We're now in the home straight for the Guild of Photographers' Image of the Month competition for 2019, with September being the penultimate month of entries!
Going into September I was in quite a fortunate position as I'd already entered the required number of images for the Photographers Bar (24 images in the same category - 8 months x 3 images per month), and according to my maths, I think I also have the required number of points.
I was pretty rushed at the end of September - note to self: be more organised - and I even considered not entering at all, as I didn't have the time to check all the things I normally do when entering images. I honestly wasn't expecting to get any more than Classified.
So you could have knocked me over with a feather when I checked the results and saw that I'd been awarded THREE Bronze Awards!!
Here's a little behind the scenes about each of my September entries:
Lexi the Border Collie had a photo shoot with me back in February of this year, at Brixworth Country Park in Northamptonshire. The day was actually quite dull, but Lexi had fun exploring and posing for her photos. This shot was taken in a nice open area close to the car park, and the sunflare was added in post-production.
For me this image completely encapsulates the alertness of the border collie, and is one of my favourites from her photo shoot.
Missie is a Lhasa Apso, who had a photo shoot experience with me back in March, along with her brother Yogi. Missie was extremely nervous due to mistreatment by her previous owners, so her photo shoot was kept quite short with minimal kit.
I was absolutely thrilled to capture this portrait of her for her humans, not least because we really didn't know how she would react and whether I would get any photos of her at all.
Last but not least, Remus is a fox red working labrador puppy, and this was taken at his first photo shoot when he was just nine weeks old.
I actually edited this image in both a colour and a black & white version. Popular opinion on my Facebook page voted for the colour version as their favourite, but there's something about the black & white that just keeps bringing me back to it - so I'm really pleased that this image achieved it's Bronze Award!