Hi, I’m Bev Hawley, a professional children’s photographer in the Pacific Northwest. My titles include wife, mom of three and grandma to 8. I’m at a time in my life when people retire. Having tried the retirement dream for a few years, one day I woke up to a new adventure. Right now that means photographing dogs, in my Charbonneau studio, for a personal bucket list project, Dogs Walk By.
The B L Gallery and Studio, LLC, is short for The Bucket List Gallery and Studio. We are located in a suburb of Portland Oregon, where the ideas on my bucket list are coming alive.
IF YOU AREN’T WILLING TO COMMIT YOUR DREAMS TO PAPER, WHY DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO HAPPEN?
WHEN IT COMES TO LIFE GOALS some people have put the cute title on them as one’s bucket list. I’ve been doing these lists for years after hearing a speaker on Oprah say, in essence, “If you aren’t willing to commit your dreams to paper, why do you expect them to happen?” So that day I wrote down 25 things, some small and easily doable and others that would teeter on the brink of the ridiculous. I stuffed the list into a pile of papers and didn’t discover it again until several years later while on a solo beach vacation (actually something on that list) and the piece of paper fell out of a stack of important papers. To my utter surprise, all of the things on the list had happened, even my desire to spend time talking about deep things with Oprah. Well that’s another story. The interesting thing is they had all happened in ways I could never have outlined.
THAT BRINGS ME TO THIS GALLERY AND MY NEW ADVENTURE
DOGS WALK BY IS THE MAIN REASON I HAVE THIS GALLERY/STUDIO for the next year. It’s a personal photographic project on my bucket list that just wouldn’t go away. So it has created for me a new adventure. And as with any adventure you can have plans but they usually are only a starting point. What I do know for sure, is that I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to have dogs back in my life again, to be photographing in a studio again with my trademark white background, and to meet some incredible people on my journey. Another fabulous chance to tell stories through both words and images.
PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN UNDER THE DOG SECTION to follow along. And keep an eye out, under the book section, for a couple other items on my bucket list.