In the world of professional photography, contests and awards can sometimes leave you scratching your head.
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.”.
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.
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!)
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.
And then, on the other hand, it’s art and it’s purely creative and it can even be a little magical at times.
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.
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).
This is the kind of recognition that reminds me who I’m shooting for . . . and why.
There are so many photographers out there and more than a few ways to approach the combination of the artistic and the functional.
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.
Makes me want to go out and take some pictures . . . for the shear joy of it.
Thank You –
To all who voted and continue to “vote” for me by hiring me and telling your friends about me.
On this, the One Year Anniversary of Ben O’Neal Photography, I thought it would be fun to go back, dig deep into the vault and share some never-before-seen images taken through-out the past year.
From Rock ‘n’ Roll bands . . .
. . . to leaders of business . . .
. . . to some of the most adorable kids in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex . . . it has certainly been a roller coaster ride the likes of which I never could have predicted.
So many beautiful events . . .
. . . and interesting people . . .
. . . and amazing families that I was fortunate enough to photograph.
As I look back through the images we created together, I’m touched by the trust and confidence everyone so readily placed in me.
These images (and so many more) may look like just a pile of random smiling people . . .
. . . cool looking places . . .
. . . and purposefully proud parents, but believe me when I tell you that the truth is much more than that.
The simple truth is that these pictures tell stories. They are insights into the real and colorful lives of the people I call clients. Each and every one is uniquely special and inherently beautiful, little shining reminders of the fun we had together.
Here’s to many more years – I can’t wait to meet the next image . . .