This past weekend I had the joy of opening my first gallery here on Okinawa with three other amazing photographers on island. The opening night was a hit as you can see above and we still have two more weekends to show the images before we sell them off the wall! I wanted to try to personalize the experience a little and offer a more creative way of judging our numbers at the end of the opening weekend so this is what I came up with. We took a headshot of everyone who attended (them allowing of course, a few camera shy folks are not shown). Below I want to showcase a few of my favorites and explain why I was so happy to see them show!
This would not even begin to be possible without Ryan. He has been an amazing help and was there opening night with me. Ryan is one of the other photographers in the show and was the first I contacted when I realized the space was large enough to start a collaboration of sorts with local photographers. From the advertising and selecting the other photographers to last minute setup and hanging the prints Ryan has been there helping me out every step of the way. Thanks again Ryan for all of the help! It is an honor to hang my prints with yours.
Another that can not go unthanked is Paul. Paul owns the space and was the man to present this great opportunity to me. He was the one who backed the project from day 1 and for that I can not thank him enough! One day hopefully my business skills can reach his level. Thanks for letting me snap this, I hear you are not one to like your photo taken.
Jamie I want to thank you so much for making it out. What you are doing with the Shutterbugs page has helped so many and some of the advice I received through your amazing group has led me to where I am today. There are few communities so welcoming in the world especially photography ones. I know we talked about how it can go unappreciated at times but know that everyone I have talked to loves the community you have put together and really respects all the time and effort you put into keeping it amazing. Thank you for all your hard work, it does not go without notice.
Man I don't even know where to start. The gentleman in the back of this hilarious photo has become one of my best friends on this earth, a true brother to me. We were not so close in high school but our adventures on Okinawa are timeless to say the least. A big thank you to the whole gang goes out, thanks again for making it down. Tull is for sure the wife in this photo, just saying.
This group has become something of a second family to me lately, I was not surprised they were there but that is a gift on its own. To many more cigars and shots, thanks for all the love
Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker, Bobby and Dillon.
There are plenty more to thank especially from my cop family but I need to wrap this thing up. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and will continue to support me. I hope I can live up to the hype in the future.
Also a huge thank you to my mother, my grandmother, and Tsgt Izaguirre who opted to pre order prints in order to help fund the event! This would not be possible without your support!
Be sure to join us for the closing weekend at the end of this month in American Village!