Silk Moon PPA Merit Collection 2017- Competition Portraits in Colfax, Iowa

Silk Moon PPA Merit Collection 2017 Katherine McClure Photography PPA IPC Corner (1)

Silk Moon PPA Merit Collection 2017

This is Silk Moon, and after a year of competition secrecy I am happy to share it with you!

This portrait won awards on the District and International levels:

2017 PPA Northcentral District Print Competition Merit Image

2017 PPA International Print Competition Merit Collection Image

This portrait of Olivia B. of Newton, Iowa was created in a field in Colfax, Iowa. I had the gown custom made for her for this particular dance move, called a full tilt, and loved how the dress flowed when she kicked! Her hair and make up were done by Danielle at Beauty of All Faces and brought out her gorgeous features.

As you can see from the SOOC (straight out of camera) images, very few changes were made to the subject and background. I played with levels, removed minor distractions and photographed a real half moon to drop in. The biggest adjustment was actually to the shadows on her skirt. The directional light left deep shadows and they pulled the eye away from her face. Lightening them helped keep the focus around her face. Cropping was difficult to decide on, but in the end the strong vertical felt the most balanced.

Silk Moon Merit Collection 2017 Katherine McClure Photography PPA IPC Corner (2)

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