Let me start from the beginning – the very beginning! As most of you may already know from reading my blog, I have a passion for photography. I love photographing people, nature, landscapes, and objects. I have worked on my photography skills – close-up, composure, depth, angles, lighting – you name it. I have worked on it all and tried to perfect it. It is a continuous, on-going process.
My friends and family have always told me that I have a skill – I can take an object, a person, or a place, and bring it to life in a single image. They tell me that I bring out the best in something or someone through my technique. They say I have the ability to capture feelings and emotions. Photography is something I love to do and I love sharing what I see through the lens with others.
Whenever my husband and I go hiking, attend an event, or explore somewhere new, unique, and/or different, he always adds two hours to the recommended time required. For example, we went hiking in the Rockies a couple of years ago and the entire hike took us ten hours while the recommended time for completion was seven to eight hours. Are we slow hikers? No! Was the hike too demanding? No! Did we stop, smell the roses, and take too many pictures? And the answer to the question would be big, fat ‘YES’!!
See, my husband and I share the same passion for photography. We love documenting our travels. We enjoy comparing photos. We love educating each other about how to take the better photo and how to capture the perfect image! We are by no means professionals – we just constantly practice and try to improve. However, my husband jokingly takes full credit for my photography skills with his catch phase ‘I taught you well.’
So you can imagine the excitement I felt last fall when I opened and read a direct message left on my ‘Foreign Sanctuary’ page . It was someone stating their interest in using a few of my photos in a trade magazine publication. And not just any magazine! This magazine would be distributed at trade shows all over the world. And not just anyone’s pictures – my pictures – photos that were taken by ME!
And when the magazine arrived not too long ago, I turned to page 29 and gazed at my photos and my name under them. There is something very validating and rewarding about that first glace. It was a beautiful, surreal moment!
And I owed it all to my ‘Foreign Sanctuary’!!
(The photos were taken in Taiwan plus they found my pictures because of my blog!!)