February is my blog’s anniversary month! Blogging has been a super fun project that I have grown from immensely. Blogging has given me a great venue to showcase my photography, expand my portfolio, stretch my photographic abilities, and hone my writing skills, as well as meet amazing people, and introduce myself to businesses that would not had the opportunity to meet me. All in all – it has been a really good gig!
Along the way, I have had some fun and kooky experiences; such as have a goat climb on my back and chew on my hair, I have stood on chairs in the middle of restaurants to get the best food shot, slogged through mud, had blueberries pelted at me in the middle of a field by my son, rode a horse while trying to take pictures, learned how to tie flies for fishing, and attempt to photograph men throwing fish!
2014 was a good year for my family and me. My son is going to college this fall so we have visited some wonderful communities in the pursuit of finding a university for him. This past year this quest brought us to Orange, California and Seattle, Washington, which I blogged about. My son has not made a decision yet on which college he will attend this fall. We are presently busy traveling to the various out-of-state universities that have accepted him to see which one is the best fit for him. But I have a feeling that I will be blogging about southern barbeque in the future!
2014 also brought me exciting new clients! The art director on South Bay Accent Magazine contacted me last summer and asked me if I would like to photograph food at eleven restaurants for their feature article for the July issue! The art director found me through the blog. Last year I photographed for two issues of the magazine, including December’s issue on craft cocktails and the bars that create them.
2014 was also the year that I finally met San Jose’s very own famous chef – Jim Stump. It has been a great opportunity to work with Jim at his two newest restaurants; Stumpy’s, which serves gourmet burgers and hotdogs, and his finer dining establishment, that serves seasonal food that is sourced locally, The Table. Both are located in the San Jose neighborhood of Willow Glen.
I don’t know what surprises 2015 has in store for me but I have great hopes! I hope that I meet more great people and have many more new and exciting experiences. I hope that blogging takes my camera and me to new and beautiful locations – and photograph food in all its amazing glory. And I hope that, like a flower, my world continues to blossom, and reveal itself new, each and every day!
Thank you for your readership and continued support of my blog. I really enjoy and appreciate your comments that you leave for me. Please keep them coming. May you have a blessed and prosperous 2015!