The Top 50 Wedding Photos of 2014 Curated by Junebug Weddings and the Help of Four World Renowned Wedding Photographers

(PRWEB) January 17, 2015

On January 15, 2015 Junebug Weddings announced its 2014 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Collection revealing the top 50 wedding photos of 2014.

Junebug has been hosting wedding photography contests for the last six years and its annual Best of the Best Wedding Photography Contest is its oldest and most popular. Over 8,500 photos were submitted by photographers from 35 different countries, to produce this year’s stunning collection of 50 images.

Four world renowned wedding photographers assisted the Junebug team in judging this contest: Susan Stripling, Cole Roberts and Jakob Granqvist of Nordica Photography, and Jeff Newsom.

“Our four star judges are huge names in the industry, and we are so lucky to have worked with them to curate this photo collection. I strongly believe this year’s collection is the best yet, and I can’t wait for everyone to see all of the incredibly breathtaking moments and epic shots.” -Carrie Crooks, General Manager and Editor in Chief

Winning a Junebug Best of the Best photography contest is one of the highest honors a wedding photographer can receive. Acclaimed wedding photographers Fer Juaristi, Chrisman Studios, and Jose Villa have all had winning images in Best of the Best contests.

“I judge a lot of contests and I have never seen such a high level of skill in entries,” said wedding photographer and contest judge, Susan Stripling.

The next contest that Junebug Weddings will host is its annual Engagement contest, which opens on April 1st.

About Junebug Weddings: Junebug Weddings is a world renowned wedding blog that highlights the art of wedding photography specifically and is also a trusted wedding resource for brides. Junebug is extremely proud of its wedding photography contests. Since the launch of its first contest in 2008, Junebug has also launched an Engagement contest which runs a few months after its Wedding contest. You can view Junebug’s past contest winners by visiting the Best of the Best Engagement, which runs in April, and the Best of the Best Destination, which runs in July. To learn more about becoming a Junebug Weddings member, please visit our contact page for information regarding our application process.

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Legendary guitarist and 2015 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ricky Byrd, best known as a founding member of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, will perform with Amy Madden, bassist for John Lee Hooker and Liberty DeVitto, drummer with Billy Joel, in their amazing Blues Trio configuration as part of the Grand Opening launch party of Flying Key Entertainment. On Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 pm, Flying Key Entertainment, Connecticut’s newest full service entertainment company with a mission to help aspiring and established artists, will host a free concert at Fast Eddie’s Billiards Café, 46 Old State Rd New Milford, CT.

Artists are encouraged to bring their information to submit for consideration to the event. “This is an amazing opportunity for area music lovers to enjoy top shelf Hall of Fame entertainment while giving artists the chance to meet and greet company reps that can help them move to the next level,” said National Recording Artist and company partner Lucinda Rowe.

Lucinda is a 25 year veteran of the music industry having spent 12 years in music management in addition to managing her own very successful grassroots singer/songwriter career along with Michael Connolly. The evening will include a performance by National Recording Artist Lucinda Rowe and Michael Connolly along with their full band.

“Achieving the next step is usually the hardest thing for any artist to accomplish. Navigating the entertainment industry takes more than just a strum on the guitar strings,” adds Lucinda Rowe.

Lucinda Rowe formed Flying Key Entertainment with partners Michael Connolly, world renowned photographer/designer Laura Landau and Anthony Raiani; Business Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. The group will help artists at all levels hone their craft, discover the right personal image for their music, showcase their original works and work their way onto the artist roster of the company which includes Ricky Byrd and local artists on the rise.

“The partners of Flying Key Entertainment have all been immersed in the entertainment industry on every level. We know the pitfalls. We’ve experienced the rise and fall of the recording industry and understand how to engage an audience. We have some of the best industry advisors and intellectual property attorneys available to us,” adds Rowe “Our fee structure is based solely on exactly what each artist may need to move forward. We understand the term ‘starving artist’ and know how important every dollar is to someone trying to make it in this business.”

Based in Fairfield County, Connecticut- Flying Key Entertainment offers aspiring artists coaching in guitar, bass, vocals, songwriting, artist imaging, drums, live production and performance, graphic design and photography/videography, onsite CD and DVD duplication, booking and artist management and the opportunity to record in a fully functional 70’s vintage analog 8 track recording studio or pro-tools multitrack studio.

The event on January 31, 2015, no cover; doors open at 7:00 pm. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Guests under 21 admitted with Parent or Guardian (No exceptions). Artists are encouraged to bring a CD, press kit or one sheet to submit for artist consideration by the company or mail to Flying Key Entertainment, PO BOX 8094, New Fairfield, Connecticut 06812. For more information call 203.241.0068 or visit

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Great Photography Tips To Help You Succeed

Would you like to improve your photograph’s quality but are not sure how? You can learn a lot from this article and the tips inside as they’re geared to help you improve your skills in photography.

Get in close to get the most impressive shot. Doing this lets you get your subject in frame, and prevents any interference from the background. When you are photographing people, this makes it easier to hone in on facial expressions, as well. This ability is important for anyone who wants to take portrait shots. The important thing to remember is that the small details that turn a good photo into a great one are easily missed when you are farther away from your subject.

Using a professional camera is crucial if you plan on shooting professional quality photographs. For the best photos, purchase a DSLR camera. Many professional photographers use this kind of camera; if you want to take the same kind of quality pictures they take, you will need to get one.

Experiment with new ways to use your camera, and take some original pictures. A good photograph should develop a personal style and show the world through a certain point of view. Do not take pictures that people have seen over and over again. Be creative, and shoot from unusual angles.

Your arms should be close against your body when you are holding the camera, and make sure your hands are on the sides and bottom of the camera. This will minimize shaking and produce clearer shots. Holding the camera from the bottom and underneath the lens also helps prevent dropping your camera accidentally.

Often a photographer will be so concerned with a landscape background that he neglects the details in the foreground. However, this is the first place the viewer’s eye will land. To create a frame that is striking and increase the depth of your photo, plan the foreground of the shot.

When you are snapping pictures of people, you can blur the background a bit to get the best effect. If your background is focused it might take some focus off of your subject. The easiest way to be sure the background is out of focus is to set your subjects well in front of the background.

Talent is important, of course, but skill can be learned. What follows are several ideas that anyone interested in photography should consider so that they have a foundation on which to begin their interests.