Things are moving fast at Luminous-Landscape. So fast, that we have had a hard time keeping up with things, Since Michael passed away in May we have been a man down, and as hard as Chris and I have tried, we just can’t run Luminous-Landscape as a two-man show. So, we are happy to announce that we are adding Debra Fadely-Raber to the team. Debra is my wife and best friend. She’s a photographer, writer, and a great organizer. Chris and I are confident that Debra will bring a lot to our small team and help us function better.
It takes a lot to run Luminous-Landscape, and lately, we have fallen a bit behind on projects. Chris handles videos and customer service as well as handling all the grant applications for the Luminous-Endowment. We have a done a number of videos over the last few months. There’s a handful of them that have already been edited, waiting for me to finish an article to go with them. Chris also has at least a dozen videos he is in the process of editing as well as one major project, our new Shooting With The Masters video.
We have just completed another Endowment Grant application period. We have received hundreds of applications for the numerous grants we offer through the endowment. Chris sorts through each one of these, categorizes them, and then distributes them to the panel of judges. He also handles the everyday customer service needs for our membership. He’s busy from dawn to dusk.
I handle the publishing of articles and working with contributors along with writing articles. The days fly by as there is never a dull moment. I work on planning future workshops as well as keeping the present ones moving forward by communicating with attendees.
Articles need to be laid out in the system. It takes at least an hour or so to lay out an article, sometimes more, depending on if images need to be resized. Also, I am continually working on long-term camera review projects, setting up future articles, and coordinating travel for some of our larger video projects coming up this year. I also attend our workshops as an instructor. There’s never a dull moment, and I have never been happier in my life. The only problems is that both Chris and I can’t handle it all.
Thus, we have decided to add Debra to the team. Debra is one of the nicest people you’ll encounter; she never complains and just finds ways to get things done. For the last six months, she has been working on the endowment side of our business, getting it organized and making sure no one or nothing drops through the cracks. We are now in touch on a regular basis with past grant winners and very soon we will be featuring these grant winner’s projects on Luminous-Landscape.
It seemed only natural when Debra’s career with her previous job changed to add her to our team. She dove right into the deep end with Luminous-Landscape, and has been working hard to learn all the things that make Luminous-Landscape run. She will be handling customer service along with Chris, and taking over the detail work on our workshops. Her responsibilities will also include handling billing as well as relationships with our advertisers. Plus, she handles all the ins and outs of working with our bookkeeper and accountants to make sure they have what is needed on a timely basis. It’s only been a few weeks, and already Chris and I are feeling such relief and are able to focus more on content material for the site.
I hope you will welcome Debra to the Luminous-Landscape team. If you need to get in touch with Debra, you can reach her by email at Debra Fadely-Raber. Drop her a note and say hi.
We expect throughout this year that we may add even a few additional folks, as well as a number of new and well-respected contributors. Stay tuned for announcements in the near future. Also, if you have something you’d like to contribute as an article, please let me know. Luminous-Landscape is your site too. Our goal is to make this site a place to learn and share. As a member, you have access to our video library as well as over 5,500 past articles. Our search engine is very fast in finding ad-listing articles. If you haven’t tried it yet, then click on the magnifying glass and search for something that interests you.
Thank you for your continued support and loyalty.