The first week of March I had the privilege to attend one of the world’s largest photography conventions, WPPI ’14, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Customarily I have attended similar conferences in the past as simply an attendee yet this year I was honored to travel with PhotoBarn Pro. Last May I began consulting for PhotoBarn Pro & as the year has progressed my relationship has continued to strengthen. I am now spending several hours a week serving as a Creative Director, from photographing all of the Lifestyle Product images to Design & Branding Strategy. It’s been a wonderful partnership. Since PhotoBarn Pro was exhibiting at WPPI ’14, I had the privilege, along with my wife, Joy, & our Biz Director, Meg, to join PhotoBarn owners, Todd & Lindsay McCormick, at the conference. We had an absolute blast leading up to the conference, designing & laying out the booth. Yet the real fun began when we arrived in Vegas & met with scores of industry friends. A huge thanks to our friend Matthew Pulver for driving all the way from Knoxville to Las Vegas to setup the booth! As a recap, I thought it would be fun to show you our booth which featured much of my work, Finch Photo, as well as Julie Paisley Photography, Lindsay Jane Studios, Kallima Photography & Alec Vanderboom Photographic Services. Enjoy!
Yours truly photographed alongside (L to R) Todd McCormick//Owner/CEO PhotoBarn Pro, Lindsay McCormick//Owner/President PhotoBarn Pro, Meg Prewitt//Biz Director & Director of Marketing, Julie Paisley//Owner/Photographer of Julie Paisley Photography.
Saturday night, Finch Photo was honored to receive some pretty rad awards for our commercial photography work at the 2014 AAF Knoxville Addys. Overall, we submitted three projects & took home 2 Gold Addys & 1 Silver Addy. For those who are curious, here is a bit more info about the Addys: “The Knoxville ADDY® Awards is the first tier of the three-tiered National ADDY® Awards, the advertising industry’s largest recognition of creative excellence. Founded in 1959, the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville is a professional organization that promotes excellence and awareness of advertising in the greater Knoxville area. It is an official chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), which is headquartered in Washington DC and acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 professionals through a national network of 200 local chapters. For more information, visit aafknoxville.com”
We won a Gold Addy for our Culinary Photography for Lil Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant in Old City, Knoxville (click here to see our shoot). I had such a blast photographing their menu that a few days later I took Joy to Lil Vinnie’s for Valentine’s Day… the food is simply wonderful!
We also won a Gold Addy for our photography for The World’s Softest Socks 2013 Brochure Campaign. This was our second year photographing the brochure for World’s Softest & would couldn’t be more pleased to bring home a Gold for this great company. Head on over to their website to see their amazing socks!Last, we won a Silver Addy for our Lifestyle Product photos for PhotoBarn. We began our partnership with PhotoBarn in 2013 & have not looked back. PhotoBarn asked me to become their Director of Photography & to photograph their products as they launched their rebrand. They’ve been a fantastic client & I can’t wait to see what we do together in the future.