Here we are already into the second month of the New Year (Groundhog Day!) and I'm just now getting to take a few minutes for reflection. This is my birthday month and it's quickly approaching! I'm hitting a milestone this year but I'm not dreading it at all. I was seriously hurt after being hit by a drunk driver when I was 26 so I count my blessings every day to still be here, be healthy and using the talents that God gave me. The end of 2009 was extremely busy and in spite of doubling up on the Vitamin C and taking extra care to NOT get sick, I managed to catch a nasty bug the WEEK before Christmas...seriously?? I fought it hard and had to work around the clock to hit my deadlines but I pulled it off. That's all that matters! ;)
I had the pleasure of photographing one last concert for the year, Stephen Salyers' Sounds of Christmas Benefit Concert. This is a spectacular fund raising concert with proceeds going to the Billy Ray Cyrus Charities Foundation to benefit children in need. I am so very proud to call Stephen one of my dearest friends. Not only is he extremely talented (not to mention quite adorable!), he is one of the hardest working musicians I know. He's burning Nashville up right now and I hope 2010 is going to be a huge year for him! Along with Stephen, CMT's Can You Duet winners, Steel Magnolia, performed. WOW! If you closed your eyes and listened, you would not have known that was only two people and an acoustic guitar! They are amazing and so much fun to hang out with. Ashland had been hit with a nasty snow storm right before the event so I was worried about the turn out but it all worked out perfectly. It was a beautiful night and nothing warms your heart more than giving back to your community.
The new year has started off well, I have had a couple of fun sessions the past couple of weeks and I'm excited for what the year has in store for me! No complaints...except for Punxsutawney Phil saying we have six more weeks of winter. Be well and I'll talk to you soon!
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