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May I introduce to you..

My wonderful and talented husband:

Daniel left Sunday morning (while I was still in Plymouth)  on his three-day venture to Waterdown, South Dakota for the Northern Light Professional Photographers Association convention. It's a competition of professional photographers for all of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Although Daniel has attended parts of the convention in the past, this was his first year entering the competition as a professional photographer. To say Daniel did well is a gross-understatement.

During the awards ceremony, Daniel confessed it was almost embarrassing. The presenter quietly asked him to just stay on stage, rather than walk off, turn around and walk back on for every award. Daniel hoped the audience didn't think him presumptuous! But he really swept the awards away. He won well over half the awards. He won every award he could for North Dakota and all but two awards for the whole competition. Halfway through the awards ceremony, an audience member yelled out, "What a rockstar!" and that became his nickname. Afterward, he had crowds of people coming up to him to shake his hand, meet him, call him a rockstar, etc.

For posterity sake, and, well, hell, he's a photographer, Daniel took a picture of the awards he won for his four prints. Three of them received merits. In order to be considered a master photographer, one needs to obtain 12 merits in prints. One competition, he's a quarter way there. Daniel told me there was quite a bit of commotion because noone had quite swept away the competition like this before, and certainly not in their FIRST YEAR.

And here are a links to the winning prints:

Vietnam Wall
Abandoned Dreams
Here's the Problem (Men working on a train)
Hope Within Loss (Flower Picture) - The one that scored the lowest but is one of my favorites. Maybe it's not as great as the others from a technical photography aspect, but I think it's just unbelievably neat. It's meaningful to me, I guess.


I just realized after I posted this that for three of the pictures, I was standing right next to Daniel when he took them. The Vietnam Wall picture was during our trip to Washington DC. What a great time we had! The abandoned car picture is from us driving around rural North Dakota. When Daniel saw the house, he begged for me to pull over, so I drove down this old, muddy road so he could get closer. It was CREEE-EEEPY. The train picture was from when a steam engine that was making a cross-country trek stopped in our town overnight. Daniel had me dress up in my white ghost-like dress and head out to take this picture. I lost my favorite necklace that night.. and Daniel searched high and lo to find a replacement for me because he felt bad. Aww.

Life with Daniel is certainly an adventure. :) I'm so proud of my husband!


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful! Thanks for sharing the links to the photographs ... they're just amazing. Obviously! Lol. Congratulations to Daniel!
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
I just need to point out...
How mean it is that you posted a blog post with the title, "May I introduce to you.." THE DAY BEFORE YOU FIND OUT THE SEX OF YOUR BABY. ;)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Those are beautiful!!! You must be so proud!! I always love seeing two people together who are so obviously perfect for one another. <3

Also, Angie told me about your news yesterday and Congratulations!!! :D :D :D

I'm so excited for you!!
Apr. 24th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Man, I am such a Facebook addict. I just tried to like this comment. ;)
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