So I did a thing this year. I entered the Shoot & Share photo contest! Each person can enter up to 50 different images. There were many categories ranging from things like ‘The Groom’, ‘The Bride’, ‘Wedding Couple’, ‘Babies + Toddlers’, etc. I wasn’t really prepared as I had just stumbled upon the contest. So after some very light digging I quickly entered about 15 images from 2017. My intention was to enter all 50, but time got away from me. I definitely will next year.
Well, it was super fun and addicting. There were 12 rounds of voting that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. There were over 413,000 images entered and over 81 million votes! Here are my images that placed.
TWO of my images were Finalists (Which is top 500). One of them was reeeeaally close to being in the top one 100. Happy dance!
This image was a finalist in ‘THE GROOM’ category. It placed 258th out of 3,142. High five to this awesome groom + furry companion, Spackle.
This image was also a finalist in ‘THE GROOM’ category. I guess we know what my niche is, eh? This adorable lamb + groom placed 188th out of 3,142. SO close to that top 100. Ahh. Maybe next year.
I’m happy to say that one of my gorgeous brides made it to the top 10% as well. This image placed 1,002 out of 14,265 in ‘THE BRIDE’ category. This image still gives me major heart eyes.
This image really tugged at my heart strings, so I’m glad it was in the top 30%. There’s just something about those raw emotions that stick with me. This daddy/daughter duo placed in the top 30% of the ‘EMOTION + EXCITEMENT’ category at 2,551 out of 8,800.
Back to our groom, Jesse. This image placed in the top 30% in the category ‘EMOTION + EXCITEMENT’. His reaction to seeing his lovely bride for the first time was very sweet. This image placed 1,828 out of 8,800.
Last but not least is this candid capture overlooking the Chicago skyline. This image placed in the top 30% of the ‘PEOPLE PORTRAITS’ category at 3,015 out of 14,733.
This contest left me full of inspiration and excited for another year of doing what I love. <3