Each year Canada Photo Convention names the best 30 wedding photographers under 30 across the country, and yesterday morning, with a little red Facebook notification I woke up in the ranks of some extremely talented shooters (this year, as well as past), some of who I call my friends, and some who’s work I’ve admired for years.
I’m so damn pleased to be a part of that list. Actually pleased doesn’t really accurately describe it. Exultant is better. I feel Triumphantly happy.
Industry awards are like the extra icing on a cake that really doesn’t need any extra, but you’re feeling like a sugar high that afternoon so the icing is like tasty gold. Unnecessary but delicious. I love photographing, creating, and crafting a tangible memory for the people I work for. I love meeting new people, the travel, and the new perspectives photography as brought into my life. I’d love what I am doing recognition or not, and because of that it seems ridiculous to say that being recognized in the Top 30 this year has given me such a strong sense of validation I didn’t know I was missing.
The Canada Photo Convention asks you to put yourself forward to be evaluated by your peers (the contest was judged by three of last years winners), and by photographers that demand a certain quality of work from themselves. It isn’t easy to put yourself out there, and the work I knew I would be up against made it harder. I’m so glad I did though, the recognition has allowed me permission to feel like after four years with my head down working, I’m where I should be, and I have a place at the table as a photographer.
Below I tried to pick a handful of photos that illustrate exactly how I’m feeling inside.
My work will always be a collaboration with the people I work for in combination with maybe a little serendipity; so it would be impossible to finish this post without thanking every couple I’ve worked for in the last four years, being named in the Top 30 Under 30, which I’m exultant about, would have been impossible without you.
To check the rest of the winners from coast to coast you can click over to the Canada Photo Convention’s page: Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Wedding Photographers (and just worth a mention 22 of 30 names this year are of women. Rock on girls, its great to see equality in action!)