When Joshua Carter submitted six photographs in last year’s Wedding and Portrait Photographers International competition, his pieces didn’t garner much attention.


When Joshua Carter submitted six photographs in last year’s Wedding and Portrait Photographers International competition, his pieces didn’t garner much attention.

He was pretty excited, then, when three new pieces received some of the highest marks available at the WPPI 30th Annual Convention in Las Vegas this spring.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he said at his studio Tuesday. “My work’s now being compared to a lot of great photographers all across the United States.”

Carter is a portrait photographer who owns lifecaptured Photography on the square in Carthage. He shoots mainly senior pictures for area high schoolers, but also does wedding and family photography, as well.

Additionally, he was the featured photographer for McCune-Brook’s Regional Hospital’s Storks and Teddy Bear Fair recently for his work with babies and toddlers.

He entered four of his pieces in this spring’s WPPI competition.

Although Carter doesn’t yet know how his pieces stand in the overall rankings, the judges’ scores reflect some of the highest marks a photographer can get.

“When I explain to people that I scored an 81, and then an 84 and 85, they kind of think I got all Bs,” he said with a laugh. “In the photography world, anytime you score 80 or above, it’s considered an excellent photograph. All the elements are there — the pose, the composition, contrast, lighting — to make it a really good portrait.”

Carter says he’s not the only one making a big deal about the scores.

“Having three of them score over 80 … my peers are all texting me and telling me how crazy it is that they’re scoring that high. It was a pretty good deal to hear that.”

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open house for lifecaptured Photography on April 27. His studio is located above Big R’s Surplus at 325 S. Main.

For more information about his studio or his work, or to schedule a session, you can contact Carter at 793-5777. His work can be found on his Web site at yourlifemyvision.com.