When a once in a lifetime opportunity presents its self, you owe it to yourself to try everything you can to make it come true.
A Little About Me-
I am a 40+ year old mom who has a 30 year old dream to photograph Africa and I can almost see it coming true.
I always remembering having a camera with me. Even in the 1970's I had a little 110 film camera. I ttook that little thing everywhere with me to school, to the beach house down the Jersey shore and everywhere in between. In the 1980's Kodak had come out with the Disc camera. The round negatives and only made very grainy 3 1/2 x4 photo's. It got me through the beginning of high school. For my 16th birthday, my father bought my a Canon T50 35mm SLR film camera and my love of the craft changed.
That camera was always with me. For a teenager, film buying and then developing could certainly get expensive. So my first job was of course at a camera shop. I mainly worked to pay to have my negatives developed. :)
In 2004, I was blessed to get my first digital camera. It was a Canon EOS Rebel. To think that I can print only the photos I wanted to...wow what a concept. Going from taking only 36 pictures at a time and waiting 4 days to even see what you shot to now taking hundreds of photos and only developing what I liked...The world really became my blank canvas.
My #1 Bucketlist Item & A Chance Meeting-
Being a military spouse of over 20 years, I have photographed every where we lived and vacationed. After settling in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, I decided to join some photography clubs to meet other people who also have the love of the art of photography. At one of these meetings we had a guest speaker come to visit. African Wildlife and Landscape Photographer, Billy Dodson of Savanna Images (http://savannaimages.com/)
Mr. Dodson shared his stories and photos of his many trips to Africa. He had a soft spoken voice and his photographs evoke emotions when you view them. The meeting haunted me for days. I just knew I had to find a way to go to Africa while I was still healthy and young enough to make the trip. Within a week, I had received work that Mr. Dodson had offered to take a couple of us photographers to Africa with him. AFRICA!! My dream had just landed in front of my eyes. I knew I have to do everything in my power to make this my reality.
Where, When and How much Will It Cost?-
After letting my excitment calm down a little bit...I realized it would be costly, but still half the price of a normal photography safari tour.
The trip will be taking place in Febuary of 2015. We will be traveling to Northern Tanzania. After landing in Kilimanjaro Airport, as in Mount Kilimanjaro..even writing that I swoon with excitment. We will be traveling to Ngorongoro Crater for several days. We will be then stopping by a Masai Village on the way to Ndutu. After serveral days we will be ending our time in Africa in Tarangire.
After researching the fees of a regualr safari tours which usually run about $11,000 plus airfare, this trip will be about $8,000-$9,000 and that includes airfare. Plus, the bonus of having a professional photographer helping you personally out in the field...priceless.
My Thanks To You-
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to read about my dream and the only way I can give thanks is to share my trip with all who helpme make this happen.
With a $50 donation, you will receive a 5x7 photo from the trip.
With a $100 donation, you will receive (1) 5x7 and (1) 8x10 photos from the trip.
With a $500 donation, you will receive (1) 5x7 and (2) 8x10 photos from the trip.
With a $1,000 donation, you will receive (1) 16x20, (2) 8x10 and a coffeetable size book of my photos from the trip.
Thank you for helping a mom live her dream of photographing Africa...