Getting a call from Mike Corrado at Nikon is always a pleasure, but I must admit I was somewhat taken back with the news he gave me. Simply said, he informed me that I had been chosen to be part of a NEW program called Nikon Ambassador United States.
WOW! What an honor…a truly great honor. The list of photographers being selected for the Nikon Ambassador US program reads like a whose who in the industry. It is a privilege to be standing on the same stage with this collection of photographers that include Joe McNally, James Balog, Ami Vitale and more.
I have been using Nikon cameras, Lenses, Speedlights and accessories from my first day on the job as a working professional photographer back in 1980. Nikon has always been the finest in performance, precision and quality, and is continually leading the industry in product development.
I want to say “Thank You Nikon” for making my life’s work of photography a joy. My sincere gratitude to all those at Nikon who design, manufacture, service, educate, and work tirelessly to place the finest quality Cameras, Lenses, Speedlights, and accessories in the hands of so many photographers.
To celebrate the announcement of the Nikon Ambassador US program, here are some of my favorite Nikon created images and their history.
What is a Nikon Ambassador? They did not send me a description, or a plaque to hang on my wall. I have given great thought about this title and the responsibility of being a Nikon Ambassador. I think it may be all that I have written in this month’s BLOG and more.
Yes, it can sometimes be promotion, but that promotion naturally comes forth in my images and in the instructional words I write each month, and in the encouragement I speak whenever and wherever I teach other photographers.
Whether I’m striking up conversation on the sideline or under the stars while teaching someone how to Lightpaint I have always been thankful for what Nikon as a product and Nikon as people have done for me.
I am not given new cameras, lenses, Speedlights or accessories. I’m a consumer just like all of you. And as a consumer I expect a lot for my hard-earned dollars, and Nikon has delivered throughout my career.
Quality and perfection, creativity and reliability… I’d like to think that these words describe the character of my business and I believe Nikon’s character is the same. It is this attitude, both mine and Nikon’s that helps me achieve all that I strive for.
Thank you Nikon for this wonderful honor and opportunity to be a Nikon Ambassador.
I hope that all of you take a moment and “click” the Nikon Ambassador logo/link and enjoy learning about this wonderful collection of photographers.