This month, I am celebrating my first FULL year with Nicole Goddard Photography. I’ve been shooting professionally for 8 years while holding other photography type jobs. I took the leap to fly totally solo August 2008 and haven’t really caught my breath- it’s been busy! I have loved every minute of it and continue to pinch myself. I’ve been fortunate to get travel a lot this year with my photography, including going to places like: Mexico, Colorado, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and even Thailand & Hong Kong. In a few weeks I’ll be flying down to Maui to photograph another fun wedding. Life’s good. For one of my many 1sts as a full-time photographer, I just entered a photo contest with Star Shooter (http://starshootercontest.org). The proceeds will be benefiting a non-profit organization for children. So far with this contest, they have raised $4500. I found about this via TWITTER and I am thrilled to be entering this contest. Wish me luck! So here’s the story: A few days after photographing a wedding in Baja Mexico, I went to Cabo San Lucus for a few days to begin the 2009 off with a fresh start. While on an early morning beach stroll, I stumbled across sea turtles being hatched. I happened to have my camera with me! WOW. Some people have to wait an entire lifetime to witness this miracle. I feel so fortunate to have been there to capture this precious moment. Here’s my photo entry: And, here’s the wedding that brought me down to Mexico. Beth & Scott’s wedding was a dream for me. PERFECT weather. Amazing families. Loving couple. Awesome colors. The beach. Yummy food. And, I even got 60% of the guests, including bride, mother of bride, mother of groom IN the pool at the end of the night. IT WAS A PARTY! They got married at the beautiful Cabo Surf on January 3, 2009. CONGRATS BETH & SCOTT!