Italy Bound!

13 09 2010

Wow!  I have finished!  I placed 3rd runner-up in the class behind Damian AhChing, who won best portfolio, Gustavo Romero, who was 1st runner-up and Brett May, who won 2nd.  I was followed by Janet Kelley, 4th runner-up, Amanda Gardner, 5th and Deanna Washington, honorable mention.  I feel honored to be listed among such talented photographers.  To be honest, I never would have made it without the patience and encouragement of Kim Harkins, now the ‘former’ head of the photography department at Gwinnett Tech.  She is following her husband to California, where he has accepted the presidency of Orange Coast College.  Congratulations to Sheri Finch, who is now the ‘new’ head of the photography department.  Don’t blink, things change fast around here!  TTFN SDG


New Logo…I think!

29 07 2010

Here it is, guys!  Sorry I haven’t been around lately; I finally got my computer replaced!  You just have to love AppleCare!  They replaced my 24″ iMAC with a 27″ iMAC. Don’t ask me details but it’s the old MacPro processor…I think.  My husband takes care of these details.  Anyway, I love it and feel like I can finally get back to the assignments at hand!  TTFN SDG

Mott’s Military Museum

24 06 2010

To all of the PPA Print Competition folks, I stopped off in Groveport, OH on my way to Michigan and visited Warren Mott’s Military Museum.  Warren gave me way more than the 50 cent tour.  I was awed, inspired and humbled at the quality of the exhibit and the number of items people from all over the world have donated.  If you are ever in Ohio, or even close, I highly suggest you visit the museum.  Warren is, not only an amazing photographer, but a unique and compassionate individual.  I am honored to call him my friend.  TTFN SDG

New Logo!

19 06 2010

Ok…here is my tweaked version of my new logo.  Comments are greatly appreciated!  TTFN  SDG

Gift For a Child Founder, Rene Gunn

13 06 2010

The entire event I covered this week would not have been possible without the passionate vision and tireless effort of Rene Gunn and her organization, Gift For a Child.  Thank you, Rene, for loving and having compassion on the youth who are thrown into situations over which they have little or no control.  Your heart has been shown to this small group of people; and I, for one, am very proud to know you and your very special man, Garney.  You have both blessed my life immeasurably.  I hope you are blessed, as well, as you witness the accomplishments of those in whom you’ve invested so much of your precious time and energy.  Thank you for all you do!  TTFN SDG

Victoria Rowell and Jonathan Babineaux

11 06 2010

The keynote address at the Celebration of Excellence was given by Ms. Victoria Rowell.  I remember her from her “Diagnosis Murder” days.  She’s a beautiful woman with another message of hope.  She shared words of wisdom and encouragement with the foster graduates and a touching excerpt from her book, The Women Who Raised Me.

Jonathan Babineaux, a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons, sacrificed his only day off in December to bake Christmas cookies with the kids in a youth home.  He was presented with the Celebration of Excellence Community Service Award.

Jonathan Babineaux with his marketing agent, Cherry Bañez.

The young men and women who attended this event were truly celebrated, encouraged and uplifted during this two-day event, sponsored by the Higher Education Institute; and I was very honored and blessed to have been a small part of it.  TTFG SDG

NE-YO with young Harvard grad and author Kimberly Snodgrass

10 06 2010

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly Snodgrass, recent Harvard graduate, author and former foster child.  She shared her story with the foster youth at the recent Higher Education Institute Conference in AtlantaKimberly’s story is amazing in how she managed to keep going under extreme circumstances.  I truly admire this young lady, who not only came back to help with the workshop as one of the volunteers and keynote speakers, but to be honored as a recent foster child graduate.  Congratulations, Kimberly!  Please check out her website and read her book Things Happen For a Reason; it will encourage you to persevere in your passions.  TTFN SDG