Robyn Graham Photography

Winner: 2017 Bucks Happening List ~ Photographer

Bucks Happening List Winner

Bucks Happening Magazine has an annual Bucks Happening List of the best businesses in Bucks County. I am very honored to have been nominated for the 2017 Happening List for photographer. Not only was it an honor to be nominated but, it is an honor to be considered among some really great local Doylestown and Bucks County photographers. The list includes several photographers that I have admired for years and whom I have a lot of respect for.

As people, it is inspiring to have our work recognized and a gift to be able to gain additional business success from such recognition. The entrepreneur business sector is very competitive and often challenging to navigate. Special recognition in the form of awards can often help a person take their business to the next level. For someone who works very hard to provide unprecedented service, the recognition is both a blessing and a confidence builder.

The Happening List race was close between some great photographers and inspiring artists. Not all on the list are portrait photographers, some are fine art photographers, and others, like myself, are both. My work crosses several genres of photography including; professional and corporate headshots, visual branding, family and children’s portraiture,  and fine art. My passion for photography runs deep and grows with every successful session, every person I meet, and every business I help give light to.

It is a significant honor to be recognized as the 2017 Happening List Photographer. The honor isn’t only be the physical award and title, but it involve sharing a priceless moment with many other successful and inspiring businessmen and women from the Doylestown and Bucks County Communities. Being nominated has helped increase awareness of my business in an oversaturated market and winning will help to strengthen that awareness and help me grow my business even further.

To take the excitement a step further, Sharon Kraynak of Sharon Lee Creative Art Services won as the 2017 Bucks Happening List Framer.  Sharon works out of my studio and takes care of all of my framing needs, personally; for my fine art and my home, and for my clients.   It isn’t often that two people sharing work space are awarded such a high honor at the same time.  Congrats to Sharon!  It is an honor to work along side her and share her amazing talent.

To celebrate the winners and finalists, Bucks Happening Magazine held a red carpet bash yesterday evening, May 4th.  The energy at Pen Ryn Estate was electrifying.   So many amazing, talented people.   Winners were interviewed by a QVC host and video-taped, I was a nervous wreck, but yet very excited!   The band, one of the best I’ve ever heard, Bigg Romeo, was amazing and we all danced the night away.   The food, I haven’t mentioned that yet…there was a mashed potato bar!  Oh my goodness was it awesome!   Below are just a few cell phone photos from the evening.  I am hoping to get some of the photos from the staff photographers that were there to capture the event.   At times I felt like I had a paparazzi following!  So fun!

Thank you for all of your support.  I am ever so grateful.

Thank you!

Bucks Happening List Photographer

My Husband, John, and Me

Bucks Happening List Winner

Dear friends, author/speaker Mary Fran Bontempo, best author,

and Kristin Smedley, 2017 power person.

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Sharon Kraynak and Me

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Slides of each category were presented all evening.

And, even better, my interview made the Bucks Happen List YouTube channel.   This journey has been so amazing!  I am so honored and very grateful!

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Double Exposure – "It's Heavenly…to be with You"

It's Heavenly...to be with You
It’s Heavenly…to be with You

A Double Exposure – White Lily Leaf and White Lily Bud

The title of the above image is based on the meaning of the white Lily in the Victorian Language of Flowers.  The fact that the image is a double exposure of two flowers and was created with an ethereal feel helped make the meaning a perfect title.

I have a fabulous announcement to make.  Yesterday I received an email with the subject line saying: “Congrats!”  At first I thought it must be spam.  Once I read the message and clicked on the link included in the text of the message I was pleasantly surprised.  The link to BWGallerist led me to the home page which had a list of the  “Best of the Best” of Emerging Fine Art Photographers of 2014.  Guess what!  My name was on that list!  I am so honored and excited!   Please visit the link above to read the article and see works of other inspiring photographers on the list.

For those of you who truly love black and white photography I highly recommend subscribing to BWGallerist.  It is a wonderful, informative and inspiring magazine.

Happy New Year!

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Special Thank You(s)

Awards! Two of them in one day.  I am completely honored to accept the awards outlined below.

Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award is from Craig Brown at “Photobycraig’s Blog“.

Craig is an amazing and inspirational landscape photographer.  Please stop by his blog site.  You will not be disappointed.  Be prepared to sit for a bit of time as his images are captivating.

I am both humbled and honored by Criag’s recognition of my work.  Thank you Craig!

And…

The WordPress Family Award

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The WordPress Family Award is from Marylin and her mother at “Things I want to Tell My Mother“.

Marylin is a very talented, gifted writer who can touch your heart deeply with the stories she shares of her life with her family.  Her mother is an angel on earth who unfortunately suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  These two women have touched my heart and soul on many levels and I’ve fallen in love with their love of life, faith, and family. Visit Marylin’s blog and you’re sure to want to sit down with a cup of coffee until you’ve devoured every post.  You will laugh and cry and leave your computer feeling renewed with a strong desire to love and be loved.  A very heartfelt thank you to Marylin and her mother for giving me this award.

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How to Choose?

I received a very nice message a week or so ago from Ajay:

“I Nominate you for a Super Bunch of Awards – 30 Nominations

please choose any 3 awards out of the 30…”

I am very flattered, but I have to say I am overwhelmed by such a generous nomination.  I have reviewed Ajay’s award selection and I cannot decide which awards to select for myself…Is it humility or confusion or lack of confidence?  I am not sure which, but I just can’t award myself so to speak.  With that said, in lieu of posting thumbnails of awards I am going to send  you all to Ajay’s blog post and you can at least congratulate him on all of the awards he has received.  He is a man with a very generous and kind heart.

Ajay’s Blog

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Another Special Thank You

I am honored to receive another Versatile Blogger Award, this time from Susan at Gasm Travels – A Photographic Journey.  A heartfelt thank you to Susan.

Please take a moment to visit Susan’s blog where you will find beautiful images of her amazing travels.  You will fall in love with the people, places and creatures she finds along her way.  She captures each beautifully and carries their essence through her lens and camera and so gracefully delivers them to her blog.    You are sure to find a new world when you visit her.

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A Special Thank You

Another special thank you that I must extend to the lovely Linda at Living with My Ancestors.  Linda recognized me with the Versatile Blogger Award.  It is such an honor to have someone like a post, follow my blog, or to leave a comment.  Linda has been so generous with her comments and likes and now an award from her too.  I am honored once again and truly appreciate her thoughtfulness.

Please take a moment to visit Linda at her blog and see what she is up to.

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Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness

A special thank you to Charles at Charles Schnyder Photography for recognizing my work by nominating me for the “Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness”.  I am honored to know that Charles thinks highly of my work and enjoys my blog posts.  Please visit Charles at his BLOG .  You are sure to find beautiful photographs and delicious recipes.

Thanks Charles!

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Awards

Awards.  Those little things that have the ability to influence our confidence, our motivation, and our lives in extraordinary ways.  I was recently blessed to receive three blogger awards.  I am still saying WOW!  Me?  Really?

When I began my photographic and writing journey I had no idea where it was going to lead me.  How long the path would be, how wide my horizons would become, or how many wonderful people I would meet through the sharing of photographs and the written word.  I am so grateful for the many wonderful people I have met and the many who have touched my life.  Some of your stories are amazing, true tales of survival, humility, love, and honor.  Some of your artistic abilities are so incredible that I am humbled every time I see your work or read your words.  Thank you all for your support, your following, your “likes”, and especially for your comments that motivate and inspire me to keep posting.

A special thank you to three bloggers who have recently nominated me for awards:

My Botanical Garden – visit this lovely site at: www.mybotanicalgarden.wordpress.com

Esengas Voice – visit this beautiful site at: www.esengasvoice.wordpress.com

The Blazing Trail – visit this inspiring site at: www.theblazingtrail.wordpress.com

Because I have very little time to dedicate to following up on the awards, answering questions, nominating additional bloggers (I have so many favorites that I can’t narrow it down in a reasonable amount of time.),  I chose to add an awards page to my site where the awards I receive will be posted along with the link to the site of the person who graciously nominated me for the award.  In addition, I want to recognize the three blogs above as blogs that I thoroughly enjoy and find inspiring.  Please visit them.

Thanks again to all of you for your friendships, love, support and inspiration.

Here’s To You
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One Lovely Blog Award

A special thank you to Tamara at “My Botanical Garden” (http://mybotanicalgarden.wordpress.com/) for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award”.  The nomination is much appreciated!  Thanks for following.

The rules are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
  • Leave a .comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated

Seven things about me:

1. My family means the world to me.

2. I love flowers because they represent the intricacy of life and the many blessings within.

3.  Photography is my passion.

4.  I enjoy coffee, especially with sweet treats.

5.  Traveling makes me very happy because I love adventure and seeing what the world has to offer.

6. I enjoy exercise and running.

7. I like to read.

Blogs I admire:

Through the Healing Lens (http://throughthehealinglens.com)

Leanne Cole’s Photography Field Trips (http://leannecolephotography.com)

Rona Black Photography (http://ronablackphotography.wordpress.com)

Virginia Plantation (http://virginiaplantation.wordpress.com)

Christian Mihai (http://cristianmihai.net)

Joshi Daniel Photography (http://joshidaniel.com)

Frank King Photos (http://frankkingphotos.wordpress.com)

Photostream (http://colorspark79.wordpress.com)

Faire Un Voeu (http://faireunvoeu.wordpress.com)

Tau Zero (http://tau0.wordpress.com)

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