Cover Debut

Tomorrow will be the three-year anniversary for  Emily’s Photography Blog.  In the beginning, I wasn’t expecting anything great would come from blogging. I started the blog because I was unemployed and the daily blogging kept my mind busy.  However it didn’t take long for my expectation to change — especially after my tumor operation a couple of years ago. I realized that photo blogging did more than just keeping my mind occupied. The blog taught me about determination, friendship, selfless sharing, support and learning about life around the world through pictures. Most importantly, it made me appreciate and perfect my skills so that I can become the professional photographer that I am today. So my fellow bloggers. Just keep taking pictures, blog about it and enjoy the journey… because you never know who might be looking and want to pay you for your hard work.

In the three years of blogging, I have received many requests to use my photos. I have granted all but one request for free. Normally, I’m okay without getting pay and would settle for a credit and link back to my blog. However, the one that I have turned down was actually someone who works in a famous hotel in New York City. The person was interested in using my photos for the walls in the restaurant. At first I was very tempted in letting them use it for free. After all, the hotel is famous. But then I thought, if I do that then I would only depreciate my own skills and the value of my work. It’s not as if they couldn’t afford the small payment I was asking. I wasn’t going to let my work be used by people who could afford to pay regardless of how much potential exposure I might get. I’ve learned long ago that I would rather get paid and get the exposure at the same time. If they want my work, they should pay for it. I’m sure they wouldn’t let me stay at the hotel for free.

Anyway, a month ago, I received a request to use my photos from the creative director of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine.  And on top of that, my photo debut made the cover of the magazine. When I received the check a month later, it was an amazing feeling to be compensated fairly for my hard work. I’m so glad I stay true to my values.  Thank you everyone for your support and wonderful comments. Your uplifting and kind words have helped me through these dark periods of my life in more ways then you’ll ever know…   🙂

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Surfs Up

We decided to take a longer road trip over the Labor Day weekend. With summer coming to an end, I wanted to enjoy the ocean beaches while we still have the gorgeous summer weather. We spent three days driving along the Oregon Coast. At first we thought about camping out on the beaches but then the idea of sleeping in a small tent with the sand covered furry kids — and the fact that Maximus often farts in his sleep didn’t sound very appealing. So we thought we would take our chances with motels instead. However, the last situation No Vacancy Road Trip did cross my mind. And honestly… we almost had another similar situation but guess luck was with us this time and we were able to get a room that was also pet friendly.

The Oregon coast have changed a great deal since the first time I was there 25 years ago. And unfortunately most of the changes are not for the better. Many of the popular towns have become overcrowded with expensive condos, heavy traffic and people. In our quest to find a more secluded beach, we discover an amazingly beautiful small cove with many surfers catching turquoise color waves.

Needless to say, I was happy as a clam to have the great opportunity — to practice shooting action shots. It was a good practice. Though, it would have been even better if I had a longer telephoto lens. I would have love to get up close and personal shooting the surfers and waves. But… since the waves were strong and unpredictable; I didn’t want to take a chance of  the camera getting splash by the waves or worse yet — I get swept out.