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random and not (promotion)

first, let me thank everyone who entered. some of you wrote me revealing and personal email messages about why you wanted this and frankly, i wish i had the time and resources to give you each a photo session. because i think that every woman should be able to see what’s beautiful about themselves and i truly think that i can help to do this, i am offering the following for the month of may: a half-price photo session especially tailored to the needs of women. it will include up to two hours of shooting time and one 8″x12″ fine-art print, any additional prints that you wish to order will be offered to you at a discount as well. please contact me directly for additional details. i hope some of you will pull the trigger on this and take advantage of the promotion. it’s can be a truly empowering experience to see a beautiful photograph of yourself.

now, for the winners: tara and harlene. their names were chosen completely at random. but if you believe in any sort of fate or life-circles or other such stuff, maybe it wasn’t so random. tara and i have been connected virtually for quite some time. we are friends who have never met. we know people in common in the non-virtual world and there’s no question that when we (finally) meet face to face it’ll be easy. and harlene? well that’s a long and lovely story. harlene and i have known each other for 30 years (yes, harlene, i did the math) but haven’t seen each other for close to 15. ladies, i can’t wait to get you behind my lens. call me?

Just Another Thanksgivng Post (and giveaway results)

I’m a little ashamed to admit that thankfulness isn’t routinely part of my daily consciousness. While I have a general understanding of how much we have, somehow I manage to go about my daily life always wanting more. Unable to appreciate the simple luxury of a down comforter on a cold night I am still grouchy that our windows leak and we can’t afford to fix them. Instead of appreciating my closet full of sweaters I must have that one in the Anthropologie store window.

Last Thanksgiving as we sat around our overflowing table I distinctly remember thinking how thankful I was that my husband had a job. I also remember feeling a twinge of guilt at not being more grateful, in that moment, for my kids’ health and my family and all of the other most basic things I was blessed with. I wrote about feeling disappointed that I wasn’t doing a better job teaching my children that every day was an opportunity to be thankful for our bounty—that it took a holiday for us to celebrate our good fortune. This fundamental part of mothering has gotten even more challenging in recent months and somehow Thanksgiving takes on an even more heightened meaning for me. This year, with what feels like less to be thankful for, it seems even more important to take stock of what really matters.

Just a note before my list: please don’t read this as me disregarding the importance of job security. What we are going through—what hundreds of thousands of Americans are going through—is scary, frustrating, emotional and depressing. By focusing my energy on what we still have, please know that I’m not trying to remove any significance from that.

I am thankful for:

1. Sunrises. Every day we get another chance.

2. New friends. I love that my life keeps moving forward and I have room in my heart to make them. And that they’ll have me.

3. Old freinds. It’s comforting to be ‘known’.

4. My parents.

5. My community. I love living in a place where that word means something.

6. COBRA. (I’m being realistic. And yes, it’s very expensive. But at least we still have health insurance.)

7. My extended family. I’m really lucky in this department. Really.

8. Antidepressants. (If you had diabetes you’d take your insulin, right?)

9. Emotion. I’m thankful for the very thing that makes me feel scared and depressed and angry. Because it also means I can feel wonder and elation and delight. And I do. Every day. Even in the midst of this tough time.

10. Freedom. Cliché? Maybe. No doubt our system is imperfect. (I’ll spare you my politics here.) But the bottom line is that I grew up taking my freedom for granted and—without being so bold as to think I can speak for my entire generation—I think many of my peers did as well. We get angry and entitled when things don’t go our way but I’m certain that many of (most of?) the alternatives are worse. I value my freedom and today I’ll give thanks for it.

Thank you to all of you who entered the photo giveaway. Each of your thoughtful comments made me smile and for that I am also very grateful.

The print goes to:

JenB who said: ‘Happy Anniversary and congratulations on getting back to your photography roots. The photo in this post is amazing; makes me want to spread out on a blanket with my dogs and read a book.’

Congratulations Jen! Will you email me your address so I can send you your print?

A Photographic Anniversary (Giveaway)

After college I printed business cards that said: Amy Drucker – Photographer, got a job as an apprentice to a photographer and soaked in as much as I could. Aside from the time when I overexposed a roll of his film, what may have soaked in most deeply, however, was the time I visited his ‘apartment’. It was a fourth-floor walk-up in the East Village in New York City. (At the time, the East Village wasn’t cool yet.) The apartment was—maybe—three-hundred square feet with the bathtub in the kitchen and the kitchen in the middle of the apartment. There was one window which looked out over an air-shaft that was an arm’s reach from the building next door and only a few feet above the vent from the kitchen of the Indian restaurant downstairs.

I left there that day traumatized. Was this how I was going to spend my future if I followed my bliss? I had spent the last two years studying lighting and composition. I (thought I) knew everything about dodging and burning and specialized printing techniques.

I was an artist. Wasn’t I?

And then it hit me.

It didn’t matter.

I had to consider what I valued. If I wanted a house in the suburbs with a backyard and a picket fence—that probably wasn’t going to jive with the whole ‘wearing-black-never-compromising-your-vision-staying-true-to-the-art-thing’. Kids? A family? A golden retriever? Maybe I needed to reconsider my career choice. So I went back to school. Got a more ‘marketable skill’ so to speak. And designed graphics and printed materials and eventually websites and blogs. While living in the suburbs and making babies. So far there haven’t been any picket fences and we went Labrador over Golden but, whatever. Photography stayed mine—not work. No clients to answer to. No deadlines. No pressure.

Over the last two years though, my web-design business has taken on an undeniable niche designing portfolios and blogs for photographers and artists. And the more of them I designed, the more I became convinced that I needed to revisit my roots. Technological changes and market trends have created a business model that makes it so artists can sell their work without (necessarily) having an agent. Photographers don’t (necessarily) have to show at galleries to be respected and commercial work isn’t the only way to earn a living.

So here I am. Amy Drucker – Photographer.

In celebration of this, combined with my third blogging anniversary—which happens this month—I’d like to give away a print of the photo in this post. If you’d like to be entered to win the giveaway just leave a comment here. If you wish to be entered twice, click here to ‘like’ the Facebook page for my new business! (Don’t forget to mention that you did so in the comments.)

ETA – I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday November 24th at 8pm Eastern time Thursday November 25 early in the morning. Sorry to be late on this!