The post where I do some bragging… About my Sister-in-Law

I think my whole family is just chocka-block full of great people – but today, I want to do a little timely bragging about my SiL Tenley.

She started a photography business 3 years ago with a vision of combining good old hard work, professionalism, networking and business acumen with something she enjoyed and was good at – photography.  I may mess some of this up – so all mistakes are mine – but the journey started with some technical photography classes and a camera.  Tenley is NOT the photographer you see wandering around with 65 pounds of lenses, $20,000 dollar camera bodies with a back pack, vest pack and belt packs – she uses her eye instead to get the shot she wants.

She has been both having fun and has steadily been building a profitable business with a diverse local clientele.  Till now that is, because she has broken out and gone national – as in National Geographic national !

One of Tenley’s photos caught Nat Geo’s eye while they were researching for their new book Abroad at Home:  The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America  The put two of her of her local photos in the book – including one on the cover!  The scallops on the cover is her photo.  They also included the iconic windmill that is the central touchpoint of her town – Solvang CA  (from wikipedia – the short explanation of what Solvang is – the attraction for Abroad at Home is a natural:  “Solvang was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres (3,600 ha) of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California.”  

The Santa Ynez valley is a wonderful mix of earth, food and wine – old time ranches mixed in with new wineries and great weather.  That she got picked up to represent the local area is just great.  I am even more proud of her taking the opportunity that this represented and getting others involved – a book launch party with the local bookstore – The Book Loft  (where they sold a LOT of copies of the book) and an event with the restaurant (brain lock – I can’t remember their name – sorry!) where she did the scallops photo shoot – and other events as well – a whirl wind.

The book and her contribution has also been picked up locally and nationally

Good job Tenley (and faithful Igor/minion – Pete).  The fully rounded approach of craft and business is just great stuff.  Woot-Woot!

Oh – and I have a permanent plug to her website on the right bar of this blog – but here it is too:   (edit – I am getting WordPress errors for some reason – I have moved the links to the TOP of the blog while trying to remedy it.  No luck so far, but they are working again post move)

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