Local photographer Renee Bell gets global recognition. At this year’s ‘2008 International Aperture Awards’, Renee has walked away with two bronze medals.
The 2008 International Aperture Awards is a global photography competition (www.internationalapertureawards.com/judges.php) judged by international industry professionals. The winning images are awarded based on the average voting scores of five international judges.
Renee has been running a highly successful photography business here in the Greater Port Macquarie for the last two and half years. She specialises in portraiture, weddings, and commercial photography. Focus caught up with Renee to chat about her success.
> First of all, congratulations. Tell us about the awards.
Thank you so much! I entered two images hoping that they would do well, but was blown away when they both picked up a bronze! I have always wanted to enter competitions, but have been so busy with work that I have always missed the deadlines!
However, I was determined to enter the 2008 International Aperture Awards. It is not often that you can get your work judged by people of such immense talent. I would have been happy to have just obtained some feedback! The Australian judges consisted of photographers such as Peter Eastway, Rocco Ancora, and Yervant, just to name a few. Not to mention some of the great international judges. These people are at the top of their game.
> Share your thoughts about the images themselves.
The first image I chose was from a wedding at the Lorne Macadamia Nut Farm. It was a wet day, and the bride and groom were not put off at all. I wanted to capture their fun personality and utilise the rain. It took a couple of attempts to get the timings synchronised, however I was extremely happy with the final shot, and obviously the judges liked it as well!
The second image was at Bonny Hills. It was a pretty overcast day, but it was one of those moments where I could visualise both the tree and the finished product instantly. It is quite a moody shot, and I really thought it had the potential to do well.
> How will the medals help your business?
I think it confirms to my clients and to myself that what I am doing, I am doing right. I try to mix the 2 (photojournalism and fine art) to try and capture something really special and amazing. People want more than your standard posed wedding shot. I’m trying to capture beauty and uniqueness at the same time.
> What is next for you?
I am changing my business name to Renee Bell Studios. This commences in the New Year, and I have a new talented photographer, Rachel Caller, coming on board. It’s going to be a busy 2009, so the short break between wedding seasons will rejuvenate me. That’s what was so nice about the medals … you work very hard all year, and it’s nice to be rewarded for your effort.
> Thank you Renee.
You can see Renee’s work at www.reneebell.com.au