April – what can I say? It’s been one of those months and we are just halfway through. My weekends are here and gone before I realize it, yet I’m invigorated by the bustle of it all. I have had something every single weekend and will have until mid May. I’m still booking portraits and other shoots on top of this during the week so my time to sit and write has been limited, but I wanted to share with you my audience what I’ve been about the past few weeks.
The highlight has been Stars on Ice. If you are not familiar it is the Ice dancing show with our Olympic Champions. It’s so exciting to mingle with these young people who are so passionate and excited about their sport, many fresh off the plane from PyeongChang at the 2018 Winter Olympics. This was my second year being hired by Stars and it was even better than last year, the show was incredible! The skaters so kind and friendly and fresh faced. Adam Rippon (Silver medalist PyeongChangcame) up to me and introduced himself , Charlie White (Gold medalist with his partner Meryl Davis, Sochi winter Olympics) remembered me from last year and did something quite special for me……I still get chills thinking about it (you’ll see it in the photo).
I take nothing for granted, I know how special this is and I look forward to doing it again next year!
As a photographer sometimes it’s not easy for others to understand why I get up at 5am on a weekend to go out and try to get that perfect shot. Non photographers will never truly understand the passion we have for achieving greatness. I’m really fortunate because I belong to a Meetup group of those like-minded individuals. We have so much fun when we are together and we so enjoy our passion in life. Yesterday was no exception. We met at 7:15am for a great breakfast and then a trip a bit north to the Marie Selby Gardens; a place most had never been. We arrived when it opened and ended up leaving when it closed; not realizing how long we were actually there. This was a botanical garden full of beautiful surprises. The photos we got were simply breathtaking and we all agreed it was the most relaxing day we’ve had in a while.
]’m so glad I have great friends to hang out with on a regular basis; yes it’s true I love spending time by myself and I do this often by going camping, this is my personal renewal time, it’s not because I’m anti-social or miserable or any other rhetoric that anyone thinks. I love people, I love being around friends and family as often as I can, but I also enjoy down time where I don’t have to be accountable for anything or anyone except myself. However, days like yesterday renew my spirit as much as being on my own does, because I’m with great people. People who are tolerant and have true hearts of gold and are truly happy deep within themselves.
My life over the past few years has blossomed into this amazing dream of doing what I love, and being with people I adore. I’ve gotten to this place by my own hard work and dedication to my craft. Next week I will continue my adventure by being in the photography pit of a full weekend festival, again sharing my passion with many incredible photographers doing what we love.
There isn’t any negative in my world and I don’t allow it to permeate very far if it happens to enter. I am happy and living my life the way I want with the people I choose. My passion for my craft runs deep and there isn’t anything that can change that. I love being a photographer, I love people and I love that I get to live a full and happy life!