AIBP Annual Awards
Kara Marie Trombetta is so deserving of Photographer of the Year. She has been an incredible member for AIBP in terms of both community participant, and also instructor / mentor to our other rising photographers. Out of Austin, TX, Kara helps other boudoir studios market themselves better, enhance their systems to provide better numbers – and her focus of JUST-BOUDOIR, allows her to be one of the best in the business as far as AIBP is concerned. She was an instructor at our New Orleans retreat in 2016, and has been asked by popular demand to our Colorado 2018 retreat. We shall see if we can land her, but in the meantime, definitely check out Kara Marie’s work and reach out to her for mentoring. She will review your website, social media, and portfolio and create an action plan for you to improve all of those facets of your business. Also covered throughout the program is unlimited email Q&A, a brief look at your pricing and sales process, post-processing, portfolio building, client experience, and the shoot process. Kara’s work speaks for itself. Consistently gorgeous, artful and confident, just like Kara Marie, out of Austin TX.
Shawn Black was awarded “Photographer to Watch” for 2016… and everything said then, still rings true now. Shawn has no problem garnering women on his list of clientele, who also rave about his work and ability to calm their nerves. He’s professional, talented, and well, hilarious. We love Shawn Black, and he’s definitely going places in 2017. Yep. Shawn has gone places. Lots of places. He’s fun to have around, he’s wicked-talented, and because I find his initiative so admirable, I decided to add an award just for this… Ace of Initiative. That’s Shawn Black. Out of Boston, you can find Shawn running for charities, scooping up awards for wedding photography, or in the studio with his long list of loyal clientele. We love Shawn in AIBP. Michael Sasser is one of a kind. A humble, quiet listener, who really comes alive on stage in front of other boudoir photographers. His ability to teach the ins and outs of video for your sessions / testimonials / promotional videos is impressive, and while he resides in Los Angeles, he is often seen traveling and enjoying life to its fullest. AIBP first met Michael at a “Level Up” class in Denver, CO, and he has been on the radar ever since. Having been an instructor on video twice at our 2015 and 2017 retreats, he was a number one recommendation for teaching video at WPPI’s conference this year – and we hope to see him there! He’s a friend to all, and incredibly accessible to his colleagues for help, whenever they need it. His “Still” work is beautiful, yet his “Motion” work, is even more impressive, if that’s at all possible. Michael Sasser can usually be found on the West Coast… L.A.
Brad Walsh definitely deserves a Standing Ovation. He took a huge leap this past year, and left is “full-time job” to make boudoir photography his number one focus. And it seems he’s doing pretty darn well. It takes a lot of bravery to make the jump, one which many seldom do… and he has proven that the net doesn’t just appear out of nowhere – rather – it appears for those who work their tails off and prove they deserve it. Brad has gone from a quiet observer in the community, to now being the Director of Volunteers… his work and social skills have jumped through my screen exponentially over the past year, and well… applauding for you, Brad Walsh. Another Canadian… his studio is called Visuphoria.
Angela Michelle, Owner of Red Raven Photography, is a force to be reckoned with. She’s an incredible example of bravery, overcoming obstacles with a positive attitude, a great friend, a fighter, and an unbelievable boudoir photographer. Angela’s raw and edgy transformations of women, are perhaps rooted in her background in Cultural Anthropology. They’re both dramatic, and ethereal at the same time. Eloquent and moody. Her clients leave feeling empowered and Angela feels even more in her element. When Angela was at our 2016 New Orleans retreat, she was a soothing energy to have nearby, and in talking with her about her past year… it was almost hard to believe that she was even standing in front of me, let alone in great spirits and with a huge smile. I re-familiarized myself with her work and … I was in awe. It’s a huge honor to know Angela, to be among her in this niche, and yes, another award from TEXAS for 2017. Wow!!! Red Raven Photography is based out of San Antonio, Tx
Jennifer Rozenbaum is Shamelessly Feminine. And owner-of. She’s been an elite honorary member of AIBP for several years now, and this year more than ever, AIBP would like to salute her for being a part of our community. Jennifer participated more than ever this past year, and has been accessible to our members, to an admirable degree. Her willingness to help a group that could be perceived as her “competition,” proves that her mission in being authentic can be marked off as – accomplished. Health hurdles planted in her path; Rosenbaum’s professionalism and character never lessened, rather, her goals to help women both personally and with their livelihood have exponentially expanded– through the beauty of being Shamelessly Feminine. Living and working out of NY, Jennifer Rosenbaum is a globetrotter for both commissioned sessions and for speaking engagements. Whether she’s at home recovering from chemo, or doing a Facebook Live out and about to enrich the boudoir industry, it is clear that she stands for women around the world. Grateful doesn’t even begin to express how AIBP feels about Jennifer Rosenbaum being a part of our community.