My 15 minutes . . .

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Well, I can finally say this out loud . . . my photo won the GRAND prize in the Capture Cincinnati photo contest!  I’ve known for a couple weeks, but was ask to keep the news hush, hush (which was tough).  Last night was the official book release at Joseph-Beth in Oakley.  It was fun to see so many photographers faces that have become familiar to me through this project.  The chapter winners and I even got to participate in a book signing.  It was truly an incredible experience. 

The book looks FABULOUS!  I don’t know how they chose what to include.  There were so many incredible images submitted.  I absolutely love the way they printed my winning photo- it’s HUGE!  I also found a few of my other photos published as well, “Chubby Cheeks“, “Reflections“, and “Playing Hard“.   To top it off my “Friends” photo is on the front page of the Enquirer along with a photo of me signing books in the Local section.  CinWeekly is running an article as well with my picture. 

I want to take a quick moment to thank my school “family” for coming out last night to support me.  My family was unable to be there so it meant a lot to have good friends stop by.  THANK YOU!

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November 30, 2007 - 1:54 pm

Justin Gholz - Congratulations. I was working and Kelly had a work function, wish we could have been there. Nico and I were on the cincinnati website this morning and saw your picture. Nico kept saying “Owen, Owen” (almost chanting). Congrats again, I ordered the book and will display it with pride. justin, kelly, nico and brooks

November 30, 2007 - 4:02 pm

Dana Darbyshire - So proud of you following a dream!!!

November 30, 2007 - 5:10 pm

Kris - Soooooooooo awesome:)

November 30, 2007 - 8:51 pm

Christy - I heard it on the radio this morning as I was eating my oatmeal and got goosebumps! Way to go! I told all of your “old friends” at SASEAS. Keep going, Melissa! You’ve only just begun!

November 30, 2007 - 10:22 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - You deserve every bit of this glory! You are by far one of the most talented, gifted and humble people I have ever known.

December 1, 2007 - 12:42 am

Sue & Bob - Congratulations!!! We now know a very important person. Our little Melissa is all grown up and so very talented!! Keep up the good work.

December 1, 2007 - 2:07 am

Kim Ferris - Melissa You are AWESOME. Like I told you I am very PROUD of YOU. I knew you were going to be famous some day. Thanks for letting us all enjoy your photos.

December 1, 2007 - 2:20 am

Andrea - Congratulations you deserve it, great pictures!!!!!

December 1, 2007 - 12:04 pm

Kelly - Congratulations Melissa!!!!! I really wish we could have been there 🙂

December 1, 2007 - 12:53 pm

b - This is really so cool! And you deserve it! Wish I could have been there to see my big sis signing books.

December 1, 2007 - 1:38 pm

Earl - I agree with the previous comments — a very well deserved honor! It was nice to say hi and get your signature.

December 1, 2007 - 7:31 pm

Amy - Your photos are just beautiful. My question is about the contest though. It was so difficult to get people to vote on my photos because of the registering process. Just curious on how you advertised your own (besides it showing up so much on their website).

December 1, 2007 - 8:12 pm

Laura Speelman - Way to go Melissa! You didnt have to win a contest to know you are special, we’ve know it all along.

December 3, 2007 - 1:02 pm

Mike & Lana - Congratulations! You do deserve it! Keep posting those pictures — I love watching your family grow.

December 10, 2007 - 11:47 am

Chris Thompson - Again, congratulations! It was wonderful to meet you at the signing. You have so much talent, I really enjoy looking at your work here on your blog!

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