I’ve had a problem with my back for some time – and only recently, I finally admitted that something was wrong and sought help from a chiropractor. It wasn’t a huge surprise to find out that I am in fact crooked! In all seriousness, to be the best artist I can be, I have to take better care of myself. My achievement of the week? Taking better care of me!
In the mean time, news from my studio:
I first “met” Photocomment editor and photographer, Tristan Hall, on Frederick Van Johnson‘s This Week in Photography podcast. This month, I am so honored to be featured in Photocomment magazine’s Pro Portfolio where I discuss with Tristan my life as a pro photographer. Read the interview to gain my insights into how to survive in our extremely competitive business.
An App On The Way
Shhh! In our hood of tech startups, people are hush hush about the next big thing they are working on. My busy elves at Catherine Hall Studios have been working on a new mobile app that will soon be available in the App Store. What is it? It is a photographer’s tool and we hope it will help you stay above the noise. Can you guess what it is? Tune in to find out more.
Canon Creative Asia Awards – 2 Wins!
The Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards | Photography Competition announced that two of my images are among their Top 25 in the Portrait – Individual Category. One of the images is from my Burning Man series, and the other from my Tasmania series. Whoopee! Check out the other finalists – it is quite an honor to be part of such an extraordinary group of images!
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I just got word over the holiday weekend: Digital Photo Magazine honored my photograph – Ted, Tasmanian Sheep Farmer – with a first-place award in their Art of Photography Contest, Environmental Portraits category. If you are looking to gain recognition and connections within the imaging arts community, submitting your work to contests is crucial—but be selective.
Study the images from a competition’s previous winners; determine what types of photographs win with this judging panel. Is this a conservative judging panel with a preference for classical imaging? Do the competition judges tend to celebrate innovative digital effects?
It might seem like obvious advice: “Know to whom you’re submitting before you submit.” But, as a competition judge myself, I’ve seen far too many worthy art works go to the wayside, only because the image didn’t match the criteria for the submission.
Use your time and energy strategically. Make sure your hard work has the most appropriate platform to arrest a judge’s attention and awaken others to your gift for the art of photography. Happy hunting!
Through the promotion of the Sony Art of Storytelling Photo Contest, he is not only supporting my Burning Man photography, but also the subject of one of my photos–our mutual friend, Erik, a muscled brunette whom I shot shirtless in the dawn of the Black Rock Desert. It was an epic, early-morning moment; the image bespeaks our sense of connection with one another and the vast, jejune wilderness.
That said, Grant is a dear man, and it’s truly an honor to receive his praise and support:
“My good friend and mentor Catherine Hall recently had two of her images selected as finalists in the Sony Art of Storytelling Photo contest at Digital Photo Magazine – and one of the photos is of my good friend Eric Hudock at Burning Man! Please consider checking out the finalists gallery and giving Catherine your vote! http://bit.ly/dvijS1“
I’m incredibly honored that the International Aperture Awards selected me to be a judge for their 2010 photography competition! It is one of the world’s most prestigious online photography competitions and awards handsome cash prizes to the winners.
In order to introduce their panel of international judges to the photography community, they have been conducting a series of interviews. It was my pleasure to chat with their fabulous team, and I thought you might enjoy reading our Q&A, entitled Tenacity, Passion, & Self Belief.
We discuss entry submissions, judging criteria, novice photographers, and more! Enjoy!
How long have you been picking up a camera?
I enrolled in my first photography class, a course offered by my high school arts department, when I was sixteen-years-old. The first image I ever shot and developed was a close-up of a horse’s marble-black eye, with several green farm flies buzzing within the frame in soft focus. At the time, I thought I was a renegade! Looking back, I blush at my naiveté.
Once, for an open house event, my instructor offered me the opportunity to curate a small exhibition of my own work–my first-ever solo show! At the event that night, I overheard a parent ask my instructor what he thought of my photography. “She’s gifted, but she’ll never make it as a professional,” he said. My reaction? I’ll show you, I thought.
And, ultimately, I did.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a photographer?
As a teenager, I always had an inkling that I might become a professional photographer. I didn’t realize it was possible, though,
until I dove headlong intro transforming my passion into a commercially-viable undertaking. Negotiating that first commission
requires courage–you have to believe in your gifts enough to place a worth value on them.
At the end of the day, photography is a labor of love for me. I’ve heard people say that they could never transform their passion into their business, as it would ruin their joy for the art form. I don’t find that to be true. I only fall more and more in love with every day that I spend honing my craft and growing my business. I wake up every morning excited to do what I love.
What is your specialty as a photographer?
I’m attracted to complex, diverse imagery. My editorial work exhibits an inclination towards a dark beauty. My professional wedding photography allows me to find psychological and aesthetic balance in sensual, wrapping light and the female form. It allows me to document the extreme fantasies of beauty.
When you’re not shooting for clients, what kind of images do you like to shoot?
To date, my photography has taken me to over 30 countries. Photography gives me the impetus–indeed, the license–that I need to immerse myself in another culture, learn through experience, and forge relationships I wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
Dear Blog Readers, there’s much, much more! For the full, in-depth interview, please visit International Aperture Award’s blog to finish reading Tenacity, Passion, & Self Belief.
In an article about seasonal planning for wine country weddings, The Knot magazine featured one of my favorite images of a couple embracing. Its playful caption reads: “Fall is equally lovely in wine country; grab your photographer and sneak away for a private photo op among the grapevines.” Magnifique!
As a side note, this issue of The Knot also lists me as one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2010. Happiness.