May 5, 2009

excitement

so...i'm one of those freaky people that was taught when you say something really great about yourself that you might bring down bad karma because you're bragging and the gods that be may not like that. you know? weird huh? i know most of you were probably taught that too. but, heck - what is blogger, wordpress, flickr and so on if we were not a bit self indulgent and self absorbed? right? maybe? perhaps?

but something kinda exciting happened today....and i'm not making any money on it and i don't really care about that because i think it's an honor. but....ok..here goes - i have to just share it with you. five of my photographs were selected to be used in the new hampton inn in leeds, alabama.

and okay before someone tells me that i'm an idiot and all...i don't care. i can't tell you how many times i've stayed at a hampton and have been enchanted by the local photography they use and how inspired i've been by that photography. now... maybe i can inspire someone else.

i'm pretty happy and proud right now. but, feel totally humble and weird, like how could they possibly like that one....right? have you ever felt that way? i used to feel it in photography classes sometimes - shots that i would be all excited about, the instructor wasn't...and then shots i didn't really like, he would pick. anyway....

i just had to share. these are the ones they asked about:









47 comments:

  1. I don't blame you for being thrilled - it is wonderful!

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  2. ..and well-deserved. Nice one :) -- well done you!

    Cheers,
    --Mark
    www.highton-ridley.co.uk - bw wall art photography

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  3. Congratulations Char. I think that is absolutely wonderful.Since you are doing it at no fee I would at least recommend you request they give you proper credit on the photos that way people interested in your work can find you and it can at least be free advertising.

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  4. congratulations, char! that's so exciting! keep us updated :-)

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  5. beautiful photos, big CONGRATs to you, that is exciting, thanks for sharing that good news.

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  6. Oh, that's huge..CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
    Awesome...I love hearing stories of how Artists are being recognised finally for their pure talent.
    That's Awesome!
    Have a wonderful Day Char.
    I sold 2 prints on Etsy this morning, so I'm a happy camper too.
    Char.

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  7. WOW...I mean like really WOW !!!
    How totally cool is that ??
    YOU ROCK !!!

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  8. Congratulations, this is a huge honor, I am so happy for you. You never know where this will lead, which is even greater. Congrats...I'm celebrating on the opposite coast for ya!

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  9. oh my gosh this is so exciting. congratulations. i'm so glad you shared it with us. .
    these are cool image - ones I can totally see hanging at the Inn. i've stayed in a Hampton a few times and was impressed by the photography I saw on the walls.
    great stuff. yeah!!

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  10. this is so fantastic!!! i hope they make sure to credit you, as it will get your name out there and lead to more good stuff for ya!

    congratulations. very very exciting, and so deserved!

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  11. that is so very exciting!!! congratulations!!! you deserve it. your photos completely inspire me.

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  12. Char! That's so awesome! I'm so proud of you! Such an honor and so well deserved. Your talent has spoken. Every one of those photos is a work of art, just like all the rest of your work.

    Congratulations, sweetie!

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  13. can you hear me squealing...clapping...saying "duh no surprise" !!!
    well I am
    you are going places with this ii can feel it!!!this news made my day!
    beautiful photos by the way
    ...
    elk

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  14. You are NOT bragging! You are sharing with people who are clearly interested in your life and the exciting things that happen to you!

    I am so so so so happy for you, a totally honor, and total upper... totally makes you feel good about what you are doing when other people recognize you!

    Congrats Char, you deserve it!

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  15. GOOD FOR YOU!!!! That is GREAT news!!!
    I know what you mean... some times I paint something and HATE it and someone else loves it... you never know.
    KEEP the GOOD news coming... I wish you much more!
    ENJOY!
    Fifi

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  16. oh char, that's wonderful!!! big, big congratulations to you! and the pictures are fantastic! yay!!!

    p.s. that's totally not bragging, it's sharing the joy!

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  17. Congratulations Char! Way to GO!

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  18. Congratulations, Char! This is well deserved! You inspire people (well, me at least) in the blogosphere every day, but now you'll be able to reach a much wider audience. Who knows who will see your photos and where this might take you?!?! I have a feeling this is just the beginning...

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  19. HIGH-FIVE!! That's a great thing and I'm so glad you shared it. Yay for you and all those lucky guests who will get to see your beautiful work.

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  20. This is wonderful! I am so happy for you. Don't ever not share stuff like this with us!

    However, I do know what you mean. When people give me compliments, I almost cringe. It's like I know there are people out there thinking, "no, she's not as good as you think she is". Crazy? Perhaps. But I can't help it!

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  21. Congrats, that's wonderful!!! Just the beginning for you, too, I'm sure. Those are very artistic, well-chosen and representative of Alabama. My fav is the pier ...

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  22. A huge congratulations to you! The photographs have a beautiful atmosphere to them, I can see why they were chosen. And though you mention not making any money from this, this is an accomplishment that you may be able to parlay into further work somewhere down the line. It's all part of your talent, your credentials. Raising my coffee cup in a toast to you!

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  23. Let yourself be excited and proud. You deserve it and it is always wonderful when someone else enjoys and appreciates our creative output! Congratulations -- the photos are stunning.

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  24. Oh they're gorgeous. No wonder!

    And whatever everyone's has their moments to self indulge. :)

    Congratulations. Your post made me smile. :)

    http://morenarena.blogspot.com/

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  25. That's fabulous news and those photos are beautiful! A well deserved recognition! :) Congrats!

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  26. Oh my gosh!!! I am so so so excited for you...this is just the beginning! You are an amazing talent! You give me hope!!!

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  27. Congratulations I am so excited for you. I passed the Renee award on to three lovely ladies. Thankyou Char. I always enjoy visiting.

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  28. Congratulations! These are awesome pics! They're going to look great in the hotel.

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  29. CONGRATULATIONS! This is so amazing!!!!! I am so, so happy for you! I love them all, but am partial to the one of the Alabama, it is my favorite building in Birmingham.

    I remember that one of the curved pathway from photog class! Love it!

    Way to go girl! I am so proud of you!

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  30. The pictures are incredible! I have stayed at many Hampton Inns and always wondered who took the wonderful pictures hanging in the elevator. Now I know.

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  31. Yay for Char!!!! I'm so psyched for you! That is really good news, I'm so proud! And yeah, I know what you mean about the pix chosen. I'm always like, huh?

    Yay again!!! :)

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  32. that is so very, very cool, char!! how exciting!! and i love the photos they asked about... how did they see your work???

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  33. I'm so happy for you Char! Yipee indeed!! ~XO*

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  34. good for you!!! it is an honour. next time you will get paid, or maybe the time after that, or maybe in a very long time, but you are hanging on the wall!!

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  35. you better be tooting your horn about this!!!!

    this is AWESOME! i can so completely see why they chose your work. these are incredible photos! i am really excited for you. i understand wholly what you mean. it's not about the money. i think you did the right thing!

    i've stayed at a local Hampton Inn when our well went dry and we had no water for a few days. it was one of the nicest hotels i have ever stayed in. i love the fact that the one you are talking about uses local photography. very cool!!!

    congrats, dear. well-deserved!

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  36. Congratulations on some well-deserved validation!

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  37. awww, well done...!!!
    Those are beautiful pictures. The hotel probably should give you a token of appreciation. I remember us as an engineer, after serving 10 years in the industry, the compnay gave us a stone (well it's actually made of plastic!) with the individual name in it. And that makes most of them stay another 5 years. :-)

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  38. You SHOULD be thrilled! I would be ;) I also love the ones they're interested in! Congrats!

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  39. Wonderful,Wonderful, Wonderful!...both the photographs and you! I love all five of them by the way...now you will have to go to the hotel when they are hanging and take a pic and post it for us!

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  40. That is so awesome, Char!! I'm so excited for you!!!

    ...Celine

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  41. you are a hide talent - these are fantastic.

    i wish you were giving classes.

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  42. Wonderful! And totally deserved! I'm sure this is just the first of many... and the last of the freebies!

    Congratulations, these are wonderful images.

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  43. Congratulations!! You should feel proud and giddy. It's a marvelous honor. We stay at Hampton Inns when we travel with my parents, and I have also always noticed and love the photography they feature. Not crazy at all. It's exposure, baby. Congrats!!

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  44. That is awesome-fabulous! Now matter how you look at it- that is an honor.
    We knew you when...

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