The Last Day of the Yearlong Project

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Day 365:

WOW!  It was such a rush just to type that number – 365 photographs posted with not one day missed throughout the entire last year.  And today, for no reason other than I met her and she was so fun and engaging, I chose Sylvia, the accordion and spoon player at the German restaurant where we decided to celebrate this accomplishment.  But that’s what this project is about – highlighting women who I encounter every day and honoring them through photography and recognition.

Sylvia has been playing the accordion since she was 10 years of age and she recently turned 60.  She said that she is “honored to be a girl” and it sounded like she started her own accounting business just so she could show the boys that she could do it (yes, she plays the accordion AND does accounting).  She sang a song in my honor, thanks to my girlfriends who requested that we celebrate in style, and started off the evening with toasts, followed by more toasts and singing!

Thank you, Sylvia, for being the 365th woman photographed.  Thank you to all my friends and family who supported and encouraged me throughout this process.  Thank you to everyone who followed along and shared the women in your lives with me.  Thank you to all the women who allowed me to photograph them and who shared their stories of inspiration, accomplishment and joy.

I’m not sure that I’ll be able to stop photographing women so please don’t look at this as the end, but as the beginning of a lifelong journey to becoming the best portrait photographer of women that I can be.

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4 Responses to The Last Day of the Yearlong Project

  1. Misha says:

    Congratulations! I feel honored to have ‘met’ so many awesome women through this journey! (don’t stop!)

  2. Sarah Spooner says:

    I’m with Misha!
    I haven’t been shy to express my utter delight with this project–you’ve done a marvelous job and I say congrats (but continue as you can.) You bring a lot of joy with this.

  3. Carla Drain says:

    I am so in awe of your talent & tenacity! Thank you for allowing me to participate in this project…I am inspired everyday to live up to the moniker you bestowed upon me :) I look forward to future events celebrating She Inspires and would really enjoy attending a gathering of these interesting women!

  4. Come join Destination Realty at ALBERTA ARTS LAST THURSDAY February 24, 2011, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm honor Andrea and the many inspiring women of SHE INSPIRES 365! 2913 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211

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