Monday, December 1, 2014

My Photo Essay in Bella Grace Magazine


My photo essay "Capture Magic that Hangs by a Gossamer Thread"
appears in the winter 2015 issue of Bella Grace magazine,
on sale as of today, December 1.

Last Wednesday, an unassuming grey plastic envelope arrived in the mail. No sender was indicated, but by the feel of it, a bulkier magazine was inside. As I sliced it open, I expected to receive another copy of one of the literary magazines whose contests I enter and all I ever win is another subscription.

However, from this drab envelope emerged the most gorgeous magazine I have seen in a long, long time, maybe ever: the Bella Grace Winter 2015 issue. And along with it, a note of congratulations that I've been published in Bella Grace!

On page 22 begins my own 8-page-spread photo essay. I still can't believe what a stunningly beautiful job the editors at Bella Grace did (I had not seen a galley proof before). After all, this is the first time my photography has been published in print format, and I was nervous how it would turn out.

I also can't believe my good fortune to have my photography and my writing featured alongside so many other talented artists, such as Susannah Conway and Madelyn Mulvaney, whose work I've admired for a long time, especially since I didn't really take my photography seriously until I bought my own DSLR camera two years ago. And still, I often wonder what I'm doing as I wander around with my camera, sometimes twisting myself into all kinds of odd positions to capture a shot. I still often struggle with my lack of technical proficiency. So, all I can say from this publication experience is that it does pay (literally, actually!) to follow your heart, to do what delights you because you might just find that it delights others as well.

PS: Bella Grace is available at major newsstands such as Barnes & Noble and Costco. (That also thrills me to no end. Ok, enough with the gushing...)

21 comments:

  1. Wow! Congrats and I want you to know that this is a stunning magazine!

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    1. BusyB, thanks and yes, Bella Grace is truly stunning.

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  2. Congrats on a nice bit of success, Annette. Really a feather in your photographer's cap. I'm hoping you were also compensated, not just published. Does look like a fab magazine. I will have to look at the bookstore that has many magazines to see if they have it.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Any bigger newsstand should have it. I was surprised when I spotted the first issue at Costco, so clearly they have good distribution.

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    1. Thanks. Could you let me know if you spot Bella Grace in Canada?

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  4. Congratulations on the photo spread, Annette! Can't wait to see the pictures.

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  5. I'm thrilled for you and anxious to get a copy of the magazine! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I'm sure you will love your copy!

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  6. Hi from #StoryDam's linky and congratulations! What a great feeling to see your photos published in print. I'm sure this is the first of many times to come!

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    1. Connie, thanks for stopping by and for your confidence!

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  7. Whoa! Amazing photo essay you have got there. It was succesful in giving an insightful experience within a breathtaking place. I also have a photo essay made in the mid of summer, but I featured a beautiful view.

    Jessica M. Millis
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    Contact Site: www.goproofreading.com

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  8. Annette,
    I just have to stop by and say "Beautiful". My friend just shared the Bella Grace issue with me and I am in love with the magazine. The first in years to inspire my soul. Your piece was brilliant in reminding me how wonder can unwrap itself in the ordinary. Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations! I am adding you into my Feedly Reader for more lovely inspiration!
    StudioJema

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    1. Thanks, Jema, for stopping by. I look forward to connecting.

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  9. Hi Annette! I have a question for you about submitting to Bella Grace. Did you hear from them by email that they had received or planned to publish your work beforehand? I submitted some work, and am waiting to see if they accepted my submission.
    Also, great job on your photo essay! :)

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    1. Hi Kayla, yes, I got an acceptance from them via email about two months after I submitted. Good luck!

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