“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
I can hardly believe that it has already been a year since I attended my very first Photoshop World conference in Orlando. I was so overwhelmed and felt so out of place, kind of like I didn't belong. In fact, I felt so insecure that I almost didn't go into my pre-conference workshop with Matt Kloskowski and Joel Grimes.
I fought back the anxiety, though, and went to the workshop (albeit in the back corner). This is where I met Carl, coming for the seat I was eyeballing and apparently just as nervous as I was. We became friends quickly, and I don’t think it was by accident. We continue to keep in touch via email and are planning to meet up in PSW Las Vegas. I soon met Alex, Beth, and Kirt, and our group grew to 13 buy the end of the week. We now have a group on Facebook where we share our images, post challenges to each other and motivate each other, and it has been a huge help in my journey as a photographer.
I left PSW Orlando with a head full of new information and a mission to become a better photographer. Thanks to all the KelbyOne staff, the new friends I made, and the phenomenal instructors at the conference, I left knowing that I was on the right path to becoming a better photographer. Reflecting back on this past year, I can see just how much I have grown.
At the closing ceremony last year, Erik Valind shared his journey into photography. That speech gave me the push I needed to get started. I feel truly blessed to be returning to PSW this year and sharing the experience with my friend, business partner, and fellow photographer, Tammy (Moments Captured Photography Boutique). She will be the newbie this year, and I am just as excited about sharing that experience with her as I am about all that awaits for all attendees of this year’s PSW Atlanta.
Hope to see you there!