What a short news page for 2016! As you can see, I haven't been updating much this year. In the past I would write a news update about once a month. I can honnestly say that 2016 has been the busiest year in my life thus far and that is probably why I haven't been updating the website much. All of my 7 peafowl are doing well and I am taking my first photography class so now I know how to work F stops, shutter speed, ISO, etc. I haven't been able to photograph my birds much, but when I have taken photos of them using the new techniques I have learned the photos turn out so stunning! I am excited to get more professional looking photos of them. My job as the United Peafowl Association Magazine Editor is going well. It takes a lot of time out of my already busy schedual and sometimes I think I am taking on too much, but in the end I love it because I think it is my calling. I am so glad that UPA members are enjoying the magazine! I am going to graduate college next month...Wow that just kind of sunk in...NEXT MONTH!? What am I going to do with my life!? I have no idea, but I am sure it will involve peafowl always!
The first magazine I made for the United Peafowl Association has been out! It did come out late due to many different delays, but I will continue to work on making sure delays don't happen and also I will be working on improving the magazine with each issue! Thank you for all of your support! Also, the 2016 UPA convention will be here in Florida. I was invited to be one of the guest speakers and I will be talking about photographing peafowl. I have yet to take an actual photography class, so for those of you who shoot photos using the mannual settings and have never really fooled with confusing things such as a camera's white balance, this talk is definately geared to YOU! I hardly know anything about camera settings, yet I have won different photography awards so yes, without knowing much of anything about cameras it is possible to get wonderful photos of your birds and in my PowerPoint presentation and talk at the UPA Convention I will show you how and share my tips with you.
This week I got my first peafowl egg of 2016! Keep watching the For Sale page for eggs or possibly peachicks for sale. I have been busy with the UPA and we are still waiting for the first magazine I made to come out. I am sorry for all of the delays and I can't wait for the process to get more streamlined. For this year I want a PURE Imperator peahen - I am looking for her to be 2015 hatch or this year's hatch. If you have one or know of someone with some Imperators, let me know. I really need a girl for my Imperator peacock.
Since my last entree in 2015, a lot has happened. I am now the United Peafowl Association's magazine editor for their magazine called "Peafowl Today". I have been working on making the magazine more exciting and transition it to all color which is very exciting! So far the first issue is not out yet, it was suposed to come out this month but there have been some delays so it will have to come out in February. I was a bit sad that it wasn't able to come out January, but I think the quality will be better now that I have a bit more time to work on it. This first issue I am making has taken a lot of time, photos, graphic design, critiques, overhalls, etc. I really can't wait to have it in my hands and flip through it. While I will miss the surprise of not knowing what the UPA magazine looks like until you tear open the folder and flip through it, I feel like it will still be a surprise to have it in my hands rather than staring at it on the computer screen trying to visualize how it will look in magazine form.
So if you haven't joined the United Peafowl Association or you were once a member, you might want to consider joining/re-joining. The magazine isn't the only thing we are improving. We are working hard to improve the UPA overall.