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What a Week! Christmas has come and gone, and as we reflect back on 2016, we are humbled and amazed! Before highlighting back, let's just look at the 5 days since waking up Christmas morning.
After opening presents to one and other, Julie opened her email to discover that she had been featured in an article "20 Fabulous Tree Pictures " by Gurushots – the competition site that they both compete on.
By Wednesday, Bob was working his magic in a competition on the site for "Inspiring Architecture". Suffice it to say that it was a long night and by the wee hours Thursday morning, Bob was in 1st place. Over 4900 photographers competing with almost 18,000 photos boiled down, as he had predicted, to a photo finish (Pun intended).
Bob won his 1st international photo competition by 15 votes! Shortly after the competition ended, Julie received another email from Gurushots indicating that once again, she had been featured in another article, "Now That's A Face Only A Mother Could Love!"
WOW! What a busy 4 days! I'm so exhausted from that – I think we'll just summarize the earlier part of the year as follows:
6 months spent planning a trip to Ireland and Scotland for a photo shoot. (Working Holiday)
Now throughout this process, remember that Julie has been Beta testing a new photography product for market, and was chosen to be the first Product Ambassador for the Cambuddy Pro!
For weeks she was working with this wonderful device, trying things that she never imagined herself doing. Part of the planning included taking the first CamBuddy Pro to the UK and showing it off to fellow photographers as they traveled the countryside.
Shirts and Business Cards were printed (along with a couple of really neat mouse pads) and everything was looking good. Even one of the drones was packed and ready to fly those lush mountains and lochs!
And then the one guy you NEVER want to see in your town arrives...
Then came Hurricane Matthew the day before departure and cancels their trip for them. Fence downed and power lost for 4 days. Major depressed state – cancel vacation and return to the phone factory for Bob to help restore phones, internet, and TV for everyone impacted by the storm.
Fast forward 3 weeks ( and 250 hours of work) and service has been restored, Bob is told by his supervisor to take his vacation. Sensing this was coming, Julie had been working feverishly investigating alternative plans. New plans were made, and the two dispatched for London to spend 18 days traveling 2000 miles throughout England and Scotland. 11,000 photos were taken, a few pints downed, and a long flight back to Orlando left these two haggard photographers exhausted but exhilarated.
They both started processing photos, and through Gurushots were invited to exhibit a photo each in an Art Show in Thessaloniki, Greece, which they did. For both, this was their first International Exhibition. As you can tell, the 4th quarter was hectic to say the least, and both are awaiting word back about another Art Show in January 2017 in Berlin that both are expecting to show in.
Julie and Bob both compete on a regular basis on Gurushots. Julie holds the highest level available on the sight – she is a Guru. Bob holds the 2nd level title of Master. With this win, Bob only has one more task ahead of him to be bestowed with the coveted title of Guru. Be sure to follow them both on Facebook for up to date status, links to their competitions, and special offerings they have for you!
It's always a good day when you get notified that your work is appreciated. As a photographer, outside of getting that order for mulitple large prints, that day usually occurs when we get an email informing us that we have either been chosen to have our work on display in an exhibition, or featured in an article.
When that happens on Christmas day, you can't help but feel a little better yet! Julie Everhart was pleased to get that email about an article from Gurushots on Christmas Day! No, not the big print order or the exhibition notification. Click the following link or the photo to see the entire article. It truly will inspire you!
This infrared photo, taken near her home, has been one of her most favored photos. When it is selected by one of the largest photo competition sites in the world as the #2 featured photo, that is something special. Congratulations Julie!
Now, about those other letters. We are awaiting the word any day about the next exhibition that will be coming up in Berlin in January. Both Julie and Bob are expecting to participate, but are awaiting the announcement as to how their work will be shown.
As for the large print order, that is where you come in. Please feel free to go to our Store or drop Julie or Bob an email and they will be more that happy to get your print(s) ready to ship or you! And remember, we have a special extra 20% off sale going through December 31, 2016! Use Code BLOWOUT2016 to get your special discount at checkout.
After our day in Dover, we headed West. Before leaving town, we had to stop for one last series of shots that would be somewhat of a hallmark practice of our trip. You would think after all the walking, we would be ready to just drop and sleep (especially after the jet-lag had set in). Instead, we stopped at the Dover Castle!
After completing our shoot, we did load up and head West, arriving late in Crawley, just South of the Gatwick Airport. A wonderful B&B, The Oakhurst provided us a warm welcome, wonderful accommodations, and a very good nights sleep! We woke up and prepared for our breakfast - the traditional Full English - and were again refueled and ready for a full day on the go! Great job Jon!
Before taking off, we found ourselves fully engaged in an impromptu photo shoot with two wonderful models! A mother and daughter team, these two were too beautiful to ignore!
Of course, we came with different intentions, so we finally said our good byes and continued West. After all, If you travel 5000 miles, you should really stop to look at a big pile of rocks!
Yes, our next stop was just North of a town known as Salisbury. The pile of rocks have been the source of many questions by modern scholars for years, yet still remains a mystery. The sight is known as Stonehenge, and we had a wonderful time just soaking in the moment. Although we arrived late in the day, it worked out well as we watched the last bus load of visitors load up to head back to the visitor's center. NOTE - a new visitor's center has been built and not all GPS maps will take you there. OUR GPS took us directly to the sight, where we simply parked on the side of the road and walked through the pasture to the sight.
Below is one of the photo's Bob took while there. As the sun was setting on the horizon, rain clouds rolled in and actually got us more than a little damp as we headed back to the car. The shot, however, was more than we could have imagined! It should be noted that this photo has already been selected in and is currently on display in an exhibition in Greece! Congratulations Bob!
Wow! What a great day! We now headed into town for a special treat at a 4-star Inn and Spa. I won't honor the establishment with recognition as it was without doubt the worst night we had for the entire 18 day trip! We'll suffice it to say that arriving at 5PM, still no heat at 9PM, and finally two portable radiators warmed the room up enough to take our coats off by 11.
Tomorrow is yet another day, and it will be a grand experience! Our first day in town doing a little street work and a cathedral...