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Friday, January 16, 2009

Kris in Phoenix and Photographer of the Year

So I've been in Phoenix for the PPA's annual international photographic convention (aka Imaging USA.) There were over 7500 people from around the world taking photography and business classes, creating social contacts, and SHOPPING in the humongous trade show. It was a blast, mostly because I was there with one of my best friends and fellow photographer, Allison. The highlight of the convention for me was hearing Anne Geddes speak. I seriously felt like she was talking directly to me about issues I have been struggling with for a while. It took me a long time to get a grip on my emotions afterwards, and was a life-changing moment for me. Then, the next evening, I was bestowed with PPA's Photographer of the Year award. There were only 4 people from Utah who received this honor, and I am the only one who operates from a home-based studio. It was a pretty big deal to me, and the capstone on an amazing year.

I thought boring awards-ceremony photos would be pretty... well... boring, so I thought instead, I'd post these snapshots we took with my daughter's little camera to try out some backdrops at the trade show. We were a little loopy after two solid days of classes by this point...

12 comments:

Fam in Real Life said...

Congrats!! You deserve it! The best photographer I've ever met!! Lors

Allison Watkins said...

You crack me up! I am so happy these pictures are immortalized in the blogging world now. Of course you know how excited I am for you. Thanks for living and breathing a full trip with me and still being great friends, I'll travel with you any time.

Ann Marie said...

Congrats! Very deserved!

Jessica said...

Congrats Teen! You are such a scholar!

rachel thurston said...

so proud of you! wish I could be there to celebrate with sushi and a movie. post the images entered!! xxoo.

Kris Doman said...

Rachel - the images are in a previous post from July 2008 called Hanging Four. I wish we could do sushi too! Thanks, girl.

Emily Hatch said...

Way to go!!!!! I can't even believe it (well, yes I can considering how good you are, but WOW!)
I am so proud of you!

Browne Towne said...

I'm so happy for you!!! And to think...I knew you before you were famous!!! Congrats!!!

Cams said...

Congratulations! That is a great honor and I am so happy for you.

nange said...

I'm so proud of you sis! Your work makes a stirring and convincing argument for the Hall's to eventually retire in Utah so that I can fully take advantage of your talent! luvs and kisses
nangerpoo

A'Lisha said...

I am not suprised you got that award!! you are amazingly talented and deserve it!!

A'Lisha said...

I am not suprised you got that award!! you are amazingly talented and deserve it!!