As the clock graced into the later slice of the night, the phone vibrated and sung its ever familiar tone. Startled, and puzzled as to why anyone would want to contact me at this time of the evening, I picked up the call in an almost sloth-like fashion.
"What? Are you serious??!" Was what I exclaimed when the news raced into my disbelieving ears. Partly swept across by excitement, a more generous part of my inner self was just in pure shock. The news had meant that the all the hard work, had paid off. After 8, had been nominated for best album cover at the upcoming AIM 2008 awards, and we discovered the next day at the official AIM press conference that it took along with it 2 other nominations (best engineered album and best english album - NOT that I dipped my hand in these latter two categories. Other talents were behind those).
That being said,I'm not usually one to be caught in a frenzy of crazed excitement (I'm not really one to count my chickens before they hatch), but it was hard not to sneak in a ray of positive goodness...a smile :)
Anyhow, if you remember this post, you'll remember that I shot the photos that went into the album of an up and coming artist "Liang", and then delved into crafting the packaging/design for the sophomore release of the R&B musician. Now that AIM have officially put it up on their website, I can actually share with you all the good news! The album got nominated for Best Album Design along with 4 other contenders. For those who are not familiar with the AIMs, especially you aussies reading this - The AIMs are like Malaysia's version of the ARIAs (which is the national music awards ceremony for Australia).
Look, its official!
I know I promised photos of what came out as the end product, but that will have to wait til tomorrow when natural light paints its way back into my day :)
Just getting my head around it is pretty crazy, but more realistically - incredibly humbling. To know that work that I've done is actually being recognized OUTSIDE of the photography industry really is a different feeling altogether (don't get me wrong, its always wonderful to be recognized within our industry for work we have done, but to know that others outside of this circle see it too is really something else!). That being said, on a side and related note, all the work that I do is never done alone.... firstly, in everything, I can never ever forget my heavenly Father. I have realized through each and every job, that He has his hands dipped into my work, and to see how he has delicately spun and woven the way the job has come together be it through the accidental way I meet up with certain people, or how I am somehow (and sometimes I still don't know how?!) able to work through crazy challenges that absolutely baffle and terrify me, or given me what I need to do the job at just the right time, and so on, I am reminded time and time again that everything I do is not of my own. I think if anyone asked what the secret ingredient is to JSP, I'd say 150%, its Him.
Anyway enough of my babbling (sorry! did I mention before that I can be terrible long-winded? :p), for now, I just wanted to say a really hearty thank you to xj for helping me create the images I had in my head and turn them into reality so I could shoot them and not just think of them!, and to the artist, Liang himself for trusting me with such a big job and giving me the opportunity in the first place! Hope you get your wish! Anyhow, to everyone reading, do drop by Liang's official website to check out his music and support his tunes! :)
ps: Full wedding posts coming really soon. I do mean it!! I know I've been a stinking awfully bad blogger lately, but I am trying to redeem myself haha! :)
pps: It has been, and it will be even more so, an insane and crazy period over the next few weeks so do bear with me as I try to keep on top of blogging as best as I can, and replying all your lovely emails - its incredible how many of you write in each day! You're training this girl here to be the fastest ever touch typer around!! haha :) Adios for now! And yes, I will post those pictures tomorrow. If I don't, someone please whack me on the head ;)
EDIT: As promised, here are some photos :
A special song key:
The lyric book:
Happy friday everyone! :)