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Grand Imaging Award 2019 finalists named by Professional Photographers of America

8.13.2018 News

Professional Photographers of America has announced the Grand Imaging Award finalists for 2019.The 100 finalists' images have been deemed the best of the 2018 PPA International Photographic Competition. The Grand Imaging Award finalists, 10 each in 10 categories, were selected from 5,200 entries judged by a panel of 32 jurors.At Imaging USA 2019, the top three photographers in each category will receive awards, with one of the 10 first-place images taking the overall Grand Imaging Award and... Continue Reading >

Truth in beauty: Portraits that test expectations and start conversations


June 2018 issue Profiles

Joy. The word jumps to mind when talking with Kahran Bethencourt, half of the powerhouse couple behind Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photography. Mere seconds into the conversation, and it’s obvious Kahran is doing what she’s meant to do. She and her husband, Regis, have traveled the world photographing children and families, using their images to celebrate tone and texture, pulling what is often marginalized into full focus. Their aim is to capture the individuality, diversity, and nuances... Continue Reading >

Wow the kids with photos made into coloring pages


May 2018 issue News

When child and family portrait photographer Melissa Klein hand delivers albums and prints to a client’s home, she adds a little something extra to the package: coloring pages and a box of crayons. She makes the coloring pages in Photoshop using photos from the session.The process is simple, she explains: Open the black-and-white or color photo in Photoshop; under Filter, go to Sketch; and under Sketch, click Photocopy. Adjust the detail and the dark and light areas a bit, and you’ll have... Continue Reading >

Authentic child portraiture, dirt and all


December 2017 issue Profiles

It’s dirty work, and there’s nothing to smile about. Such is portrait-making truth for Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, whose black-and-white fine art images of children follow a recipe: Get them dirty, tell them not to smile, and aim for authenticity. “That word ‘authentic’ resonates in everything I do,” says the Reno, Nevada-based photographer.© Pete RezacAt his Imaging USA workshop “Black-and-White Children’s Character Portraits” in Nashville, Tennessee, next month,... Continue Reading >

Pete Rezac: Anatomy of an Image


December 2017 issue Tech

© Pete RezacPhotographer: Pete Rezac, M.Photog., Cr., CPPDate: September 8, 2017Location: Pete Rezac Photography Studio, Reno, NevadaSubject: Pete Rezac’s son dressed as musician SlashCircumstances: Halloween costumeEquipment: Nikon D750 Camera, Nikon 85mm 1.4D Lens, Studio Titan camera stand, Sekonic 758dr light meter, Paul C. Buff lighting and modifiers, medium softbox key light, strip box for separation light, 20-degree grid with barn doors for background light, 60-inch... Continue Reading >

“Disastrous” Santa sessions a hit with clients


November 2017 issue Business

Jeff Roffman Taps Into a Profitable (and Hilarious) NicheFive years ago, Jeff Roffman held his first Santa day at his Atlanta studio. It was a modest event with about 15 sessions. Almost every kid cried.Chalking it up as a failed experiment, Roffman readied himself to move on when he began getting feedback from the parents. They loved the photos. In fact, about halfway through the following year, clients started asking if he was doing them again. So he did, hosting another Santa day at the... Continue Reading >

How Jeff Roffman’s hilarious Santa portraits went viral


10.25.2017 Business

Jeff Roffman’s first couple years of Santa photos were a disaster—or so he thought. After dozens of shoots, most of the images were of kids crying.So Roffman did something different. Rather than shuffling those images away as outtakes, he shared them online. After all, they were real. He dubbed the collection of photos “The Naughty List,” and put them up on his website and on social media.The parents loved them. Many of the images went viral on social media. Last year alone, Roffman... Continue Reading >
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