This is a HUGE honor for me! So many amazing feelings to have a National Geographic Editor take the time out to comment on my image. This was also featured earlier in the year on another National Geographic Assignment. So to have this same photo recognized twice by them just makes my heart sing. Here is the link if you would like to take the time to read the lovely note from the Editor.
Wow people! Never in my mind when I took this photo did I ever think that National Geographic would ever feature it. There was an assignment called "The Love of Parents" and I submit this shot to it. I titled the photo "Of all the things my hands have held"; inspired by the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. I chose to convert this over to black and white because I felt the emotion would translate beautifully.
Now isn't it funny how you can remember exactly what took place when you take a shot. How you felt, who you were with. This photo was taken on a Utah mountainside under the tutelage of the amazing @twyla.jones during the Unraveled Retreat. It was such a joy to see her at work that day and to finally meet my idol in person and watch her at work. It was my first time meeting her and it was an unforgettable experience! Now flash forward, I submit this shot to a National Geographic black and white assignment; now it didn't get the most votes at first on National Geographic, but a lovely person left a really kind and thoughtful compliment & the Editor, David Y. Lee noticed it and left a very thoughtful note there for us. It was really awesome sh*t. I am so honored to be surrounded and encouraged by incredible mentors and peers. Thank you Twyla- I love you @somethingrad, to the Editor, David @davidylee, National Geographic. I have so much gratitude for the kindness. And just when I thought that was all, this shot even made National Geographic's Daily Dozen feature which is a pretty big deal in my eyes.
Here are the links to the Nat Geo features. I think it is going to take awhile to come down from this amazing cloud of happiness. Words cannot express my gratitude. Go check it out!! I'm in there with other really really incredible photos! XO