Giving Thanks

It’s been an incredible year for my photography and business and I have a lot to appreciate and be thankful for. The economy is still struggling, yet a lot of good fortune has come my way in 2012. This last quarter of the year has been tremendously busy and productive, so I apologize for the quiet that has recently fallen upon my blog and social media streams.

THANK YOU to my November 2012 Death Valley Photo Workshop participants!

I’ve just concluded two sold out workshops in Death Valley National Park, both just days apart. I’d like to take this moment to say THANK YOU to all who attended these workshops. You were all wonderful people to spend time with! We shared lots of adventures, laughs, great light, and superb photography, and I hope I’ll see you all again in the near future. I would love to bring all my workshop alumni together in an incredible setting for a weekend of photography, laughs, food, and libations. March 2013 in Joshua Tree National Park? Stay tuned…

THANK YOU to the participants of my Nov 2012 Introduction to Large Format Photography workshop!

I’m tremendously thankful for being able to lead a creative and artistic life. I get to call all my own shots. I make my own schedule. I have the great fortune of spending many days each year right where I’d most like to spend them and doing what I love doing the most. Whether I am pursuing my own photography, working on assignment/commission, or teaching,  I can honestly say that there is never a bad day outside enjoying the raw beauty of nature and landscape. As I walk or drive through these places that are most meaningful to me, I often find myself in awe of the fact that this is my job! I am paid to photograph, teach, and inspire – for this I am tremendously humbled and thankful.

Humbled and Thankful. This is where I work – no cubicles, no boss!

I’m thankful to the judges of the November 2012 Rancho Mirage Art Affaire who awarded me with another Best in Show. It’s one thing to believe in your own work. It’s entirely another to have it validated by a jury of artists who view a lot of work and are asked to be highly critical of it. It’s an honor and privilege to have received several Best in Show’s in 2012.  I am thankful!

Best in Show, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

I am very thankful for my new collectors. These include some of the wonderful people, like Steve and Lana, who wander into a fine art festival with upwards of two hundred artists from whose work they could choose, yet they make a connection with mine. It’s an honor to have ones work appreciated and validated, yet another altogether to have it become a permanent piece on finite wall space. It’s humbling and gratifying to have my work hang in many homes, offices, and instituions throughout the U.S. Thank you to my collectors!

New collectors, Steve and Lana

The final THANK YOU is due to my wife, Shauna,  and my extended family (animals included), who all support me and make it possible to lead the life that I do while patiently tolerating the increasing number of days that I am absent from home each year. My photography and work are critical elements in my life, but I value the most and appreciate the greatest my wife and family.

THANK YOU all for making my life possible! I wish you all the happiest holidays with your loved ones.

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