Spring is coming!

Spring is coming. Spring is coming. SPRING IS COMING. I've been telling myself this over and over for the past few weeks. The bitter Michigan cold mixed with too many dreary days can make even the most optimistic person have a rough day month. So, when I received an email a few days ago from Shoot & Share saying that I was a finalist in the global 2015 Shoot & Share Photo Contest, it suddenly felt like Spring had arrived. (Okay, it may have helped that the sun was shining, and the forecast is showing 50s for the next week!) But honest to goodness, it was such a pleasant surprise & completely lifted my mood.

At this point, I'm still not certain if I placed, nor do I know when they'll be showing the results. However, I do know the contest started with 110,928 photos and that my photo made it into the top 10% for the Children's category. So, now it's just a waiting game while they tally the results.

Here's the photo in case you're wondering .... :)

FB (1 of 1)-5 Shoot & Share also asked me to submit the story behind the photo for use on their site, and here's what I told them:

This image was taken about a year and a half ago, when I was still learning my camera inside and out. My son fell asleep on the couch, and his peaceful state demanded I snap a few photos. Within a few minutes I had exactly what I wanted. I captured his sweet features -- those lashes, lips and button nose.  The image also represents that precise moment in time to me... when we had nothing but time. No other siblings yet, my photography business had just begun, and all of my time was devoted to being his mama. This photo allows me to look back... reminisce.

Whether this photo goes beyond being a 'finalist' or not, I'm grateful my work was seen & admired by someone. And more than anything, I'm thankful that Spring is around the corner.