This time last year I won my first ever medal in an external exhibition winning the members medal in the Smethwick International exhibition colour print section, with a picture called Pearls of the beautiful and brilliant model Nanette McCrone. Since then I have won numerous awards and medals, including a number with the same image of Nanette.
The members medal is difficult to win as you have to beat quite a few excellent photographers, so I had no expectations whatsoever of winning anything this year, but Nanette came up trumps again and I won the members medal in the colour print section again with our image called The Piano.
|SPS Members Medal Winner – Colour Print – 2011 Smethwick International – “The Piano”|
So there are three things to come out of this:
First, if you are a photographer and you have never shot Nanette then you don’t know what you are missing, she is one of the most creative art-nude models I have ever worked with, so book her.
Second, for various reasons I did not get to shoot with Nanette as much as I should have done last year, even though she is the closest model to me, I will not be making the same mistake next year.
Finally, I do not believe in luck, but you can be pretty certain that an image created by Team McCrone-Pile will be entered in next year’s Smethwick International.
Thanks Nanette, I can honestly say I would not be the photographer I am now without you. Until our next shoot…