Inspiration Leads to Growth… Photography Franchise Personal Project Challenge!

Published on July 16, 2018

This summer we decided to have a personal project challenge.  Every year I try to photograph something just for me.  It’s not for a client, so I’m able to be completely creative and execute my vision.  It’s a time to stretch my skills and creativity.   I grow as a photographer each time I complete a personal project, so this year I challenged my fellow ‘Spoiled Rotten’ Photographers to a personal project competition… and the results are awesome!   I’m so proud of my fellow professional photographers, and I know this exercise caused them to grow as a photographer… something we vowed to do when we signed on with Spoiled Rotten Photography.   

Vote for your favorite project!

For FUN, the winning photographer will receive a $50 Amazon gift card (and a year’s worth of bragging rights)  So without further ado, here are the projects.  Please vote for your favorite by Sunday July 22nd at 10pm!

Presenting our 2018 Personal Projects…

Name:  Heather Sams
Franchise Location:  Colorado Springs
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Relationships and the moments we share
What is your theme?:  Capturing the connection
Image Title:  To Have and to Hold

Name:  Melissa Tash
Franchise Location:  Huntsville, AL
What was your inspiration for this image?:  I saw an image by Melanie Jasmin that intrigued me.  It was a little boy with yellow hair and a yellow background, wearing yellow, with a lemon and a sour look on his face.  My daughter’s color is orange… I knew she would look amazing with her orange hair on an orange backdrop, holding an orange, and looking cute… a sharp contrast to the feeling of the inspiration image, but using the same color technique.  
What is your theme?:  Color matched personality
Image Title:  Cutie

Name:  Kim Hoover
Franchise Location:  North Charlotte
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Old black and white movies
What is your theme?:  Sneaking away from the dance to catch lightning bugs.
Image Title:  Tiny Sneaker

Name:  Tracy Sisson
Franchise Location:  Huntsville, AL
What was your inspiration for this image? : Several paintings by abstract artist Casey Matthews, were my inspiration.  She uses layering of mixed media and negative space to create movement and texture.
What is your theme?: “My theme is layering, negative space and movement.  I wanted show the layering effect by creating blurred areas in front of and behind the subject.  Instead of blank negative space, I used the subject as the ‘negative’ space for the layering to move around.”
Image Title:  Sitting Pretty

 

Name:  Megan Bourrell
Franchise Location:  Huntsville, AL
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Enjoying the view
What is your theme?:  Going Home
Image Title:  Serenity

Name:  Joy Thomas
Franchise Location:  Huntsville, AL
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Beach/coffee inspired! Time with friends, resting and renewing!
What is your theme?:  Coffee and Friends
Image Title:  Coffee Makes it Better

Name:  Kara Kellner
Franchise Location:  Birmingham, AL
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Dancing is part of my soul!! Even though I can’t do it anymore, I can get my kicks by living vicariously through my lens.  Photographing dancers gives me the same delight as performing on stage.  Getting that perfect ‘shot’ of a dancer can be compared to nailing the perfect pirouette.
What is your theme?:  Long exposure dance portraits.  Shutter speed was slowed to 2 seconds in order to capture a dancer’s movement through motion blur (rather than out-of-focus blur).
Image Title:  Motion

Name:  Katrina Gatta
Franchise Location:  Cleveland, OH
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Sweet babies.  I want to capture their sweet spirits.
What is your theme?:  New born
Image Title:  Bearly Dreaming

Name:  Elizabeth Bailey
Franchise Location:  Alpharetta
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Lisa Visser.  She creates beautiful, moody, black and white, tween portraits!
What is your theme?:  Black and White Tween portraits.  Mine is not as moody as the inspiration, but I wanted the freckles to show. 
Image Title:  Fearless

Name:  Melissa Guarino
Franchise Location:  Birmingham
What was your inspiration for this image?:  I love to ride around looking at abandoned places.  I like to think about what they used to be or how they looked in their prime.  I love to imagine the character they once had.  I did an entire series of abandoned places in my hometown of Birmingham, including an abandoned hospital.  I decided on this image because the NO TRESPASSING sign made it seem extra “forbidden.”
What is your theme?:  Street Photography, abandoned places, still photography
Image Title:  Days Gone By

Name:  Jackie Kelly
Franchise Location:  Huntsville, AL
What was your inspiration for this image?:  Tom Sierak’s ‘The Audition’
What is your theme?:  Artistic impression of Sierak’s painting
Image Title:  Captive Audience

 

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