Can I just say that my intentions were good. Really, they were! I had my calendar all laid out, with my social media post ideas listed. My calendar was looking organized for once. I even had my blog ideas listed and scheduled. I actually scheduled days and topics on which I was going to write and post....
And then January happened. Typhoon January that is. I have never felt so spun around and tied in knots than I had this past month. I was in Nashville from the 10th -1 the 17th for Imaging USA. I even dressed in a full length gown so that I could walk across the stage with my sponsor and friend Pete Rezac as he presented me with my Photographic Craftsman degree. Thank you to Pete for giving me that little shove and always being so darn positive and supportive through the teaching process. I ha both honored and blessed to call you a friend, mentor and colleague!
I was also super Honored to present my friend Annie Rowland from Santa Cruz with her Photographic Craftsman Degree. It was a good thing that I was at the beginning of the alphabet and she was toward the end because I had to kinda jog around the back of the auditorium to get back in line so I could present her with her degree....
It took what seemed like FOREVER to get back home from Nashville. The cold snap and snow really put things in slow to almost stop motion. Finally, I landed at SFO around midnight.
It felt like it was off to the races after that. I had the Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show up at the Cow Palace the end of the month and I had to get everything pulled together for that... Set up was Friday morning, Tim, Dot and I had it all done in about an hour. It looked really good too!
I absolutely love this show. Fog Dog Studios has been a vendor at this show for 5 years now. I just love it. I get to see so many clients who go out of their way to stop by and see me with hugs and kisses. I get to meet all sorts of dogs and their people! It is so much fun hearing and talking to people about their dogs and seeing people's faces when they see some of the Fine Art Dog Portraits I have created. It is a lot of work and by the time the two day show is over, I have NO voice, but it is all for such a wonderful time!
On the same weekend as the GGKC Benched Show, Professional Photographers of California held their Awards Ceremony and Installation Dinner. Although I tried to work it out, I just could not make it work tow where it made sense. The PPC dinner took place in Santa Maria, a 5 hour drive from here. Logistically it just was not going to work out. I would have had to drive home right after the dinner and that would have meant I would be home around 3am - so I could be up and at the Cow Palace by 8:30am. Just too much. But, I did get a play by play from a good friend who was sending me pictures and video. I received 9 awards...I could not believe it. I knew of the likely hood of two of them, but was not expecting anything. Wow!!!! I am beyond honored and thrilled!
I cannot show you the image that received most of the awards - it is currently entered in the Professional Photographers of America's Western District Photographic Competition later this month and if it does well there, it will move on to the International Photographic Competition which is judged in August. Keep an eye out for my competition images later this year!
It has been a crazy year so far! Loving the crazy energy!