I'm the creative, energetic type who enjoys being on the go, so being limited in what I can do and having to rest constantly is a challenge. The down time does have its up sides, though. I've been able to reflect on my budding business and where I want it to go. I've also had time to study the work of photographers and other creatives who inspire me. I'd like to dedicate this blog post to them.
Sonny and I met while working for the labor movement. He was the assistant photographer/videographer to the fabulous Jim Saah, and I was sometimes Sonny's assistant. We made a great team!
Sonny went on to start his own photography business and has been incredibly successful. He's won a number of Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards, and often regales me with fabulously entertaining stories from his experiences as a photographer.
I'll just come out and say it: I love, love, LOVE her blog! I try to read it a few times a week, and found myself returning to it often during the days I was on bed rest. I've never met Katie, but she's been a great role model for me. Not only is her photography beautiful, but she's extremely active in her community. She's got a fantastic attitude and outlook on life!
Karen and I have known each other for years. Her husband and mine are BFFs and its become tradition that we celebrate New Year's with them. I feel so blessed to be part of this incredible couple's journey through life. I'm truly inspired by everything they do, from their strong relationship, to Eric's musical pursuits, to their roles as small-business owners. I especially love watching them grow as parents to twins Katelyn and Elias. I may be biased, but I think they're kids are cute as buttons!
Shala W. Graham
Shala is a photographer, designer, successful small-business owner, lecturer and philanthropist. I'm ecstatic that she has also agreed to be my mentor.
We recently met for the first time to share introductions and learn about each other. When I admitted my fear of failure, Shala gave me some incredibly powerful advice: that fear will either cause me to give up, or give me the courage and strength I need to forge ahead. All I can say is Baby, get rid 'o that map, 'cause we're heading into uncharted territory!
I came across Zack's book Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. while browsing at Barnes and Noble. (Yes, real book stores still do exist). I'm a little embarrassed to admit I'd never heard of Zack before, but I now understand why he's so respected by the photography community.
In his book, Zack answers over 100 questions from fellow novice and professional photographers, and in doing so poignantly and honestly talks about the struggles, life lessons, and highs and lows of being a professional photographer. I learned so much from him, most importantly, that I need to trust my instincts and follow my heart. Thanks, Zack!
I'll never forget when I first learned of Amy. My best friend Molly texted me and encouraged me to check out the photos from her friends' wedding. They were gorgeous! Now Molly is getting married and -- you guessed it -- Amy is her wedding photographer.
Not only is Amy's work beautiful, but she's mastered the art of same-sex couple photography. She regularly posts sneak-preview photos from her shoots and is always sharing inspiring, uplifting information. I look forward to meeting Amy this Labor Day weekend!