Regardless of how goofy we look in the photographs here (we were a little giddy from all the excitement), last week was HUGE for the TPS Photography team!
Cathy flew to Canon Digital Learning Center in Costa Mesa, CA to teach a class for Canon USA on Extreme Sports Portraiture, and Ben and I gathered up some awards at the Professional Photographers of North Carolina annual convention (Carolina Photo Expo) in Research Triangle Park.
To be asked by Canon USA to teach a class is an enormous honor...one that very few photographers will ever experience. Canon only selects the best-of-the-best as their instructors. Cathy did an awesome job with the class, and was invited back to teach there again in November!
Ben took home the PPNC President's Award, which is given to the highest print score average for a first-time print competition entrant, and one of his photojournalism images won second place and another one earned an honorable mention in the PJ category!
I had lots of my deep-space astrophotography images earn merits in print competition, but I also won first place with my album of images from commercial photography we have created for EJ Victor, Ralph Lauren Home, Kate Spade, Kelly Wearstler, and Perennials Social furniture.
Needless to say, we all returned to the studio a little pumped. We're always trying to one-up each other...so this level of competition between us ultimately benefits you as our clients. And, of course, bragging rights at the studio don't hurt, either ;-)
Earlier this month, Ben ran the gauntlet of an international panel of jurors and passed his Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) image submission test (which follows a 100-question written test - which he passed in 2016). As if that isn't great in itself, it also meant that he joined ranks with Cathy and myself (Chris), and TPS Photography became the only portrait studio in the entire world with three Certified Professional Photographers.
So what does this mean for you, our clients? Basically, it means that you can trust us to do an outstanding job for you, regardless of the circumstances. Of course you don't have to be Certified to be a good photographer, but certification is simply proof that we can photograph anything in any situation and produce outstanding results.
Before you choose an artist to create your next portrait, we recommend asking them if they are a Certified Professional Photographer. It's just that extra piece of mind that your investment is in good hands :-)
The past few days have been completely filled with education and educating for most of the TPS Photography crew.
Cathy took Amanda along with her to the Professional Photographers of South Carolina annual state convention where she taught several classes on extreme sports photography and extreme lighting, which she utilizes in lots of our senior portraits and "sportraits."
Meanwhile, I traveled to an awesome little town called Eden, NC (which is like a time capsule...even still has an operational drive-in movie theater and individually-owned, drive-in restaurants with car hops) for the Professional Photographers of North Carolina Winter Seminar.
One of the things that separates TPS from many other studios is our commitment to continuing education. We attend (as teachers and students) many events per year...always pushing for something better for you - our clients.
A few years ago, we began creating furniture product photography for local, national, and international brands. This past fall, we were very excited to be called upon by Ralph Lauren Home, which is actually produced right here in Morganton, NC. In the past, the RL Home line had always been photographed by a high-volume furniture photography company, but we were ecstatic when they took notice of what we were creating for other brands such as Kelly Wearstler, Kate Spade NY, EJ Victor, etc. We had the pleasure of working with the Ralph Lauren art director, Quy, who flew down from NYC to be on-set for the creation of the images. Each piece at Ralph Lauren Home has its own "personality," and Quy and his staff want each piece's uniqueness to be highlighted. Luckily, they liked what we produced. We are slated to photograph the spring line of Ralph Lauren Home next month - and we're super pumped to see the outcome of our second go-round with them.
Known by most in Charger Country as "Big Poppy," Cash is always one of the first ones to greet us when we arrive at the school for any kind of portraits. Usually we haven't gotten very far into setup when he pops his head around the corner and tells us, "Good Morning, guys!"
Every year there are one or two kids at each school that really stand out to us...those who are genuinely kind and those who are just plain fun to be around. Cash is one of those for us this year at Crest.
It was an honor to be able to do his Cap & Gown portrait a couple of weeks ago. He kept messaging us, wondering when we were going to put his picture up on Facebook (with a signed release, we put up the school photos we make on our TPS Photography page). We're proud of Cash, and excited to see him graduate in June, but it won't be the same next year at CHS without Cash!