Fairford portrait photographer, Peter Paredes, has just had 16 images selected to go into the final judging of the prestigious Xperience Portrait Awards.
In the second round of judging, it was revealed that Peter of Paredes Photography has potentially winning images in four categories: Family, Child, Under 5s and Open. In each of the categories, there is a £500 prize for his client as well as the title of Photographer of the Year up for grabs.
Mark Cleghorn, Training Director of The Xperience Group and multi award winning photographer, said: ‘The standard of photography in this year’s awards is amazing, and to think that all the images entered are from real client shoots on the day and under the pressure of the moment.’ He also commented: ‘The overall winners will be announced in November and, to be honest, I can’t wait to see who rises to the top. It’s going to be a fierce fight for the mixed judging panel made up of professionals and consumers.’
Peter, who runs a portrait studio in Fairford, specialises in family and child photography and, for the past nine years, has been developing new styles as well as advanced lighting and photography techniques to give his clients a new direction in photography. He said: ‘It’s amazing to have my clients love my work but, to be recognised by the industry, is also fantastic for me and my clients, who were all over the moon! I still can’t believe that I won The Family Photographer of the Year in 2016, so fingers cross that I can have another win this year!’ He continued: ‘I feel so blessed to do what I love as a job and it’s an amazing feeling to capture images that I know families will treasure forever. And seeing photos of the resulting wall art in their home makes it even more fantastic.’
To see the finalist images in this year’s awards, visit: http://app.paredesphotography.com/XperienceAwards2018.