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MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 02:00 AM
:eek: Ok, so I am still trying to narrow these down & welcome your input. I broke it down as 50% weddings and 50% portraits. Is it ok to send in PJ, or not? I had put them on my website, but was able to downloaded them here....see the next entry for the beginning of the images. Thanks for viewing.

PS-I know that some of the images are from the same wedding/etc. If someone has a suggestion on which, or neither one is better. :eek:

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 07:50 PM
Forget the previous post... I went ahead and am taking the time to post them here. Sorry for the ones that are low res. Note- These are not in the same order as how I have them on my website. It looks like I can post four at a time so here it goes.

#1
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/16

#2
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/13

#3
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/18

#4
went ahead and deleted by popular vote

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 07:54 PM
#5
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/19

#6
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/20

#7
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/31

#8
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/4

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 07:56 PM
#9
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/5

#10
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/6

#11
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/8

#12
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/9

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 07:58 PM
And the last for the weddings...
#13
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/candace-web

Now for Portraits
#14
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/22

#15
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/24

#16
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/28

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 08:44 PM
#17
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/27

#18
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/25

#19
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/IMG_2381editedweb

#20
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/cade 9 months

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 08:49 PM
#21
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/IMG_6097
Ignore my logo...

And some extras to throw in...

#22 Sorry for the low res
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/smIMG_4554ed

#23
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/smIMG_6316ed2

#24 - Already decided to eliminate this one.
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/website IMG_5767ed

David_A._Lottes
04-25-2008, 09:47 PM
Nice group Mary
I would take out 6, 13, 15 and 24. I'm not crazy about 18, 11 and 20 but the submissions are judged as a group and I don't think those three will kill your chances. Based on how nice some of the others are I bet you could come up with a few more to replace them. BTW, 18 is a nice traditional headshot but I'm not sure if it's snazzy enough for the CPP thing.

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 10:04 PM
Thanks David. I do a large number of headshots for real esate agents and other executives...so I thought I should at least include one...Should I just leave executive headshots/portraits out all together?

I didn't see any wedding images on this forum that were entries for CPP, so I wasn't really sure if I should put in a mix of posed and PJ or just stick with the posed and by the rules images.

David_A._Lottes
04-25-2008, 10:21 PM
Your question about the Headshot is a good one and unfortunately I don't have the answer. Personally I would leave it out because I'd be afraid it wouldn't have enough razzle dazzle but that may be a misconception on my part about what the submission judges are looking for. It's a nice portrait. Now as for the PJ stuff, I think it's just fine for submission. Probably even better now than say, formal family group line ups would be. I'm pretty sure they know what clients are buying and they want to see that your staying in touch with the market *(visually literate)*, even if it is or isn't their favorite style.

*Think of images as a visual language, every year new "words' are added to the language and old ones fall out of use. In order to speak to contemporary clients you have to stay (visually literate). The older I get the harder that is for me. Some of my images have a real "Dag nab It" tone to them and (by jiminy) I still like them. ;)

D._Craig_Flory
04-25-2008, 10:48 PM
Hi Mary;

I went through 3 times and here are my no's : 10, 20, 22, & 24.

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 10:50 PM
Having said that I have images such as these that I didn't think would fly at all...just are my personal style. I would think the judges would say...no way (for CPP or competition anyway). What is your opinion of these & it's relation to CPP?

I love tilts and angles but I find that other photographers don't.
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/7


http://mhphouston.com/gallery/Rick-and-Cynthia-3

I love this one, but the nose position and the partial eye make me think this isn't good enough. What do you think?
http://mhphouston.com/gallery/IMG_6073ed Final sm


http://mhphouston.com/gallery/IMG_6772ed2

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 10:59 PM
Thanks Craig. So you've both said 24 so I am defintely cutting that one out.

D._Craig_Flory
04-25-2008, 11:05 PM
Hi Mary;

You have got to include the limo image ! I am one who usually doesn't like tilts but this works because of the mirror image. Also, I'd include the bride by the window !!! I'd like the couple at the brick wall if it wasn't tilted but that one does bother me.

MaryHenry
04-25-2008, 11:28 PM
Thanks! Just for fun, this was my personal favorite of the couple with grungy wall behind them.

http://mhphouston.com/gallery/Rick-and-Cynthia-2

D._Craig_Flory
04-25-2008, 11:33 PM
Hi Mary;

I love that ... use it !!!

Dave_Cisco
04-25-2008, 11:34 PM
I love this one, but the nose position and the partial eye make me think this isn't good enough. What do you think?





The nose problem is a 45 second-fix in PS....it's allowed to fix images.:D

Liz_Vance
04-28-2008, 03:09 AM
Hi Mary,

Okay, here is my take on these:


1. (bride) I like this. I love the background.
2. (kiss) this is nice, but there's too much smoothing on their faces
3. (makeup) I really like this
4. (wedding candid) I like the emotion on his face a lot, but I'm not crazy about the picture. It looks like a snapshot.
5. (bride) I like this a lot. it's very dramatic
6. (kissing couple) this one just leaves me feeling 'enh'. The kiss doesn't look real, and if it was staged and not captured, then more attention should have been paid to the background.
7. I like the moment with the bride and dad, but it needs to be cropped or something, to focus the action much, much tighter. That moment gets lost while you're looking at the guy with a video camera. I played with this and did an edge blur (kubota tools 2), and it looks pretty cool.
8. I like this, but again, too much smoothing in dad's face.
9. Love this, but too much smoothing
10. This is cute, but the color is off. I'd make it B&W, and fill in those dark spots on the lower right by cloning in the wall behind her.
11. enh. This one doesn't do much for me.
12. I like this, love the idea of it. Only problem is that it makes her look a little cross-eyed. Just a little. And it could just be that I'm tired and not seeing it as clearly as I could. :)
13. I really like this.
14. I don't know about this one. It reminds me a lot of the baby from the OK City bombings. These types of portraits should be sweet and loving, or fun (baby wearing the hat, etc), and while he looks loving, he also looks like he just saved her from near death.
15. This is nice. I like this. Great fabric -- I want that!
16. This is sweet. It's a little green, though. Watch your skintones.
17. This is nice, but not great.
18. This is okay - it's competent but nothing special. It's filler.
19. This is nice. I really like this.
20. This is one of the weaker ones. The color is off. He's really green, and it looks like the whites of his eyes have been overdone a little bit.
21. I really like this.
22. The first thing I noticed was the red flower. you read L to R, and then you follow the leads, so you come in reading the hand, which points up to the flower. If you decide to use this print, I'd take them out.
23. This is really cool.
24. yah, it's gone.

Overall, I like the wedding stuff (oh, and the fun couple later at the wall, I loved that) more than the staged or studio stuff. You need to watch how heavily you apply a smoothing action - you don't want to create a pasteface, and you want to look at the backgrounds, and isolate the subjects. I think you've got a lot of really nice images to work with here. Good job!

Liz