Monday, 2 April 2018

It started out with an email ... Part 1

Well .. I should be more focused on doing garden clean up and figuring out what I can and can not do this year.
You would think that would be straight forward  right ?
Then the amazing distraction happened with an amazing surprise email.

Hello there,
 Having searched the internet for a line I will be talking about soon, I came across your stunning images on the internet.
Ill be writing about it very soon in the Telegraph Newspaper and wondered if we could use your images to show its splendour? Obviously we’d be delighted to caption and credit the image to yourself.
 Should this be of interest to you we would need high res copies only.
 Kindest Regards
 Miss Lark Hanham
 Commercial Sales Manager
This was the picture she saw on the web search
I then said :
Hello !

Thank you for contacting me and NOT just using my images without consent .. I do appreciate that very much !
Yes .. I would be delighted to allow my image to be used with my photo credit acknowledged ...
I realize a full pixel count would be the appropriate format but could you tell me if this will be a digital magazine or hard copy ?
I would like to know a little about your platform if you don’t mind ?
Thanks !
Joy O’Connor  (Kingston, Ontario) Obviously a Happy Canadian ? LOL
She then told me about the newspaper garden section she worked for.

No problem Joy!
 We would never dream of stealing images from bloggers. Its against the law for starters and when you work in the press industry, you’re really asking for troubles if that’s what your doing.
 So my names below and I’m known in the UK hort industry as the Telegraph plant hunter 😊. The Telegraph is a massive Tabloid brand over here, which is very prestigious. Think Prince Charles and celebrity type demographics.
 Your image will feature in paper to about 700,00 people in a small insert we will be printing for placement around mid-March. It could even be a front page should the image be nice enough and win the vote of the best cover image.
 Online it will feature both
 I would need images to at least 300 dpi and as large as you have them.
 Kindest Regards
 Miss Lark Hanham

We then emailed back and forth with details. 
I sent all the pictures I took of my peony, with the hope that one of  my pictures would be lead picture for the insert .. I was beyond excitement .. and then this email came.

Hi Joy!
 I’ve attached the actual insert but the below shows you a print screen of your work! It’s made the front page of the insert! I think it looks stunning. What’s your thoughts?
When I got this email I let out a scream that sent poor Sophie (my cat) scrambling to the other end of the house (she recovered and gave me "that" look) .
This is the "proof" edition before printing so my photo credit had not been added yet.
Lark just wanted me to know and see a copy as soon as possible, which I appreciated VERY much !
She is sending me a finished hard copy as well.
Hello there!
 Still hasn’t gone to print yet but I promise I wont forget you once I have that proof in my mits!
 I know its an exciting thing to have an image in the newspaper. Speak soon Joy. Take care.
 Kindest Regards
 Miss Lark Hanham
It goes to show you ... you never know where a picture of yours might just turn up and absolutely shock you ... in a GOOD way.
I had this happen to me a few years ago with an American horticultural magazine featuring native plants .. my picture of Diervilla lonicera "Copper" (not my picture, just a reference to the type of plant) made it into their section and that blew me away at the time. 

At the moment, things are getting busy with construction of the new patio .. but this excitement will not wear off for a very long time .. I still can't believe it.
Once I get the finished edition with the photo credit I will publish that .. Lark joked about how my friends might not believe it without that credit front and center .. I said "but I have GOOD friends !"
A link to the online section Peony Green Lotus


RURAL magazine said...

Dancing with a gardeners joy for you! This has been one of the most exciting garden journeys ever, and I'm thrilled that you are getting recognition for all of your hard work. Helllllo Prince Charles....there's a stunning garden behind this might want to take a quick trip over to visit Joy and this amazing Peony in situ.

Can't wait for you to get your hard copy.

Much love, Jen

CiNdEe said...

Wow what an honor! I bet you are excited!!! Now you will have thousands of followers on your blog! You do have the best pictures of your flowers. I am always amazed at them. Well Congratulations!!!!
Oh and a new patio? Pictures? That is exciting too!!!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is exciting Joy. Good for you. You do take fantastic photos. I am so happy for you!!


Hi Sweetie, I do love that photo! The coloring is perfect which is not an easy feat. You nailed it big time. And now if spring would only hurry up and get here so you could take more photos!

Alistair said...

Fantastic, your happiness rubbed off on me to such an extent that I felt as excited as your good self.
(Congratulations Joy) Now get cracking on the patio.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Jen girl thank you so much .. it has been amazing and I am so grateful to have this opportunity .. and for such a good friend that has held my hand for me with it being almost too overwhelming to deal with .. too funny right ? haha
Yup .. having a hard copy is a key to really believing it :-)

Cindee you are too sweet .. thank you ! but I think just these few close friends here is all the excitement I can handle, haha.
We are in the middle of a huge wind storm but the guys did get a start on the patio rip up, so I will have a few snaps to show how things progressed .. eventually .. but wow, winter does NOT want to let go here yet .. even so, it is very exciting too .. I don't know how to handle all of this excitement ! LOL

Thank you so much Lisa girl .. it takes so many pictures to get the very few you think might just be good enough .. so glad about digital cameras otherwise I don't know how I would do it ;-)

Gracie girl thank you bunches and bunches .. we are in the middle of this storm from ? I was going to say hell but it would have to be hot for that right ? LOL .. wind , hail, snow .. you name it and we have had it today .. but maybe this might bring a finale to winter?
I so hope so !!

Alistair you are so sweet, thank you so much .. I am just glad I can hide in the house while the poor workers deal with our crazy Canuck weather .. when it is all said and done I will post pictures so you can see how it turned out.

outlawgardener said...

Congratulations, Joy! What exciting news. I hope your cat has recovered. Your picture and the peony are gorgeous and the front-cover honor is well deserved.

Pat said...

Looks like you'll be having fun. Congrats Joy ! Thanks for you words of cheer, all will be well sooner or later.

Indie said...

What a gorgeous picture! And how wonderful for it to be featured on a magazine! I have had my pictures posted on various things online without any reference back to me before, so it is definitely a wonderful thing to see someone ask before using them.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Peter you are such a sweetie ! thank you so much :-)
Sophie recovered (the Siamese in her rules ! LOL) I was so shocked with it all happened, I am still dazed ? but hey .. that is a semi permanent state of mind I am in anyways .. now I just have to build up to handling the garden this year after such a brutal winter .. BIG sigh!

Thank you so much Patsi ..I am framing it when it gets here from the UK I will believe it for good .. haha .. you are a trooper girl .. you are going to be fine, just go slow and take good care of yourself !

Hello Indie and thank you so much ! I was amazed through the whole process but Lark was wonderful and YES, to be acknowledged is the key .. it really keeps us pumped when we take photos, to know that there are legitimate viewers that respect the photographer.