On April 30th The Dahl announced the image that won The Peg Sagen's People's Choice Award. The image "The Fiery Heavens Above," my photograph, was chosen by the public for this honor. I was deeply humbled by the outcome of the exhibit/contest. All three of my submitted images were excepted and honored by awards.
As many of you may not know, I started my photography business back in 2005. By 2008 it had become profitable and I decided to open a gallery to showcase my work. Unfortunately for me, my timing was off and soon the economy crashed. This event forced me to put my passion to the side as I looked for part-time work, which soon let to full-time work, which subsequently led to me giving up photography all together. At the time I did not notice the emptiness that was building in my heart. I had been taking pictures since I was 8-years old, so to just "quit cold turkey" really took a lot out of me.
Thankfully sometime last year signs were pointing me back to my passion. I had just lost my job and thought it a great oppportunity to revamp my business to have a more educational focus. I have spent the last year rebuilding my portfolio, recreating my website and even changing my company name. It has been hard work; I have often wondered if I made the right choice, the fear of my past putting doubt in my mind. Winning these awards has given me a sign that I am moving in the right direction and provided me the motivation I need to keep moving forward with my dream. Thank you all for coming along with me on this journey.
Everyone has a passion in life, mine is photography mixed with the great outdoors. Though such should come as no surprise since I grew up playing and getting lost in the woods of The Black Hills of South Dakota. Making it only natural that I feel most at home when I am surrounded by mountain peaks and the voices of the animals. I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, I just did not know how I could. I soon realized by documenting our planet I could share my joy with the rest of the world. It is my hope that with my nature photography I will instill the same passion and love that I have for Mother Nature into others. This world we live on is truly an amazing place, but with our personal lives filled with work and stress we often forget to stop and take in the beauty all around us.