May Competition Results
If you are interested in our Pre-Meeting classes, please see the listing of classes.
- New Member Orientation
- 1-2-3 Complete
- Ask Me Anything
- Flash Photography | Basics+
Pre-Meeting Training - 6:15pm
Regular Meeting - 7:30PM
Tracy Allard - June 25
Striving for Excellence and Mastery Rather Than Perfection; The Journey of a Reforming Perfectionist
We are our own worst critics and at times that can be paralyzing, even stunting the growth of our talent. The 80/20 rule doesn’t exist for perfectionists; it’s all or nothing. Anything less than perfect goes into the bin. Does that sound like you? It did me too. I left a successful corporate career with a six-figure salary to pursue a passion and better quality of life. I had to release my stranglehold on perfectionism and learn to take risks. And produce something less than perfect. And learn. And get better. I’ll share some of the highlights and lowlights of the past 5 years on my journey of excellence and mastery.
I have always created; drawing, painting, etc. It is one of two constants in my life, the other being animals. But something different happened the day I picked up a camera and started to learn what it was capable of. What I could make it do to deliver on my artistic vision. That was the day that I said; “This. This is where I am at home.” With a camera I was able to create the images that are in my head and be genuinely satisfied with them, something that I could never truly say with my artwork. Including animals as a major part of both my professional and personal photography was a natural decision.
2019 marks my 23rd year in Texas. It's the longest I've ever lived in one place so that says a lot for north Texas. I moved here for work in 1996 and when my job moved out of state four years later, I didn't move with it! I started out in Valley Ranch (Irving) and settled a whole 2 miles away in Coppell in 2002 where we've lived ever since.
Since retiring from my corporate career at the end of 2013, I devote much of my free time volunteering with local shelters and rescue groups and in 2012 led the effort to open Coppell’s first dog park. I am married to a wonderful man and we have three rescue dogs; Dingo, Gracie and Ginger and Jiffy the Cat (yes, that's what we really call him, or sometimes just "JTC" for short) who are kind enough to share their home with us.
I love traveling and exploring new places. I’ve visited every continent except for Antarctica (but I’ll get there!). When home and not photographing, I am lucky enough to pursue my other passion as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer at the dog daycare and boarding facility in Coppell, just one mile from my home. I’ve graduated over 500 students in the 5 years I’ve been teaching there and love getting to know so many people, and their pets, in my community.