Before I talk about these photographs, regarding the devastating flooding in Calgary this past week, I just wanted to say how glad I am that everyone is safe. I’m so impressed by this city and everyone here, having lived in many different places it’s easy to feel a little unrooted but today I really feel some pride in actually being a Calgarian.
Anyways I just wanted to share how cute those two are! I’ve been receiving a few emails last week since the new site is up about where the photographs of the jet engine were taken and how that came about a freezing April day in Calgary. Yes, it was that long ago, but remember what happened with my site! I have some blogging catching up to do! I will let you know in another post how this all came about as it actually involve 5 guys coming together for their graduation and asking me to create something special for each of them, including when appropriate their wives of girlfriends. First we’ll start with this couple because this baby is due any minute – maybe it’s already even born? I’m so thrilled for them! They’re going to make wonderful parents…
Of course if you combine a Harley, a yellow plane and a gorgeous couple, you do get a very original maternity shoot!
Given the disappearance of my previous blog, I thought I’d post here some images for which I have received Accolades of Excellence from the WPPI from 2010-2012 (awards received in 2013 and later are on the current blog). The first year I competed they would send you your own pre-written press release which I always thought was extremely funny. 🙂
Today is a BIG day – I have a new website and I’m happy as can be!
In case you haven’t heard the background story, the (until then very reputable) media company that was managing my previous site for the past 5 years was liquidated mid May. They didn’t inform anyone, they just disappeared taking with them ownership of all of their clients domains and website contents. And so on the morning May 13 I discovered my site no longer existed.
I also found out that I had lost the right to use the annewrightphotography.com address. Three Kafkaesque weeks ensued fighting bureaucracy, making international phone calls in circles from customer service to customer (dis)service departments, legal resources, internet trolling, even racketeering etc. I’m glad I persevered though, I got a lucky break thanks to a friend (on facebook of all places!) and about 10 days ago I regained ownership. I was now Queen of my Domain again…
The previous website’s content though was gone and with it something that I will miss much more: 4 years of blog posts, about my clients, our sessions together, their weddings, a few stories of my own. I could moan about it or do something about it, so I did something about (ok, I’ll be honest, I did a tiny bit of moaning as well, but mostly to the dog though so it doesn’t count…).
As you might guess, there is no better time than NOT having a website to actually build a new one!! I had contemplated a revamp for 18 months now without ever making the time to actually have it implemented. Now I had to MAKE time.
So there it is, TADAAAAA…
I hope you like it as much as I do! Because this has been an expedited launch, there’s just a tiny bit more of pretty-fying fun things to do but it’s there, it’s working and I LOVE where it’s going.
I will also try to repopulate the blog with older posts for which I still have the text – but re-uploading the photographs etc will take a lot of time. Like anything worth doing in life, it’s work in progress! So do check in from time to time after that if you want to see it evolve.
This didn’t happen without some hard work from a few people that I do want to thank here:
Lia Golemba from PinkSpotStudios, thank you for evolving with me over the past 18 months to finally land here and work so well in the very small amount of time you had. You’re a genius, a visual artist like no other and anybody should feel privileged to be allowed to work with you.
Jon Angevine from calgarywebsitedesigner.com, thank you for ALL your help. A month ago you got some unexpected call from slightly hysterical me because my site was gone and you were my savior – without your directions I would have been lost. Thank you for for always answering your emails in what always feels like real time. And of course thank you for implementing this site so quickly and perfectly for me while it meant less sleep for you before your leave and for being so responsive to my slightly CDO requests (it’s like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical orders, like it should be… 🙂 )
Thank you David, Amy and Mathilde for understanding I needed to cancel our May long week-end plans so I could spend 29 solid hours at my desk putting the content together… To the rest of my family and friends for helping where they could, for having the girls over for sleep-overs that week-end so I could work or for calling me and cheering me up when I started to feel defeated. I’ve even had a friend in Florida that showed her support by proposing to eat Nutella together virtually!…
So yes, it’s been a rough few weeks but there’s always a lesson to be learned, right? A few days into this one of my lovely client wrote me something that went like this “you might not see it now as it is such a mess but even here there is a lesson for you to learn”. At the time Monica, I have to say I thought “huh sure… I just want my domain back!” But now that I’m sitting here, I know you were right.
Who cares if it’s “not fair”? The Japanese say “Fall down seven times, get up eight”. That is it – that’s my lesson here; just get up and start again.
Sooo, we all worked on hard on this, on top of the usual shooting-editing-meeting-packaging-delivering for all of YOU, my wonderful, amazing clients who have been so supportive always and especially this past month – a big THANK YOU to you too! This site is for you! I would say, if you have a minute to spare, leave me a note here below – I would love to hear how you like it so far BUT I think the comment box is the one thing we didn’t get to work the way we wanted before Jon had to catch his plane to a well-deserved holiday – so if it doesn’t work, leave me some comments on Facebook instead or email me at email@example.com 🙂