The Best Email Ever

March 22, 2016 Amanda Naylor General 0 comments

Monday and Tuesday this week are basically my Saturday and Sunday, so naturally these past two days have been filled with HGTV home makeover shows and baby snuggles. When I got Addie down for a nap yesterday, I decided to just quickly scan through my new inquiry emails. I received an email that literally made my jaw drop and left me speechless.

Surely someone who is bad at math, just like me, counted wrong. “Are my days screwed up? Is it April 1st already?”, honestly ran through my head. There are SO many talented photographers in our area, so many much more talented than me- this seriously can’t be real. Things like this just don’t happen to me! This will probably be a once in a lifetime thing haha… The email was signed with a name, number and requested I give her a call.

So I dialed ‘er up and it was confirmed.

When I posted a while back about voting for me in “The Best of York” contest, I didn’t take it seriously. A lot of the same people are nominated every year and rightfully so they win. I honestly was in a “what the heck, let’s try it” kind of mood. I think I only posted it once on each social media account. When I was notified that I was among the top 5 most voted for, I simply just couldn’t believe it. There is another round of voting, so I haven’t “won” anything yet, but this still feels like a major win for me! I’ve only ever won about 2 things in my life: an award for a Georgia O’ Keefe inspired painting from 5th (?) grade, and a camera that stemmed my photography interest for a 500 words essay my mom forced me to write about why education is important to me.


The kind lady on the phone told me I was up against 4 other photographers in the area! I know of most of them, and they’ve got some great images! The beauty and fun of it all, to me, is that we all have different styles! And although I do not view other photographers as competition because I believe that there is enough work in the area for all of us, I’m excited to see the final results! I’d be thrilled with 3rd place, but just being among the 5 is a great feeling!

To everyone who took the time out of their day to not only vote for me, but figure out what other 5 categories you wanted to vote for to get the photography vote to count, thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

You all are seriously the best, I love you, THANK YOU again, and that’s all I really have to say because I’m still speechless. Many many hugs to everyone <3 The final round of voting starts April 1st to the 12th. Keep an eye out on social media for the link to vote again!!

To the 4 photographers included in this years voting, congratulations! You guys rock! Keep up the good work. Truly wishing everyone good luck :)


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