As I sat eating random parts of my kids' lunches on this humid Monday (and after a very long and busy weekend by the way, too!) I received a few texts from fellow NAPCP members congratulating me. I had no idea what they were talking about so I went to my email and saw that the 2nd Half International Image Competition Winners were announced. Much to my surprise after looking through the winning galleries, I saw it. One of MY images in the Newborn category received a Merit Recognition! I felt completely surprised and shocked and excited and happy and all of the emotions started coming out as I sat and just stared at my image on the screen.
When I first started taking photos for people, it was just that. Taking photos. I knew I loved doing it but I felt so all over the place with where I wanted to go with it. I'm so grateful to my friends within NAPCP who have helped me answer some deep questions about myself and my work. I feel like in this last year, FINALLY!, I was able to start finding my style and my voice in an otherwise very still world of art and capturing timeless portraits. I know I still have a heck of a lot more room to grow and learn but I know that in my heart, this is where I am supposed to be; this is what I'm meant to be doing!
Thank you to all of my friends and family, especially my husband (my I.T. guy!) for putting up with techy questions, handling the kids for dinners when I have late sessions or just need to lock myself in the office and edit away.
To my family for always supporting me and referring me every single time I post an image, you have no idea how much I appreciate it!
And finally, to my amazing clients who think they're just "booking" a session. You allow me to be artistic and trust me at every session.
I wouldn't be here without you all and I am so thankful for all you do!