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    I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Last Thursday afternoon I got a call, and the caller ID said National Geographic Society. I was thinking, they want me to buy a subscription. The lady from NG said 'We're looking for a photographer...'

    OH MY GOD! WHAT? ME? WOW!

    Yup, they want photos from my area - landscapes, bicyclers, buildings... So Thursday evening I took some shots and uploaded them thinking... I'll probably never hear from them again. The next day she called again, and told me about even more photos that they want by Monday. So Friday night and tonight I have been chasing sunsets, finding models, and shooting bicyclists. Its been fun and so exciting.
    I'm just so thrilled to have been givin this chance. I've done my absolute best, the sunsets have been average to good, and the 4 models worked really hard for me tonight. Now I just need to edit and get them online by Monday.

    I hope that I will be published! I haven't even discussed any real details yet (payments), I'm just so happy to have the chance to show them my work!

    Wish me luck - I need it!

    Kathy

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    I hope for your sake Kathy it isn't some sort of scam. If it is the real deal, then well done and good luck to you.

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    some photos that I've gone through so far.


    Its for real. I met a local business owner which they interviewed for the story. The issue date is Feb 06. The story is done or nearly done -they just need photos.

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Nice photos Kathy I am sure they will be more than happy with them, just make sure you don't loose exclusivity to the photos with you deal, if you have to, then make them pay for them good time. Then you can invest in more better equipment if you need to. Really great news, I understand why you are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo exciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttt ed.

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    What great news Kathy. The shots look great. Did you ask how they came to notice you?
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    That's GREAT Kathy!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!
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    Talking Congratulations Kathy!

    This is such great, wonderful, exciting news! Of all the magazines/publications in the world to be published in - the National Geographic! Wow! I hope you can sleep at night!

    Kathy, how did they get your name, etc? They must have seen your work and liked it - which is even more exciting. Even if they didn't, they did now!

    You outdid yourself with the photos - especially the sunset.

    I wouldn't be as concerned about the "pay" so much as I would all this being in your Portfolio! And you will get paid. You can put the NG publication on the front page of your Portfolio!

    You will probably be able to get a job anywhere after February!

    PLEASE keep us updated.

    Congratulations again! What a great gift for you. I'm very happy for you, Kathy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowgirl
    some photos that I've gone through so far.


    Its for real. I met a local business owner which they interviewed for the story. The issue date is Feb 06. The story is done or nearly done -they just need photos.

    Kathy

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    YOU GO KATHY!
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Kathy that really rocks!!!! I am very happy for you. This could be big door opening. NG that unbelievable!!! Your work deserves it. How is progress on the book on the Hill Country coming?
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    Congratulations!

    Kathy-
    That is wonderful news. We now have a National Geographic photographer among us. That's got to be good for the real estate :-)

    Hope it works out well and you're on the road to regular work with them. This is a photographer's dream opportunity - the equivalent of an actress being discovered working in a diner. Make sure to keep us posted on how things progress.
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    I'm still in shock! I believe that it is for National Geographic Traveler Mag.

    They found my website by doing a Google search for a photog in my area. I guess my site looked ok for them to contact me. My NG contact has mentioned liking my wildflower images (which I need more), so I am excited about that too.

    Please keep your fingers & toes crossed and (LIZ!) say some prayers that they accept any of my work! I'd gladly let them have any photo for free if it could lead to NG Publication or something else. - how cool!

    I hope that they will let me know something soon so I don't go nuts wondering. I'm sending NG the photos tomorrow morning.

    Even if they do not accept any of my work, I am just so happy that I have been given the chance!

    The word is already beggining to get out around town, because my 4 cycling models know a lot of business owners/locals, and they have been telling all of their friends that they may possibly get in the magazine. So just this chance can be leading to more local jobs.

    OT - As far as the book......well, lets just say that I have to get out and shoot more, I desperately need more photos. So truthfully - it would be a small miracle if I could ever finish a task like that!

    Thanks
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Kathy,

    I'll begin praying right now. I'm thrilled for you. I will definitely pray that they publish your photos. Please let us know as soon as you hear from them.

    I'm beginning to appreciate Google more all the time!

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    I'm still in shock! I believe that it is for National Geographic Traveler Mag.

    They found my website by doing a Google search for a photog in my area. I guess my site looked ok for them to contact me. My NG contact has mentioned liking my wildflower images (which I need more), so I am excited about that too.

    Please keep your fingers & toes crossed and (LIZ!) say some prayers that they accept any of my work! I'd gladly let them have any photo for free if it could lead to NG Publication or something else. - how cool!

    I hope that they will let me know something soon so I don't go nuts wondering. I'm sending NG the photos tomorrow morning.

    Even if they do not accept any of my work, I am just so happy that I have been given the chance!

    The word is already beggining to get out around town, because my 4 cycling models know a lot of business owners/locals, and they have been telling all of their friends that they may possibly get in the magazine. So just this chance can be leading to more local jobs.

    OT - As far as the book......well, lets just say that I have to get out and shoot more, I desperately need more photos. So truthfully - it would be a small miracle if I could ever finish a task like that!

    Thanks
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Way to go Kathy. I really love when one of you gets some serious notice. It is definitely cool.
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Congrats!! To quote Liz , it must be hard sleeping. Very happy for you and such a wonderful opportunity.

    Thanks for sharing your experience, it is very inspiring.

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Thanks so much for rooting for me!

    I'm not going to call myself a NG photographer. Those guys are in a league of their own!

    But I will be absolutely stunned if they publish one of my photos!

    Wish me luck!

    Kathy

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Way to go!! National Geo eh? That's just freakin' awesome!!!!

    My grandfather has a subscription to them, so when the Feb 6th one comes out I'll be sure to somehow get my hands on it!
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    Cool Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cowgirl
    Last Thursday afternoon I got a call, and the caller ID said National Geographic Society. I was thinking, they want me to buy a subscription. The lady from NG said 'We're looking for a photographer...'

    OH MY GOD! WHAT? ME? WOW!

    Yup, they want photos from my area - landscapes, bicyclers, buildings... So Thursday evening I took some shots and uploaded them thinking... I'll probably never hear from them again. The next day she called again, and told me about even more photos that they want by Monday. So Friday night and tonight I have been chasing sunsets, finding models, and shooting bicyclists. Its been fun and so exciting.
    I'm just so thrilled to have been givin this chance. I've done my absolute best, the sunsets have been average to good, and the 4 models worked really hard for me tonight. Now I just need to edit and get them online by Monday.

    I hope that I will be published! I haven't even discussed any real details yet (payments), I'm just so happy to have the chance to show them my work!

    Wish me luck - I need it!

    Kathy

    Woo hoo!

    What a great opportunity. So how did they get your name and number?
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    Wow Kathy that's awesome!! Cant wait to see the published product!

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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    A dream come true for so many photographers - congradulations!!

    Like Liz says, it looks pretty good on the resume. You've got a beautiful area to work with as well. Let us know how it goes, and I'll be on the lookout for the magazine when it hits the shelves. This is National Geographic Traveler, correct? They publish a few different magazines.

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    Update

    The NG art director is looking at my biking/sunset/downtown photos and I should know something soon.

    My NG contact called me again today. They are looking for one more image for the same issue of another area. Actually they asked me to photograph two different locations, but they will only choose one photo. I'm photographing both places tomorrow.

    This is my 'third' spec assignment from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER! It looks like I may have a real good chance of being published!

    How cool! I'm not sleeping too good tonight!

    Kathy

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    Re: Update

    I'm still praying Kathy! I can't wait to hear the good news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowgirl
    The NG art director is looking at my biking/sunset/downtown photos and I should know something soon.

    My NG contact called me again today. They are looking for one more image for the same issue of another area. Actually they asked me to photograph two different locations, but they will only choose one photo. I'm photographing both places tomorrow.

    This is my 'third' spec assignment from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER! It looks like I may have a real good chance of being published!

    How cool! I'm not sleeping too good tonight!

    Kathy

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    YIPEE...WOOHOO...congrats
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    What a great opportunity Kathy. Your photos are great. Keep us all posted.
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    Re: I'm just soooooooo happy!

    That is absolutely wonderful new. Keep us posted on what you find out. This is an opportunity most of us would love to have. I'll add a few prayers of my own and hope things go well for you. You have some gorgeous pics so no wonder they would be interested.

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