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In the world of professional photography, contests and awards can sometimes leave you scratching your head.

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Through the years I have found myself on both sides of the winner’s circle, from first place all the way out to “Thank you, please try again.”.

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Even as my business has grown, photography contests and the recognition of having someone say that my photos are actually good is always out there.  It’s just this non-stop attractive distraction.

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Every photographer wants to be told that they are a good photographer every now and then by someone other than their own mother.  (Thanks, Mom!)

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One of my favorite things about this job is the inherent duality of the product.  On the one hand, it’s work and it’s straight forward and it’s a means to an end.

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And then, on the other hand, it’s art and it’s purely creative and it can even be a little magical at times.

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The truth is that the people I get to work with and for are the real judges.  Every single shoot is another entry in the ongoing photography contest.

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That’s why I am so proud and excited to write this post about being named “Best Photographer” by the readers of Living Magazine (Las Colinas/Coppell Edition).

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This is the kind of recognition that reminds me who I’m shooting for . . . and why.

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There are so many photographers out there and more than a few ways to approach the combination of the artistic and the functional.

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It sure is wonderful to hear from a local publication that their readers have been polled and decided that my approach was deemed their favorite.

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Makes me want to go out and take some pictures . . . for the shear joy of it.

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Abracadabra.

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Thank You  –

To all who voted and continue to “vote” for me by hiring me and telling your friends about me.

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