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The end of 2010 has come and time for the “Best of” post, once again.  It seems like I was just writing this post for 2009!  It’s been such an awesome year and I can’t help but reflect on all that we’ve been blessed with.

Professionally, I had some pretty exciting things happening.  I was asked to be part of this new publication – Metropolitan Wedding.  I did a groomsmen shoot for them at Buhl Mansion and there are 8 gorgeous spreads in their inaugural edition covering that day!  Plus they featured spreads of images of two couples that I worked with in the real wedding section, an interview with me discussing current wedding photography trends and lots of other images throughout the magazine.  It was such an amazing experience.  A launch party in October officially sent the magazine into circulation.  It is a great resource for couples in the surrounding areas and I’m proud to be part of it.  As if that didn’t make my year, I became a Certified Professional Photographer this past summer (yay!).  In 2009, I started training my husband knowing that this year, I wanted him to become a big part of my business.  He now shoots most weddings with me.  He runs a business of his own (as a builder), but has an awesome eye for photography and I’m so excited when he is able to come along and shoot with me.  He and I made so many cool new friends along the way this year.

On a personal note, we welcomed a new nephew (who is also my Godson) to the family.  William (or Will-Liam as my little Liv calls him) came a little early, but he’s now six months and doing great.  Our little girl started pre-school and dance in the Fall.  She’s loving every minute of both of them and we can’t believe how fast she is growing up.  We did tons of fun stuff including her first real roller coaster ride on the Jack Rabbit (she’s ridden it five times since then) and I’m looking forward to the coming year (which could include her first visit to Disney World).  We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in October, but in reality we’ve been together nearly 20 years.  Two decades – there’s something to be said about choosing to spend your life with your best friend.  To top off the end of this year, I had a pretty big birthday this December and a couple of nights ago – my husband surprised me when I came home to a house full of people that included our friends’ band (The Fabulous Flashbacks) playing the Beatles’ Birthday song for me when I walked in (I love The Beatles and they always cover their songs so perfectly!).  It was overwhelming and wonderful!  I want to thank my husband and everyone involved for pulling together such a great party without me having a clue.

2011 is looking to be a pretty great year.  The wedding season is completely full of the cutest and coolest couples who I can’t even begin to thank.  I can’t wait for every single one of your weddings!  And I just confirmed that the summer of 2011 will include a session on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware that I’m already looking forward to.  🙂

So…needless to say, I had a really hard time choosing my favorites.  I have way too many.  If you go back thru my blog, you will see tons of images that I loved from each session and wedding, but I haven’t posted a lot of personal stuff.  So this year, my best of is including a few pics from my life at the end along with the few (but definitely not all) of my 2010 favs.  I want to thank everyone I had the opportunity to meet, work with, become friends with…you all are awesome and have made it a wonderful year.  Looking forward to what 2011 holds for us.  Wishing you the very best and happiest New Year!!!

xo – Michelle

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Most of you know, that a few months back I set a goal for myself.  I decided that I wanted to become a Certified Professional Photographer.  Some people asked me why?  To me it was simple, in our modern day when these amazing cameras have become so affordable and there are now so many new “photographers” turning up everyday, how do you set yourself apart?  How do I prove to my clients that I have worked hard studying, learning new techniques and spend a huge amount of my time trying to consume every bit of knowledge I can to take my passion to the next level?

So, during the summer I submitted my images to the panel of judges and did a big happy dance, when they notified me that I passed – that was 1 of 2 parts to becoming a CPP.  The 2nd part was an exam.  A really, really tough 100 question exam which I drove to Akron to take in the early morning hours about a week ago.  I was sure I didn’t pass and when I got home that morning, I was already checking their site to see when/where I’d be taking the exam next.  The testing sites usually aren’t very close and are few and far between.

Yesterday, I ran out to get the mail and in their waiting for me was this gold tube – and I mean, really shiny gold – and it was from PPA (Professional Photographers of America).  I knew what it was before I even opened it…what else could it be?!  I passed-yay!  Inside was a brand new certificate and it read – Michelle M Galazia, Certified Professional Photographer.  Wow – I’ve got a little tag at the end of my name now.  No, it’s not MD, but to me it may as well be.  I’m such a photo geek, I know – my husband reminds me everyday, but I’m loving every minute of it.  🙂 🙂 🙂

Recently I was inspired to begin the journey of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer.  Currently there are fewer than 2500 Certified Professional Photographers (CPP) in the world.  There are two parts to passing this certification – an image submission and a written exam.  The written exam is to cover your technical knowledge of photography.  The image submission included 20 of my images from 20 different clients/sessions and had to show my knowledge and application of correct lighting, lens selection, and composition.  I also had to provide a Statement of Purpose for each image.  These images were then reviewed by a panel of 5 judges – all with the PPA designation of Master Photographer.  Not an easy task I was told to become a CPP (especially the image submission), but worth the designation – as my clients will know that I am dedicated to being the best at what I do.

I was thrilled when I received my letter last week congratulating me on passing the image submission (my daughter and I did a little happy dance 🙂  )!  Since then I’ve had some questions from others (who are also attempting the same designation) about my images.  Following is the portfolio that I submitted.

Thank you to all of my amazing clients for helping me create such awesome images and for trusting my artistic vision!

I will be taking the written exam mid-September and hope to be a CPP shortly after that!

I came across a great article written by a fellow professional in Rhode Island.  If you are currently searching for a photographer, you should take a minute (or two) to read it.  Whether it be for wedding or portraits, there are a lot of choices for photography.  Amy’s article helps you distinguish the good from the bad.  Read more here!

Especially in this part of the country, right?  Sunday was still so chilly, who would’ve thought that Monday was going to be completely gorgeous!  It’s times like these that I’m really glad to be the boss – I gave myself the day off.  No emails, no phone calls, no appointments, just me and my little one on the deck for most of the beautiful day (and my camera, of course).

We made a new tutu together last week, so we started off the morning with some dancing on the deck.

Dance like noone is watching!

These guys were anxious to soak up some sun, too!

Oh no -- a little bit of bird poo on the deck could spoil the fun...

No way! We moved onto bubbles. First the bubble mower, then just plain old bubble blowing.

Next came the outdoor concert she held for her Build-A-Bear collection.

We soon realized our winter toes needed some help and painted them blue (right after this photo was taken). 🙂

Time for a nap?

Just fakin' - there was no way we were wasting this weather with sleep.

Some crafts and then it was time for dinner!

We had so much fun.  When she gave me a big hug and told me that I was her best friend, well…I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.  🙂