Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you don’t mind but today I just want to share something personal and that means so very much to me.
It might get a little disjointed and go off at tangents but I’m talking about the subject of Role Models.
You see throughout my 40 something years there have always been heroes in my life or to put it another way people I’ve look up to be they film stars, sports personalities and so on…
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet and in fact spend an afternoon shopping and chatting with my ultimate hero Arnold Schwarzenegger. I also remember once phoning up a guy that used to be friends with my Dad when I was just a kid many years previous when they used to work together but parted company and went on to become incredibly wealthy…just because I wanted to sit with him and ask him ‘How he did it?’
Those closest to me will probably get why it is that I seem to seek out role models in my life despite whatever age I reach and I kind of touched on that a little when I was asked to speak at the Photoshop World Closing Ceremony in Orlando earlier this year.
I’d like to share with you a photograph kindly sent over to my by Kleber Stephenson at the Kelby Media Group; a photograph that means more to me than I can fully explain with the written word…
Back Rown (L to R)
Dave Black, Frank Doorhof, Vincent Versace, Alan Hess, Eddie Tapp, Jay Maisel, Jack Reznicki, Moose Peterson, Jim DiVitale, Joel Grimes, David Ziser
Front Row (L to R)
Scott Diussa, Erik Valind, Yours Truly, Joe Glyda, Matt Kloskowski, Pete Collins, Cliff Mautner, Ed Greenberg, Joe McNally, Terry White
Just around 8 years or so ago when I first started, had my first camera and started playing around in Photoshop just to one day shake the hand of the folks in this picture was a goal and maybe just maybe one day they’d know my name.
Now, to be amongst them as an Instructor, heroes of mine each and every one, and to be able to call them friends blows me away! No matter how old I get and no matter that I too am now privileged to be a Photoshop World and Kelby Training Instructor, I’ll never take it for granted.
Each and every person in this picture has and continues to help me grow as a person AND as a Photographer & Retoucher. They might not all realise it but each of them has influenced my life and as a consequence, my wife’s life also and that I’ll always remember.
Not one ego amongst them; just people who are at the top of their game, continue to push themselves and share their knowledge with others because quite simply…they love to do so!
From day 1 I’ve had goals / dreams and to be in such a picture was most definitely one of them and it feels bloomin’ marvellous to be able to put a tick next to that one 🙂
I think it’s fair enough to say that we ALL need role models in our lives; people we look up to not just for their achievements and talent but for the very person that they are.
You might not realise it but you too are a role model; someone is looking to you for help, guidance, words of encouragement; for them and for those closest to you BE THE ROLE MODEL!
I’ve got my own very personal reasons for pushing on to be the best ‘Me’ that I can be in every aspect of my life; motivations that keep me on track and that I was reminded of from the words of this track “If you could see me now” by The Script.
Take a listen, enjoy and thank you for sticking with me in this post.
Catch you tomorrow,