Print Competitions! Howard County Photographer

21 07 2011

Last year I decided to ‘man-up’ and start entering my images in our State competitions.  Nerve racking doesn’t begin to explain how I feel prior to and during the competitions.  For the past couple of years, I’ve sat through many of them as a spectator and it’s amazing what you learn when you hear the Master judge’s critiques and suggestions.  I knew it was time to bite the bullet and go for it.  As much as I learned from being a spectator, I knew I would gain even more knowledge by entering my own images.

So last year, I entered my first image.  My goal was to be awarded a score of 80…..I won’t go into the whole scoring process now, but that was my goal.  I thought I would have to compete several times before reaching that goal, so you can imagine how thrilled I was  when the score was called and it was an 80!   No way! 😀 I went home that night with a blue ribbon!!

And later, in our Annual Competition, I entered this image and received the Kelly Pierce Memorial Award, for Best Portrait of a Child!  I was beyond excited!

Here’s my first entry, titled “Chicks Dig Me”.

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This image is so special to me. Joseph, my adorable subject, is the son of 2 of my favorite people in the universe. Thank you, Sue and Cliff!

Last month, I competed again, still sooooo nerve racking. There were over 90 images submitted!  I found myself feeling like I was in second grade, sitting on my hands with my fingers crossed, avoiding eye contact with the teacher, hoping she doesn’t call on me!! Who does that??
Here is “Golden Statue”. I was thrilled to receive another 80 with beautiful Nahal as my model!  Thank you, Nahal!
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I also entered “Little Big Man” last month and it scored an 80 as well!!  How cute is he?! Thank you, Danielle!
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Now, I’ll back up a few months, I entered more images in another State Print Competition.   I was so excited about the scores and I came home with more awards!  BUT, I’ve got to take a moment to say, that I apologize for not posting these sooner. I really want to celebrate my clients, but it’s difficult for me because I feel like I’m praising myself when I put these up and talk about awards.    While I do want my clients and potential clients to know that I work hard to deliver beautiful, emotional and fun images and I’m continually working to improve, it’s still uncomfortable for me to say “look what I did!”  So for the family members and subjects of these next several images, I’m sorry that I didn’t announce these sooner.

Here are the winning images from a few months ago:

This sweet baby, I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow because she’s on my baby’s first year plan.  The baby to one of my wedding couples, this is “Peaceful on Grandma’s Blanket”. Thank you, KC and John.

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I love this family portrait.  Pete and Mary, two of my oldest (not in age but in # of years that I’ve known them!! 😉 ) friends and it was an amazingly fun time hanging out with them and their handsome boys!

Titled, “A Brilliant Family Perspective”. Thank you, Pete and Mary.

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Sweet, sweet Bella had so much fun at her one year old portrait session and I had a blast with her.  Thank you, Donna and Jeff.

“Ummmm, privacy please!”

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This beautiful little baby girl was the perfect, happy subject, simply titled, “Christmas Baby”  Thank you, Shawn and Brian!

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I will be the first to admit that it is extremely rewarding to be recognized for your work and to win awards.  But, it is even more rewarding to have wonderful clients that trust me to create beautiful and emotionally moving images for them to admire for generations.  I’m blessed to be able to document incredible milestones in a person’s life and I never take that for granted.  I always work to continually improve my craft.

Thank you! xo

For anybody who is interested in the Print Competitions and what the judges look for when they score:
(copied from the Professional Photographers of America website, http://www.ppa.com)

The use of these 12 elements connects the modern practice of photography and its photographers to the historical practice of photography begun nearly two centuries ago.

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one

The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.





Salon Marielle, Main Street in Ellicott City

20 07 2011

Are you familiar with Salon Marielle?  Do you already receive some of the fantastic services that they provide?  Salon Marielle is an Aveda Salon and MaryAnne Spurlin, the owner, has Salon Marielle by the Bay in Havre de Grace as well. Continue reading and you’ll find some great promotions for current clients and potential clients of the Salon and of Pam Long Photography.

“Our mission at Salon Marielle is to recognize and enhance the natural beauty around us; from the clients we serve to the communities in which we work while maintaining our commitment to the Aveda lifestyle.”
MaryAnne Spurlin, Founder

The Salon came highly recommended  to me a couple of years ago by a few of my friends.  The moment I stepped into their Salon, I was happy to be there.  The aroma of lavendar in the air, the welcoming smiles from the staff members and the attention to detail that I received from my stylist, Kathleen. 🙂

One of the exciting things I wanted to begin this year was to partner with some of the local companies and get more involved in the community.  One way I do this is to offer wall displays to other businesses in which I am impressed.  If they treat their clientele with great respect and truly care about consistently providing great customer service, I offer to partner with them.   It’s been great showing off some of my clients in this wonderful establishment.  The displays will change throughout the years, so be sure to mention to me when you schedule an appointment that you are a Salon Marielle client, perhaps a portrait of you, your child or your family will be displayed on their walls.

Here’s a quick snapshot of one of our displays, located in their waiting room.  My clients have enjoyed their gallery wrapped canvas wall groupings in their homes.
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I’ve had the privilege of providing professional headshots for their stylists and staff members. When I consulted with Rachel, the manager of the Salons, I had asked her if she wanted the headshots to look consistent with each other or allow a little creativity so that the different personalities of each stylist could be recognized. She definitely wanted each of her staff members to have some flexibility. It was fun having them in the Studio and getting to know each of them a little bit more. Here are the wonderful staff members of Salon Marielle of Ellicott City and Salon Marielle by the Bay of Havre de Grace.

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This will be a large 60″ portrait, proudly diplayed in their Salon.

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😀  A SPECIAL OFFER FROM SALON MARIELLE – You receive a free glossing with any haircut with Elizabeth, April or Amanda at their Main Street, Ellicott City Salon.  And at their Havre de Grace Salon, you receive the same offer from Sara or Alisha.  Be sure to mention that you saw their offer on my blog when you book your appointment in order to receive the free treatment.

😀  A SPECIAL OFFER FROM PAM LONG PHOTOGRAPHY  to any STAFF MEMBER or CLIENT of the Salon Marielle family call by July 31st and receive $75 off of your session fee!  Yes, you read it correctly, $75 off!  Call between now and midnight July 31st to schedule a design appointment to plan your photo session.  The photo session must take place before August 31 in order to qualify for this amazing offer.  Let us know that you’re a client of Salon Marielle and what your favorites services are that you receive there and you will receive your $75 off when you book your session.  Remember, this offer is good through midnight, July 31.  Call NOW to save $75 off of your session! (offer is valid on regular sessions in Studio, Garden Studio or on location, not valid on mini sessions and cannot be combined with any other special offers).

I’m looking forward to serving you.





Welcome, Colt! {Baltimore Newborn Photographer}

21 01 2011

(slideshow link is below)

Sherry and Chris already had one beautiful child, sweet Kayleigh.  Last year they welcomed their second child, adorable baby Colt.  What an honor it was for me to go to the hospital the day he was born to document the first day of his life.

I LOVE photographing the moment when older siblings meet their new baby brother or sister.

We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sherry and Chris for several years now.  She worked for Trinity Homes when we bought our house.  Beautiful woman, beautiful personality.  Before I was a professional photographer, she and Chris asked me if I could photograph their wedding.  Yikes!  I had only photographed one wedding and it was with the understanding that even though I worked hard to learn different aspects of photography I wasn’t a professionally trained photographer, I didn’t have duplicate equipment should something break, and if something went wrong, well….I’ve heard horrible stories.  So, I borrowed another camera so I could use one for black and white film and the other for color (hadn’t made the digital switch yet), read more books, practiced more, asked questions from some mentors and I had a nice (albeit nervous) time photographing Chris and Sherry’s ceremony.

Chris and Sherry are those people, that whenever you see them, it’s always a pleasant time.  Their goodness is infectious and it definitely was passed onto their daughter Kayleigh.

Fast forward several years from their wedding and baby Colt is about to arrive and be welcomed into this wonderful family.  I quietly stepped into their hospital room and was instantly in awe of this darling little baby!  He was truly magnificant and such a cutie pie.  Then I saw Sherry, holy cow!!!!, you would have never  known that she just gave birth…she was beautiful and obviously in love with the newest member of their family.

Here comes Kayleigh, so excited to meet baby brother, Colt!
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They had to hang out in the hallway for a little while….but it was fun!!
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So much love…
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So sweet…
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I hope you enjoy this slideshow.  It tells the story of a portion of Colt’s first day.  Kayleigh was so excited to meet him as she came running down the hallway, gift in hand to give baby brother.  Oops….then she had to wait because it was time for the nurse to check on Sherry and baby Colt. Kayleigh (and dad!) played in the hallway to pass time and then…..it was finally time to get the family together!!

Sherry and Chris, THANK YOU for allowing me into your life and into this very special and intimate day.  I hope you enjoy reliving Colt’s birthday.  Love you all!

Click here to view their slideshow.

Peace out, little guy. It was so awesome and such an honor to hang out with you on your birth day! xoxo
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A great start to the New Year – Maryland Child Photographer

7 01 2011

I had a fantastic time the other day! I met adorable baby Damian, got to hang out with big brother, Dominic and their extremely awesome parents. I love this family.

Big bro Dominic is such a little guy now. Changed quite a bit this past  year. He came to the door and I couldn’t believe it was him! Another reminder of how fast our days, months and years fly.

Here are just a few images from our fun morning together!

What an incredibly precious child…

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L O V E  this image of beautiful Alicia and her newborn…

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Totally melts my heart….

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This was such a real moment with Dom and daddy, I love it!

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Thank you, Alicia and Gray! As always, it was a pleasure hanging out with you all!  I cannot wait to present to you the rest of your images!

xoxoPam





Family portraits and a slideshow…

9 08 2010

with the Militello cuties! I LOVE kids! Probably because I’m just one big kid. Or perhaps because they are so stinkin’ cute. I am so blessed to be able to photograph people for a living!

Last week I posted a slideshow of these adorable children welcoming their baby sis into the world. Fast forward 10 months, and baby sis is growing up! How precious is she?
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Click here to view the slideshow of my fun morning with this beautiful family. Thanks again, Jen and Bill. It’s so fun hanging out with you and your cuties!

Love you tons!





Family portraits…

2 08 2010

for this beautiful (almost) one year old and her brothers!

You may remember last year I posted hospital pictures of big brothers meeting their baby sister for the first time. CLICK HERE to check them out.

Here is a new slideshow of the family meeting sweet Mary Elizabeth for the first time. CLICK HERE for the slideshow.

Check out gorgeous Jen and her beautiful children…
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And I just had to post this cute photo of her almost one year old. Mary Elizabeth has so many adorable expressions, and a beautiful smile, but this one is way too cute…..
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I will be posting more later, but I wanted to get a couple out there for you.

Thanks, Jen!  I had such a great time with you all.  Your boys are beyond adorable and so sweet to their baby sis!  And honestly, I could’ve stayed all day and continued photographing Mary Elizabeth.  She’s so stinkin’ cute and full of expressions!  I love you all!  We’ll get Bill next time, right?!

xoxo





Newborn photography

26 07 2010

for another beautiful family.

I had the extreme honor of photographing another sweet newborn, Carter,  into the Woodard family.  I was able to get to know this awesome family when I photographed his older brother when he was a part of my Baby’s First Year Plan.  I love this family and always have a great time with them.

A sweet moment with the family…
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There are many more family photos from our morning together. Check out their slideshow by clicking the link below.
Click here to enjoy their slideshow.

Kelly and Skeeter, thanks again for trusting me to document Carter’s growth throughout the year. I’m looking forward to seeing you all next time!!

xoxo