The results for the Wedding Photojournalist Association’s best of 2006 competition are in! Thousands of photographers from around the world enter these competitions, and I am always stunned by the beauty, humor, and creativity of the winning images. If you haven’t seen this competition before, please check it out to see some of the most brilliant wedding photography in the world:

      I’m happy to say that three of my photographs placed! This time I reached my highest WPJA score yet — a second place. It’s a pretty big deal to have a top-three competition placement, because now a gold medallion will be displayed next to my name on the WPJA website. How exciting!

      Here’s a big thank you to Suzanne, Fred, Chrissy, Barry, and Chrissy’s bridesmaids for providing such wonderful moments for me to photograph. Congratulations to all my colleagues who have won! πŸ™‚

      Suzanne, on her way to the reception
      Second place: Getting Ready

      Chrissy’s bridesmaids, feeling fabulous
      Tenth place: Humor

      Chrissy and Barry, in their fantastic reception photo booth
      Thirteenth place: Humor

      If you’d like to see my photos that have placed in previous competitions, you can find them here:
      Fifth place and sixth place, Fall 2006
      Eleventh place, End of 2005


      Congratulations, Charlotte! That is an awesome achievement.

      Long time lurker here…

      Just stopping by to say that you’ve been awarded the Thinking Blogger Award. πŸ™‚

      yay! I’m so happy and proud of you!

      first place next year!

      Congratulations, Charlotte! Brad and I are so happy you won in the contest. Great images!


      Ha, thanks. Whenever I get the time to put together a valid application, put in a good word for me at the awards ceremony. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much! Mike and I were riding in the backseat of their car, and we drove through this patch of sunlight just as Suzanne was touching up her makeup. The light lasted only a couple seconds, so I was really glad to get that one frame!

      Those bridesmaids were a total riot. I don’t think I stopped laughing all day. πŸ™‚

      The guests loved the photo booth! It was a huge hit!

      Oh my gosh, I actually entered that photo because of your suggestion! Thanks so much! Drinks are on me whenever we meet. πŸ™‚

      That picture, forever dubbed “Bridemaid Boobs,” is one of my all-time favorites!

      Re: woo hoo!

      Thanks so much, Jenna! That’s a huge compliment coming from someone I admire as much as you. Congratulations to you, too!! I just love your winning photo!

      Re: Congratulations!!

      Thanks, Glenda! That would be fantastic. πŸ™‚

      Re: Congrats, lady!

      That picture makes me laugh every time I look at it!

      Thanks for that! After lots of practice, it’s great to be able to handle a lot of the technical stuff instinctively. It helps immensely to be able to focus on the events around me instead of fretting about the camera settings. πŸ™‚ Of course I still get lots of blurry ones! I just delete them. πŸ˜‰

      many congratulations! that’s so wonderful. i love how totally creative that getting ready shot. it’s such a wow b/c …who’d think to grab that shot?! i love it so much. but the photo of the bridesmaids boobs is hysterical, they look like girls who know how to have fun πŸ˜›

      lovely!! congratulations! also, do you know anything about photobooths, like where to get them and pricing?

      my two dreams for my wedding: you as my photographer and a photobooth so guests can create the guestbook w/photos from it. πŸ™‚

      fantastic! Such a gift you have, Charlotte!

      Congratulations, and your placing is very well deserved! You’re such a great artist!

      A wonderful honor for wonderful photos. Congratulations!

      Congrats on that honor! I really like that last picture, and thats a great idea for a wedding…

      Congratulations! Great shots. :o) I always love your shots. You definitely deserve the recognition.

      -Tammers, Deven’s Ambitious Freak

      I *told* you that third one would do well. πŸ˜‰ Great job! I really need to re-do my Web site to meet WPJA standards.

      woo hoo! you get a medallion! awesome. and i love that boobs one. πŸ™‚

      woo hoo!

      woo hooo charlotte! seriously – i saw the results last night and was SO impressed with your 3 winning images – that is HUGE! you have some serious talent!!!
      jenna walker


      Great job dear! I’m pretty sure you’ll be bagging first place in the future.

      Congrats, lady!

      wedding cleavage extremes makes me giggle!

      Yea! Congrats, from all the pictures I’ve seen of yours it isn’t a suprise you did so well.

      absolutely wonderful! it must make you feel great! what a fantstic accomplishment! you deserve it indeed!

      Congrats! You make it seem easy to get such great shots, but I know it is not. I am constantly amazed at the fantastic compositions you create with all of the details just so. And to have the technical bits come out right on top of that (everything’s in focus, the right stuff is out of focus, etc.), well, you’re amazing!

      thats amazing!!! Congrats!!!!!!

      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.