(All photos provided by Sham of the Perfect)
If Fearless and Framed had a sister, it would be Sham of the Perfect. This is one of my personal most favorite photography communities, because we share such a similar philosophy + belief in family documentary photography. Take a few moments to read through this interview and see how you could be featured on their site. Pay close attention to the simple, yet powerful photos from these talented photographers – they are far more than ordinary, everyday photos.
Be sure to also check out our full list of communities we’ve found where you could be featured after checking out this interview. Read on!
Sham of the Perfect
1. Name and description of your community.
Our community is called “Sham of the Perfect.” We are a group of photographers that think life doesn’t need to be cleaned up, orchestrated or posed, because life is beautiful and family is beautiful.
2. What is the mission and philosophy behind your community (why was it started)?
Our name was taken from a fantastic poem written by Sarah Dunning Park (it can be read on our “About” page). In the poem a woman picks up a magazine at a grocery checkout and fantasizes about the “perfection” displayed within it’s pages only to toss out the magazine realizing the image of perfection is only a sham. The photographers in our community are ready to toss out the magazine as well.
We don’t live in catalogues. Our kids make a mess. We leave appliances on the kitchen counter. The light in our homes is not always perfect. None of that makes family life any less beautiful. On the contrary, we believe it is more beautiful because it is the truth. We aim to recognize meaningful and honest moments, then capture them in the most beautiful way possible right then and there.
3. What sparked the idea for your community?
All the members of the Collaborative met in an alumni group for Molly Flanagan’s Visual Storytelling workshop (through The Define School). Lacey Monroe, Natasha Kelly, and Erika Roa wanted to create a community that was focused on images that told a full story in an honest and real way.
4. How can photographers contribute or be featured in your community (weekly challenges on Facebook, spotlight features, etc.)?
We share favorite images to our Facebook timeline and we just opened up a monthly theme to our community. The theme images will be shared to our wall as well in addition to our favorites being compiled into a blog post at the end of the month.
5. Do you have a signature hashtag for people to use on Instagram for possible repost features?
6. For blog or magazine submissions, do you have special format requirements? Do you have a link that describes these requirements (if so, please provide it here).
Yes, images must be landscape oriented (or portrait in diptych), 960 pixels wide, and without watermark.
7. Do you have a blog and accept guest blog submissions?
Yes we have a blog and, starting in March, we will be featuring a “Perfectly Real” artist each month.
8. Meet the Founders & Contributors of Sham of the Perfect”
Portland, Oregon USA
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Wagga Wagga, Australia
San Diego, CA
Montreal, Quebec CANADA
Littlecote, Buckinghamshire, UK
Sacramento, CA USA
Renfrew, Ontario CANADA
North Carolina, USA
Los Angeles, CA USA
9. Visit Sham of the Perfect: