APPAs [Canberra Family Portrait Photographer]

For those of you that have not heard of the APPAs, it stands for the The Australian Professional Photography Awards and is run by the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers).

Each year, around Autumn, my life turns upside down as I prepare myself to enter these Awards.  First comes the State Awards in March, and you can see my awards for this level here.  Then competition steps up to a whole new level at the national level.  I can enter a maximum of only 4 prints, so I need to think long and hard about which images I enter.  The process of putting yourself out there for the judging panel (the best photographers in Australia) to scrutinize your work, something that you pour your heart and soul into – it can bring such a range of emotions from heart break to exhilaration all within the space of a couple of hours.  It does take a huge amount of courage to allow yourself to openly be judged by your colleagues.

For years, I have plugged away at the art of photography and art being art, there is always a huge subjective element, but there is so much more to these awards that the subjective nature of photography.   There are no winners or losers in these awards, and no prizes.  There is simply knowledge of knowing that I have been brave enough to enter.

This year, again, I entered all of my images into the “Family” Category.   It is such a new and developing category but one that I so fully believe in, and it is of course the backbone of my business.  This is where my heart lies.  Just to give you a little inside knowledge, the rules of this category state that the image must be a commissioned, and for this reason I really need to put a shout out there for my clients for placing their trust in me, not only to capture their memories that they hold so dear, but trusting these crazy little ideas that I have in my head.   My inspiration first and foremost, comes from my clients.

This year, I scored my very first GOLD.  Scoring Gold was a pipe dream for me.  Ahem, I am getting goose bumps just at the thought of it.  I really just wanted to say my biggest thank you to Tom and Liam – thank you for just being you.    I have had a lot of people asking me about this series of images, and you can see the rest of the session blogged here.  But without further adieu, here are the identical 3 1/2 year old Superheros of the APPAs for me this year.

I also scored two silver awards with these two images

I have to add that this image is now hanging as a huge framed canvas, being 150cm in width in this families house.

An lastly, from thisop photo shoot in Darwin.  Thank you Kebe.

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  • Lea said:

    OMG Robyn .. as you know, I was so enamoured with your first print and would love to own it myself ( even with a strangers children contained within :) .. and I knew the 2nd one was yours.. but tht 3rd one! Well, I passionately watched that being judged, and cheered so loudly when it was awarded .. very exciting and I just thought it was beautiful.

    You are a very talented and amazing lady, and it was lovely to catch up with you on the Saturday night Xx

  • Oh Robyn.... it truly is such a pleasure to see you awarded for the amazing work you produce. I am in awe and completely joyful for you. Well done my lovely!!! WELL DONE!!!!

  • Erica said:

    Congratulations on your awards. So well deserved. :)

  • SO SO SO SO SO happy for you! So well deserved! Was so wonderful to spend time with you again! xx

  • El said:

    Soooooo happy for you Robyn! I was dying to see your gold inage close up!!! Everyone was raving about it!! So well deserved xox

  • Narrelle said:

    You really are so clever Robyn! I remember watching the judging of your gold image, and had no idea it was yours, so was super excited for you when I found out.
    May it be the first of many golds - you deserve them! xx

  • Peta said:

    Beautiful work Robyn. Very deserving of the awards.

  • You are amazing Robyn and I'm so glad it's been recognised in this way. Such fantastic images. I love them all to bits!

  • On of the favourite parts of my weekend was watching you score your gold award.... i am tearing up at the thought... i just wish i videoed your reaction. Pure emotion. You deserve each and every accolade beautiful Robyn! xxxx

  • Oh Robyn, you are such an inspiration and one of the nicest people to go with it. I can't think of anyone that deserves this wonderful success more than you.

  • Robyn, these are fantastic images and you very much deserved the accolades you recieved at the APPA's. I can't pick a fav, I love them all so much.

  • Super Hero Family said:

    Robyn, what a well deserved award. You captured our boys Liam and Tom so well. The boys still talk about having their photo taken by Robyn and the other day we drove past their photo shoot and they got all excited. We are so delighted you won and thrilled with the shots. Can't wait to receive our copy of the print and hang it up and tell people the story behind it. Well done :)

  • Andy said:

    it was never in doubt that the GOLD would come - all that enthusiasm, passion and drive... full credit to you Rob. Very proud and happy for you. love Andy

  • I think I told you at the time Robyn but I so loved that collage of the twins and couldn't wait to see it up close after it was judged. And when I did, I was blown away even more, it's so perfect! All these images are totally deserving of the awards they won, huge congratulations!!

  • grandad murray said:

    Dad must be really strong to hold the heavy superhero against the force of gravity--a wonderful team effort--twins plus a black labrador would make a great smacko ad! Grandad M/