How I Became a Hot 100 Photographer for 2016
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Cindy Short Photography
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In the November 2016 issue of the prestigious Senior Style Guide, I am listed as one of the Hot 100 Senior Photographers across the Globe!!  This honor, which I have been blessed to receive two years in a row, is the ultimate image contest for my industry and has brought squeals of delight, tears of joy and - I will admit - some shock as I double checked to see if I really won!  Why am I so giddy about this honor?  One reason is the fact that Senior Style Guide is THE magazine featuring the best of  the senior photography industry.  In addition, I am included in a list of photographers that I greatly admire for their technical ability, creative talent and business savvy.  But mostly because my image was selected from 7,012 images judged by three nationally recognized photographers that consistently create outstanding imagery and represent the very top of our industry.  Check out their links below and you will see why I have sought out these photographers for my own education.


Senior Style Guide's 2016 Hot 100 judges:  Teri Fode, Dan BrouilletteTara Rochelle


This year, my winning image was selected for the Styled Concept category.  One of 9 categories, a Styled Concept shoot is one where there is a theme - often inspired by the fashion or entertainment industry - and every detail is planned from location, makeup, lighting and apparel.  My winning image is the first image below and was shot during a fashion couture shoot with some of my CSP 2016 Senior Models.  The inspiration for this image was Steampunk Fashion:  silhouettes that feature the juxtaposition of elegance from the Victorian Era with metal elements from the post industrial age.  This look is inspired by characters created by Jules Vern and filmmaker Tim Burton and embraces the use of recycled pieces.  I have included two additional images so that you can see the many pieces my talented stylist put together.  The model, Hunter Davis, patiently wore this gear - including the makeup! - during a very hot day in August.  For those who love technical details, this image was shot on a Nikon D810 with an 85 mm f1.4 lens using natural light and a 7 foot scrim reflector.



MUA:  MAC artist Sara Dozier

STYLIST:  Kristi Davis

MODEL:  CSP 2016 Senior Model Hunter Davis from Fossil Ridge High School



I have a copy of the November 2016 Senior Style Guide in the studio and it is brimming with great ideas for a variety of photo shoots for high school seniors, teens and tweens.   Come on by to see some amazing inspiration from across the globe!



Cindy Short Photography, specializes in modern, fashion-inspired portraits of children, teens, high school and college seniors! She is now booking all sessions for Winter and Spring 2017 dates! Call 970-699-6902 or email to receive the 2017 Senior Portrait Guide containing all the details on how to book! Or visit to see more of Cindy's work.



Cindy Short, a Colorado photographer, was recently named one of the HOT 100 Senior Photographers globally by Senior Style Guide for 2015 and 2016. Cindy is an award winning photographer and has been published in Senior Style Guide, Senior Chic, The Twelfth Year and Senior Year Magazine. Her background in journalism, naturally stirs her to want to tell your story. Cindy will help style your session to create something special for you and offers design services for creating wall art and collages that compliment your home as well as beautiful keepsake albums. Cindy's family includes her husband, Bryan, three children and the most beautiful granddaughter in the world. Her family also includes three dogs and a kitty cat.

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