2015 ~ My Year in Review

My year started out great! I presented several of my slide show programs to camera clubs and groups including: The Short Hills Garden Club in NJ, Coastal Camera Club in DE, The South Jersey CC and the Palinfield Garden Club in NJ.

Then I headed to the Florida Everglades where I met up with clients for a 3 day workshop. One of the exhibits that I showed in opened up in San Diego on Feb. 7th titled “Birds of the World” it featured several world renowned photographers and I was happy to be on the list!

On February 12-15th I presented 2 slide show/lectures to the Carolina Nature Photographers Association and met some really nice people including Jack Spoon that hooked me up with the folks at Dickies and also David Hartfield that hooked me up with Captain Ben from the Discovery boat in Alaska.

Then it was off to Japan for my 2015 workshop that I conducted with Paul McKenzie. Several of my images from my trip made it into the final rounds of BBC and Nature’s Best. Speaking of Nature’s Best I am truly honored to have one of my images selected this year as a category winner. I hope to get to Washington DC to see the exhibit for myself.

Next I held what might be my last workshop at Lonaconing Silk Mill in Maryland. I’m not sure I might go back one more time but I don’t have anything planned just yet.

After returning home from the silk mill I went to Longwood Gardens to conduct my annual Spring Flower Photography Seminar. This year because my seminar at Longwood sold out quickly I have added two additional seminars in August. One is full the other has 4 spots left.

Then I went to Charleston! I hadn’t been to Charleston in over 10 years, it was great to get back there. At first, I had trouble remembering where some things were but eventually they all came back to me. I shot on my own for a few days before the workshop and met up with my friend and fellow photographer Pam Cohen for 2 days. After my Magnolia Gardens workshop in South Carolina I presented my program “A Blend of Art and Nature” and conducted 2 sold out workshops for the Kiawah Photo Club. Kiawah, is a short driving distance from Charleston South Carolina. While I was in Kiawah I stayed with Ann and Richard Gridley, thanks again guys! I loved my time in Charleston so much that once I returned home I got on another plane and went back! Next year I have 2 sold out workshops planned for the spring-can’t wait!

In April, I went to Paris with Tom Wester, Joe Barranco and Lynn Fulton and then to a high speed train to Holland where I conducted my 3rd Keukenhof Gardens workshop. I love tulips and what better place in the world to photograph them then in Holland. I will be conducting another Holland Tour in the near future.

In April, I also conducted my 6th workshop at Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City PA. But one of the biggest thrills I had was when I went to Colorado to film my Creative Landscape Video. I was treated like a movie star!

In May, I headed to the Palouse for 2 back to back workshops. I love that slice of America. It is such a beautiful area. I am looking forward to returning in May again for two more workshops. I think there are a couple of spots left on both.

In May I published my second filter guide titled “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II” thanks to Carol Carson for her help! I also published my first virtual coffee table book titled “Visual Expressions”.

In June I went to the UK with Arthur Morris and photographed Puffins on our Puffin and Gannet workshop. This year’s workshop is sold out. I will be conducting my own Puffin & Gannet Workshop in 2017.

In July I conducted two workshops at Nickerson Beach. They were probably my most enjoyable workshops. I met many new and old friends and had a blast. A couple of us joined together to help a juvenile Oystercatcher in need. It was my first time touching one! What a great day!!I hope to get out there again this year.

And then there was Iceland! Wow! I can’t say enough about how beautifully amazing Iceland is. I am planning on a 2017 workshop I may get back there again this summer….

In August I did the Inside Passage, on the Discovery with Captain Ben. It is a beautiful boat. I only wish that I didn’t get so seasick!!

September was my annual trek to Swan Island Dahlia for my popular 5 day flower photography workshop. This year did not disappoint. I even spent a day photographing on my own at the Dahlia Farm with Geri George and then a day photographing at the Rose Garden with Glenn Pagel.

In September I also conducted a “Creative Patterns in Nature” workshop in the Adirondacks NY.

In October I headed back out to Old Car City in White Georgia for my 3rd workshop there. The place changes slightly from year to year but it is the owner Dean and his side kick Rocky that get me coming back for more!!

I conducted a few presentations at B&H with Arthur Morris in October, hopefully they will be out in video soon.

Oct. 21st- Nov 15th- Falklands Island-South Georgia- another wow! How can you go on a trip like this and not be inspired. I had a great time and after being there two times I think it is safe to say that I will most likely not be returning to South Georgia in the near future. I get terribly seasick so I have opted to start conducting Land-based (no ship sailing) Falkland Island tours. In 2016 I will be conducting a sold out trip to the Falklands with Arthur Morris and then in 2017 I will be conducting them on my own.

November was my annual trek to Bosque del Apache and though conditions in the refuge have gotten worse it is still a remarkable place to photograph. This year was my last year conducting workshops with Arthur Morris in Bosque. I think it’s time for me to spread my wings and fly. I will always value my time with Arthur Morris and will remember it fondly. I thank him for everything he has helped me with. I have a 4 day workshop planned for Bosque 2016, I just have not announced it yet.

In December I took my first family vacation in years with my daughter and her husband and my two grandkids Jaxson and Tanner. We went to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. We island hopped to St. John’s and visited Trunk Bay. My grandkids loved playing in the calm ocean and going down the pool slide. I love spending time with them 🙂 .

I am truly blessed to be able to lead this amazing life doing what I love. I thank all of you for your support and encouragement of my work. I appreciate every single comment and kind word that you have left for me. I read each and every one and I want you to know how important they are to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and a fantastic New Year filled with family, love and great images!

Hugs,
Denise

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37 Responses

  1. You had a very busy year Denise and shared a ton of killer images with us. I look forward to each and every blog post of yours. They are very inspiring. Hope we have a chance to meet up again in 2016. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  2. Paul Mckenzie says:

    I’ve definitely learnt more from you and Artie than any other photographers. Keep inspiring!

  3. Francis says:

    Wow – What a fantastic year. Great successes on the International Photographic Scene. May it continue in 2016.
    Love viewing your inspirational images and learning through your e-tutorials.
    Season’s Greetings and another successful Photographic 2016

  4. Harold Klein says:

    It was a great year Denise…was glad to be able to watch it from a distance while learning remotely as you traveled around the world! All the best on your future endeavors!
    Have a great Holiday season and a great 2017!
    Harold.

  5. carlotta grenier says:

    as I spent some time with you this Year I felt very honored to be in your company and there are not enough compliments I can make to do you justice. Thank you for being YOU

    WISHING YOU ALSO THE BEST OF HOLIDAYS AND SPREAD YOUR WINGS

    Carlotta

  6. Gretchen says:

    Denise you are so talented. I have and will continue to learn a lot from you. I have a lot of memories of being in your groups and enjoy your online presence. Keep inspiring!

  7. Joan Bush says:

    Hi Denise,
    Just wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and every good wish for a healthy and happy 2016. You are such a talented and wonderful person. I so enjoyed my time with you and hopefully I will be fortunate enough to experience some time with you again. Your work is so inspiring and magical. What a gift you have! Your teaching skills are really something to be admired. I recommend you every chance I get.
    Best Wishes. Joan

  8. Kristen Eder says:

    Your photos are so inspiring and I look forward to seeing what’s coming in 2016! I’m so glad that we met and I am very excited to be taking the Dahlia workshop in Sept. I just wish it was sooner!
    Happy Holidays

  9. Edith Levy says:

    I’m exhausted just reading this 🙂 You’ve quite the year Denise and I’ve loved following you on your adventures. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  10. James Saxon says:

    Wow! That is what I call a full year’s work. Your creative vision continues to inspire me to try different things with my photography. You are truly an “artist”. Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope to join you for one of your workshops in ’16 because I learn so much and they are a lot of fun.

  11. joyce Brant says:

    Hi Denise,
    Your energy and creative excellence in photography is just beyond the imaginable! Love to have known you and your inspiring positive personality! You are definitely a very gifted lady!
    J

  12. Tony Botelho says:

    Wow…what a great year! Thank you for sharing your incredible adventures, your photography continues to inspire us!
    Have a Happy Holiday, and New Year Denise, I look forward to next blog post!

  13. Neil Hickman says:

    Australia is so far away from all these places. Thank you so much for taking me there with you on all your wonderful posts. One day ! ! ! !

  14. Lyn Lang says:

    Neil has said it for me but replace ‘Australia’ with New Zealand! You are an inspiration, thank you and have a wonderful 2016. Big hugs.

  15. Angela says:

    My goodness. What a year! You are amazing and have a wonderful gift. Thank you for your inspiration. I always look forward to your posts of images and adventures! Merry Christmas to you and your family. A very Happy and Healthy 2016!

  16. What a wonderful busy year and tons of beautiful and inspiring images. I remember vaguely you would be doing less this year. I guess you forgot about that once the year started.
    I look forward to another year of your blogs and breathtaking images – happy holidays

  17. Emily Mitchell says:

    You are truly living the dream. To travel to such beautiful and exotic places that only others get to imagine. Your boundless energy is so inspiring to us all. Not to waste a minute, but to explore and discover our wonderful world.

    Merry Christmas Denise!

  18. Cheryl Sewell says:

    You are an inspiration! So happy to have walked beside you on part of your journey this year. May 2016 bring you more joy and adventure.

  19. John Haedo says:

    I was lucky to have attended two of your workshops this year, at the Palouse and Old car City. It’s fun to follow you around the world through your blogs and to be awed and inspired by the art you produce from your travels, all the while experiencing these exotic places through your eyes. Your joy of life is vividly displayed in the ever evolving, beautiful work that you share with us, which always leaves me feeling uplifted. May you have a wonderful Chritmas and New Year holiday season.

  20. Jim Fennessy says:

    What an exciting year! I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to view nature remotely through your eye and your art. Someday soon, I hope to be able to attend one of your workshops. I am now claiming dibs on a spot for your next Alaska brown bears photo adventure.

  21. Rich Doerr says:

    Superb images, Denise. I’m working to put together a day in January of 2017 for pro photogs to speak to a large group. Send me an e-mail about your availability and fees. Merry Christmas and happy 2016.

  22. Joe Randle says:

    Hi Denise…
    Good afternoon from sunny Texas… Merry Christmas… and thank you again for a wonderful time in Bosque this year…

    God’s Blessings
    Joe and Lenoir Randle

  23. denise says:

    Thanks Arthur and no I don’t forget how many of my techniques you use and sell 🙂

    Hi Andrew, I am working on a gig in Canada now, hopefully it works out and we can get together for a shoot. Have a wonderful New Year!

    Hi Paul, thanks, your images are pretty inspiring too!

    Hi Francis, thank you so much for your kind support of my work all year long. Enjoy the Season!

    Hi Harold, I hope to have a great 2016 before I have a great 2017! Thanks my friend, I look forward to getting together soon!

    Carlotta, I am so glad that we met, your like-minded love for the creatures that we photograph is heart warming. I will see you soon!

    Gretchen, thank you so much for your continued support of my work and have a great holiday season too.

    Hi Joan, I so enjoyed meeting you t the Swan Island Dahlia workshop. Our time together will always be remembered by me. You left a lasting impression with your dearest smile and creative vision! Happy Holidays to you and your husband.

    Kristen, I am so glad that we met too! I look forward to working with you. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    Hi Judy, thanks so much!! I appreciate it.

    Thanks Edith, I know it sounded exhausting to me too!! Have a great Holiday!

    Hi James, I look forward to having you attend another workshop. You add a lot to the group dynamics! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Joyce, I am so glad that I met you on Anhinga Trail, you are such a joy to know. Thank you for your continued support of my work, it means so much!

    Tony, Thank you so much for your kind words. I look forward to your comments on my blog-they always brighten my day!

    Carolyn, thanks so much, I appreciate your kind words. I am glad that we met too!!

    Neil, thanks, I would love to see Australia–some day! Thank you!

    Lyn, New Zealand is another place on my bucket list! Thank you kindly. I appreciate the support!! Have a great New Year!

    Angela, thank you kindly. I am so grateful for all of your kind comments throughout the year. Have a great New Year!

    Hi Leoni, yes, that was the plan! So much for that… I hope to slow things down just a bit in 2017 but it is so hard to fit everything in. I was able to have a great vacation with my family and spend some time with them for the holidays. Thanks so much for your support of my work! Happy Holidays!

    Hi Emily, I am so glad that we met this past year. I am looking forward to our time together and I wish you all the best for 2016!

    Hi Cheryl, thanks so much! I appreciate it. Happy Holidays to you and Mike!

    Thanks so much John N. I appreciate it!

    John, your book was wonderful! Great job. I am hoping to have time when I go to Charleston but with a private client and 2 workshops it might be tight-yikes! I look forward to working with you soon. All the BEST!

    Thanks so much Vicki! I truly appreciate it.

    Hi John, You are so kind and I look forward to every chance that I get to work with you. Have a wonderful holiday season–you deserve it!

    Jim, you got it! It was great spending time on the jetty last week-you haven’t changed much at all. Let’s keep in touch and get together again.

    Hi Rich, thank you for thinking of me-I’ll send it out today. January is pretty full with my trip to Japan tentatively scheduled for Jan 26-Feb 10th.

    Hi Joe, I already miss your smile! Thank you so much and I look forward to working with you again. Hugs to you and Lenoir, Denise

  24. Len Saltiel says:

    You always told me that my schedule was almost as busy as yours Denise. Not even close this year. You win in a landslide. Glad we were able to hook up in the Palouse. Looking forward to seeing you photos from 2016’s trips.

  25. Billie Snell says:

    Hi Denise!
    What a busy year you had. Glad we were a part of it. I have been busy since the south Georgia/Falkland trip and still have not even looked at all my photos, just now reading the blog. Thanks for all of your help on the trip with Brian and me. You would not believe how many things Brian says with authority about photos now!! Thanks again and hope to get with you again. Billie Snell

  26. denise says:

    Hi Billie, It was a pleasure to work with both you and Brian. I enjoyed our time together and look forward to our next adventure!!! Hugs, Denise

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