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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I'm Published!!!

My first published photo!!!

What an honor it is to be selected as one of the 12 pages for the American Quarter Horse Association's 2013 calendar!

You might remember this photo from a Wordless Wednesday post back in April titled Curiosity.


Are You My Mother?
My Man riding Whiskey as we sort out pairs for the 3J Ranch.

AQHA had a photo contest earlier this year on FaceBook, so I thought what the heck...send something in, it wouldn't hurt. So, I chose this one, and I titled the photo this time: "No, I'm not your mother."

About a month ago, I got an email asking me for a copy of the photo with a higher resolution. I sent her what I had, but this photo was taken with my old point 'n shoot camera I carry on the trail and was afraid that it wouldn't work for them.

Then I forgot about it.

Tuesday, there was a notice in my PO Box that I had a large envelope from AQHA...it didn't click in my brain. When I picked up the envelope at the PO on Thursday, I thought to myself they must be sending calendars to members this year, because that was about the size and feel of the envelope.

As I was driving home, it dawned on me that this could be from the contest...and they couldn't afford to send every member a calendar!

I sat down at my desk and started with January...slowly looking at all the photos. They put one large photo for each month and each date space that didn't have a number, they filled with small photos.

Hoping that my photo would be in one of the small date spots, you can't imagine my surprise when I got to July and there was my photo...the BIG photo!!! They had a wonderful write up in the front cover of the calendar that told how they had conducted the contest and that they had received hundreds of quality photos and how hard it was for them to narrow it down to the top 12. By then I was in tears~

My Man is visiting his family in Missouri, so I had to call him. He's so excited to get home to see the calendar! He comes home tomorrow!!

All of the photos in the calendar are just awesome (really professional looking stuff)...and the calendar is 12x24 inches (opened up) and printed on really nice paper. Here's a link if you want to buy one...or two...Christmas is coming and they'd make a great gift!

Quarter Horse Outfitters

Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you!! As you can tell, I'm just beside myself!

And, if I hadn't started blogging, I wouldn't be dragging a camera with me everywhere I go! Amazing what a lil' blog can do!


28 comments:

Robin said...

That's a beautiful shot! Congratulations. :)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is such exciting news. Congrats to you!! yippee, i bet you are doing a big old happy dance. enjoy the win!! (:

Pia said...

You captured this moment so well. Congratulations!

Annette said...

Congratulations!! That is an awesome photo (like so many you take) so it doesn't surprise me in the least that it was chosen. Woo-hoo! You go girl!!

DarcC said...

Congratulations!

Crystal said...

Congrats!!! That is pretty cool to be in the calendar! And with such a cool shot too.

Candy C. said...

I DO remember this photo and mentioned at the time that it would be awesome in a calendar or on a greeting card!! How very, VERY exciting for you! Shoot, I'm doing a happy dance for you!! I know I'm glad you started blogging and carrying your camera around just so we could see all these great pictures! Congrats again! :)

alwaysbackroads said...

Congratulations! This is a wonderful shot - one of your many wonderful shots!

Shirley said...

Aw I'm so dang proud of you! It's a pretty cool thing to be selected for such a prestigious calendar.

Ian said...

Way to go! I thought the photo was spectacular when you posted it. Turns out, others thought so too.

Val said...

Congratulations, and I do recall this when you posted it!

Fantastic!

The Dancing Donkey said...

Well done! That prize was certainly well earned and you are so right about what a"little old blog" can do, on so many levels. Congratulations.

5 Starr's Farm said...

That is just fantastic !!!
I can tell everyone "I know a published photographer......LOL

flyin'horse said...

Yee haw, good for you! It's such a great feeling to be recognized for doing something you love. And BTW it is a GREAT picture, love it!

GunDiva said...

Congratulations!

I love that picture :)

the7msn said...

That's just the coolest stinkin' thing ever. You go, girl.

Barb said...

Good job.

Ruth Andre said...

Hi, Congratulations on being published and in such a grand way. I love the photo. Where in MO is your man visiting? I lived and farmed in MO for several years down in the bootheel. So happy for your great news!

Ed said...

Congrats, it is an excellent shot and should be in a calendar..:-)

thecrazysheeplady said...

WOW!!! That is SUPER exciting!!! :-D

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

Congrats! So exciting!

A Quiet Corner said...

Congratulations are in order for you, your man, Whiskey and that little calf who is still probably looking for it's mama!...:)JP

aurora said...

Congrats, that's a HUGE honor! It's a great photo, I'm not surprised they chose it. I would be super excited too. Happy shootin'

Cheyenne said...

Based on your photo work, why didnt they use you before now? Your good, keep it going.

Andee said...

That is so exciting! Congrats.

Paint Girl said...

Congrats!! That is so awesome and I can see why they picked your photo... it's gorgeous!!

mugwump said...

yip!

Sarah said...

Karen, I am in awe and so proud for you and so excited with you! That's like the ultimate compliment for us picture takers to get published, and by a well known organization! You must be near to busting at the seams!

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