Pam won Portrait Photographer of the Year at Maryland Professional Photographer’s Association award banquet {Howard County Photographer}

22 03 2012

I am sooooo excited about the recent awards that I was honored with winning a few weeks ago at the Maryland PPA’s award banquet.

In the past, I sat through many Print Competitions watching, observing, learning and taking notes, too scared to enter my own. Listening to Master Photographers critique people’s images was really insightful, truly opened my eyes. When I started competing, it was still insightful, and eye opening, only now, with HUGE butterflies in my stomach! The MDPPA has 3 competitions during the year and then a competition at their Annual Convention. I made an effort to submit images during the 3 competitions and I was overjoyed each time and increased my knowledge each time as well.

So….this year I won Portrait Photographer of the Year!! ‚ô• This award is given to the individual who accumulates the most points in monthly competitions. I also was presented with Best Portrait of a Woman from our Annual Competition. Another award that I was really excited about winning was a Judge’s Choice! There were 5 judges at the Convention Print Competition and 145 entries submitted. Each judge gets to choose their favorite image and award the maker with a Judge’s Choice….and one of the judges chose one of my portraits!! I was thrilled, excited, humbled and overjoyed!

I want to extend a big huge thank you to my clients that I’m privileged to photograph! Documenting special occasions, milestones, and events whether it’s a wedding or a child’s playdate is such a pleasure for me. I’m really one of those people who can say I LOVE what I do. Whether I’m photographing in a photojournalistic manner or creating a formal portrait, whether my subjects are sitting, standing, walking or dancing, in my Studio or out on location, the essentials of proper lighting and posing need to be innate and competing with my peers helps me become a better photographer for my clients. So, THANK YOU to my current clients, I’m looking forward to continuing our relationship and serving you throughout the years. To those of you that I haven’t had the pleasure of creating your portraits yet, I hope to have the opportunity in the future! ūüôā

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For those of you interested in knowing what the judges look for in images, here is a list and brief explanation of the 12 elements (taken from the PPA website):

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‚ÄĒthe use and control of light‚ÄĒrefers 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.

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THANK YOU!

12 04 2010

for you generosity.

The voting for the International Charity Model Search has ended.  Because of our wonderful families that participated and you, we raised almost $750 through your online voting in less than 2 weeks!!  That money will go to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to help support this wonderful organization.

I am so proud of the work our families did to get the word out. ¬†They emailed their friends and families, they posted messages on their facebook pages and they made phone calls. ¬†Great job! ¬†I am incredibly honored to be your photographer and friend. ¬†NILMDTS is near to my heart and I appreciate everybody’s participation.

Congratulations to all of the state winners! I love how all of the families and photographers around the nation worked so hard to bring awareness and donations to NILMDTS. We should find out soon what the total amount raised for the nation is; I will pass the info along.

Thanks again to my beautiful, wonderful families.

The Gibson family…
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The Garner family…
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The Luber family…
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Thank you!!!





Slideshow of the beautiful families raising money for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

6 04 2010

Three wonderful and beautiful families have partnered with Pam Long Photography this year to help raise money and awareness for the wonderful organization,¬†Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. ¬†NILMDTS provides remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. ¬†We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring their child’s legacy. ¬†Please click on this link to see why I volunteer for NILMDTS and why the Gibson, Luber and Garner families are participating in this contest.

As many of you are aware, last year we were able to raise over $2500 in the votes cast for America’s Cutest Child. ¬†Throughout the nation, over $164,000 was raised by people generously voting for over 2000 cutie pie models. ¬†Thank you for your generosity and open hearts. ¬†This year we are excited to be representing these 3 beautiful families. ¬†Each family is near and dear to my heart. ¬†Some have started as friends and became clients, while others have started as my clients and have become friends. ¬†I love them all and wish them all luck. ¬†I’m really, secretly, hoping for a 3-way tie!! ūüôā

You can click here to learn a little more about the The Garner family.

You can click here to learn a little more about The Luber Family.

You can click here to learn a little more about the Gibson Family.

We thank you for your consideration in voting for these families.  I understand that money is tight and there are numerous worthy charities in which you can donate your hard earned money.

Voting ends April 8. ¬†Please vote today! ¬†Click here to go to the voting site, click on “Gallery”, go to tour city Baltimore. ¬†Gibson, Garner and Luber are the Pam Long Photography models. ¬†Thank you!

$1 = 1 vote

$5 = 5 votes

$25 = 25 votes

$100 = 100 votes

and yes, $1,000,000 = 1,000,000 votes!!

CLICK HERE TO ENJOY THE SLIDESHOW OF OUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILIES: Pam Long Photography 2010 Charity Model Families.

Thank you!  xoxo





One more wonderful family to consider for the National Charity Model Search

1 04 2010

for America’s cutest family.

The Garner family! ¬†This family portrait was taken on Rob and Denise’s 10 year wedding anniversary! ¬†Rob, with great detail, secretly planned a surprise anniversary party for Denise at the Peabody Court Hotel. ¬†What Denise knew was that she would be getting a new family portrait to display on her wall. ¬† The portrait would be taken in the afternoon and then the family would be together that evening for a special dinner – that’s what Denise knew. ¬†Plan “A” was for the family portrait to be taken on the steps of Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church, the same place that Denise and Rob stood ten years ago as bride and groom. ¬†The weather didn’t cooperate so we stayed inside for their portraits, we were able to get wonderful images in their spacious penthouse room. Later that evening, Denise was brought to tears as the elevator opened to the terrace level at the Peabody and she was greeted by 100+ friends and family.

Last year, the Garner’s older 2 daughters participated¬†in the National Model Search for the cutest kiddo. ¬†Toward the end of the contest, Denise contacted me to see if there was a way to find out the number of votes cast for each of our models. ¬†She and her husband, through The Garner Team at Coldwell Banker, ¬†wanted to match the current donations of all of our models! ¬†Instead of putting the additional money on their own children, they matched what each of the children currently had!!! ¬†A totally unselfish, generous gift to the other models and to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

The National Charity Model Search contest raises money and awareness for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a wonderful, charitable organization. Please feel free to click on the link to see why I became a volunteer for NILMDTS and why my studio and clients are participating in the contest.

Click here and you will go directly to the voting site. ¬†Once there, ¬†click on Tour City and scroll to ‚ÄúBaltimore‚ÄĚ, then click on ‚ÄėGarner‚Äô. ¬†You will then have the opportunity of voting for their family. ¬†Each vote is $1, you can choose to cast any # of votes you‚Äôd like! ¬†We, and NILMDTS appreciate all of the votes and your consideration.

Denise and Rob, thank you for your continued loyalty throughout the years, I love photographing your family.  Best of luck in the contest!  Thanks for helping us, once again,  raise money for this great cause!

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Another cute family for the National Charity Model Search!

29 03 2010

The Luber family. ¬†Wow, I’ve had a great time with them throughout the years. ¬†I could link you to at least a dozen posts on my blog that have them or one of their family members involved in a Pam Long Photography photo session.

Last year, Steve and Mia’s oldest daughter won the National Charity Model Search for the cutest kiddo for Maryland! ¬†Part of the prize that the state winner receives is a photo session by world renowned photographer, Sandy Puc. ¬†Sandy coordinates this contest with her 52-city speaking tour (in the U.S. and Canada) so that the winners can be models on stage while Sandy ¬†shares her techniques to the crowd of photographers attending her seminar. ¬†The Lubers lived in New Jersey ¬†at the time and as much as it pained Mia, ¬†they weren’t able to make it to the seminar in Maryland last year. ¬†They have since moved back to Maryland and are hopeful that their family wins for Maryland this year so that they have the opportunity to meet Sandy after all!

The National Charity Model Search contest raises money and awareness for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a wonderful, charitable organization. Please feel free to click on the link to see why I became a volunteer for NILMDTS and why my studio and clients are participating in the contest.

Click here and you will go directly to the voting site. ¬†Once there, ¬†click on Tour City and scroll to ‚ÄúBaltimore‚ÄĚ, then click on ‘Luber’. ¬†You will then have the opportunity of voting for their family. ¬†Each vote is $1, you can choose to cast any # of votes you‚Äôd like! ¬†We, and NILMDTS appreciate all of the votes and your consideration.

Steve and Mia, thank you for entering this contest and bringing more awareness to NILMDTS.  You know I love your family and always look forward to seeing you.  Best of luck!

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Vote now! The National Model Search has begun!

29 03 2010

And there is only one week left to vote!!!

Some of my wonderful family clients are participating in the National Model Search for America’s Cutest Family. This contest raises money and awareness for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, a wonderful, charitable organization. Please feel free to click on the link to see why I became a volunteer for NILMDTS and why my studio and clients are participating in the contest.

Cara and her sweet, cute baby girl are already on the the voting site. Cara’s baby is in my Baby’s First Year program, so I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them these past several months. Cara is a tremendous make up artist and works for Up Do’s For I Do’s . ¬†I first met her when she was taking great care of one of my brides a couple of years ago. ¬†She has such a sweet, kind personality, you can’t help but want to be around her; truly enjoyable. ¬†Her sweetness has definitely passed on to her daughter; ¬†her smile lights up the room!

Click here and you will go directly to the voting site. ¬†Once there, ¬†click on Tour City and scroll to “Baltimore”, then click on (Cara) Gibson. ¬†You will then have the option of voting for her family. ¬†Each vote is $1, you can choose to cast any # of votes you’d like! ¬†We, and NILMDTS appreciate all of the votes and your consideration.

Thank you, Cara, for participating in this great contest. ¬†I know it’s not easy ‘putting yourself out there’. ¬†I appreciate you helping me bring awareness and donations to NILMDTS! ¬†Best of luck!

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“Thank You for your Service” Mini Session Special!

25 08 2009

With deep gratitude and great appreciation, Pam Long Photography would like to thank all of our service people for serving this wonderful country.  In remembrance of our heros who died on September 11th, we are offering mini sessions for all service people and their families.

Saturday, September 19th will be our “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” day (wish it could be closer to 9/11 but I’m booked that entire weekend).

Sessions will be scheduled every 30 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. with the last session scheduled at 3 p.m.  Because of the limited number of sessions, payment is required at time of booking.

If your spouse, brother, sister, mom, dad or child is serving, or has served our country, you qualify for a 30-minute photo session for only $30!!  I will have special package pricing for you as well!!  You are also eligible for 10% off of our custom holiday cards using the images that we create together on the 19th!

All families photographed on  September 19th, will be entered into a drawing to win  a FREE  signature 16 x 20 wall portrait!

Call our office, 410.719.0405 to schedule your session today!!

Thank you for serving our country.  My family and I appreciate the freedoms this beautiful country offers.

xo