This week was good. Really good. Actually, punch-me-in-the-face great. This week I got to stop holding in the secret that I was named one of the "30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography" by Rangefinder Magazine.
Rangefinder is one of the top magazines in the photography industry, and to be nominated and win is a huge honor, and something I feel like I can be genuinely proud of. The process begins with 150 photographers worldwide being nominated by editors, who are asked to submit 30 images for consideration. From there the field is narrowed to the final 30.
I saw the email that I'd been selected as one of the thirty when I was checking through my spam folder ... pretty much like finding a $100 bill while sifting through a garbage bin. About five minutes later I was still sitting staring at my screen with a dopey smile on my face. I've long admired the photographers who've made this list over the last few years ... it's pretty humbling to have been placed in their company.
The list of photographers who won this year is seriously legit, and I feel really lucky to have some good friends who also won. It's a huge blessing to be surrounded by such talented people.
I have to give a seriously heartfelt 'thank you' to the clients who trust me to document a part of their lives, and to the people who nominated me for the award. Thank you times a billion!