After too many months, my BFF and I went out for a little walk about. In this case, my BFF is my camera. She has been sorely neglected but she never complained. She waits in a very visible place that I pass everyday, always ready, always waiting for the moment I pick her up and take her out.
She was ready. I was ready too. The impetus for this was some other friends in my life, this blog and the amazing women behind it. I continue to be inspired by each one of them in many different ways.
I believe people and things are put in our path on purpose, for a reason. It wasn't an accident I came to know these women. They were placed in my path at exactly the right time and I will be forever grateful for that.
Leigh, who could be my daughter, shares my love for Santa Fe. She owns a successful landscape business and is mother to two wonderful children. Her photography style is uniquely natural and focuses on nature. She captures nature in new and beautiful ways. I couldn't be more proud to know her.
Dotti is a grand mother, like I am, that is blessed to care for her treasure after school like I do with mine. I have come to learn we share many other things in life too. How comforting it is to know there is another person who understands the different things life can throw at you. Her photography reflects her life. Sweet and unpretentious. Just like Dotti.
Terri is a pillar of strength and grace. She is a touchstone, a sounding board, someone you know will always be there to listen and offer her heart. She is kind and compassionate, she is the one with the knowledge to make this blog look so seamless and put together. She makes me want to up my technology game. And visit a butterfly or botanical garden!
Kelly is just as sweet as she appears. Always ready to offer an encouraging word and a big smooch hug, her photography style is unique to her and impressive. You know it's a "Kelly" before you even read the byline. She is a wizard at capturing the golden hour. She makes me want to be a better photographer.
Cathy, although I have never met her in person, I have known her for many years online through various photography endeavors. Her photography style is simple and stunning. She uses what is around her and finds beauty in overlooked details. From her, I learned to keep my eyes open and appreciate the beauty around me.
Judy is another busy, hard working mom. She also pays attention to the details in life. Just as she is, her photography is filled with color. She has a way of showing me the little things in life in bold beautiful color. Her pictures make me happy.
Carol is a force of nature. There isn't anything she can't do. She is fearless and it shows in her photography style. She will find something remarkable, photograph it and tell you in great detail what is so remarkable about it. She always make me think.
Deanna is delightful. I have great admiration for her. The way she has handled the struggle that became part of her life when her dear husband began his battle with dementia is nothing short of pure courage and strength. Her photography style reflects her perfectly, strong and courageous and beautiful. She makes me aspire to be a better person.
All of these women are remarkable. All of these women would give you the shirt off their backs in a heartbeat. They make the world a little sweeter.
I am blessed to know them.
I am blessed to be in their company through this blog.