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Internationally awarded Portrait Photographer,

Shelley Franklin

Accredited Fellow Master Photographer with "The Portrait Masters"

Over 11,000 portraits from around the world were submitted to The Portrait Masters Awards in January of 2020. On March 17, winners were announced. We were so proud this image won 1st place in the category of Group/Family Portrait. It was one of 9 images reviewed for the possibility of being Grand Champion of The Portrait Masters. Only 340 Silver awards were issued during this round of the competition. Shelley received 11 of them, and 17 bronze awards in addition to the title of Category Winner.

Shelley reached "Fellow" status with The Portrait Masters in September of 2020. This is a title that only five photographers hold at this time, and an accomplishment that is the long term goal of thousands of photographers worldwide.

Many photographers say they have no interest in submitting to competitions. There is normally a fee to submit, and they prefer to work making money rather than spending it to have their images judged. To some, making money from client shoots is proof their photography is "good enough". Not to me. The passion I have for photography is much deeper than being satisfied with good enough. The amazing thing about competition and how creative and GOOD you have to be to receive silver awards is something that has pushed me to improve more and more over the past two years. Submitting to competition is absolutely elevating the quality of my work, and has placed me on a "fast track" that may have otherwise taken me a decade.

I believe though I am a photographer, first and foremost I'm an artist. My camera and images are the medium I use to create my art. The artist side of me has flourished since participating in The Portrait Masters Competition. So much so that I began submitting to other competition such as WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), WPE, among a few. My awards work was transforming the way I looked at client shoots. I had new goals to make client work that is award worthy, and so I have! Here are some of the images that have won awards over the last 2 1/2 years.

Shelley's work can be seen among the work of the many talented winners of The Portrait Masters, and can be viewed here:

Franklin Studios is located at 10810 East Via Linda Suite 105, in Scottsdale and serves the greater area of Phoenix, Arizona

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