My First Silver Photography Award

Every month I enter The Guild of Photographers Image of the Month competition with what I feel are my strongest images that I hope to get awards with.  Each month when I enter them I’m usually fairly confident, but by the time the results come out (at least 3 weeks later), the self doubt begins!  I loved my asparagus and orchid images when I had created them and of course the images of my gorgeous son but are they “Award Winning”?

My First Silver Bar Award

My First Silver Bar Award

Well a panel of judges that scored them think so!  And they liked my asparagus image so much that they awarded it a Silver Bar!  Silver Bar Award images are rare and defined as “Images that are very well crafted at a professional level – difficult to achieve”.   I have been aiming to raise my average scores from Bronze Bars which are amazing to receive as they are also difficult to achieve, but it’s something else to feel like I have reached the next level in my photography.

A Bronze Bar award for my orchid image

A Bronze Bar award for my orchid image

Alongside my Silver Bar Award, I also managed to total up another staggering 5 Bronze Bar Awards!!

Another Bronze Bar For my fine art orchid image

Another Bronze Bar For my fine art orchid image

All I can say is it’s lucky I have such a willing model in my youngest son, my eldest’s rates are getting far too expensive!

A Bronze Bar for my youngest

A Bronze Bar for my youngest

Another Bronze Bar, I expect it was for the eyes!

Another Bronze Bar, I expect it was for the eyes!

Another Bronze Bar - It seems Fistral Beach is my lucky spot!

Another Bronze Bar – It seems Fistral Beach is my lucky spot!

I’ve had an amazing couple of months with record scores, but it’s been such a busy month, I don’t think I’m going to be able quite as many images into June’s Image of the Month Competition.  But now that I’ve reached that elusive Silver, the bar has been set and I shall most definitely be aiming for it again.

Wish me luck!

 

 

New Personalised Illustrations

When I first started my illustration range, along with my original name prints with illustrations for each letter and full alphabet prints, I created a letter print range of illustrations.  Just one illustration with the corresponding letter.  I thought these could be a nice way of adding a bit of personalisation to a children’s room without a full name.  However, it seems as though they’re not as popular as I’d have hoped.  But then it struck me at the weekend…. Why am I printing them as letter prints, when I should be designing them as alternative name prints?  How had I not thought of this before?!

 

Choose your favourite illustration

Choose your favourite illustration

Choose your favourite illustration from the complete range of 72 and then add your name underneath.

 

Longer names can fit

Longer names can fit

With the original name prints, it is difficult to fit too many letters on as the illustrations become too small, however with these new personalised prints, longer names can be accommodated very easily.

 

Name colour is chosen to match the illustration

Name colour is chosen to match the illustration

The colour of the name will be chosen to match the illustration, but if you have a preferred colour then you can just let me know when you order.

Order today!

Order today!

They are approx. 23cm x 23cm and are available to order from my online shop for just £9.50 unframed or £19.50 framed.  Click here.

 

 

Name prints with extra personalised details

I’ve been thinking about offering extra personalised details on my prints for a while, so when a friend asked me to create one for a Christening present, of course I told her I could!

Add up to 3 sections of text of your choice

Add up to 3 sections of text of your choice

There are three areas of text that you can add details to.  Two standard rows immediately below the name and then a little section in the corner if you’d like to “sign it”.  It is entirely up to you what details or text goes in those areas and I will balance the text size to fit nicely on the print.  Text colour will be a softer shade of the main text colour i.e. for boys it will be a softer blue and for girls a softer pink.  Digital proofs can be emailed out to check for any errors prior to printing if requested.

 

Happy Christening Mia Grace

Happy Christening Mia Grace

I have been given permission to share the lovely print that was created for Mia.  The Christening was on sunday and I received some lovely feedback on sunday evening from them: “Thankyou so much for making me a great memento for my Goddaughters christening present! It was beautiful and would recommend you to anyone for childrens gifts for any occasion! xxx”.  Apparently Mia’s mum cried when she saw it because it was so perfect…. but you didn’t hear that from me ;)

 

Name prints with additional personalised details will be available soon on the online shop in the meantime you can order them directly from me through my facebook page or email contact@gemmadawks.co.uk.  They will be on sale for £17.50 unframed and £32.50 framed (framed illustrations will be available for collection only.