Paper: Hahnemühle Photo rag
Matte fine art
Award: Second Place in bride
alone: Wedding Day (Wedding
The smooth, fine-art cotton paper
helped me get the soft, romantic
mood for this portrait of a bride
waiting for the ceremony to start. It
felt like a good fit for this moment.
Next time, I would be more
careful about the position of the
chair and the side table. as is, it’s
kind of unbalanced in the picture.
This is a candid capture, but if I had a
chance to do it again, I would move
the table more to the left.
“Smooth matte paper was a good
choice to carry the mood and
story. Low-key images such as
this can be a challenge for matte
papers. applying a filter such as
Topaz Detail will boost separation
in the shadows.”
Paper: Canson Infinity rag Photographique 310
Award: first Place in Wedding Contemporary (Creative
I have used this paper stock for many years now. It’s
generally a good fit for my more graphic images like this
one—it’s very bright, colorful and fun! The paper is really
smooth, made from 100 percent cotton, and I’ve always
found it to be super consistent.
JONATHAN PENNEY SAYS…
“Kelly’s choice of smooth matte paper is ideal, picking up
on the retro color palette and the texture of the circular
mats. a textured paper would have been too strong for
the tiny details, and a glossy paper would feel too slick
and contemporary for the imagery.”
If you’re new to submitting work, ask for help from
someone you trust—not your mother, because she loves
everything you do. Get honest feedback from a fresh set
of eyes, someone who has been there before.
Submit as many times as you can and attend the two-day live judging
at WPPI. This is always my favorite part of the competition. I learned
so much about details such as posing, lighting and editing through
listening to the judges’ comments.
G kelly’s tip!