Welcome to our photo challenge! Our challenges are open for photo submissions on Mon & Tues (until 9:00 pm CST).
- This week’s theme is “By The Book.” Read more details about this week’s theme here.
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Photo Credit: Hilary Camilleri from One For The Wall (Meet Hilary in our Guest Photography Judge interview below.)
“By The Book” Photo Submissions:
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Guest Photographer Judge Interview
We are thrilled to welcome our friend, Hilary Camilleri from One For The Wall and Along Came Baby, as our Guest Photographer Judge for this week’s photo challenge. Be sure to check back later this week to see which photos she chooses as her favorites for this week’s theme.
We had the pleasure of meeting Hilary when we spoke at HER Conference last November and fell absolutely in love with her and her photography work.
My name is Hilary Camilleri and I am the owner of One for the Wall photography and co-owner of Along Came Baby photography. I have had my photography business for three years. After eight years in a very cool corporate sales job I left to be at home with our girls. After four weeks of being at home I registered the name One for the Wall photography. Three years later I have photographed close to 500 families and still absolutely love what I do!
Outside of my photography business we have a very busy household with two spirited little girls and one type A lasapoodle.
I love skinny jeans, ketchup chips, my hunters, happy people and my Nikon gear.
I despise brussel sprouts, that life has to be so short, wrinkles and flying.
Fun Q&A with Hilary
- What was your favorite photography moment of the year? My favourite photography moment of 2011 was photographing the talent in the Canadian Country Music Awards gift lounge that were held in Hamilton, Ontario. Meeting and photographing Chantal Kreviazuk and Richard Marx were highlights for me! I love taking assignments that take me out of what I would normally photograph.
- What inspires you as a photographer? Every photo I take is inspired by the people that stand in front of me. There was a turning point in my business about a year and a half ago where I surrendered to myself and accepted what I was capable of producing as a photographer. It was liberating. I cannot be anyone else but me and I feel confident that my work is genuine and comes from how I interact with my clients. Each session is unique because it belongs to a new family with a whole different connection to one another.
- Do you have a “most embarrassing moment” you can share? Easy. Stepping in dog doo and having to smell it the entire shoot.
- Favorite Quote? “It’s not about the journey but the people you take along for the ride.” I actually penned this phrase two years ago. When I reflect on my life and all of the people that I have crossed paths with I feel an enormous sense of good fortune. Things haven’t always been easy but I have had good people around me. The people that have been in my life at all different stages and phases (that includes hair, fashion and boyfriends) have made my life what it it is.
- What is the best photography advice you have ever been given? In my first year of business, I, like many new photographers compared my work to others and as a result felt down. My mentor who had been in the photography industry for over five years simply told me to look to my clients for validation. Are they happy? Are they booking you again? If the answer was yes than that was all I needed to concern myself with. I have never forgotten this. It changed my attitude and made me very client focused. I feel fantastic about what I do and what I am able to produce for people. I adore all of my clients and am happy to say that the majority of my business is the same families year after year.
Tell us about your “book” themed photo submission and say hello to our Guest Photographer Judge in the comments section below! (Please be aware that the number of your submission most probably will change if any of the other submissions have to be deleted.)