Beautiful Figures Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos in this photo contest, the idea of the contest is to show that there can be beauty in any figure. a big thank you to Anna Elyse Bridesmaids, Anna is a national designer and manufacturer of Bridesmaid dresses, Flower Girl dresses, Mother of the Bride gowns, Men’s Accessories and Bridal Gowns for the wedding industry.  Anna Elyse products may be purchased in boutiques, on line and at its Flagship salon in Pasadena, California. Another big thank you to guest judge Paul R. Giunta, Paul is a live music and portrait photographer in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Magazine, People Magazine, Glamour, & Entertainment Weekly.

Congratulations to the Grand Jury Winner “empty space between us” by stephanie_schneider

“I really love the composition of this one. The positioning of the model on the tree and the way the eye is led is fantastic. Also, the tones and the textures really bring it together for me.” -Paul R. Giunta

Congratulations Runner Up “Female Figure Studies” by laurencoakley

“I really like the combination of all of the natural elements here. The depth of field revealing the landscape just enough to get a grasp on the beauty of the scene but not too much to distract from the pose of the model in the foreground. Again, the tones and the textures of this one play off of each other nicely.” -Paul R. Giunta

Congratulations Runner Up “untitled” by alexanderduvall

“I was really drawn to the softness and the innocence of this one. The expression of the woman walking alone with a picnic basket gets my imagination moving on the circumstance of the scene.” -Paul R. Giunta

People’s Choice Winner “Dancer” by Kaos_Photography

A conversation with guest judge Jake Olson

We have the honor to introduce Jake as the guest judge of the Haze Photo Contest. Jake Olson is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and graphic artist from Blair, Nebraska. Since pursuing his passion he has been published throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Today his photos can be seen in the book ‘Focus on Nebraska’, published by the Omaha World-Herald. His images have also been published by Vogue, UK, Digital SLR Photography Magazine, Photography Master Class Magazine, Huffington Post, BBC and National Geographic’s Daily Dozen. Jake also has images on dozens of book covers around the world. Learn More.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, how do you describe your photography style?

Jake: My photography is very simple with a strong focus on subject body language, Light and strong composition using leading lines typically roads in the Nebraska Countryside.

2. When did you start taking photos and what inspired you to get started?

Jake: I started doing photography two and half years ago after coming back home to Nebraska from Denver Colorado. I was in the high end retail industry for years but after the economic collapse I started on a new life path and it’s really paid off.

3. That is a great story! Jake, what has been your favorite shoot and why?

Jake: I’m a portrait photographer and I shoot seven days a week from May to November. I meet a new family every single night and I honestly don’t have a favorite. People who get family photos seem to have a great sense of family structure with a strong focus on closeness. It’s hard to have a bad time when you consistently work with people like that!

4. Do you remember a difficult photo shoot session? What happened?

Jake: I’ve had sessions where everything went bad. I only shoot outdoors so weather and client cooperation with young children tend to be the deciding factor on the quality of the final product. I had a session where people came all the way from Indiana to Nebraska for photos and their two year old daughter would not stop crying during the session. I actually had to produce and image where the couple was kissing and the daughter was off to the side crying. I also gave them a lot of narrative walking away images.

5. Now please tell us, what do you carry in your camera bag?

Jake: Three things. A Canon 5D Mark III Body, 24-70mm 2.8 Canon L II, and an 85mm 1.2 Canon L II. I don’t own a flash or reflectors and I light all my subjects in post and with natural light in camera.

6. What advice can you share with other photographers?

Jake: Never listen to anyone when it comes to your passion, photograph what you love until you perfect it. Other photographers don’t pay the bills. Clients do. Make your clients happy while feeding your creative appetite and you will thrive!

To see more of Jake’s photos visit his ViewBug profile or download his iPhone app.

Learn How Gary Roylance Took This Photo

“This is one of a series of shots for our friend and client Michelle Birdsworth of Ambyth Dachshunds here in the UK.
He was a single puppy born by C Section on 4th March 2014. As he was an only puppy and his Mum was so ill Michelle wanted to mark his Mum’s bravery by documenting his first few weeks of life which he has spent under the care of my wife Lisa at our home.
He was photographed in my home studio on 26th March 2014, his eyes have now opened fully and he is exploring his new world. We think he one handsome little fella and his name is Lance.” – Gary

Nikon D700
Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 @ f/11 1/125 sec ISO 200
Single Nikon SB700 @ 1/4 power in Photosel 100cm Octobox camera right. 60cm from subject.
Gold 100 cm Reflector camera left. 40 cm from subject.
Processing in Lightroom 5.3

Arches Photo Contest Finalists

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their creative and unique photos showing arches in different ways and shot from unique angles. A big thank you to ThinkTank Photo for providing the awesome prizes for the contest and to guest judge William Innes. William Innes, is the principal photographer of William Innes Photography. His specialty is wedding photography in the Southern California area. He writes for several online photography magazines and blogs, and presents photography related workshops. William is currently a member of the Panasonic Lumix Luminary team. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America and WPPI.

The following are the top finalists shown in no specific order:

“Arc de Triumph at Sunset” by jeffmiller

“Falkirk Wheel at night” by urbankarma

“Bewdley Bridge” by Peter-Spowage

“Scratched skies” by Diokhan

“Croton Dam pano-2″ by tjensen

“Union Station” by briancollins

“Silent Night” by scottallanphotoart

“Bobbio and his “ponte gobbo” (humpback bridge)” by Ljsilver71

“Fountains Abbey Cloisters” by Carlw66

“Sydney Harbour” by chriscousins

“Underwater Christmas” by mattiaoselladore

“Cellarium 2″ by paultelford

“St Bernardus Brouwershuis” by tjryals

“IMG_4681″ by VuGe

“Pooley Bridge” by markburdis

“Room to Roam” by KGSPhoto

“Natural Arch” by victorhe

“Ribblehead Viaduct” by stewartsanderson

“Multnomah Fall’13″ by djkeder

“Yaquina Bay bridge at dusk” by lisastpierresowell

“craig goch dam” by char3105

“London Bridge/Arch” by juliebowser

“Sunrise over the Susquehanna River” by Diokhan

“Durdle Dawn II” by MikeW

Congratulations to the People’s Choice “Cathedral Under the Bridge” by winfirst

Making Faces Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their awesome funny faces in this contest. Another big thank you to Peter Hurley for judging the contest. Peter Hurley began his career in front of the camera modeling for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch. Due to his experience, technique and engaging personality, Peter has developed a forte of bringing out the best in his subjects. His talent has been shared with hundreds of photographers that have taken his workshop, “The Headshot Intensive,” and thousands that have purchased his DVD, “The Art Behind The Headshot.”.

The following winners have been selected among a pool of over 2,200 entries received in a week, congratulations!

The Grand Jury Winner has won an entry into The Headshot Intensive Workshop, 2 full days of instruction May 28th and 29th – a $1,500 value

The 2 Runners Up have won entries into From Zero to #SHABANG! 4 hour class on pulling the best out of your subject every time – a $600 value

Grand Jury Winner “Kaycee Boo Boo” by danielstagner

Runner Up Winner “01/28/14″ by codyward

Runner Up Winner “IMG_6064″ by abijur