It has been a pretty good competition season! The Professional Photographers of America just wrapped up 4 days of judging (aprox 5200 entries) and three of my four images were "merit" worthy this year with one of them being accepted into the prestigious loan collection after a nail-biting judge's challenge! All four images were of human subjects which was a first for me as well as client images. "Poof" was one of many images made during a shoot with Belleville Elite Dance Academy last year. Dancer Elisha Lamm will be added to the PPA's Loan collection which will be published this winter by Marathon Press [available here]. "Big Guns" is tattoo model, Hanna Hetz and was certainly the image I had most fun working on 😉 She came to the studio to work up some portfolio images for her budding modeling career. Hanna will working for Always Late TV producing programming for next year's season and is currently on season 4 Local Ambition. "Smooth" was done for Traveon Westbrook, a local guy looking for some PR images. "Senior Squeeze" was a senior client a couple years back and the only senior cool enough to bring his accordion along for his photo session! I'll throw in one other item as this was a big week on my 'day' job as well... TWO Emmy nominations for news promos at KSDK where I spend all my weekdays. A promo I edited for KSDK's Ferguson coverage was produced by former colleague and friend Kim Sherman who is currently working at WFLA in Tampa, Florida. A second KSDK promo launching a newly branded Show Me St. Louis was created by Jeff LoGrasso, Joe Eickmeier and myself along with custom music by Jerome Gilmer, performed by Nicole Pettker. [both spots linked below] This promo for NewsChannel Five was created shortly after the unrest in Ferguson, MO as part of KSDK's coverage. "Why Can't We Talk" NewsChannel Five Promo from Doug Howell on Vimeo. This promo was created to help re-launch KSDK's Show Me St. Louis brand. Shot by myself and coworker Joe Eickmeier. Show Me St Louis 60 from Doug Howell on Vimeo.