LOOKING BACK AT THE FIRST YEAR

Can you believe it?  From a seemingly insignificant purchase of a new point and shoot camera, Photographyfree4all was born one year ago today!  And from that birth a new-found passion was ignited that burns even hotter today than it did a year ago!  I have to admit, most of the time I prefer to look ahead!  I’m a visionary…a dreamer, a goal-setter.  I’m the guy crying “CHARGE” and find a remarkable absence of the term “retreat” in my vocabulary.  Yet as important as it is to be moving forward, reflection and assessment is paramount to continued progress.  

As we begin this reflective moment, I feel compelled to attribute much of the successes listed within this publication to you!  It may be difficult for you to gauge the level of importance your encouraging comments have been, but let me be perfectly clear – as a light drives away the darkness of insecurity and indecision, your participation has been a beacon lighting my path as I have moved forward!  And for that, I will always be extremely grateful and constantly recognize your importance.

So, let’s share in the path we’ve taken over the past 12 months!

  • Over 25,000 images captured
  • 1 print currently accepted for exhibition at the Muzeo, Southern California’s newest cultural art museum
  • 3 prints currently accepted for exhibition at the Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Center
  • Over 200 blog posts
  • Over 4,000 reader’s evaluations and comments – possibly the most important aspect of these accomplishments
  • Over 500 blog subscribers
  • Nearly 30,000 ± blog hits, although drastically distorted as subscribers who read the blog via their email notification are not registered
  • Purchased new Canon 50D DSLR camera with 28-135mm zoom lens
  • Purchased 17-40mm f/4L Canon Lens for landscape photography
  • Developed printing agreement with a professional printer for my large format prints
  • Developed framing agreement with a professional custom art framer for my large format prints
  • Nearly 20 different prints custom framed and ready for sale
  • In the process of developing an agreement for standard cards and smaller matted prints for sale
  • Incorporated my photography business
  • Received business license to conduct business in California
  • Successfully completed two photography classes, one in landscape photography and one in portrait photography
  • Negotiating the display of my prints in several restaurants in close proximity to particular landscapes I’ve captured

Taking a quick glimpse at this past year causes me to realize the enormity of what lies ahead!  There is much to do!!  And as I promised from the beginning, I’ll continue to be transparent every step along the way.  So wherever you happen to be in your photographic journey, jump on board and let’s travel this path together!

I thought I would share the final touches of this flora series of bold color!  The only thing I need now is a title.  Maybe you can help me there!

What would you call this series?

The White Tiger Lilly

The Brilliant Succulent

The Pink Tiger Lilly

The Sunburst Rose

And now, on to year 2!!

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~ by photographyfree4all on May 25, 2011.

19 Responses to “LOOKING BACK AT THE FIRST YEAR”

  1. Congrats!! Well done!

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  2. Congratulations…I love your photography! My favorites are the purple sunsets on Huntington Pier 🙂 Keep up the good work!

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  3. It has only been a year since you started this blog? I can’t believe it!! With all the pictures you have taken and all the blogs you have written it seems much longer to me. You have come a long way. You have enlighten me in the art of photography and instilled in me a desire to do more than just point and shot hoping I get a picture that is presentable (that I can recognize the person in the photo) I will probably never buy me a newer more “fancy”camera but I will strive to put the things I have learned here on your blog to use taking better photographs of my children and grandchildren. Also places we might travel to on vacation. Thanks, Steve.

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  4. Wow, congratulations Steve, awesome work in a years time! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for year 2. 😀

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  5. So good to see your accomplishments, and goals become reality in so many ways. You are reaching for the blessings, the gifts and callings, that are placed in you, and you are being fulfilled in this. It is so good to see your progress, and enthusiasm. Congratulations, may God bless all of your endeavors. Elena

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  6. Congratulations – may the road ahead be lined with many new subjects!

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  7. I like this, Dawn! Thanks! 🙂

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  8. Such a very nice comment, Miss Betty! I’m so thankful for your comments. They always encourage!! I’m ready for year 2!!

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  9. Thanks, derrick! But, you should receive some of the credit, too! Your comments are always thought provoking! I like that! I’m looking forward to another year!!

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  10. WOW! Great to see you, Renae! Don’t worry!! I’m sure there are more purple sunsets in my future! 🙂 Thanks for your kind comment!

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  11. Thank you, Elena! Great to see you again. I always look forward to hearing what you have to say!! Your comments are always kind, encouraging, and thought provoking!! 🙂

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  12. Congratulations with your 1 year-blogging-bithday 🙂 (I had mine in Australia in January!) – it has been a pleasure to follow you. I love your work with these flowers – they are very artistic.

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  13. Thanks, David! I’m pretty excited as well! I look forward to your comments and evaluations! they’re a great help! 🙂

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  14. Wow – where has that year gone? Can’t believe it, but I’m excited to see where year two is going to take you. Should be quite a journey….it will be fun to follow along with you. I do see such growth in your work…keep it up! 🙂

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  15. Hey…thank you, Truels!! It’s been great having you aboard for this journey!

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  16. Thanks, Car54!! It’s always great to see your comments. Year 2 will be even better!! 🙂

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  17. It’s been fun “watching” the development of your “future employment” – nice way to spend retirement someday. God is good. The flower series is really unique.

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  18. Hi Carrie! Thanks for your comment! God Is Good…If all else fails, I can rest in that! 🙂

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  19. wow! that is a way to have come in one “short” year!! You certainly have “charged” and that is awesome to see 🙂
    I love hearing about how others do it, you know, where and how it starts and then watching it progress and grow and develop … always inspiring to hear others’ stories 🙂 … and at the same time I know how important the support network is … I know how important sharing my photographic development and journey with fellow photographers has been, and continues to be, to me 🙂 … So here at this point (although 6 months have passed since you wrote this post) I’m pleased to meet you 🙂

    onwards and upwards then 🙂
    I’ll come & browse around the rest of your blog 🙂
    ~ Tina

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