Massapequa, NY was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2019 International Photographic Competition. Burns’ work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, January 19-21, 2020. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.
A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,200 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,654 images were selected for the General Collection and 625 (roughly 12 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book by Marathon Press.
The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. Burns was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in her entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other. In 2019, she was one of only 170 Bronze Medalists.
Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.
Contact: Sandra Burns
Engaging your subject for genuine expressions | Long Island Child & Family Photographer | September Blue Photography
I can spot a fake smile. We moms know our kids’ fake smiles and we know them well. “Don’t smile like that, give her your real smile!” I know a child well-trained to give the photographer a “cheese” smile when I see one. But my goal is to always get a genuine smile and real expressions (even if they aren’t smiles). You get that by engaging your subject. I was culling this session and came across a set of frames that were a good example of how I got Andrew to give me that REAL, melt-your-heart smile.
And as I started writing this blog post, I realized…this little series illustrates two other points very well:
1 – Ever wonder why your photographer may fire off dozens if not hundreds of frames at your session, but you probably see quite a bit less in your final gallery? We keep the absolute best and ditch the rest. Out of focus, blurry, under exposed, over exposed, eyes half closed, funky expressions…those go without saying but then there’s the images taken purely for the value of warming up your subject. Getting them used to hearing that shutter click. Getting them interacting even as your face, and your eyes are constantly disappearing behind that big black thing in front of your face. Ever try having a conversation with someone checking their cell phone? You kind of check out too, right? It’s probably similar to how a child feels when being photographed.
2 - This is why when someone says “I really just need ONE GOOD picture” or “just a FEW pics” it really doesn’t make sense. It’s always hard to explain why it just doesn’t work that way. It takes time, energy, effort and work to get to that ONE GOOD picture. Not just one press of the shutter in the perfect location with the perfect light. One picture? Sure. One GOOD picture…ah… takes alot more. The MORE is why you want it in the first place. Thanks for reading!
Back in April, I hosted a 1 on 1 newborn workshop with and for another local photographer (Tatiana of www.tinyclicksphotography.com) and I fell in love… with macro. Now - I’ve always tried to capture those sweet little baby parts and I’ve always loved them (especially baby feet, love baby feet!) but I never knew love like this before. And this first image was the shot that made me fall in love… As you might have guessed, a Nikkor 105mm 2.8 VR has found a permanent home in my camera bag! Below you will find baby Colin and baby Maja, our two adorable workshop models.
That’s what this maternity session was all about. K & K’s connection was so easy to see and this mama to be’s connection to their soon-to-arrive baby girl was clearly there. Her confidence, happiness, and pregnancy glow were all there. And I loved capturing it.
Look at that beautiful, luscious head of hair! What else is there to say… Seriously, I was mesmorized by her hair… I’ve never seen that much hair on a little tiny baby. So thick and luxurious. Lucky girl. Beautiful hair and biteable chubbiness.
I have to admit – I’ve been very lucky lately with some older newborns. This little 18 day old girl was awake for awhile but she was so content and alert that she was practically posing for me. I couldn’t get over it. She was staring right at me. Practically smiling… she was smiling with her eyes, I could tell Eventually she gave in and fell into a blissful sleep for some snuggly poses.