PHOTOGRAPHY: A Living Palette

Updated on December 4, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY: Documenting Everyday Life


When I was 10, my parents taught me how to use their Minolta camera. I had spent years studying the glossy pages of National Geographic and I was also no stranger to the art museum. Learning how to use that camera enabled me to record a living journal of my life, as well as the lives of others. Photography entered my bloodstream and changed my creative perspective of the world. Photography is still my hobby, my outlet, my voice and my addiction. Forget the tedious technical talk of apertures and settings; ask me about my secret life as an amateur photographer and I will tell you that each photograph is a story. My photographs say a lot about who I am and how I see the world. Whether I strive to capture the personality of a loved one or preserve the fleeting beauty of nature, photography is the means by which I create a vibrant journal of the world in which I live.

I fall into a silent category when it comes to photography. I shy away from the uber-professional camera mongers because my tech speak is sorely lacking. My professional friends strive to maintain the best equipment and achieve an excellent status in the eyes of their peers. I wish them the best. Neither am I the occasional hobby photographer who totes her camera on vacations and documents her children's birthday parties. In such circles I am enthusiastic... perhaps a little too much so. I find myself in-between - where the fervor of photography meets the penchant for a good time. My camera is almost always with me - either in my backpack or in my car. If it interests me, I capture it. If I feel like a moment is slipping away, I document it. If I stumble upon beauty, I keep it forever. You do not have to be a professional photographer to take excellent photos. More importantly, you don't have to be intimidated by equipment and technology; there are so many user-friendly cameras on the market today. If you don't know where to begin, start by taking photos of those you love most! The more you use a camera, the more comfortable you will become. For folks like me, a camera is another extension of the mind and body. I do it because I love it. What more does a person need? Your imagination is the limit.




GULP   I never tire of taking portraits of children. My son was exploring driftwood on a beach at Fort Morgan. His animated exploration was delightful subject matter!
GULP I never tire of taking portraits of children. My son was exploring driftwood on a beach at Fort Morgan. His animated exploration was delightful subject matter!
AUTISM   My goddaughter has Asperger Autism. She has a gift with animals. She loved holding the rooster and we both liked how the colors of the feathers were an abstract version of the Autism Awareness logo.
AUTISM My goddaughter has Asperger Autism. She has a gift with animals. She loved holding the rooster and we both liked how the colors of the feathers were an abstract version of the Autism Awareness logo.
THE ROAD   This is what happens when you see something breathtaking and remember that your camera is with you in the car. Believe it or not, this is my driveway in March, in Alabama! Whenever I view this scene, I am instantly transported.
THE ROAD This is what happens when you see something breathtaking and remember that your camera is with you in the car. Believe it or not, this is my driveway in March, in Alabama! Whenever I view this scene, I am instantly transported.
OCTOPUS     Almost everyone I know has photoshop…except me! The kids and I visited an aquarium and I captured this octopus. Once home, I simply changed the photo into a negative and voila! The kids loved it!
OCTOPUS Almost everyone I know has photoshop…except me! The kids and I visited an aquarium and I captured this octopus. Once home, I simply changed the photo into a negative and voila! The kids loved it!
COFFEE TALK   Everyday objects can be a great focal point. For example, I love coffee, I collect coffee cups, and I love the bizarre and humorous. Just in case my favorite cup breaks, I have a great memory.
COFFEE TALK Everyday objects can be a great focal point. For example, I love coffee, I collect coffee cups, and I love the bizarre and humorous. Just in case my favorite cup breaks, I have a great memory.
AUTUMN    Walking up the driveway, I looked at the gorgeous leaves lying all around and I had to grab the camera. I love photographs which show textures.
AUTUMN Walking up the driveway, I looked at the gorgeous leaves lying all around and I had to grab the camera. I love photographs which show textures.
ALABAMA  I cannot control my photographic impulses when industrial locations are involved. In an old train yard in Calera, Alabama there is a goldmine of imagery just waiting for a camera. This is a photograph of a train car, complete with graffiti.
ALABAMA I cannot control my photographic impulses when industrial locations are involved. In an old train yard in Calera, Alabama there is a goldmine of imagery just waiting for a camera. This is a photograph of a train car, complete with graffiti.
RADIO DAYS  Textures can be fascinating when photographed. My husband was cleaning out an old workshop and discovered these glass tubes. There were hundreds of them littering the concrete floor. I grabbed my camera…
RADIO DAYS Textures can be fascinating when photographed. My husband was cleaning out an old workshop and discovered these glass tubes. There were hundreds of them littering the concrete floor. I grabbed my camera…
COMETS  Like an impressionistic painting, this photograph was better a little out of focus. What would normally be considered a mistake turned into something interesting because to me, the color of the fish transcended any need for details.
COMETS Like an impressionistic painting, this photograph was better a little out of focus. What would normally be considered a mistake turned into something interesting because to me, the color of the fish transcended any need for details.
Oota  This is Oo-Oo, or Oota, our family’s beloved daschund. He went too the beach every year and surf in the ocean waters of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Now that he has passed on, this image brings back the most wonderful memories.
Oota This is Oo-Oo, or Oota, our family’s beloved daschund. He went too the beach every year and surf in the ocean waters of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Now that he has passed on, this image brings back the most wonderful memories.
SUMMER VACATION  I have photo albums filled with normal photos, but once in a while I see one that begs to be dressed up. This particular image is of my three children during a family vacation. While I love black and white, I had to include the lips!
SUMMER VACATION I have photo albums filled with normal photos, but once in a while I see one that begs to be dressed up. This particular image is of my three children during a family vacation. While I love black and white, I had to include the lips!
STELLA  Who says a photo has to be a 4x6? I always experiment with cropping my images. Some photographs are best suited as a rectangle, such as this image of my beloved Corgi, Stella, during her first visit to the ocean.
STELLA Who says a photo has to be a 4x6? I always experiment with cropping my images. Some photographs are best suited as a rectangle, such as this image of my beloved Corgi, Stella, during her first visit to the ocean.
JACK RUSSELL PUPPY I am a professional dog groomer by trade, so I will take a few pics of my clients. I always take great care to capture as much of the animal’s personality as I can. Zoe was a doll!
JACK RUSSELL PUPPY I am a professional dog groomer by trade, so I will take a few pics of my clients. I always take great care to capture as much of the animal’s personality as I can. Zoe was a doll!
FIRECRACKER When I took this photograph, I knew my light settings were off and that the lighting was impossible. I kept shooting and later discovered this image. The light opposed to the fading body can be symbolic of childhood and the bright future.
FIRECRACKER When I took this photograph, I knew my light settings were off and that the lighting was impossible. I kept shooting and later discovered this image. The light opposed to the fading body can be symbolic of childhood and the bright future.
ADDICTIONS  Have you ever tried to define yourself by using a still life of personal objects?
ADDICTIONS Have you ever tried to define yourself by using a still life of personal objects?
BLACKSMITH  My husband is a blacksmith and his bench of tools never fails to fascinate me.
BLACKSMITH My husband is a blacksmith and his bench of tools never fails to fascinate me.
AUTUMN BOUQUET    I love the juxtaposition of real, lucid colors against the simplicity of grayscale photography. To do this, I must make a black and white copy of my original photograph. I then cut and paste them together.
AUTUMN BOUQUET I love the juxtaposition of real, lucid colors against the simplicity of grayscale photography. To do this, I must make a black and white copy of my original photograph. I then cut and paste them together.
PEEP   These beauties nested in the eaves of our porch and I couldn’t resist! I faded the original color to soften the image. For me, it created a cleaner, sweeter vibe.
PEEP These beauties nested in the eaves of our porch and I couldn’t resist! I faded the original color to soften the image. For me, it created a cleaner, sweeter vibe.
DAUGHTER  This image of my daughter on the beach was changed into a sepia image. The effect was startling. The original image is bright and colorful, while this one looks nostalgic. Experimentation with imagery is always a welcome exercise.
DAUGHTER This image of my daughter on the beach was changed into a sepia image. The effect was startling. The original image is bright and colorful, while this one looks nostalgic. Experimentation with imagery is always a welcome exercise.
TIRED    Anyone who has kids has seen this look. After a day of baking cookies, playing, painting and drawing, swimming, biking and a makeover, my niece was ready for nap time.
TIRED Anyone who has kids has seen this look. After a day of baking cookies, playing, painting and drawing, swimming, biking and a makeover, my niece was ready for nap time.
SALVATION I captured this image during my daughter's selfless act of saving a stranded fish from a shrinking tidal pool. Happenstance becomes symbolism.
SALVATION I captured this image during my daughter's selfless act of saving a stranded fish from a shrinking tidal pool. Happenstance becomes symbolism.

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        Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

        Very interesting and good. Different. I love photography too but you have an eye of a different view. Someone said fascinating...that fits.

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        Sarah Jackson 5 years ago from Southern United States

        Thank you dear!!!!!!

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        Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

        Awesome post. Voted up and added to https://snip.it/collections/22510-Creative-Photogr...

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        indieswebs 6 years ago from Bhavnagar, India

        Just One word: WOW! Awesome photography.

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        Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

        Precious photographs! I just shoot anything too. It gives us a variety of beauty to capture. Great skill, Sarah! I love every single one.

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        Jessee R 6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

        I love your Style! You can easily be termed as professional!

        Look at those pictures! Fine! Fine work! I deeply connected to the starting lines though.... being an amateur photographer myself...

        Great work and well rewarded! :)

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        I am absolutely blown away by your kind words.....WOW! After receiving several emails, here is a link to my online collection of photos....

        http://sarahredhead.deviantart.com/

        Thank you over and over for the messages. I am overwhelmed. You guys have inspired me all over again!

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        KrisL 6 years ago from S. Florida

        Wonderful photos . . . I too would describe myself as a serious amateur photographer, and these inspire me!

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        han 6 years ago

        These are really good.

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        Subhas 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Fantastic photos and great imagination !!!!!! Kudos to your thoughts over how the clicked photos speak a lot in itself. Although all the photos posted by you here are unique in their own way but I specifically like the one of a 'Coffee Cup'-its amazing ! Even I am personally very fond of clicking photos and getting clicked.My wife says that "You are a great natural Photographer." It's a fact that photographs form an essential part of our lives.They allow us to relive and cherish the past memories.

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        tapasrecipe 6 years ago from Spanish tapas land

        Stunning, there must be a book here somewhere

        Carrie

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        sammimills 6 years ago from California, USA

        Amazing photographs!

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        Sushmita 6 years ago from Kolkata, India

        Liked the idea of the out of focus fish. That really looks surreal. All other photographs are also wonderful. Must see more of your photographs. Congrats.

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        Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

        Outstanding photography, I love your use of simple techniques to get the best out of a shot such as cropping or combining colour and B&W or turning an image to negative. The glorious autumn leaves against the rugged earth and gloves creates a wonderful contrast.

        Your portraits are delightful, both human and doggy and the masses of glass bottles creates interesting texture, as does the rusty blacksmith tools.

        Your photography is truly inspiring to this 'wanna be' photographer. Congratulations on your success with this hub, well deserved.

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        daisynicolas 6 years ago from Alaska

        Absolute brilliance! Very inspiring.

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        iefox5 6 years ago

        Great photos, master level. Love the FIRECRACKER best, voted as awesome !

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        iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

        Brilliant!!!!

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        Eric Calderwood 6 years ago from USA

        This is the standard for how a photograph hub should be. I love the descriptions along with the stunning and beautiful images. I also love that you are using your own images instead of just showing off a collection of other peoples hard work (what I've usually seen in photography hubs, although granted, I haven't looked at a lot of them.) Great Job!

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        JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

        Such a great collection of photos. No wonder this is the hub of the day.

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        Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

        I like the fact that you don't claim to be part of the mainstream and all, photography or any hobby & career for that matter should come naturally at at least that's how things use to be in the olden days.

        Your images are truly spectacular indeed, wow is all I can say about them any further, your talent for taking pictures goes above an beyond the call of duty.

        The one I love the best is the Octopus, since you caught it by chance as well at the aquarium, and the fact that it was the product of an experiment gone right as well, oh and besides the fact that it looks amazing!

        Voted up and I used my special pin sharing button from off my toolbar to share that cool octopus too. I just have to follow you as well, because your freaking awesome! @Sarahredhead

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        precy anza 6 years ago from USA

        Enjoyed looking at these photos! Each has a story of their own. I felt like some minutes had stopped while I was looking at all these. Precious! ^-^'

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        Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        I really enjoyed these photos. Like going to an exhibit on my computer. Congratulations!

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        StellaSee 6 years ago from California

        Oh my goshness Sarah, I think this is the best photography I've seen on Hubpages so far! I especially like the photograph of your daughter on the beach..I like the nuance you captured there. This makes me want to get better at my photography/photoshopping skills! Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Came back to once again view your gorgeous photos and congratulate you on your HOTD award. You are so talented! Like you, I love to take photos but do not always carry my camera with me as you do. Perhaps I should make more of an effort. Your photos are inspiring!

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        Patricia Scott 6 years ago from sunny Florida

        WOW...I am not artistic so to view the images of one who has this gift is awe inspiring to me. These should be framed. Thank you for sharing these...and congratulations on hub of the day.

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        Jeremy Wade 6 years ago from Tennessee

        Really enjoyed the words of encouragement. The photos are amazing you are a great artist. Glad you made the hub of the day or I would have missed this. Thank you for sharing your works with HP.

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        Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Congratulations on HOTD!! Very well-deserved, I must say!

        I love how you are able to transform your images with just a few simple tricks.

        My photography journey began at age 8 with a Brownie Box Camera I got for a Christmas gift. My dad was a photography buff, and even built his own darkroom.

        I used to have a 35mm film camera--(still do, but I think it got stored with the batteries installed, so its probably 'dead')--now I just have a small digital, and my photos have de-volved into 'just snapshots' because I cannot afford the high-end digitals with the tele-zoom lens.

        I do understand the 'tech speak,' and have written a few hubs on photo tutorials, but most of my photos these days are of our cats....or items I'm trying to unload on Craigslist or E-Bay. LOL

        As for Photoshop--I do use it, but it is a Jekyll and Hyde program--easy to start and learn such things that I use all the time such as "adjust auto-levels" to get rid of odd colors from the lighting. But I have yet to master layers...which is that cut & paste/blend function you used with the rooster and the gloves photos.

        You have a great eye, and those are wonderful photos--thanks for sharing!

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        James William 6 years ago

        Such beautiful pictures!! really love the octopus :D

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        lovesleftovers 6 years ago from Texas

        Your photos prove that photography is a true art form and there is beauty in everyday objects. Fantastic hub and lovely photographs!

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        a2aoptima 6 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka

        You are a Genius... Congrats on bagging the "hub of the day"

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        Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        It is so rewarding to see a purely creative hub as Hub of the Day. And such a good one. How beautifully done.

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        Jennifer Stone 6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

        These photo's are amazing Sarah! I can't choose a favourite because I love them all...If I had to choose 4 they would be your son in the driftwood.. The snowy drive that looks like Narnia.. the bench tools (my husband is an engineer so I too like this sort of thing!) and your daughter on the beach. Thank you so much for sharing your work, and congratulations on HOTD (very well deserved). Voted up, beautiful and awesome!

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        vespawoolf 6 years ago from Peru, South America

        What a beautiful hub! Congratulations on HOTD!

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        Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

        Wow. These photos still are stunning! Voted up and beautiful. Again! Congrats on hub of the day!

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        Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        I love your message and your photos! You are definitely right that if you want to try photography, you just have to jump into it. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day! Well deserved.

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        SouthernHoney 6 years ago from Woodinville, WA

        Absolutely gorgeous. Your article makes me want to grab my camera and go for a walk :). I especially love the picture of your snow-covered driveway - what an amazing winter scene!

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        CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

        Beautiful Pictures :) Voted up and Shared!

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        Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

        I'm so glad to see this as Hub of the Day. Congratulations. I find your photos to be as captivating today as I did when I first saw them a few months ago when you won the contest. What treasures you create with your eye and camera!

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        Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Breathtaking! Congrats on HOTD. These photos are incredible. More and more I've been wanting to become an "amateur photographer." I don't feel my photos are up to par right now. May I ask you what kind of camera you use? And what kind of photoshopping program to change colors and such? Great hub. Voted up and all the way across!

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        Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

        Wow! gorgeous images and I love your approach. Mine is almost the same way except I feel mine is lucky while yours is deliberate. I want your photographic eye when I grow up.

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        Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

        These were wonderful photos. I especially liked the snowy scene of you drive. What day in March did you get all that snow in AL and why didn't you share it with us in GA? :-)

        Beautiful work. Your parents were on target when they taught you to use their Minolta. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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        Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

        These are wonderful. Thanks for slowing down the world a bit so that we can take a better look at the extraordinary that lives in the ordinary. The old radio tubes might be my favorite, with the autumn leaves accentuating the end of their time.

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        Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

        I too love to take photographs but after looking at yours I've decided I need to be more creative. Your 'award' here is more than deserved. You may not be a professional but you have an incredible talent and should certainly continue. I agree you might want to make a book...one picture is more fascinating than the next. I love how you play with color. I could go on and on but I think you get the 'picture'. Voted all buttons except funny and of course SHARING.

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        Navneet Thakur 6 years ago from India

        nice work,,

        its out standing....................

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        Dawnrichard 6 years ago

        Nice photos. I love the last photo " saving a stranded fish from a shrinking tidal pool." of your daughter.

        Nice hub and congratulations for being the hub of the day.

        Dawnrichard

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Fabulicious photos . . great ideas and tips, look forward to trying your suggestions out!Congrats on HOTD you deserve it, voted up, awesome etc . . .

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        RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

        Congrats on your Hub of the Day award--I enjoyed seeing this again!

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        Ibrahim Vet 6 years ago from Egypt

        I always wondered what it feels like to be living in photography world ... Your work is amazing :)

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        Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

        You totally deserve to have this recognized as HOTD. Congratulations! Your pictures are STUNNING. I'm sitting here drinking tea and I am just drooling over all these incredible photos you have taken. I don't think you should use the word "amateur" - somewhere along the line I think you became professional. :)

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        Vanderleelie 6 years ago

        These are very expressive and creative photos. I like your use of black and white in combination with a colour highlight, as seen in the photo "Autism". An excellent image!

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        Lilly 6 years ago from Denmark

        Wow this is really beautiful.. Enjoyed every single one of your photos. Amazing!

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        alliemacb 6 years ago from Scotland

        Such beautiful photographs. A real inspiration. Awesome hub.

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        bkmuze 6 years ago from Northern California

        Your work is an inspiration. The range of your photos is just amazing . . . beautiful color, introspection and humor! Thank you for sharing these with us.

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        Natasha 6 years ago from Hawaii

        Amazing an inspirational photos! Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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        ergenzinger 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Amazing work. Thank you for sharing these.

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        limpetparasite 6 years ago from Canada

        watching the alabamian winter wonderland driveway of yours is breath taking... thank you for sharing sarah, you made me smile today, happy new year!

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        RebeccaWhitman 6 years ago

        Amazing photography and intriquing words. Good work!

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        AnneHarrison; Thank you so much for your kind words. I believe any creative outlet is one of the best types of therapy in the world! I hope you do pick up that camera and start inventing a new version of our world!

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        Anne Harrison 6 years ago from Australia

        Absolutely amazing photos. In the last week I have picked up my camera for the first time in years - you have encouraged me to keep taking photos,f or the sheer enjoyment of celebrating the world around us.

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        Caroline Marie 6 years ago

        Wow. What gorgeous photos! Oota is so cute.

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        Overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed. Thank you SanneL, malometer and missolive! Also Duchess, prairieprincess and (my favorite hubname!!) holdmycoffee!! RTalloni - after reading your comment I felt like it was MY birthday!Whatever your circumstances, I hope the best and wish you a happy birthday. For you to share how my hub inspired you is the best feeling in the world (*warm fuzzies everywhere*). Girl, get out that camera and start shooting!

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        RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

        What more does a person need, indeed! Child, what ever that is, you've got it, and you've inspired me to keep working at the photography I enjoy so much (but know so little about). I feel I've learned more from this piece than all the others I've read put together! Thanks much! Today's my birthday but celebration must be delayed due to circumstances, however, I feel that you've given me a fabulous gift! Insight, inspiration, industry...all great thoughts as I look forward to future photography opportunities. :)

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        SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

        You truly have a talent and a great eye for photography, it shows in these unique and amazing photos. Congratulations on your win!

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        molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Wonderful pictures, the one with your daughter and the rooster is lovely.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Congratulations Sarahredhead !

        Your images are amazing. It is difficult to choose a favorite. My son is also in the spectrum so AUTISM certainly stood out for me. All of the images are wonderful and each evoke a personality and/or thought. Thank you for sharing your work.

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        Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

        A very interesting collection of photos, that speak for themselves. I'm glad you decided to enter the contest, and congratulations on the win! I enjoyed your work

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        Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

        Congratulations on winning the contest. These are a stunning, heartfelt group of photos. Your win was well-deserved. Thanks for sharing with Hubpages!

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        holdmycoffee 6 years ago

        Beautiful pictures with great meanings! Congratulations on your win, you deserve it!

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        You made my day! Thank you so much...All of this has inspired me to take on some new projects!

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        Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

        What beautiful and original photographs! I enjoyed them all and each one is a favorite. Your creativity astounds me!

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        greatparenting 6 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

        Such wonderful work. A richly deserved award!

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        Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

        Congratulations on your award! All the images are outstanding, but I loved the coffee cup the best. I never thought of immortalizing my favorite cup that way...

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        LivingNatural 6 years ago from Northeast Nebraska

        Congratulations, nice photos and comments!

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        Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

        Congrats, I envy you..your photos are creative and beautifully composed.

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        frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

        Unique, outstanding and amazing photos, and words too! You are a perfect winner, and I congratulate your magnificent work also, because you loved doing it!

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        Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        How beautiful,creative and diverse. Congrats on your win!

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        Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        Definitely award-winning material and could be a coffee table book.

        My favorite - I am struck by the way the multicolor rooster pops alive at the touch of your goddaughter who has a gift with animals. This would make a beautiful poster and I gaze at it open-mouthed. I admire Dr. Temple Grandin who also has Aspbergers and specializes in animal husbandry.

        Rated Up on as many buttons as possible. Thank you for your work.

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        Many of my dog shop photos (phoDOGraphy) including before and after pics are located on the shop's facebook page! On FB we are Little Angels Pet Salon.

        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Angels-Pet-Sa.../pages/Little-Angels-Pet-Salon/163508940348766?sk=wall

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        Baileybear 6 years ago

        maybe you could do a hub of before and afters of your groomed dogs?

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        Moira Durano-Abesmo 6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

        You truly deserve to win. I love allllll you photos.

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        I have a dear friend who looked at Firecracker today. He had a brilliant description. He thought that it demonstrated the ability children have to not only maintain an incredible energy all the time, but to harness that energy, manipulate it and control it. He said, "Then, when you're an adult, such energy might just incinerate us!" Good stuff.

        Baileybear: Yes! We dye dogs! Maybe I should take some pics of that!

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        hhunterr 6 years ago from Highway 24

        What you have can't be taught: a good eye. All the equipment in the world can't replace a gift.

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        Baileybear 6 years ago

        I looked up some images of dogs with painted nails - rather bizarre, IMO (mine you, I think humans lining up to get their nails painted is odd too). Did clients ask you to dye their pets?

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        Baileybear: Zoe is a doll. The client requested her nails be painted to match her bow. As a dog groomer, I paint lots of nails, but I have never gotten used to the look! It is bizarre isn't it?

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        Baileybear 6 years ago

        Zoe is beautiful - she'd be beautiful without the nail polish too - I haven't seen a dog with its nails painted before

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        emichael: that is sweet how you defined some of the photos. I always welcome constructive criticism. Feedback is a valuable tool.

        Baileybear: thanks!! My husband said I should make a poster out of that one, which is a pretty cool idea.

        Marlin55: You made my day!!!!!

        I'm off to read some more hubs!

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        Thank you so much everyone for your kind words. I do hope any fellow hobby photographers out there will share their works - I always get so inspired when I see others' works! It is also much more comfortable to meet people who are photographers because they love what they do. Many times I have been caught in the undertow of those who know much more about the craft than do I... I say do what you love. My face still hurts from grinning. You guys are awesome.

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        emichael 6 years ago from New Orleans

        A very well deserved victory. These pictures are all great. I love your view that photography is not about perfect equipment and settings and blah blah. It's about documenting what you love. Composing and telling a story.

        I love the personality you managed to capture in "GULP."

        "THE ROAD" is breathtaking.

        The description you include with "FIRECRACKER" is great. Very profound.

        I love the composition of "DAUGHTER." The colors as well as the shapes created by her posture and shadow make for a very compelling photo.

        All of these are fantastic and congratulations on the win!

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        Baileybear 6 years ago

        awesome images - that octopus is really effective

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        PaulaHenry1 6 years ago from America

        Awesome and a well deserved winner!!!! Congrats!

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        des donnelly 6 years ago from NYC....

        Congratulations on your grand Prize !!... stupendous & intriguing photographs... thanks very much :-)

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        Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

        You really have a wonderful eye for subject matter and framing. I literally went from one picture to the next saying, "This one is my favorite." Congratulations.

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Congratulations on your well deserved win! I loved viewing these beautiful photos of yours. You definitely have great talent in capturing the special moments in life.

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        Sarah Jackson 6 years ago from Southern United States

        With cup of coffee in hand, I checked my email this morning and was overwhelmed! WHOA! WHAT??! I cannot thank everyone enough for their kind words! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and savoring so many fellow hubs during this contest - many of which I believed were superb! It feels so good to be a part of such an incredible community. Thank you x 1000! (*face hurts from grinning*)

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        SilverGenes 6 years ago

        This is incredible work! Your creativity really shines in this gallery of art!

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        rosika 6 years ago

        Great pictures! They made me realize that everything that happens, or what we see in life always has meaning for the person been present in the scenario in many ways! Voted up! Congratulation for being a winner!

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        vasantha T k 6 years ago from Bangalore

        congratulations. The pictures are different and lovely. Have a great day.

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        Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

        Beautiful phots. Congratulations on a well-deserved win!

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        Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Outstanding photos, congratulations on your win, well deserved!

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        rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

        wow! I love these images and your intro. I can see clearly why this was the winning hub. Beautiful! Congrats on your win!

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