Our annual Professional Photographers Society of North Florida Christmas Party was the other night … a night full of surprises. First, I was given this beautiful basket full of home-made chocolate goodies made by several of the women from our guild. Deeeeeee licious ! ! !
Next, I was awarded the Jim and Adrienne Abrisch Scholarship, which is a paid Florida School tuition for May 31st-June 4, 2009 at Daytona Beach Community College. Since only new members are eligible to apply, it was a one time opportunity for me. Applicants had to submit a written application answering multiple questions, such as what photography means to you. I couldn’t believe my ears when part of MY essay was read by our president just before announcing the winner of the scholarship! The scholarship program was begun in honor of Professional Photographers Society of North Florida members Jim and Adrienne Abrisch after they were killed in a plane crash on December 12, 2001. They were dear people who were greatly loved and respected.
Chris from Desktop Darkroom was on hand to photograph us again this year and did a fabulous job. He took this photo of me and Mike Permenter. Mike had a large influence in my next surprise.
When I got home and opened my mail, I found out that I passed the image submission phase of my certification process! In August I passed the written exam. Then I had to submit 20 images to a panel of Certified Professional Photographer judges. Thanks to Mike, I passed BOTH the exam and the image submission on my first try. Mike is not only an awesome photographer, he is also our local PhotoShop guru. He helped me study for the exam, critiques my work, and gives me advice whenever I need it. I have to thank Rick Ferro also, who gave me some valuable constructive criticism on several portraits I was considering to submit.
Thanks for reading and sharing my excitement! I probably wouldn’t have been able to attend Florida School if I hadn’t won the scholarship. You have no idea how grateful I am to have won. I thank God for these blessings!
Don’t forget…. JESUS is the reason for this season!!! Let Him shine through you during this crazy, busy holiday season. Much easier said than done, I know, but really…. we’re too blessed to be stressed, right!? 😉
Lots of Love & Blessings,