Something exciting happened to me this week. I had one of my photos used in a Men’s Health article. Wednesday morning, I was contacted by someone in the creative department to use one of my photos from my Flickr stream. I have been contacted before by various sites about using my photos before, but never by a national publication like Men’s Health. By Wednesday afternoon, the article was up and my photo was included with my name right next to the byline. This morning I woke up to a pleasant surprise. I was emailed again. This time I was told to check out the front page of www.menshealth.com. I was a little shocked when I saw that the article my photo is featured in was the top story. So for the whole morning of June 17th, 2010, my face was plastered front and center on the homepage of the Men’s Health website. It was kind of surreal. It may not be as big of a deal as I make it out to be, but to me, it means a lot. I am a self-taught photographer and I have worked really hard over the years to improve myself skills and knowledge in it. Having one of my photos published by major magazine like Men’s Health in a way validates my work and efforts. Whatever it means, it did make for a good week for me.