So it was great weekend at the annual MPPA banquet and awards. I came out on top, winning the two things I thought I had the least chance of winning! I got a third place on my photo of the anole lizard on a rose. I don't even have that photo in my portfolio. And then somehow I got.... FIRST PLACE?? in the CPOY! It's weird because I always have looked up to everyone else hoping to someday be good like them. There were many times I almost threw in the towel and quit. I remember wanting to drop out of school a couple of times after being in classes with Alex Stawinski, Dan Stewart and Jessica Scott among others. In the past I've put myself down a lot and made excuses for things. That ends now. Getting CPOY was such a huge surprise, and now that I have it I have to live up to it. I have professional photogs and students from around the state adding me as friends on Facebook. I can't let them down. Especially with my new Nikon D700 (I'm still shooting with my Canon too though!) I have no excuse to not keep shooting and improving (except that I don't have any lenses yet...that's an acceptable excuse!). This weekend was so much fun. I'm so thankful for all the new friends I've made. I can't wait for MPPA next February!
and congrats to everyone who won something and everyone who entered!
-sarah, the killasmilla :)
...and I'm still looking for an internship this summer, so let me know if you know anything!