WPJA 1st PLACE WINNER ~ Amy Enderle!


"AMY!!!! HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR EMAIL?!" . . . I think I might have even yelled it . . . in a late night ecstatic phone call to my business partner EXTRAORDINAIRE ~ Amy Enderle ~ whom we discovered had just won FIRST PLACE in the "emotion" category of WPJA's 4th Quarter photo contest.

This is A BIG DEAL!

First, the contest is only open to members of WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association), and membership is NOT automatic. Photographers must apply for admittance because WPJA wants to ensure its members truly take a photojournalistic approach to weddings. Then each award category receives hundreds of entries from photographers all over the world. To even PLACE in a category is an honor. To actually get FIRST PLACE?! INCREDIBLE!

And so well-deserved . . . here's the image on WPJA's website:
But as ecstatic as we are over Amy's recognition, making the picture was really secondary to making the moment possible. So here's the back story: Andy's grandmother had never missed a single one of her grandchildren's weddings. When she was admitted to the hospital just before Andy & Rachael's wedding, they told Amy: "We really want to see her on our wedding day." So Amy said, "Let's make it work while you're in your wedding clothes." They made last minute changes to the itinerary. Amy drove Rachael to the hospital where Rachael and Andy had a private moment with each other before stepping into his grandmother's room. The hospital requested that only family be in the room, and so Amy documented this moment, along with their smiles and laughter, from the doorway.

Check out what the judges had to say:

JUDGES COMMENTS: I wish there was a caption on this image especially. Very touching. Nicely done.

Straight forward approach with lens and light made it work. This picture was very moving and brought an instant emotion of sadness to me. It is not necessarily the hardest picture to capture but the moment, the emotions, and the scene is what separates this photo from the rest.

Beautifully composed photo with sensitivity of an unexpected moment where the bride and groom visit what appears to be an ailing grandmother in the hospital.

This is a very powerful picture, very moving, this is the reason people want photojournalist style wedding pictures. I think an emotion picture should make you feel something and this nails it. What an amazing opportunity the photographer had to witness something so profound.

The photographer took it one step further and followed the bride and groom to the hospital to visit someone close to them. There is joy and sadness in this photo. It stood out from all the rest.

Amy, you DO stand out from all the rest. I'm so proud of you!


contest entry contemplation . . .

the deadline for wedding photojournalist association's final contest for images created in 2007 is quickly approaching. in thinly veiled attempt to make sure it's not a sand-drenched me headlining the blog; thought i'd do a quick post of real moments i'm contemplating entering . . . . with wpja it's all about moments which is probably why kim + i appreciate it so much. hmmm . . . any thoughts/advise/insight always appreciated:

a new rehearsal dinner category has been added for this contest . . . we definitely think of rehearsal as part of the story, so i'm hoping to go back through images this afternoon; hmmmm . . . can you tell what's going on here? cute-as-pie flower girl, Gracie, has just opened her thank you gift from molly + adam "my own DIAMOND bracelet" she gasped:

thanks for taking a look!

the ONE and ONLY

you know BRIDE'S magazine?

(Conde Nast Publications, they also publish Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, I believe -- and about a bazillion others, too; but hey I digress...)

you know, BRIDE'S!
(title in all caps....magazine always thick, glossy, always on magazine stands)

THEY -- BRIDE'S -- held a contest.

and only ONE Missouri photographer had a winning entry....
and her name is

(drum roll)


category: fashion

image: Kim Adkins' broken yet very fashion-forward foot artfully captured by my terrific-friend, top-notch business partner and, as many now know, one of the most fabulous photographers around!

copied above are screen shots of the two websites with winning entries posted;
and here are the links:


WPJA (the Wedding Photojournalist Association)


come on, group high-five everyone!
yeah team!!!
we should go out and get ice-cream or something!

PS the newest issue features contest images and HITS NEWSTANDS TOMORROW! whew...hope it's a double spread;)

KIM WADE's WPJA recognition

WPJA's (the Wedding Photojournalist Association) competition is truly international and they get thousands of entries....so I'm oh-my-gosh, oh-so-proud of KIM WADE right now that i'm dancing in pjs -- and yes, even by the windows!!!!! (though yes, my daughters may very well faint from embarrassment)

If ever you're looking for inspiring images (you know, in addition to what you're finding here at The Silver Lining LOL) scroll through ol' WPJA ~ they really represent the best of who's out there.

Yeah for Kim. Yeah for Kim. Yeah for Kim!!!!!!

That's RAIN actually falling OFF THE ROOF while Adam catches it in his hand IN TAOS New Mexico. AND it's Becca Young he's kissing (lucky guy!). Becca has shot many a wedding with us and NOW (together with Adam) has her own wedding photography business in addition to traveling the world as a photojournalist.

ok, now you dance, too so I don't start to feel self-conscious ;)


Amy’s AWARD!

I’ve just gotta toot my fellow SilverBox photographer’s horn! Check this OUT! One of Amy’s photographs (yes, our very own Ms. Amy Enderle) has won recognition by the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Here's the entry she submitted…

This is a BIG DEAL! First, contestants need to be members of WPJA, and getting in to WPJA is NOT easy! WPJA screens applicants; less than 5% of wedding photographers qualify for membership. Plus, the quality of images that are entered into competition is topnotch. Amy and I visit WPJA’s website frequently for inspiration, and now one of Amy’s images is out there inspiring others!

So what is WPJA you ask? Let me tell ya: it’s an international organization of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world who photograph weddings in a candid, documentary style. (SOUNDS LIKE OUR AMY!)

Ok, to see Amy’s award-winning image ON-LINE at the WPJA website:
(1) Go to: wpja.com
(2) Click on any category under "See the Latest Contest Winners" to bring up the pop-up window with the "Summer 2006 Contest Gallery"
(3) Select the category “bride & groom toasting” and click "next" 'til you reach her image.

Note that two of the top 3 winners in this category were from Sweden; others in the top 10 were from the Eastern US & Pacific coast states: California, Washington, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey. Thanks for representing the midwest and getting Missouri on the list, Amy!