A Little ... Well ok...Big Announcement

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Big News...

I have been toying with how to break the news to you... Late at night, I would design some cute picture involving the husband and the pups, just the pups, just the husband but of course, I always ran out of time. It's been a whirlwind since May. Workshops, cookbook shoots, some editorial shoots. Lots of travel. Lots of packing and unpacking.

Well...there will be one more big swoop of packing. But not a couple of suitcases. A few many boxes actually.

We are moving! To Birmingham, Alabama...!

No, Bill did not take a job there. I did.

I am completely stocked and thrilled to announce that I am the new Senior Photographer for Oxmoor House, cookbook publisher of titles such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, Sunset.

Now can I do this? : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never mind...I just did!!!!! (and more)

If you know me well, you know that I am right now smiling wide but quietly while inside, I am jumping up and down like a crazy woman. I get to photograph all sorts of cookbooks throughout the week. Different titles, styles, authors, recipes. A dream.

Oxmoor House emailed and asked me if I would consider coming down for a test shoot for the position. I flew to Birmingham, test shot for two days with super nice, creative and dedicated art director, food stylists, prop stylists, photographers, etc.... My excitement and desire to be part of the team grew stronger. But I knew I had to put this in the back of my head. There was Ireland coming up, then Seattle, a couple of cookbooks and editorials to be photographed. More workshops.

Then finally last week, I heard the news that I had gotten the job. I called my parents and told them the news. My mom asked "is that good?". I laughed so hard. Nerves. "Yes, mom. It's really good." For the first time, it hit me. The reality of the future ahead.

So yes, we are relocating. We are both super excited, not only about the job but about the possibilities ahead. New places to see, new friends to be made. New favorite hang outs to find.

It's all good...

I hope you are smiling along with us. I will continue to blog, but bear with me as I make the transition to another rhythm and city. It might take me a few days to get my bearings when it happens next months.

A huge "Thank You" to Matt, Clare, Tami, Anita and Laura. You guys know why and how much you mean to me. Love you bundles.

223 comments:

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Marilyn said...

Congratulations! Wonderful!

Bakerella said...

Yay Helene. I'm so proud and excited for you.

magda said...

Congratulations!!!! That's really exciting news. Good luck with the big move;)

Karolina said...

Congratulations!!!!!! Very well deserved anyway - you're brilliant photographer and great person. Good luck!!!

WokandSpoon said...

That's amazing news! Congratulations!

Botacook said...

Félicitations, c'est super! :)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

MAJOR congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Aw, Helene! You are such a lovely and gracious person! You deserve all this happiness, success, love, friendship and beyond! Congrats!!!

Kookie

cookingwithmarica said...

Compliments!!! you are the number 1!

Ciao Marica

Junglefrog said...

Wow!! Congratulations Helene! I can understand your excitement completely! I've no idea where Birmingham is in Alambama... In fact for a minute I thought you were moving to England... ;) you're a great photographer and a great person so no wonder they hired you!!

carol said...

WOOOT WOOOT !!! soooo happy for you, helene! what a wonderful compliment to your stunning works of art, and i know i'll just be one of many who will look forward to seeing your work & style at Oxmoor via their foodie magazines...very exciting, a huge leap of faith !!

thank YOU for being so inspiring, positive, and genuine in sharing your life & talents; you have truly made a difference in my life!

cheers & congrats to you!! success!

Val said...

Wow !!- just catching up and saw your news! Congratulations !!! I am so excited for you! You are such a great example of taking advantage of the opportunities life presents - not knowing where they will lead. What an inspiration you are! Looking forward to attending another photography class soon,once you get settled.(And selfishly - Hooray - now you're only 2hours away).

Sonja / A Couple Cooks said...

Congratulations, Helene! What a wonderful accomplishment. All the best to you in this new position! We are truly inspired by your talent. ~Sonja & Alex :)

La Tartine Gourmande said...

Superbes nouvelles. Bonne chance pour cette belle et nouvelle aventure.

rose said...

Many wishes for a wonderful home in Alabama. Congrats to you!! I also have relocated, and I'm eager to settle in...All the best, Rose

Chic & Gorgeous Treats said...

CONGRATULATIONS and this is super exciting! I only wish I was in the USA, as I had always wanted to attend your photography workshop. I can't wait to continue reading on your new journey! Have a wonderful time and week ahead. Cheers~

Kris said...

Wee! So excited for, and proud of, you!!

Jenna said...

Congrats!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

How amazingly exciting! I have been a Southern Living reader my entire adult life. Between my Mom & I, we have the last 31 or so Annual cookbooks. I also love photography. Our family would have no photo history if I had not been taking all those shots since i was a pre-teen! I am thrilled for you and your husband. Plus, we'll practically be neighbors as we live just south of Atlanta. Congratulations and Good Luck. :)

Truly Smitten said...

Aaahh!!! Congratulations!!!! You totally deserve it! You have such talent and they are so incredibly lucky to have you on their team! Good luck with the move and so thrilled for you!

Carolina said...

Amazing!!! Congratulations!!!!!

gretchen said...

the oxmoor house test kitchen is where my career started... about 10 years ago. sorry our time there didn't overlap, but it's a great company with amazing people. a time i'll always be grateful for. congrats and enjoy!

shaz said...

Congratulations Helene on this new step on your amazing journey. I have been so busy lately and not been reading any blogs. Today, feeling exhausted, I decided to pop over here because your photos always lift my spirits. Found this post and I'm so glad I made the time to visit. Have a great day :)

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