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Wow, I’m so excited!  Everyone at the studio is buzzing about the award from the  Maine Professional Photographers.  As the principal photographer, I won the award, but it really belongs to the whole studio.  Before I tell you more about the award, let me tell you a couple of  the things I’m grateful for.  I have an amazing team at Focus Photography, and I’m so proud of everyone.  Lucia and Allison do a phenomenal job designing wedding albums that tell great stories.  I have four outstanding assistant photographers who shoot with me at weddings (not all at once!), and I’m thrilled to work with them.  And at Focus Photography, we get to photograph the coolest brides and grooms at every wedding we cover.

I’m also happy to tell you that I’m a member of the Maine Professional Photographers’ Association (MPPA), a great network of photographers.  Every year at the annual convention for the MPPA, we have a competition judged by 6 national judges from the Professional Photographers of America.  This year, out of 196 total competition entries, only one wedding album received a blue ribbon (albums are judged for excellence in image quality, story telling, and composition).  That album, submitted by me, was from an Eastland Park wedding posted here, and entered into the competition entitled “Downtown Wedding”.

Guess what?  I won the Album of the Year award!  A unanimous choice by the judging committee!  This was the first wedding album I’ve ever submitted for competition, and the judges loved it.  I’m thrilled – I’m proud – and I’m grateful to my whole team for their help and support.

MPPA awards Focus Photography's Will Wenzel Wedding Album of the Year

I also received my second Kodak Gallery Award, and was again nominated to the MPPA Court of Honor, but it’s the Album of the Year award that really has me excited.

Thanks for looking – Will

Here’s the text from the press release above (in case the image is too small):

MPPA Awards Wedding Photographer ‘Album of the Year
 
Focus Photography’s William von Wenzel was given the Album of the Year award for a wedding album he submitted entitled ‘Downtown Wedding’.  Out of 196 total competition entries, Wenzel‘s was the only wedding album to be awarded a blue ribbon, and was unanimously the judges’ choice for Album of the Year.
Wenzel was elected to the MPPA’s Court of Honor for his album entry, and he also received Kodak’s prestigious Gallery Award at our banquet.
William von Wenzel is a Certified Professional Photographer, who owns and operates Focus Photography in downtown Portland, Maine.

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