By Chris Shannon - The Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY - Katheryn Gordon won the big prize at last weekends Professional Photographers' of Canada - Atlantic competition in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Gordon, who's from Sydney River, captured the coveted portrait photographer of the year award.
"I was tickled pink," said Gordon, on her third win in the category.
It's a long and complex process to decide the winner in this top category, which had five nominees.
"The four images that I put in, two of them were excellent, one was merit and the other was accepted.
By Dan MacDonald - The Cape Breton Post
I must say that Katheryn Gordon’s Share the Passion show Saturday night at CBU’s Boardmore Playhouse had to be one of the most powerful and emotional musical events I’ve attended in a long time. The audience had to run the gamut from laughter to tears throughout the two-hour presentation that coupled Katheryn’s photos with music covering the range from Mozart to Mancini, Pachrlbel’s Canon to the Forest Gump Suite.
The musicians, (Kim Lantz, Richard MacAulay, Shawn MacDonald, Stewart MacDonald and Katheryn Gordon herself), are all considered some of the best around and together they gave a very polished and well-rehearsed presentation designed and co-ordinated to give maximum impact to the photographic work being displayed behind them.
Reprinted from "The Backgrounder" May 2006 issue, a publication of Virtual Backgrounds, San Marcos, Texas.
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Warren Gordon, Gordon Photographic
Success—Right From the Start!
Cape Breton Island (Canada) is known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world and Warren Gordon, MPA photographs it all. Visit any bookstore/tourist shop on the island and you’ll see his work.
He has sold over 200,000 hard cover “coffee table” photo books about his island and tons of picturesque calendars. For 30 years he has operated a full-service studio. Warren first heard about Virtual Backgrounds some years ago, thought it was a great idea, but didn’t acquire a system because he heard that some photographers had trouble.
In April 2005, Warren attended the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) National Convention in Calgary and watched Trevon Baker get great results with a Scene Machine even though he was working in a very small trade show booth. He also attended Joseph and Louise Simone’s PPOC presentation and decided the time had come for him to acquire a system.
He started using the system in January 2006. Warren reports, “I was expecting to have to spend at least several days learning to use it, but I was very pleasantly surprised that my very first exposures were salable. I didn’t think it would be so easy, and I didn’t expect the impressive results I was getting.” From that point on, he has continued to use the system for every studio photograph he captures.
“I already had a collection of backgrounds on a motorized roller system. I have a lot of different canvas backgrounds, muslins, and even imitation book case backgrounds. But now, I am putting these old backgrounds up for sale because I don’t need them anymore.”
However, because some customers want exactly the same backgrounds they had in photographs taken years earlier, Warren is photographing his old backgrounds and turning them into background slides before he sells them. Warren explains, “Sometimes a family has an array of photographs on the wall of each child’s graduation and they all have the same background. So now, I will just project the old background along with new ones that I will also use, but I won’t have all those different backgrounds cluttering up my studio.”
Warren has been using a spare D70 camera on the system but now is going to permanently mount a new D200.
Warren’s wife, Katheryn was the featured speaker for the 2006 PPOC Halifax convention in May. Katheryn, PPOC Atlantic Photographer of the Year ’04 & ’05, is also an accomplished artist and will be creating a variety of art backgrounds for use with the Scene Machine. Both Gordon and Kathryn’s work can be seen at www.gordonphoto.com.
Reprinted courtesy of Virtual Backgrounds - Copyright © 2006. All rights Reserved.
Gordon named photographer of the year for second year in a row, picks up seven awards
By Laura Jean Grant - Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY - It was a picture-perfect event for Katheryn Gordon at the annual gathering of the Maritime Professional Photographers Association in Moncton.
The Sydney River photographer was named the MPPA Photographer of the Year for the second year in a row and was the recipient of seven other awards including best portrait, best child portrait and best fine art. She was also recognized with three out of five judge’s choice ribbons. Each judge only has one ribbon to give out.
Gordon said she was thrilled with the recognition and compliments she received during the weekend.
"To get the Maritime Photographer of the Year again was amazing. I did not expect that at all. I walked in there without any expectations, really, I knew I loved the images that I put into competition but I didn’t know if they would be understood," she said.