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Congratulations to Our Scholarship Winners!!

October 04, 2015 1:12 PM | Crystal Reynolds

A huge congratulations to this year’s New England Institute of Professional Photography Scholarship winners! 

The James Clark Scholarship, designed for photographers who have been in business fewer than five years, has been awarded to Nicole Rand of Photo Finish and Creativeone’s Photography by Nicole Rand, located in Auburn, Maine.  Nicole is a portrait and landscape photographer.  Although she has not attended NEIPP in previous years, she is incredibly excited at the opportunity to learn more about her craft and grow her business.

Nicole has been a hobbyist photographer for the last 10 years, but in the past few years has decided to pursue it as a career and follow in her uncle’s footsteps.  She attended two years of college online studying digital workflow, although she finds she truly values the education she receives from hands-on experience and working with other professional photographers.

Here are the answers to a few questions we asked Nicole:

What do you look forward to at NEIPP? 
“I am so very excited to go to NEIPP.  I love learning more about my passion but more so love that I will be able to work closely and learn from top photographers.  I feel that by having this opportunity it will help me grow to be the photographer I want to be.”

What do you love about your work? 
“I love to capture the little moments that [my clients] would want to remember, like the glimmer in the eyes of a couple who love each other or a child making a mother’s favorite face.”

Where do you want to be in ten years?
“I want to be the kind of photographer that can, without thinking, capture a moment that someone doesn’t want to forget.  I want to be able to make an impact in the photography business and be at a place where I can give back all the opportunities that I have been given as a photographer.  I want to show people that no matter who you are, where you have come from or challenges you have faced that you can live your dreams.”


The Logan Legacy Scholarship, designed for photographers who have been in business for over five years, has been awarded to Lauren DelVecchio of LAD Photography, located in Farmingdale, Maine.

Lauren is a wedding and portrait photographer who is also looking forward to growing her fashion and conceptual work.  She enrolled at NEIPP last year, attending Al Audleman’s class in preparation for becoming a Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and was one of the first in her class to pass both portions of the process, earning her Certification.  She credits NEIPP in helping her make it through the process and is very much looking forward to returning this winter.  Lauren is also currently a Director on the Board for the MPPA.

Keep reading for Lauren’s answers to our questions:

What do you look forward to at NEIPP? 
“The last time I was at NEIPP was incredibly stressful.  I watched nearly everyone else in the building attend classes that fueled their passion for fashion photography, or took their Photoshop skills to the next level, for example, while I was up studying for an exam like a college student.  I’m insanely glad I took the class and became certified, but this time around I really look forward to getting into something hands-on, and fuel my passion.”

What do you love about your work? 
“I love that I am lucky enough to do what makes me happy for a living.  I love that I get to attend beautiful weddings every weekend and make lifelong friends with my clients long after the day is done and the photos are delivered.  And I love that my portrait and boudoir clients tell me they have never felt so beautiful.  My heart is happy because of these things.”

Where do you want to be in ten years?
“I’m looking forward to growing within the PPA, and have set goals for myself to enter national image competitions and eventually earn my Masters through PPA.  If the stars align, I will expand my business to have an associate shooter and a studio to call my own, but as long as I can continue improving and creating, I’m happy.  And if the stars align and there’s a wormhole to another dimension I can sneak through, I’d like to think I could possibly earn some title like ‘Photographer of the Year.'” 

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