Tooting Our Own Horn

aka Blatant Self-Promotion

I consider myself an ordinary guy who loves the outdoors and has a passion for photography, and am fortunate to have been able to combine the two for many years. And even though my images have been published throughout my photographic career, I still get a kick out of it every time.

A number of months ago, my wife and I decided to collaborate on a project. Actually, it started as an idea for a Christmas gift for our friends and family. My wife is an art director for an advertising design studio, and well on her way in her journey as a writer. And me…well, you know my story.

We thought we would put together a book featuring my floral photography and her prose and design. The thing is, we did not want an encyclopedic or field guide approach. We wanted a different viewpoint. So, my wife suggested the book be written from the floral’s point-of-view. She asked the question: what would a sunflower have to say if it could speak?

And that is how we came up with the concept for our first book titled “Voices In The Gardenscape.”

What an amazing experience it has been. From the first cull of images and final selections, to writing the prose and completing the book layout, down to the dilemma of traditional versus self-publishing. And somehow along the way, the project grew from a holiday gift to friends and family into something we wanted to share with folks outside of our inner circle.

And guess what…we did it! Not only that, I am in the process of doing the first cull of images for a second book in the series. Same “voices” premise…just a different topic.

So, if you would like to see what I have been up to for the last few months, take a peek at the “Look Inside” web gallery via the weblink below. And I will keep you in the loop about our adventures of the next installment in the series.

And while I am here writing such a personal post…I wanted to thank all of you who take the time to click a “like” button or post a comment. Your responses are very much appreciated and I never take them for granted.

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http://www.dhphotosite.com/gallery/gardenscape

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  1. February 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    congratulations on you effort, i love the concept and the book – go ahead blow your own horn! someone has to start the parade.

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks John…the parade has indeed started!!!

  2. February 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Love that photograph at the top of this page. 🙂

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Bob, that was one heck of a nice group of Foxgloves!

  3. February 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    So wonderful to see the finished product! Just beautiful! Congratulations David!

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you Tricia, and the sneak peek is only a few pages!!! It was a long time coming but we did it!!!

  4. February 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Well fancy that! 😉 Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Thank You Thank You Thank you!!! Finally, it’s out!!!

  5. February 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This fantastic! Well done, great idea 🙂 I am going to check the gallery now, so exciting!:)

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Kristina, hope you enjoyed the sneak peek…don’t want to give it all away!!! We’ve been chomping at the bit for a while now!!!

  6. February 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Great inspiration David. Susan and I are starting a new thought now. Thanks
    Gerry

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Gerry, and I’m glad to be helpful in inspiring! You guys are on a new project?? Cool, Can’t wait to see!!!

  7. February 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Awesome. Many Congratulations David & Sharon. It is one thing to have a creative idea and another to implement it into something tangible. Keep the good work coming !

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Abu, it was a long time coming but we stuck it out. It’s here It’s here!

  8. February 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Congratulations! 🙂

  9. February 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    It looks wonderful. All the very best with it 🙂

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Meanderer, we are pretty excited !!!

  10. February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Cool idea for the book! The photographs are wonderful!

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Fergie, it was Sharon’s idea to write from the flowers point of view. The sneak peek is only a teaser…we didn’t want to show the whole thing…

  11. February 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    This is so exxciting. Congratulations dear David, looks great and so beautiful. Thank you, Good Luck, with my love, nia

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks you NIa, we worked pretty hard on it and it is so refreshing to know it’s completed!!!

  12. February 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    David and Sharon, your book is beautiful. Congratulations!

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Thank you Lee, It was really fun to work on…lots of proofreading, changing the prose, excitement etc. We have a book!!! Sharon did a fine job with the prose…it took her about a month or so (one every night when she could) to write something for all the flowers we included.

  13. February 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Congratulations on finishing project No. 1. I love your book. It goes to show that it’s never too late to start something new. I hope your second book is just as beautiful. May your imagination know no bounds.

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Kate for the kind words! It’s been an adventure…choosing photos, writing (Sharon) the prose, designing the book (Sharon), finding a publisher etc. We have some neat ideas for the future editions!

  14. February 7, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Well done to you both, and I’m so glad that it’s been such a success! 🙂 as I said before, I think it’s a unique perspective and a beautiful idea… so good luck with the second volume!

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Jo, as you know about the book business…it’s an adventure but all worth it! I’ve been gathering photos for the next one in the series, and Sharon has started on the writing for that one. Yippee!!!

  15. Nandini
    February 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Wow David, that makes me want to own that book. Speaking flowers sounds pretty amazing to me. Beautiful collaboration indeed. Cheers to both of you! All the best. 🙂

    • February 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Nandini for the kind words, It is a nice book that you can read at your leisure and go back to whenever you want. Each time Sharon would write a new piece, she would ask me to read it, my response was WOW how are you gonna top that one!

  16. February 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Congrats David and Sharon also! Beautiful, Well Done!

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Vickie, it was/is a fun experience!!! More coming!!!

  17. February 7, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    What a great idea and a terrific presentation! Congratulations for getting it done!

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Montucky, the design is all Sharon!!! There are more in the works too!!!

  18. February 8, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Congratulations! I’ve secretly wanted to do this for a while, maybe one day I’ll finally have the courage. I love the book!

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Sunset, hope this was the inspiration you need to do your own!!!

  19. February 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Really beautiful work!
    Regards,Laura

    • February 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Laura, it was a lot of work but really fun at the same time. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  20. February 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Congratulations on your joint project, and best wishes for its success as it moves from the floral world into the human one.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    • February 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thank you for the kind words Steve, we have started sifting through photos for the next one. Now Sharon has to get really creative with the prose!!!

  21. February 11, 2012 at 6:40 am

    This is wonderful, truly beautiful! Great work from the both of you!

    • February 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Thank You Anne…it’s too bad the look inside is only a sneak peek…Sharon wrote some great stuff!!! Today is a snow day so it’s time to look through photos for the next one!!!

  22. February 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    That’s such a beautiful picture! 🙂

  23. February 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Thanks Fatisrecipes, the blooms on that foxglove plant were extraordinary last year and thank you for stopping by!!!

  24. February 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

    David, I’m not sure I can get into the idea of flowers or inanimate objects talking. 🙂

    • February 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Hey, they talk to me all the time.

      Steve Schwartzman
      http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

      • February 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

        They do??? You should write a post or two about wildflowers that grow in your area or something like that. I would bet that it would be very well received!!! I know I would read it!

      • February 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

        Steve, I was being ironic. David knows that the motto of my photoblog is: “Where plants, animals, and objects do the talking.” I visited your site, and you take dynamite photos. Please visit my “punny” photoblog: TheDailyGraff.com

        –John Robinson

    • February 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Yeah I guess that is a bit of a stretch…oh well seemed like a good idea at the time.

  25. February 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Congrats David! How nice to see the tangible result of your labour.

    • February 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Journey, It was a fun experience and a lot of work, but we did it. We are now moving on to the next one…culling through tons of photos!!!

  26. March 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Getting caught up by reading posts I’ve missed in the past month. What a beautiful book, David! So special that you and your wife collaborated to produce it. Congratulations! I will be looking for the announcement of your next book.

    • March 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Thank you Karen for the kind words. Somehow I missed this comment. I’ve been way behind the blogging thing. It was a truly exciting, interesting, nerve wracking…well not so much of that, but overall a fun process. We have been working on the next one when we can…it shouldn’t be long before it’s ready!

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