(Award Winning} A year in review

My AIPP year in review!

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Have you ever wanted something so bad, you’ve spent literally years researching and countless hours practicing trying to make it happen? Well, today I feel like I’ve reached a personal goal!

As a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), I choose to regularly participate in industry related events in order to improve my skills.

It cost me a lot of money to maintain my annual membership and even more to enter events. The crazy thing is….it don’t win any money! So why do it you ask? Because these events push me to improve, which in turn, helps me deliver the very best for my clients!

For those that are unfamiliar with the AIPP, there are two awards that take place over the year. The first, being the state awards (for me this is QLD or QAPPA’s), and the second are the nationals (APPA’s). In order to participate in the nationals you first need to qualify via the state awards.

You can enter up to 12 photographs into (QAPPA’s), and if a photograph scores well here you have the option of submitting into the nationals. You may enter only 4 prints into (APPA) so its best to pick the ones that may have scored well in the sates and that you think will do well.

This is my third year entering and I am thrilled to say, I have now obtained enough awards and points to qualify for my Associate! Where to from here? Who knows! Maybe if I’m brave enough and can afford it, I’ll work towards completing my Masters in Photography…but that might take a while!

The photographs I enter into these events are quite different than my usual client based work. To receive recognition and or award, the photograph needs to be original in its idea, tell and story, as well as be technically perfect! I spend literally days and weeks brainstorming new ideas, shooting and sometimes re-shooting. Hours and hours selecting the ones I think are worthy, editing, re editing and then doing it all again because I cant seem to get it just right.  Then test printing, editing again, re-printing, mounting and sending. Wowsers! Its exhausting work.

Clearly I invest a great deal of time into my craft but more than that I invest so much of my heart and soul. Having my work critiqued by some of the best in the industry can be a bitter pill to swallow. Yet, I strongly believe mistakes make you better and every step I take towards bettering my skills makes me happy and ultimately my clients too 🙂

Receiving awards feels great for it signifies that my photography continues to maintain a very high standard but the silver awards still mean that I’ve still plenty of room to grow and for that I’m humbled.

All this would not be possible without my clients. So to these beautiful people, whom not only entrust me with their gorgeous babies and special memories, they allow me to share their photographs with the world and I can’t thank them enough.

To those who continue to share my creative journey, especially my family and close friends, vendors who create and supply the most beautiful props for me to work with, my print guru Andrew, the whole AIPP team, family and its sponsors. 

Thank you x

APPA – National Awards

Newborn Category – Silver Award

Rebecca Colefax Newborn Award - Silver APPA 2016

Taken in my natural light studio as part of a newborn session. This image was created using 3 seperate photographs joined together in post production. It took me many hours to complete, so much so, I couldn’t even tell you how many I spent on it in the end!

Backdrop: Sideshow backdrops | Fabric: A Little Life Fabric & PropsAssistant: Abby Law

Newborn Category – Silver Award

Rebecca Colefax Newborn Award - Silver APPA 2016

Taken in my clients home, on their bed, in natural light with nothing but a camera and ONE happy little bubba boy. It is a composite image (a series of images joined together in post production) and what I love most about it is, his personality that shines and that fact that it’s pure and simple 💗 This image took me literally hours to craft and am thrilled it received a Silver Award 🙂

Newborn Category – Professional Standard

Rebecca Colefax Newborn Professional Standard APPA 2016

I originally submitted this photograph into state awards as part of a larger composite (see the ‘eye’ below), yet decided to enter the simpler version into the national awards as a safer option. These gorgeous boys are identical twins and the only way the parents could tell them apart was with hospital band left on one of their ankles 💗 I felt this image had a story to tell and to have it acknowledged at a national level like this is huge! 

Backdrop:Sideshow backdrops | Fabric: Love That Prop | Assistant: Nic Ahern

Birth Category – Silver Award
Rebecca Colefax Silver APPA 2016-1

This is my one and only birth submission and the reason I entered this one was because of its perspective. Being a mother myself, I know what its like to labour and do the ‘hard work’, just when you feel like you can’t go on, somehow you do. This mirror reflects the very first glimpse of her baby’s head, which gives her the strength and courage she needs to bring her baby earth side. From a mothers perspective this visualisation / mirror tell the mother that she is almost there!

QAPPA – State Awards

Newborn Category – Silver Award

Rebecca Colefax Newborn Professional Standard APPA 2016

Backdrop: Sideshow backdrops | Fabric: A Little Life Fabric & PropsAssistant: Abby Law

Newborn Category – Professional Standard

Rebecca Colefax Newborn Professional Standard APPA 2016

Newborn Category – Professional StandardRebecca Colefax Newborn Professional Standard APPA 2016

Newborn Category – Professional StandardRebecca Colefax Newborn Professional Standard APPA 2016

I entered this image in the state awards because I wanted to stretch my creative spirit as well as express how much ‘our’ babies mean to us as mothers.

To me, newborn photography is more than just another baby in a prop, in a basket on a rug, its an opportunity to press the save button on what will be a fleeting moment in our lives. ‘Our’ babies are the apple of the our eye, a mirror to our soul, and newborn photography enables us to reflect with fondness and loving adoration of how perfect they are in our eyes! I know! Its pretty deep and a little way out there, but nothing ventured nothing gained right!

It’s composite image made up of a photograph of the the mothers eye as well as another of the babies in the bowl. To get the mothers eye just right!  I used natural light, on camera and off camera flash as well as in the dark to keep the reflections to a minimum. To get the babies in a circle was also quite time consuming and I could not have managed without the assistance of my wonderful friend Nic Ahern. Merging the images was no easy feat either and would you believe I attempted it at least 3 times to get this outcome! 3 times doesn’t sound like much, but my family will tell you there were a lot of hours of crazy brain activity happening trying to produce the results I had envisioned.

It was awarded a professional standard and its originality was noted, yet there were some technical aspects that needed improvement if I were to enter it into the nationals 🙂
I’ve still so much to learn but happy with this attempt!

Birth Category – Professional StandardRebecca Colefax Birth Professional Standard APPA 2016

Birth Category – Professional StandardRebecca Colefax Birth Professional Standard APPA 2016

This was my favourite birth entry and I had high hopes for it. Again it was lost in translation which means I’ve some work to do on my story telling ability!

It is an underwater birth with someone holding a go pro camera.

Birth Category – Professional StandardRebecca Colefax Birth Professional Standard APPA 2016

Birth Category – Professional Standard

Rebecca Colefax Birth Professional Standard APPA 2016

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