The 2012 Book of Lists Party – My Favorite Night EVER!

I just had the opportunity to be involved in what was probably the most exciting evening of my life. I had an invitation to an exclusive party at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to celebrate with the people who made it into the 2012 Book of Lists – a book published annually by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Months back I had entered one of my photographs in the books yearly search for artists. They wanted pictures representing the Tampa Bay area. I entered a picture that I had taken of beautiful downtown Tampa looking across the waterway. I was so excited in October when I found out I was one of the 13 artists chosen to be in the book! As time got closer to the publish date I could not WAIT to see it. The book was scheduled to come out on December 23rd. On December 22nd I received a call from the production director and she said she wanted to congratulate me personally because I made this years cover! I had no idea – it was a complete and awesome surprise! The party was incredible. Close to 800 people comprised of the executives who made it in the book of lists and their guest attended the party. There was tons of delicious food and drinks at every turn. The entertainment included an aerial artist, a band called the Vodkanauts – who were great! – a magician, and an ice carver just to to name a few. I got to walk the red carpet and pictures were taken of all the guests with fresh fake snow! Haha! The book cover was displayed everywhere and the highlight for me was seeing it displayed on the Jumbo Tron right in the middle of the forum through the entire night. It was truly a magical evening I will never forget. I am honored that I got to be part of such a wonderful night. This is definitely something to go down in my memory book.

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24 thoughts on “The 2012 Book of Lists Party – My Favorite Night EVER!

  1. Wowza Michael! Many congrats!!! Just think, how many photographers get to see their work on a Jumbo Tron? It’s a gorgeous shot, and a well deserved win 🙂 Have a great weekend!


  2. Hi,
    That is just fantastic, the photo is truly beautiful, the coloured reflections in the water are magnificent. No wonder they put it up in lights.
    What a great night for you, Congratulations.


  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have been running around the last couple days telling everyone of this story, Michael, how absolutely wonderful and inspirational! You truly deserve this honor, my good friend, your photography is without peer good sir. Well done!!


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  5. Hi,
    I would like to ask for your permission to use 2 of the thumb size photos to put into my blog, with all links back to this post of course, it is a beautiful photo and I would dearly like to share it.
    Please feel free to so no, if you do not like the idea.
    I don’t like to reblog, as all photos are taken in a reblog, and I don’t think it is right at all.


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