I wanted to share some exciting news with you all. At the very end of 2015, I set myself 4 goals that I wanted to obtain before the end of 2016. I felt the need to set these goals, write them down and have them somewhere I can see them, to remind myself to push myself every day! I am going to share my goals with you:
1- Find a publishing company and become a contributor to be licenced with them
2- Get my work into galleries
3- Publish a photography book with all the images I created for my Mom' series with the background story for each image
4- Get my Mom's Children's book she wrote when we were younger publish, and donate proceeds from any books sold to the brain tumour foundation of Canada in her Memory
Ok, so those are my goals! I look at this list and think ..... man, I don't know if I can pull any of these off, but I won't know unless I try.
About a month ago, I decided to work on my first goal. I submitted my work to a publishing company that I felt was a good fit for what I offer, not thinking I would be accepted at all and a few days later I heard back from them saying that would absolutely love to have me be a contributor with them, I was over the moon with excitement and joy!!! One of my dreams was coming true. Fast forward to today, I am signed with them and have been submitting my work to be published for book covers, albums etc. There is a section where publishing companies and authors write what they are looking for, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try to photograph some of these for them.
Yesterday I had Sami in the studio, she is the first of 2 models that I am working with for a book cover for a Thriller, just up my alley. I read to Sami what they were looking for and she was amazing, I was looking through the images and saw the perfect image I wanted to use. I sat down at the computer and searched for the perfect stock image I had taken that would work with her pose and expression, didn't know if I could pull it off, but that is what I love about this, it's a challenge every single time!
I am thrilled with how it turned out!!! I know I will be working with Sami again she is a complete natural at this!!!
Here is the final image after a full day of editing, simply called "Running Away"
I truly feel like this is just the beginning of something amazing, and I really hope I am right! When I finished this image my heart and soul were filled with so much joy and happiness..... that is how I know I am doing what I am meant to be doing!! I am meant to be creating art!!
Now I will continue to work on goal one, and start the others!!=)
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, it means so much to me!!