© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography Most Inspiring Blogger Award

An Honor and a Surprise: Winning an Inspirational Blogger award

The other day, I received a notice that my friend Erin gave me a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” The first thing I want to do is to thank her for this award. Thank you Erin for the honor and thank you for having an inspiring blog!!

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad PhotographyMy rendition of the Inspiring Blogger Award.

Her blog “Musings, Photographic & Otherwise” is a fun read full of quips and insights on just about everything. Go check it out.

A big second Thank You for all my readers. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t even be sitting here typing this. You guys give me the inspiration to keep blogging and documenting the world around me. Thank You.

But most importantly, a big hug and Thank You goes out to my Li’l Bear and wife Heidi. Her support in my endeavors elevates me to new heights.

However, unlike other awards, there are a few caveats to the rules that one must follow when accepting this esteemed honor:

The Rules…

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 5 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award on to 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad PhotographyClouds ensconce the northern Cascade Range with a barn north of Belligham, Wash.

So, I continue this tradition and to keep the love flowing, I submit to the rules and continue the custom, here is my blog thanking those who have inspired me.

#1 – Complete!!

#2 – It’s above. Spend a few moments reading her blog.

#3 – The 5  things about myself:

  1. Love to cook. I worked as a Sous Chef at a french restaurant, worked as a line cook, breakfast cook, and managed a few Burger Kings and a Wendy’s. I sooo hated the fast food jobs, but I was willing to do something I hate, so I can do something I love.
  2. I never really camped until I moved to Colorado after I graduated college. But I loved it so much, I taught myself everything I could. Hell, I couldn’t take my job at The Aspen Times if I didn’t learn how to ski or snowboard. And at the age of 42, I just said “Why Not?”  And as everyone knows, if I don’t camp for a while, I get really super grumpy. I need my outdoors.
  3. I left my house and family when I was 17, during the summer of 79, between my junior and sophomore year of High School. I hated the constant bickering and fighting. When my mom and dad split up, my mom and two younger sisters moved to Arizona. My dad moved on base. I didn’t want to move to Arizona so I ran away. When my mom and dad caught up to me later that day, I explained everything. I moved into my friend Gary’s house with his family for my last year of High School before joining the Navy.
  4. The proudest moment in my life, besides marrying my Sweetpea Heidi, was graduating from Western Kentucky University with my Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism. My last two years I went through a divorce, worked a full time job (at the Bowling Green Daily News) and part time job as the Black *& White lab manager, AND up to 18 credit hours a semester. I sat next to my best friend Rissa Miller who is now a successful photographer and owns Balance Photography out of Baltimore with her husband Nathaniel Corn.
  5. My biggest regret is saying no to a question I was asked when I was a teen living in Australia. I lived there from Sept. 76 to Sept 78 when my dad, a sergeant in the Air Force, was transferred there. I became close friends with an Aussie Brendan Schafferius and as a result, he, his mum Kathy and dad John, and his sister JoAnne became my second family. I’ve always thought Brendan to be the closest thing I had to a brother. A month before moving back to the U.S. as my dad’s tour ended, I stayed with them for a week down at a beach house in Whyalla. During the stay, they asked if I would like to stay with them as part of their family. I said no. I guess I didn’t want to miss my family, but, less than a year later, I ran away from home. Re-read number 3.

Whew, that wasn’t so bad. #3 – Done.
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad PhotographyDELIVERING AUTUMN: A leaf hangs onto a mailbox along Northwest Avenue in Bellingham, Wash.

#4 – There are a lot of folks who deserve this award. Some, don’t even have a blog. This list is by far, not finished at all:

Balance Photography: My friends’ photography site and blog Rissa Miller and Nathaniel Corn. I’ve known them for many, many years.

Thomas O’Brien Photography: A great photographer based out of Aspen, Colo. His work inspires the outdoorsman in me to get out and shoot the natural world. His night shots are incredible.

Jordan Stead: A Seattle based photojournalist and co-founder of The Emerald Collective

The Pixels in Pete’s World: The photoblog of my friend Peter Phun. He has a lot of great information on it.

Cornforth Images:The photography and blog of Jon Cornforth. His specialties are underwater and Alaskan wildlife. .

Alpine State of Mind: The photography of Jason Hummel focusing on the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He captures something I never could: the emotions of the mountains. The images he captures of off-piste skiers and snowboarders are in a class of their own.

Jacob F. Lucas Photography: A displaced Australian photographer now living in Seattle.

There are many more than this. My friends Clinton Lewis, John Lok, and Earnie Glazener. Sports photographer for the Seattle Seahawks Rod Mar, portrait photographers John Keatley and Don Gianetti, photojournalists Yunghi Kim, Anthony Suau, and many others. And especially to my photo teachers James Kenney, Dave LaBelle, Tim Broekema, Jack Corn, Susie Post, and C. Thomas Hardin whose lessons still resound in my head each and every time I begin to press the shutter button.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad PhotographySunset at Boulevard Park along the shores of Bellingham Bay in Bellingham, Wash.

Photography is not just about a job taking pictures, it’s about a living breathing community as diverse in skills and expertise as life in the ocean.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. All comments are appreciated.

Paul “pablo” Conrad

Pablo Conrad Photography

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