One of the great things about having a surprise wedding (the guests were surprised, not the bride [I get that question a lot!]) is you can spend your money on the honeymoon instead of the ceremony.

While Jen and I spent a week and a half travelling over Zambia, I kept my borrowed camera at the ready. All I can say is African Safari’s are NOT overrated.

The following summer, I submitted a couple of photos in the Amateur Category of the National Arts Program Photography Contest (Lincoln, NE Region). I was pretty pleased to win First Place and meet Mayor Beutler, but mostly I love that I can now refer to myself as an “award-winning photographer.”

(Did you spot the two hiding hippos?)