Christie Newell, M.Photog. Cr., CPP

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Kicking Booty at Image Competition

This program will not only go over the nuts and bolts of image competition but will show you why it’s so important to take your client work to the next level.

Christie Newell will take you through the journey of making a merit image. They will also guide you through the process and show you how this competition is an investment in yourself and your business.

They are going through the competition process step by step: learn how to choose your images, what categories they should be entered in, the specifications for your print case and how to register your case online. You’ll also learn how your images are judged and go over the “12 elements of a merit image” in depth. This will help you create your own merit-worthy image. You’ll end the class knowing the difference between good client work and a great merit image!




Christie is a second generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie’s passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother’s dream.

The studio, “Sonshine Portrait Design”, is located in a one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio’s specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie’s talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

Christie, holds the Professional of Photographers of America, “Master of Photography” degree, “Craftsmen” degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and The International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois the past six years. Named top photographer in Illinois and North Central District over the past couple years.

Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.