Franklin Photography Studios

Awards and Accreditation, The Portrait Masters

Internationally awarded Portrait Photographer,

Shelley Franklin, Master Photographer

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 are 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. It didn't win Grand Champion, but we are more than thrilled with the results. 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 is currently an accredited Master photographer with The Portrait Masters, and expects to earn the status of fellow in September of 2020..

A lot of 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, and 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 for the past two years. I know continuing to submit to competition is absolutely elevating the quality of my work, and has placed me on a "fast track" that may have taken me decades.

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 art. The artist side of me has flourished since participating in The Portrait Masters Competition. So much so that I decided to submit to WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) in 2019. I was so shocked to learn all five images I submitted for the very first time all won silver awards! My awards work was transforming the way I looked at client shoots. I had new goals to make client work that was award worthy, and so I did!

The images here are some of the images that have earned me Silver awards. The elusive GOLD award and my Fellow status with The Portrait masters are still a goal and dream I'm chasing.

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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