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Andy and Angie Wood (Top 350 Wedding Photographers in the World)

Thursday, December 10, 2009 Posted in Denver Wedding Photography

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We have been invited to a new association of photographers.  I will post more when the site is launched. This group is invitation only and was selected from a highly selective list of over 5000  wedding photographers around the world.  The selection and invitation was sent to 350 photographers from around the planet.  The panel of photographers on the Review board included  David Beckstead, Ben Chrisman, Del Sol Photography (Matt Adcock and Sol Tamargo), Glen Johnson, Anna Kuperberg, Crash Taylor, and David Ziser.

We are so honored and humbled to be included in this list of talented photographers from around the world.

  • Charles Nard Really cool. You deserve this all this success, you have earned it. I am proud of you guys. 12.07.09, 07:30PM
  • Brittany N Kicking butt around the world huh? Guess colorado got too small.Congrats guys, we need to get together soon. 12.07.09, 09:09PM
  • Tyner That is so impressive you two. Congratulations 12.07.09, 10:07PM
  • David Parlor Brilliant team 12.08.09, 12:28PM
  • Shelia We knew this a long time ago that is why we hired you. Cant wait 12.08.09, 02:23PM
  • T Top 350 in the world nice work 12.10.09, 01:54AM
  • Crash Taylor You guys deserve it. Hope you're well. Crash 12.10.09, 04:59AM
  • andy Thanks crash and for the nominations 12.10.09, 06:02AM
  • Lisa Congrats you guys! We always knew it but now you can prove it!! 12.10.09, 08:52PM
  • R. J. Right on!!! You're the first of Denver Photographers that I've heard that have signed up. Sounds like we're in good company:) 12.12.09, 10:00PM
  • Mike Novelli Congrats!! 12.14.09, 09:34PM
  • andy Thanks Mike.. 12.14.09, 09:50PM
  • Chelse You belong there! 12.16.09, 10:32AM
  • andy Thanks Chelse 12.16.09, 12:15PM
  • Kay Beaton Congratulations - your work is beautiful - and so inspiring! Keep up the great work! 12.18.09, 08:55PM
  • andy Appreciate the kind words Kay 12.18.09, 09:11PM
  • beth wow, congratulations! I loooove Denver AND your work! always neat to see a husband and wife team tearing things up! 12.19.09, 09:31PM
  • andy rock on beth 12.20.09, 02:23PM
  • Patti Wallington (Niagara Falls wedding planner) What a great honor to be listed as "one of the best" - your work certainly backs that up, your pictures are excellent. Congrats!! 01.03.10, 06:23PM
  • Joe Woot! Congrats. Inspire++ 01.11.10, 01:57PM
  • andy thanks joe 01.13.10, 02:38PM
  • Ginny Corbett It was great connecting with you and Angie at lunch the other day. I hope we stay in touch. 01.13.10, 09:06PM
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12 Awards from WPPI for Andy and Angie Wood

Thursday, December 10, 2009 Posted in Colorado Wedding Photographer

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we had received 12 more Accolades of Excellence from WPPI.  I also again wanted to thank our wonderful clients for participating in these images.   It takes a lot of trust sometimes to make these images.  You give us the support and Inspiration for these images.

Entering Competitions has been one of the most helpful things we have ever done in our career as photographers.  The next would be teaching at Arapahoe Community College and other professional photographers.  The whole process of competitions is an exercise in deliberate practice, which I believe is the best way to become better at photographer.  

1.  Picking which prints will be submitted for competition.  (Sounds easy but this is one of the hardest parts).  The learning is in how you are choosing.  We typically take prints and ask for feedback from both professional photographers as well as those that have no training.  Both opinions can be valuable if interpreted correctly.  We have a friend with no formal training, and who is not a photographer that is correct on scores more than anyone else we know including ourselves.  Whether or not something is submitted is not the point you are getting feedback and having to work through critique.  In the end there is no right or wrong answer, just what you think.

2.  Printing the selections. Sounds easy right?  Send it off to the lab and have it printed.  WPPI prints are viewed under guidlines and each room, every time is setup the same way.  If you understand how it will be viewed you may change the way it is printed.  Using different papers, printing a little darker to make sure detail is not washed out.  You can learn a lot when you working a photograph for the way it will be viewed.  It is not unheard of for me to print some entries 4 times to make sure I have it correct.  

3.  The 16×20 competition takes place at WPPI Las Vegas Convention and Trade Show.  The judging is open to photographers and takes place usually 3 days.  Even if you don’t submit anything you should attend one of these for a few hours.  The conversation about others prints will be enlightening to your own work.  Maybe the photographer uses to heavy of a vignette or processing.  Maybe they should have used a different lighting pattern or removed distracting items from the final print.  There are very few places you can learn this much by just listening.  The judges at the competitions are the Best in the Industry.  The practitioners that have won awards, write books, and constantly amaze the photographic community.

4.  The most important step.  Learning from what you have submitted.  WPPI has started adding comments to the score sheets sent back to the photographer.  I said this is the most important part because you may not always agree with the judges, and that is ok.  The learning is in working through critique and coming out the other side with a better understanding of what you know.  You are not in competition with others just with yourself.  Atleast this has always been my opinion.

Volkner wrote “Don’t bother being better than your predecessors and contemporaries, just try and be better than yourself”

 

ILLUMINATION OF PRINTS
Your prints will be viewed by the light of two 250-watt quartz-halogen lights set at 45 degrees to a rotating print easel. There are no other lights on in the print rooms. It is advisable to view your entries under similar lighting conditions before submitting.

 












For the photographers here are some of the things that WPPI is looking for.

 

3. WHAT JUDGES LOOK FOR

The judges base their scores on a combination of the following qualities: creativity, impact, storytelling, technical excellence, lighting, posing, expression, print quality, and composition.
First, second and third place awards are chosen as follows:

All prints scoring 85 or above in each category are set aside during the judging process. Once the judging is completed in the category, the audience is asked to leave the room. The print handlers then display those prints for the judges to review without exposure to the scores. At that time, the winners are chosen but may not be the highest scoring images in the category. The Grand Award for each division is then chosen from the first place category winners .

TECHNICAL ASPECTS
• Highest quality technical execution.
• Proper exposure for the mood and subject matter pictured.
• Flawless presentation—excellent spotting, retouching and finishing technique with clean, professional mounting and/or matting.

COMPOSITION AND POSING
• Is the placement and arrangement of subject matter well handled?
• Is the posing believable and flattering?
• Are the finer points of the posing (hands and feet, for example) well handled?


CREATIVITY

• A fresh and imaginative approach to the subject matter.

IMPACT
• Does the photograph have strong visual appeal?
• What elements hold the viewer’s eye within the confines of the print?
• Is the visual approach special or unique?
• Does the image “grab and hold” the judges’ attention?

STYLE
• What makes the photograph different from other entries? What makes it stand out?
• Is the image unique? Does it possess individuality and originality?

PRESENTATION TIPS
• Use of creative mounting can enhance the impact of your photograph.
• Matting or submount colors should enhance and modify the print image.
• Print presentation should be flawless; mounting, spotting, retouching, matting, etc.
• Mounting and presentation techniques should never overpower your print.
• Prints previously submitted to other print competitions usually show signs of wear and tear—bent corners or scratches in the print surface, etc. Judges are expecting to see original, pristine presentations and will deduct from the scores of damaged or worn prints.

 

NOTE: You may not re-enter a print entry from a prior Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition. Your photograph will be disqualified if detected. You may, however, enter images previously entered in WPPI’s 8×10 competitions.

DATE OF ORIGIN
Images submitted must have been created within the last 24 months of the closing date of the competition.

LIGHTING
• Mastery of the lighting with a full range of highlights, shadows and midtones with detail throughout.
• Good modeling and three-dimensionality of subject features.
• Does the light create a mood?

COMMUNICATION VALUES
• Does the print communicate a message or story, or impart information in a visually interesting way?
• Does the image design support the subject matter?
• A strong storytelling statement should be apparent.

PRINT QUALITY
• Excellent range of tones and optimal print contrast
• Color fidelity and true color quality of skin and subject tones.
• “Unnoticeable” burning and dodging or other print manipulations.

TITLES
• Titles are no longer required; however we would request that Untitled 1, Untitled 2, or a similar type of identification be used in order to help with identifying the image.

CATEGORY CHOICE
• WPPI has many different categories in which a print may be entered. Choose the most appropriate one.
• WPPI will not move your prints to a different category, so choose carefully.

Here is the link to our original blog post about WPPI Awards

  • Megn Wow! You two are so amazing! These shot's are breathtaking! I can look at your pictures over and over and I still find something new each time :) 12.11.09, 10:39AM
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Booking Procedures (Wedding Photos)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 Posted in Denver Wedding Photography

One of the hardest parts of this job is making sure that we keep our booking procedures fair for everyone.  Some photographers , if they have two couples for a date will pick or take the wedding with the higher dollar amount or better venue.  We don’t ever want to play favorites or get in uncomfortable situations for anyone.  We will never call a client  and tell them someone is looking at their date.  We don’t want to pressure anyone, we want you to get the photographer that is the best fit for you and your wedding.  The reason I post this is sometimes our policy of no pressure and first come first serve isn’t always fair, but its the closest answer we have for two people wanting the same date.

 

Things we have done to help make it fair.  If you ask or call we will tell if you someone else is looking at a date.  Again you can ask, but we will never call and pressure you.

Here is an instance were we feel bad, but there is no way around the problem.

  • Couple 1 calls a month ahead and sets a date to come into the studio.  They choose a Saturday.
  • Three days before the Saturday meeting another Couple II inquires for the same date and makes an appointment for Friday.
  • Couple II goes home and decides they want to book.  They call the morning of Saturday with a deposit.

You wouldn’t think things like this happen very often, but Murphy’s law dictates that it actually happens quit often with every possible set of circumstances.  The best advice, I can give is.  If you are meeting with a bunch of photographers and are not sure which one to go with don’t worry about this , but if you have gone through websites and blogs and you know this is the vendor for you don’t wait.  This advice goes for Wedding Planners, DJ, Cinematographers.  The talented vendors in colorado book up fast.

  • Mike Novelli Great post! I hate when that happens and you don't know what's the 'fair' thing to do. I liked reading your perspective :) 01.01.10, 08:05PM
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Family Portaits Denver Colorado

Monday, December 07, 2009 Posted in family portraits

We just love and look forward to taking these pictures every year. The photos are for books they give there familys as christmas presents. JB and Eric are brothers and these are there family’s. Each year we pick a different theme and a different place to shoot. This is the first half of the family pictures. We will share the activity they chose in the second half of the photographs. Its a lot of fun to see the family’s we photograph as they grow and get older.

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An analog shot not digital.  Taken from a “Toy Camera”

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The kids just hanging out

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Everyone likes to misbehave for a few shots

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Time to get your family photo in the middle of the street.  Its totally normal guys:)

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Wonder which shoes are Dads?

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JB and his daughter in some beautiful light

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Molly being just to darn cute

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Molly and her dad Jb laughing during the portraits

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The barnes family in colorado posing for family portraits 

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Eric and his two boys Logan and Trever

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A collection of Family Portraits taken with a Toy Camera.  Polaroid, Analog fun

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  • Kelli and Bill Nixon Love the shot of Molly by the window and the shot on the swings. (love others, but those two really struck us as we scrolled through your blog) 12.07.09, 11:20PM
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