Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekly Motif - {Almost Axed} - Top 5 Featured Photographers - Featuring Guest Judge: Stephanie Mason Photography

This week: We were a bit quiet but behind the scenes we were loud! We are working to integrate new ideas to keep you interested, inspired and connected. One of the main goals of this month is to add 2 or 3 Recurring Contributors, in hopes of providing our audience with more relevant, inspirational, and educational content. Keep your eye out for a blog post with more details this week. Let's jump into the excitement: Top 5 Featured! 

Our fabulous Guest Judge this week was:
Here are the images she chose along with comments for each of the images:

Salty Air Creations
"This photo looks like a piece of art I would hang in my house. It is so dreamy and pretty that I really couldn’t figure out why the artist would want to axe it. It is beautifully captured." ~ Stephanie

Stephanie Minior Photography
"I love just how fun this image is. It’s very genuine, innocent and real. It will definitely be a great image for these children to look back on when they are older!" ~ Stephanie

Performer Photography
"I really love how the photographer (mother) got into this image with her daughter. To have herself documented during her daughter’s early years is something that I personally wish I did more often. It’s an important reminder for all of us mommy photographers to take a moment to be documented as well. Kudos to her!" ~ Stephanie

Karen Osdieck Photography
"The smile on this little boy really just melts my heart. You can tell the joy he has from that beaming grin. To have such a happy photo axed would be really unfortunate so I am glad this one made the cut! "
~ Stephanie

Danielle Wedge Photography
"It’s almost mind boggling to me that this image would be axed due to glasses glare. I struggle with glasses glare with my youngest quite often and I find myself having to live with it because that’s just how my son looks. This image has so much emotion and closeness to it. As someone that doesn’t know these subjects, you are immediately drawn to them, smile at the bond they share and it just leaves you with a genuine happy feeling. This is an image (as a mommy myself) that I would love to have with my kids. I am so glad that this mother is able to have that moment captured with her daughter preserved through such a beautiful image and it wasn’t axed." ~ Stephanie

Congratulations to the Winners! 
The new Weekly Motif is {Simple Pleasures}. Get creative! Challenge yourself. Share your art for others to become inspired!

~ The Artistic Tog Team
     Live. Love. Inspire! 

We're still looking for Guest Contributors:

Spring, to us, means a fresh start, new, growth. We would like our Guest Contributor blog posts for April, to reflect these concepts. We are looking for blog posts that show us how far you've come, new gadgets/tips that help you capture those perfect moments, new areas you are exploring in photography, etc. Send us your pitch to and you could be chosen as a Guest Contributor for April. For more info, pm or email us. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You can post up to 2 watermarked images on our wall (by uploading an image or posting a link to the image url) and the photographs posted must be your original work. Please tag your business page/website and remember to like the page before posting images. We would like to give exposure to the maximum number of talented photographers for one simple reason: INSPIRATION!

We didn't ever expect to grow this fast so soon, therefore it just occurred to us that we may have repeat winners. The winners will continually be chosen by guest judges, not our blog admins. This gives us more diversity in the judging process and also allows our lovely Artsies (our readers/fans) to participate, first hand, in our inspirational movement. In the event there is a repeat winner, you are still given the chance to judge; although what we encourage is for you to pay it forward and pass your guest judge turn to a deserving Artsie that has not yet had the opportunity to become a judge.


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