I am proud to announce that these three portraits each won a bronze merit award in the International Portrait Masters Awards competition & accreditation, first quarter 2018 submissions. Nearly 7,000 images were submitted from around the world and were judged anonymously by eight internationally renowned photographers.
In 2017, my ten submissions earned ten bronze merit awards. I am working towards an international accreditation as an Associate Photographer. This process is another way I can continue to grow. The guidelines involve not only the technical aspects of a portrait, but the emotional aspects as well.
Thank you to everyone who trusts me to create portraits for you.
Bronze in Contemporary Portraiture: Cymande in Green Lace
More from Cymande’s portrait sessions here: http://maundymitchell.com/a-dream-photo-shoot-in-paris/ and http://maundymitchell.com/a-family-portrait-session-rogers/
Bronze in Children’s Portraiture: Giles
Bronze in Family Portraiture: Diahnn & Diron
More from their portrait session will be on the blog soon!
It was a beautiful year. Here are my most-liked images on Instagram in 2017. The very favorite was the one of me and my and my son—the sweaty, no-makeup, what-the-hell self portrait. The one where I said, “I’m enough. Our love is enough. I’m not perfect but I deserve to exist in beautiful photos.” I’m happy that so many of you can relate to that. But if you haven’t gotten in the picture in a long time—if you hide from the camera with a million reasons why you think you’re not good enough—I hope that 2018 will be your year. Your year to get in the picture and begin to appreciate how very special and beautiful you are. Happy New Year.
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Cymande came to me for business portraits (I’ll be able to share those soon!). That plan evolved to include a photo shoot in Paris, and later a family photo session back in New Hampshire at my studio.
Her day in the studio began with professional hair and makeup artist, Ashley.
Hair & makeup by Ashley Conn
Later in the day, Cymande’s husband, Gregg, and their sons Giles and Moss, joined the session. Here are some of this family’s favorite images.
During their Print Reveal Session, when they saw their portraits for the first time, I asked the boys which was their very favorite portrait of themselves. These are the ones they chose.
It seemed like it would never happen, but finally, miraculously, Amy and Paul welcomed baby Molly at the end of October. They can’t stop staring at her, and they filled the studio with love and joy. I am so happy to have created portraits for them to cherish forever.
Hair & makeup by Ashley Conn
Here are some of the portraits they chose for their Folio Collection.
This beautiful mother and daughter had a lovely day together. They celebrated the young lady that Mairead has become as she finishes her last year of high school and prepares to leave for college. We started their day in the customary way: hair styling and makeup, professionally done in the studio. Then we created headshots and portraits for Jeni, special portraits of them together, and the senior portraits Mairead has always dreamed of. Here are a few from their collection.
Hair & makeup by Donna Cotnoir
They brought their gorgeous cats for a few portraits!
Behind the scenes: Mairead’s horse, Trigger, didn’t want his nose cleaned for photos!
Behind the scenes at the horse barn. Photo courtesy of Jeni.Mairead and Jeni chose a beautiful Italian folio box for their collection.
Kendall: strong, smart, sweet. I loved working with her to create her high school senior portraits. In each of them, I see her confidence and her joy. She is a beautiful person.
Her day began with professional hair and makeup, and treats. Then I guided her into a variety of looks that I designed based on her goals: casual to formal. It was a fun day!
Her mother stopped by during her lunch break and we got a couple of casual shots.
Kendall chose a beautiful folio box for her collection. Hair & makeup by Donna Cotnoir
My son turns eleven today. These are a few portraits I made of him the other day, before I decided to get in the picture with him. At this age, he knows how he wants to look, and he chose his wardrobe. I love his style!
This is a portrait of my son David and me. He’s turning eleven so I took some portraits of him. When we finished, I tried to think of a single photo of the two of us. All I could recall were old ones (really old ones!). Why? Because I tend to stay behind the camera. After all, I’m wearing old clothes, I’m not wearing makeup, I’m…I’m…
The result is lots of family photos–without me in them! So I set up the camera’s timer. I said to him, “You know how much I love you?” He said, “Yup.” And then, “Love you too, mom.”
Then the shutter released. Now we have this. Forever. Old clothes, no makeup and all.
Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope you have fun, and don’t forget to get in the picture!
There’s nothing more beautiful than being surrounded by the people who are most important to you—even in the chaos of daily life. On the day of this family’s session, the studio was filled with energy and love. I am grateful that they trusted me to create portraits that they will cherish for generations.
The day started with professional hair & makeup styling.
Hair & Makeup: Donna Cotnoir
Assistant: Mary Hunter