WOW. I am so honored to say I was voted Best Photographer last week for Best of Rochester. I have to say thank you to all the incredible people who voted for me and, OF COURSE, my beyond amazing team and all the people who keep me sane and give me endless support every day. I truly could not have done it without all of you.
I live and breathe for the job I do – I don’t know, in that case is it even considered work?! – and I love every moment of it. There have been so many changes in my life recently – my growing team, the unbelievable magazine we created, the wedding season drawing to a close (and getting ready to gear up for the next one!) – it feels so good to know I have the support of such a huge community. It feels good to get back to basics and to remember the power of speaking through images. And, it feels good to know I’m not the only one who loves what I do.
So, what I really want to say is thank you. Thank you SO much.
P.S. For the complete list (which is filled with some of the most extraordinary businesses and individuals in Rochester) go to http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/best-of-rochester-2013/Content?oid=2290598. Seriously, make sure to check it out!
So many things in my life (good and bad) start with the words:
“So I had an idea. “
I’ve been thinking for SOME TIME about doing a video series. But it’s scary. It’s HARD to sit in front of a camera and be authentic. It’s terrifying to step out behind writing and still photo and be ALIVE. ::laughing::
I’m working on being ALIVE. I need to make that a quote.
So. Here’s to talking about photography and getting your picture taken.
Here’s to being scared and doing it anyway.
So…my inaugural video is about….
::laughing:: I’m so DAMN ORIGINAL.
Watch it. Tell me what you think. Remember, I’m scared to have you watch this. I was scared making it. I was scared posting it online.
I’m scared now!
So here’s to BIG RISK TAKING!
Second. Have you ever gotten to hung up on doing something — procrastinating, worrying, putting it off for “just one more day” — so much so that you get incapacitated from actually doing it? Yeah. That NEVER happens to me. ::laughing:: So much time went by between blog posts — that I completely shut down about it — I pretended that my blog didn’t exist, didn’t really matter, no one was really looking at it anyway, right?
Blogging, believe it or not is actually something I LOVE to do. I don’t know why I got stuck. I just did.
But lucky for me, Sullivan (check out our cool team video below) was on a break and had TIME to put this idea I had together so I could STOP being stuck and start being AWESOME! ::grin:: You can see, when (and if) you watch, how ridiculous I am, how I can’t get out of my own way sometimes, and how MUCH we laugh when we are working. And I prroooobbbabbblllyyy should have taken the time to put makeup on…or even…brush my hair? No? Well then. Since I cannot procrastinate any longer — here it is as it is…
So go ahead.
So…on to other things! We have a lot going on, a lot to share, and DEFINITELY a lot of ideas!
And in case you missed it — Here we are in this 45 second masterpiece:
You may or may not know this but I am a mom to a 19 year old. Yes. NINETEEN. My standard response to people’s disbelief about how I could POSSIBLY have a 19 year old is : yes, I had him when I was 6! ::grin:: But none-the-less, he is 19, half way to 20 and I can’t believe it.
My son is either the luckiest boy in the world to have a mother like me — or the most long-suffering. Some days I think he wouldn’t be able to tell you either — but the best part about our relationship is that we ARE. We are close. We are friends. We support and love each other.
We took a trip together recently and my son shook his head “no” at a man who was, in my son’s opinion, “checking me out”. ::laughing:: How can you NOT love this kid? This is the look I imagine he gave:
Matt has wanted to be in Emergency Services since he was two years old. And has never waivered. Yesterday he found out he was accepted into the Paramedic Program — something he’s been planning for and working towards for years. He’s volunteered as a firefighter and worked as an EMT — long hours and helping people over and over again.
I took this photo of him at Family Day during his firefighter training program (and my heart gives a little thump when I look at this…):
Yesterday he got the call. Accepted!
He called me, his voice was shaking. He said. Mom, I’m freaking out! I couldn’t figure out who to tell first!
I said: Well, OBviously you call ME first.
He said: Mom, I’m talking to you first — even BEFORE I posted it on Facebook!!
::laughing and shaking head::
Later that night he was sitting next to me on the couch both of us on computers (yeah, dorks, I know) and this popped up on facebook (yes, he occaissionally calls me “Swales” and I think it’s funny!):
You are awesome.
This is what I typed back (sitting next to him on the couch):
Dear Metzler… I am so very very proud of you. YOU deserve happiness and much success. And I am so inspired by watching you setting your mind to do something and then DOING IT. YOU ROCK. Sincerely, Your Mom (who is always behind you no matter what)
I know this is probably too much information — but my heart is full today. You see, my son lost his dad, suddenly, three months ago, and it’s been hard on everyone. I watched my son handle it with grace and sadness and respect — surrounded by his friends, co-workers and family. He is SO amazing. He is just one of those guys who will help you no matter what. He’s a great listener, and has this crazy sense of humor! So watching him, despite EVERYTHING going on, go after something, figure out how to do it and the ACHIEVE it.
Well. I don’t know what the right words are to tell you how I feel about it.
I just wanted to talk about him.
Come join us and other wonderful vendors at Mann’s Jewelers this weekend!