Today has been a very humbling experience. I just one the NEW YORK TIMES DEMOCRACY PHOTO ESSAY! I will be published by the New York Times and receive a hefty scholarship.
Today Weber State University held their Community Involvement Recognition Luncheon. I was invited to attend the luncheon as an award recipient. My wife and I just heard about the luncheon yesterday and made special arrangements to attend. Honestly I envisioned a small gathering 10 or so people and it would be a 5 second ordeal. I felt inclined to dress up, which is good because their was over 100 in attendance all dressed in suits and ties.
Last week I entered into the New York Times American Democracy photo essay contest. It weighed on my mind all week, hoping to win. I was happy to win but when I was told I would be getting a scholarship that would well… let’s just say I will not have to pay for the rest of my schooling, I was a little taken back. One because it was a HUGE amount of money (which I was NOT expecting) and two because I have once again won an award for making art. I feel very humble to be accomplishing my goals as a photographer. Now days everyone is a photographer… well … umm… lets not start down that road LOL. Its harder to be a working PHOTOGRAPHER these days. I had lots of people roll their eyes and tell me photography was a waste of time. Sure I am not making millions, their only is a few photographers that do, but I am living. When I don’t feel like doing a photo shoot I always tell myself that I could be selling instruments, cars or taking orders from some grumpy old boss, but instead I am taking pictures of Families, Seniors, Bands, Weddings, or other groups of people, and I LOVE IT!!! Follow your dreams, make your profession something that motivates you to get out of bed, and is somewhat worth it, to leave your family a few hours every day!