Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dedication

So, I was pondering for a while what my first official post should be on and I came to the conclusion I should create a blog dedication. I thought it would be great for me to dedicate this blog to someone that touched my life and gave me inspiration along the way. Here we go.

I am dedicating my blog to a very special cat that was part of our family's life for the last 14 years. Raz was the greatest animal we have ever had in our life. He was not your typical cat. Raz was more like a friend than a cat. He always seemed to know when you needed someone there by your side. Raz liked taking walks on a leash. He would stand up and tap your shoulder while you were at the dinner table to ask for a taste. Anytime he sat or laid down he seemed to be striking a pose. Of course, being a photographer, I took advantage every chance I had. (sometimes I wonder if at one time he was a show cat) He was an amazing subject to capture, his beauty and grace inspired me.
My husband Chris and I adopted Raz from a next door neighbor when we lived in Augusta, Georgia. The family that gave him to us was his second owners, making us his third family. Raz belonged to the owner's deceased husband and she wasn't a big fan. I took one look at that big orange ball of fur and had to have him. After pestering Chris about it for a couple of hours he finally gave in. At first Raz didn't want much to do with us. He simply co-existed with us in our apartment. Once he warmed up to us, Raz was always at our side willing to go anywhere you were going.
On October 17, 2008, old age finally caught up with Raz. The vet estimated him to be somewhere between 17 and 20 years old. To me this dedication serves as a way to immortalize his memory. We miss him and think of him everyday.













Thursday, November 20, 2008

Here I am

I have considered myself an amateur photographer for the last 8 years.This year I started working as a secondary photographer for weddings. I really enjoy being involved in a couples special day to capture all the hard work and love they invested to put the occasion together. In conversation with a good friend and mentor, discussing how he has grown and the impact his blog has made on that growth, he asked why I hadn't created a photography blog for myself. While I do have a blog for my other hobby (www.wickedwicks.blogspot.com) I hadn't really considered posting a photo blog. Our conversation really made me reflect on the WHY. The only answer I could come up with was that I had lack of confidence, a fear that others would not like my work. That's when I decided I needed to get over that! To me I can not learn if I am not willing to put myself out there to others for their input. Photography will always just remain a hobby if I am not willing to share my work and learn from others. I know I have a lot to learn but who knows I maybe able to share something with others. I want to take a moment to say thank you to my friend and mentor. Thank you for helping me find that road block and for sharing your own experiences. To my husband Chris, thank you for always being here for me, believing in me and giving me PhotoShop tips.
-Angel