Honestly, I am almost at a loss for words when trying to explain how it felt to open up the latest issue of Rangefinder and see an article about me inside. Almost.
Last year so many great things happened for me both personally and professionally. One of them was winning WPPI’s Fresh Faces contest, which I blogged about here. I was interviewed in October of last year by Linda May who asked me all sorts of questions and I, as usual, I blathered on insanely. (If you don’t get Rangefinder, you can view the article online here: Brandy Anderson Rangefinder Article
I wish I could pretend that a magazine article written about me is just an everyday, run-of-the-mill sort of deal but it is SO NOT! This is pretty much the biggest and coolest thing that’s happened since starting Fresh Sugar Photography back in 2005. So cool that my daughter took the magazine to school to show all her friends. So cool that my mom posted about it on her Facebook page. So cool that I haven’t even read the article yet.
Wait . . . WHAT???
I keep trying, but I am so embarrassed by myself that I only make it halfway through. I got to read the finished article in November when Linda had written it, and that’s the only time I’ve seen it. I’m pretty sure that this is not normal behaviour. I know that I have to talk about myself on this blog, but sometimes it seems so awkward and like I’m yelling “Look at me! Look what I can do!”.
Which is a nice segue to talk about some other people.
I am shocked and thrilled by emails I’ve received this past week. So many photographers have written to me to say the nicest things, and some funny stuff about how I’ve inspired them. I don’t know about that, but I do know about all the photographers that have inspired ME, people like Jenn Hudson, Marie Cox, Audrey Woulard, Barb Uil and Lena Hyde – all for very different yet very important reasons. I’m super grateful to be able to call each one of them a friend, so if any of you who were even thinking about ever emailing me – please do. Sometimes we need people to bounce ideas off of, to “get” what we go through and to just talk about shoes or our Anthro obsessions with. I love making photography friends, and I love talking about photography – and if I can actually help someone – so much the better!
So thanks to the women who’ve inspired me, thanks to those of you that read this far, and thanks so much to my clients who make doing what I love a possibility. (And that my friends, is the speech I should have made last year – instead of talking about vomiting and running off the stage. LOL)