Hi – I’m an avid/advanced, amateur photographer, compiling my works for inventory. This past year or so, I’ve competed very lightly; but I’ve been very active in some Facebook photography groups; and I’m constantly learning. In the fall, the last few years, I’ve been putting out a small, themed desk calendar, for a select few; which has been another joy for me – and hopefully, them. I am also honored, that several of my works have garnered some attention/fetched some money; in a couple of fund-raising events. Also, I’ve been writing a children’s book too, which has occupied much of my time.
A little resume/background info.about me: I got my first “really nice” camera in 1979, from my parents, just in time for an awesome class trip to the Florida Keys. (I caught the shutter bug while there!) In the 90’s, I entered one or two photo contests, and framed my first works. Then I put things on hold a bit, until 2007; as I let “Life” – work/deaths/relationships/marriages, sidetrack me a bit.
In 2009, I had my first two exhibits – one minor and one major; at: “Bishop Hills Retirement Community” in Rockford, MI; and in the largest monetary art competition in the world; Grand Rapids’ Michigan’s own, ARTPRIZE! They were fabulous experiences! I’m pleased to say that I was asked back to exhibit at: “Bishop Hills…” this year, and my Solo Exhibit was for the month of January, 2012; which was once again, a great joy. (What a great way to start the New Year!) (Some day, I may do ARTPRIZE again?)
In May, of 2011, I was blown away to learn that my piece, “Ma’s Back Yard – Pink and Blue-Green Hues”, was featured on the “Red Bubble” home page! (Such an honor – thank you, Red Bubble powers that be!) :) In October of 2011, “Be Happy, Don’t Fret”, received 1st Place in a weekly “Speed Challenge” with a “Music” theme, in one of my specialized, photography, Face Book groups – judged by fellow Photographers. (That was a great honor as well!) In December of 2011; another one of my photos tied for 1st Place in another “FB” Group competition.
Other recognition or noteworthy events have included:
2013 – Recognized by my peers in a FB Group – “Country Style Photography” – My back-lit Mum photo was made a cover photo.
This is the 5th year that I’ve done photo calendars, and I happily did my first wholesale to retail venture! (I’m proudly in the “Purely Michigan Store”, in St. Joseph, MI! Plus, I’m happy to have some wonderful repeat “customers”!) I also help Administrate to two, Facebook Photography-oriented groups; I’m shooting my first indoor Rock Band Venue AND I’ve FINALLY gotten my first DSLR Camera! (A Nikon – Thanks to a special Birthday Gift from my Dear Mom).
2012 – “Top 100” – (Out of over 3,000.), for my piece: “Multi-Colored Michigan” – in the “Pure Michigan Photo Contest” – Oct.-Nov.
2012 – Happily/Proudly received the most “likes”, on a FB Photography Group’s “Weekly Cover Photo Contest” – (“Black and White Amateur Photography”) – for my piece of a Freight Train with the St. Joseph, MI Carousel Building in the background.
2012 – Proudly received the most “likes” by my Peers in a weekend “Bumblebee” Competition; in the FB Group: “West Cumbria Photography Group” – 8-11-12
2012 – An “Honorable Mention” in our towns’, “Town & Country Days” – Visual Arts Competition – (Adult Photography) – for my piece, “Glow” – July 2012
2012 – Very proud to say that I won 1st Place, in FB Group’s “Amateur’ Only Photography”, “Patterns” Contest – August 2012
2012 – Received a 3rd Place in a nearby town’s, (Cedar Springs, MI) – “Red Flannel Festival”; for my piece, “Skeeter” – October 2012
2009 – A top ten finish in the Red Bubble “Car Show” competition; for my work: “1957 Bel Aire Grill/Headlight – uncropped – untouched”. (Thanks so much for all that voted!) I am also pleased and honored that the same work – now titled, “Shine” – (thanks to my dear husband, Royce); received 1st Place in my local communities’ visual arts competition – 7-15-09 – “Sparta Town & Country Days” – (Adult Photography); and on: 4-22-12, the same work received a 1st Place, in a Black & White Amateur Photography Group on FB; decided upon by my peers – in a very tough competition! (I was VERY honored!) :)
2008 – Editor’s Choice Award for my work: “Kitty Alter Ego”.
2007 – 1st Place – the “Visual Arts Category” – (Adults), at: “Sparta Town & Country Days”, for my work: “Hope” – which is displayed at: www.cafepress.com/dbbeyond. I also have a new site as of April, 2013: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/deb-badtcove... .
(I’ve also been in some competitions where I haven’t placed; and that has taught me to be a more gracious competitor).
So, “things are progressing as they should be”… This is all so thrilling – so please excuse my bragging a bit! It’s scary, and exciting, and rewarding; to work on living my dream!
I welcome any critiquing and suggestions. Please enjoy my “labors of Love”!
Thanks, and as my Dad use to say, “Stop by again, next time you’re in town”! ;)
Deb aka “Badtgirl” – Peace
PS – Please respect that my works are not for public domain; and are copyrighted. Absolutely no: sharing/using/reposting/borrowing/copying/altering/print screening/downloading, etc., without written permission. Thank you.