Since I started my business in 2007, it’s been a rare occasion that I have been able to escape for a few days of vacation. My BFF Jenny lives in Seattle and designs jewelry (watch Zales for some of her new stuff coming soon). Last year, we decided we both needed a bit of R & R, and it had been far too long since we had seen each other in person! So we left Charleston on a 5 day cruise headed for the Bahamas last week.We were soooo ready for this adventure…and were not disappointed.Ahhhhh. Sunshine, beautiful blue water, no phones ringing, a massage, girly talk and a few Carnival Cosmo’s made this trip exactly what we needed. It was near perfect.So. We get back and are ready to head out for a nice dinner with my boyfriend Walt, and much to my surprise right before dinner he gives me this….......and in case you haven’t heard yet, I said YES!
Yesterday I was at the office editing…editing…editing…(one of the less glamourous tasks for a photographer) when the little mail icon on my computer informed me that ‘I had mail’. I had an email from Grand Strand Bride, with one word in the subject line. COVER. Huh? What?? I have been working with GSB on an article about some of the new trends in wedding photography, but that really had nothing to do with the word COVER. I opened up the email and read these words:“.....We picked the attached shot as the cover for the summer edition. Congrats! The editorial board was unanimous in their decision, and it’s an awesome shot.”Well. You could of knocked me over with a feather. I was in shock! I had this same feeling at the same time last year. A shot of my beautiful bride Candice Locker, was selected for the cover of the 2009 summer edition of Carolina Bride magazine at the end of my first year in business.In an area filled with many talented photographers, who take so many beautiful images, it is such a huge compliment that a shot I took was selected for the cover of our local magazine for brides. I am also overwhelmed by the letters and posts of congratulations I have received. Thank you, all my friends, for your words of support. It means a whole lot to me.Grand Strand Bride editors…. you saw the beauty and love seeping from Angela and Bryan in the same way I did, and I am so deeply honored that you were able to see it in my image! Jerry...as in Ghionis…. you really helped me to ‘see’ the romance. I’m getting closer every day :-)
Earlier this month I was able to attend the WPPI (Wedding Professional Photographers International) Trade Show and Convention. My assistant and I were able to take some classes from some of the greatest and most influential photographers in the world! We both left inspired, with wonderful ideas and beautiful images swimming in our heads…. ready to take greater images, offer more products, provide better customer service and bring Brooke Christl Photography to the next level. So stay tuned. Some exciting things will be happening this year.It was very apparent that our blog was in MUCH need of attention, and that we actually had to commit to post to it. OK. I know that our new blog is not like some of the totally stellar ones we saw earlier this month and drooled over. All I can say is BABY STEPS. It’s better than our old one. I’m still struggling to understand how everything works and what I am suppose to do! I keep telling myself “I’m strong enough, I’m smart enough, and I can figure this out”. Mostly, without a lot of conviction. Clearly, my talent does not extend to the world of CSS, pingbacks, sticky-posts or the 100 other yet unfamiliar terms.So in the meantime….. if you have any comments, complaints or ideas on how to make this blog work better — PLEEEZE do me a favor. LET ME KNOW!!Soon, I’ll be adding a few of my favorite things from last year, and of course LOTS of stuff in the months to come. We have 12 weddings in April and May, so lots of beautiful wedding images coming soon!As you browse through our pages, keep in mind that we LOVE comments, so please be sure to leave one.