Hello all, it’s been a while since I last wrote. I found myself in a bit of a rut after dealing with knee issues since the beginning of the year and the surgery that followed. I really thought I wouldn't make this year’s Photoshop World (PSW) conference, but I am so glad I did. For anyone interested in what Photoshop World is like, here is my recap of my experience this year:
After a much needed nap, I can now reflect on what an absolutely fabulous week I had at Photoshop World. I daresay it was epic!
In Kathy’s words, she and I left home as friends and are returning sisters! There really aren't any words to describe how grateful I am for Kathy’s dedication to making sure I was okay, even while she was running around working. Kathy, our late night talks and giggles were priceless, but above all thank you for just being who you are! Check out Kathy’s work.
It's so hard to describe to people that have never attended PSW why they should. As this was my 5th time attending the conference, I am often asked why it’s really necessary to go every year. The number one reason is the line up of instructors, but it’s really so much deeper than just that. At every conference, I have met up with old friends and gained new ones. As much as the conference is about learning from the instructors, it is also about getting inspiration from all of the people you meet.
As an example, I met Craig McCormick at my very first PSW, and this time around he took the top prize: the Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence. On top of that, the talented Mark Rodriguez, who I met at a Strobist Meet Up in Tampa, took the top Guru Award for Best in Show. If that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is.
I also had the pleasure of meeting some incredibly talented fellow creatives this year: Daniel Gregory, Alex Sahagun, Matt Divine, Adam Silversmith and Charles King. Daniel Gregory is a teacher of fine arts out of Seattle Washington, and he has a KelbyOne class coming out soon that I promise you will not want to miss! I had the pleasure of having dinner with him one night, and the conversation was such an ‘a-ha moment’ that many at the table where crying. Lori Gregory, his wife, was also a pleasure to meet, and I have already started to read her book.
Alex is an awesome photographer out of Mexico and an all-around gentleman. I nicknamed him my ‘PSW hubby’ because he took such good care of me, helping me to get around and finding ice for me in the middle of class when my knee swelled up.
Matt is an inspiring wedding photographer out of Connecticut and a friend of Brad Moore. Brad is first action to Scott Kelby and an incredible talented concert photographer in his own right. Matt instantly became part of our little group, and he was kind enough to include me in a drive out to Ghost Town. We shared great conversation and some stunning scenery as we explored the area. As we parted, he said a beautiful prayer for my knee to heal without delay.
Adam is an incredible photographer based in Vegas. He doubled as our local advisor on the best shooting locations around the city, and was extremely helpful in answering all of my questions about where to shoot in the area.
Charles King is an extremely gifted wedding photographer out of Virginia. I met Charles at a previous Photoshop World conference. This year, I was able to spend more time with him.
To each and every one of you who made this Photoshop World conference EPIC, I am humbled and extremely grateful that I now call you friends! I wish you all safe travels home, and am looking forward to seeing you again in the future.
On top of meeting all of these incredible people, PSW was essentially like being invited a huge party with some of the best photographers and graphic designers in the world. It was great chatting with the likes of Joe McNally, Anne Cahill, Jay Maisel, RC Concepcion, Scott Kelby, Glyn Dewis, Erik Valind, Corey Barker, Mia McCormick, Peter Hurley, Brandon Ford, Pete Collins, Moose Peterson, Alan Hess, Joel Grimes, Tim Wallace, Roberto Valenzuela and Frank Doorhof, just to name a few of my favorites.
This year, I really struggled to decide whether or not to go to PSW because of my knee problems. But it was worth it in the end, even if I did have to ride around in a scooter. I have to thank the whole KelbyOne crew, who went above and beyond to make me feel welcome and worked out any of the logistics of getting me around the convention center. As always, they also put in so much work behind-the-scenes to make PSW Vegas the best conference in the world. To all of those people, I must say that your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated!
Video coming soon. Stay Tuned.