SHOOT & SHARE / by Elsie Barnes

It’s been a very crazy 4 months. For those of you affiliated with the military lifestyle, I know for certain you understand. In a matter of weeks, my family and I have moved from the beautiful island of Hawaii, to the taco heaven of Texas. In the process, we sold our beach house and are now currently staying with family. And although on average my husband and I do this every 3 years, this year we did so with 2 kids and a dog in tow. This type of transition has taken an emotional toll on my family. And I was only able to keep my head above water because of the Shoot and Share contest. 

 

Every year, Shoot and Share holds the only free and fair contest for photographers. And every year I chicken out. EVERY.YEAR.

This contest is open to all levels of photography and has a vast variety of genres. People from all walks of life, photography levels and even iPhone photography enthusiasts are able to take part. So why would I be hesitant to participate? The level of artistic vision and talent is outrageous. And to be honest, regardless of how confident I may be in my craft, there is a certain level of insecurity when sharing images from my private collection. 

 

But with a little push from my best friends, Gloria and Denys, I stepped out of my shell and gave it a shot. I submitted 50 images. In doing so, immediately received 2 badges, the “All In” badge and the “Badge of Courage.” It became my solace as we adjusted to our new environment. I’ll even admit I obsessively voted and checked my heart count. The contest definitely helped keep my mind off of the fact that I would be living out of a suitcase for the 3 months as a solo parent of two kiddos and a dog.   

 

Now that the dust has settled, I am so happy to share with you the results of my first year submitting to the Shoot and Share contest.

  

Shoot and Share results of S.T.I.L.L. PHOTOGRAPHY by Elsie Barnes

Shoot and Share results of S.T.I.L.L. PHOTOGRAPHY by Elsie Barnes

Finalist image of Julia and her son,  photographer of Julia Klink Photography

Finalist image of Julia and her son, photographer of Julia Klink Photography

I am elated with the love and support from the Shoot and Share community, and plan on submitting again next year!

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