Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful today and every day for
the unwavering love and support of Steve, my hunky husband of 22 years.

I am thankful for the old friends
that have stuck with me through the wild ride that's been the last 30 years: Alica, Lucy, Maia - I am so blessed to be able to name three BFFs!

I am grateful to
photography, for giving me a way to express myself and a channel for touching many lives in a positive and meaningful way.

Photography has also brought me talented and generous mentors who I can also count as dear friends:
EJ Knapp, who wields a pen now with the same artistry he brought to his photography - check out his blog and see for yourself.
Jay Jones
, THE most versatile and creative photographer I have ever met (truly the "McGyver" of Photography!) - I am so proud to be a part of his "family".
Bob Weaver, for his incredible depth of knowledge of studio lighting that he has so patiently shared with me and the many creative collaborations we enjoy.
Monte Zucker, who not only taught me how to grow as a portrait artist, but helped me grow as a human being as well.

Which leads me to all the wonderful people I've met at
clients over the years and who have become friends - that's the highest compliment I could receive as a photographer!

I am grateful for the new friends I've made here in Hood River:
Louise McCulloch - World's Best Realtor, with a Green Thumb that she exercises with great enthusiasm!
Tammy Kravitz - a FABULOUS photographer in Washougal, WA, who I first met in a photography forum online and who has become both friend and working partner.
Kate Brownback - we met through Soroptimist International of Hood River and NEVER EVER EVER have I met a woman so filled with positive energy and creativity! (I am so glad she uses her super-powers for good!) Plus her two adorable children are my favorites models evah!

And last but not least, I am thankful for
Susan and Roy York of Carson, WA, breeders of extraordinary Airedales, for the World's Bestest Puppy, Sofie! I can't remember what my life was like before she came along, but I know it's oh so much better now!

May you spend the holiday surrounded by family, friends, love and laughter!