Monthly archives: December 2011

This year my biggest goal was to put my images out there more and get industry critique. In February I attended WPPI’s annual convention in Vegas. I heard about open print competitions, in which I could sit there and listen to judges critique images. For the two full days that it was offered I sat and listened. It was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. Not only did I see the masters award images, but I heard them critique harshly, they shared what they loved, shared what they hated. The experience was so valuable to me that I barely left the room to go use the bathroom.

I continued my education, I went to a master class offered by David Beckstead (an awesome photographer, and also a print judge), on what judges are looking for. After my four pages of notes, I was ready to start looking for competition worthy shots in my own portfolio.

I am so excited about some of my recent competition results. Kodak selected one of my images to go up in Time Square, I won my first fearless award (2 of them), I had an honorable mention in a National Geographic competition, I received accolades for 4 images from WPPI (which brings me up to 7 Accolade of Excellence awards), and last but certainly not least I won a first place in WPPI’s annual international competition. Placing in a WPPI competition was a life goal of mine. When I found out that I received a first place, I may have cried at a shopping mall (like one of those crazy women you see that has a break down outside of the GAP), yah that was me. I was happy though, so not crazy, just happy 🙂

So here are just some of my competition images, I hope you like!

The below image won First Place in WPPI’s First Half Competition under the Bridal Party Category.

I will say that I have had a lot of help along the way, there are so many amazing and giving photographers in this industry. A huge thank you to my good buddy Walter Van Dusen and Mystic Seminars for opening a huge door for me (if you are a photographer, you should seriously look into Mystic, I will definitely be there again this year), I don’t think words can describe how grateful I am to Walter. For Chris Rioux for helping me prep the image that went up in Times Square. To David Beckstead for giving me confidence in my work, and helping inspire me to get my work out there. Jacklyn Greenberg for giving me some much needed criticism (I love my honest friends). Thu Tran for being the coolest person ever, and for helping me with… well everything. Lisa Boggs and Debi Parker for helping me prep for WPPI amongst other things. Oh and my awesome office manager, Christoper Yost, who has given countless hours to me and my company (and for all the Pho trips). The list above is just a small handful of people that have helped me along the way, there are so many more, especially all the amazing and giving photographers in my area. I love all you guys!

Honorable Mention in National Geographic’s Wild Angle Photo Contest



Accolade of Excellence WPPI’s First Half Competition



Accolade of Excellence WPPI’s First Half Competition



Fearless Award



Fearless Award

A big thanks to all my facebook friends who helped by voting in the Fearless viewer choice Fearless Award! I think what touched me the most about this fearless award is that is just showed me how many supportive people I have out there. Lots of friends shared the image with their facebook friends to support me, even more friends went and liked it. That meant more then I can ever express! Thank you guys, you seriously are the best!



The image that went up in Times Square by Kodak



Now off for some more critique! I am so excited about my portfolio review (and a bit nervous), that will be happening on Thursday and Friday this week! Tomorrow I am off to New York, so wish me luck!

  1. Debi said:
    You're rocking it Kristi!
    October 25, 2011  7:17 am
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    • admin said:
      Thank you Debi!!!
      October 25, 2011  7:19 am
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  2. Erum said:
    You Rock!!
    October 25, 2011  7:28 am
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    • admin said:
      Erum, no you rock! So great seeing you last night :)
      October 25, 2011  7:29 am
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  3. rebekah j. said:
    these are amazing. i'm stoked to know you :)
    October 25, 2011  7:36 am
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    • admin said:
      Wow, thanks Rebekah! I am stoked I know you :)
      October 25, 2011  7:38 am
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    • admin said:
      Thank you Laurie :) You are da bomb :)
      October 25, 2011  8:01 am
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  4. Liz Mohler said:
    You deserve every bit of greatness that comes your way! Congrats to you, so happy for you!!
    October 25, 2011  8:15 am
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    • admin said:
      Thanks Liz! Did you see your hubby's neck is now up in the fearless gallery :)
      October 25, 2011  8:22 am
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  5. Chris Rioux said:
    Congratulations Kristi!! I knew you'd do it!! So happy for you!!
    October 25, 2011  9:54 am
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    • admin said:
      Chris I really appreciate all the help! You are such a giving person, I feel very lucky to know you!
      October 25, 2011  10:54 am
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  6. jamie said:
    you have worked so hard at your craft and it shows! You deserve all the awards and recognition. Congrats to you Kristi!
    October 25, 2011  10:19 am
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    • admin said:
      Thank you so much Jamie!
      October 25, 2011  10:53 am
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  7. Jessica said:
    Great job on a great year! Wonder what next year will bring? But first, have fun in NY. If you can make it there...
    October 25, 2011  12:15 pm
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    • admin said:
      Thank you! Next year will bring lots more free time hopefully so we can hang out! You guys have got to join our trivia team :)
      October 26, 2011  5:04 am
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  8. Lisa Boggs said:
    great job! my new fav photo is definitely the fearless one with the tattoo. I love it! thanks for the shout-out too, buddy! :)
    October 25, 2011  7:17 pm
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    • admin said:
      Of course! Thank you for all your help :) See you soon!
      October 26, 2011  5:03 am
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  9. Jason said:
    Good things are happening! Congrats!
    October 26, 2011  6:28 am
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    • admin said:
      Thank you Jason!
      October 27, 2011  5:15 am
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  10. vicki said:
    Great Job Kristi! And good luck with the review!
    October 26, 2011  9:13 am
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    • admin said:
      Thanks! I am excited and nervous about the review! I can't wait!
      October 27, 2011  5:15 am
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  11. Thu said:
    OMG!!! AMAZING!!! How did I JUST see this!! 2011 was an amazing year for you, and what you just featured is just the tip of the ice burg. There are soo many exciting things to come! I can't wait to spend much for 2012 with you and see your work continually exceed my expectations! <3 <3 <3!
    February 1, 2012  1:27 am
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As many of you know, this year one of my goals was to play a bit more with video. I am still trying to find my style and voice, so I have been doing a lot of experimentation. Either way, I am having fun and really enjoying the results. I put three movies below, the first plays with early black and white cinematography, the second plays with memory and how it speeds up and slows down time, the third is a play on documentary filming to try and get you to know the people a bit better. I hope you enjoy!

from Kristi Odom on Vimeo.

Music licensed from Triplescoop

from Kristi Odom on Vimeo.

Music licensed from With Etiquette

from Kristi Odom on Vimeo.

Music written and preformed by the groom for the bride