Jan
3rd

Winning Sucks. A personal struggle with fine art photography submissions

I didn’t realize it at the time; believe me, it felt amazing.  A few years ago I started submitting to fine art gallery calls for submission, and other well respected photography competitions.  When I received the email indicating my image was a finalist and would published in the Camera Obscura journal, I was taken aback.  Flabbergasted.  But, with this success,  I was motivated to research more opportunities and submit more.  The next few months I feverishly pursued personal projects.  I took pictures of road kill, roosters, snow, street scenes, teenagers in angst, and every moment of inspired juxtaposition I came across.  I was in love with fine art photography, and with each submission and each new acceptance, new fuel was added to the fire burning strong.  I had been eyeing for some time the Centre for Fine Art Photography, watching their calls for submission, and finally found the courage to submit to this Holy Grail of fine art photography.  When my winning acceptance email came with the specs to send my work to be displayed, I was over the moon.  I felt like this was undeniable validation that I had a voice that others related to, possibly understood.  I prepared the image, and though I had not attended any gallery openings before, I desperately wanted to attend this one.  I looked through pictures of different gallery openings, with smiling people holding wine glasses, and I panicked.  I am not beautiful, I have no tattoos, piercings, dreads or other creative bodily display.  I am not young. I am not old.  I am not male.  I am an overweight middle aged female with highlighted hair, children and a van.  I am not interesting.  And I couldn’t bring myself to attend.  I thought, this is something to work on, maybe next time.  And then the next call for submission came across my desktop, and I began to think about my run of success…almost 100% success, now more than a few handfuls of submissions…and I was frozen with fear.  This time, I wouldn’t be chosen.  And losing never mattered before, but suddenly it did.  To the point it prevented me from even submitting.  I just knew, deep down, that I was going to be found out for the middle aged boring hack that I was, and I couldn’t push past this.   At first, it didn’t change my passion for shooting personally.  I found I could work through thoughts, fears, desires, and struggles with my camera.  I created ugly images, beautiful images, images inspired by poetry, images inspired by dreams.  But, with each submission, I couldn’t press the submit button.  I watched as names I knew, respected colleagues, newbies making names for themselves, and artists I admired and revered would show up for chosen artists:  Alpana Aras-King, Stacie Turner, Deb Schwedhelm to name a few.  And I was excited for them.  And I sent congratulations.  And I continued to not submit.  And slowly, I stopped shooting personal projects.  I had every reason in the world for this.  Life was insanely busy, my portrait business was booming, my walls needed painted….but I felt like some part of me had been severed.  And this amputated part was what I feared I didn’t have…the interesting part of me.  So, my greatest fear was successfully achieved without one denial letter to cause it to happen.  I had done it to myself.

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“We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.”  Fulton Oursler

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Sep
7th

Signature and Simplicity Session comparison | Saclolo Photography

Saclolo Photography offers Signature and Simplicity sessions for clients.  Below is a Signature and Simplicity Session comparison for client’s trying to decide which session is the best fit for them.

Signature sessions are approached artistically.  I consider each image as I would one I submit to a museum or professional competition; I want creative and intricate compositions and lighting scenarios and an emphasis on story-telling.  Editing is an extension of my vision.  Color enhancement, background alterations, advanced skin and eye enhancement, liquifying (getting rid of bra straps, a slight tummy bulge, etc.).  My signature clients appreciate art, want one of a kind images, often have a creative vision they desire executed, know quality professional art portraiture and can see the difference, and want the best.  Many of my signature images have been featured in juried gallery shows, blogs, calendars, art books, etc.

Simplicity sessions are geared toward creating a great portrait.  In order to offer our clients a budget friendly option, my focus is on composing a quality portrait in a single location that I can edit simply and and offer a great product at a great price.  Saclolo Photography’s Simplicity clients recognize and desire great professional portraiture, but need to work within a limited budget, or are our Signature session clients that want a simpler session in between the biggies (for example, they will have an annual fall family session, but will opt to have a few Simplicity sessions with the kids throughout the year).

Here are links to compare session options

Signature and Simplicity Portrait Sessions

Signature Weddings 

Simplicity Weddings 

 

Although these were real sessions, and styled accordingly, here are some side-by-side comparisons of sample editing.

This is a Signature session and the finished image.

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If I were to edit it for a Simplicity session, it would look more like this.

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And here is the image straight from the camera for reference.

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This next session was a Simplicity Session.  This is the image the client received in her collection.

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And here would be a signature edit would look like.

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Here are some more examples of Signature Session images:

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And here are some more examples of Simplicity Session Images

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Give me a call or shoot me an email to book the session that best meets your needs.  479-426-0200 stephanie@saclolophotography.com   I look forward to working with you!

 

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Aug
2nd

Back to School Sessions Rogers Arkansas child professional photographer

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Whether you are a Bentonville Tiger, a Rogers Mountie, a Heritage War Eagle a Neosho Wildcat or more, we know that our Arkansas and Missouri clients have class and have spirit!!   It is back to school time at Saclolo Studios, and we  hasve apples, and old wooden school desks, chalkboards globes and more…..oh, and LOTS of cute ideas for creating the perfect keepsake of your family.  Back to school is the perfect time to record and celebrate milestones.   Getting a grade older is exciting, and we are ready to have some fun with you.

Come visit us in your favorite new school outfit,  your University or Arkansas or Mizzou gear, or your own school team wear for an indoor studio or outdoor session filled with fun and memories…. we’ll even let you wear Oklahoma…maybe : ).  For luxe sessions, we have many accessories and some clothing options as well including Persnickety, Gap, Matilda Jane, Janie and Jack and more.

Luxe sessions begin at 125 and simplicity begin at 25.  Complete session details here: http://www.saclolophotography.com/blog/session-options-2/

Email stephanie@saclolophotography.com or Text/Call 479-426-0200 to schedule a session time.

Saclolo Photography is a complete service portrait studio.  Saclolo Photography has won numerous national and international awards for creative, fine art portrait photography.   Stephanie and her staff are committed to providing a great experience, personal service, and amazing photography.  Our clients are discerning and know and appreciate a quality product.  We understand that there are many photographers to choose from in today’s market, and we offer you the best.

 

 

 

 

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