Carrying on from where I left off, Day 3 was a day I’ll never forget for a whole host of reasons, the main one being it was when I was teaching my first class at Photoshop World: Photoshop Fast & Furious
Being the first ever class I’d taught at Photoshop World plus being the first person from the UK to do so, naturally led to a few pre class nerves (not helped by my MacBook Pro deciding to misbehave the night before) so I have to say a HUGE thanks to some very good friends for all their help and support beforehand; Calvin Hollywood, Alan Hess, Dave Clayton and Michael Mueller…you guys totally ROCK!!! (BTW Alan, thanks so much for taking the shots!)
Being my first class I certainly didn’t expect to see the numbers of people I did in attendance. Such an amazing feeling to see that all the seats were taken, there were people standing at the back and even folks sat on the floor at the front…crazy 🙂
This plaque/trophy is what’s given to all Instructors that have taught at Photoshop World. To me this means so much; so much more than any other trophy/award I’ve received in my life up to this point. Needless to say it now takes pride of place in my office 🙂
One of the things that has meant so much has been to finally meet up with folks who have played a profound part in my photography/photoshop life.
One such person is Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart who’s work I have followed for some time now. I was in the Instructors room back stage practicing my class when Jeremy came over and asked how I was and took a look through some of my images. Having chatted for a few minutes I couldn’t help but think…you know what, this Photoshop World, N.A.P.P and Kelby Training thing is something real special; it’s full of good, honest, genuine people who do what they do and share with others because they love it…period!
An extra big shout out goes to my buddy and Brother from another Mother, Dave Clayton. His continued support is overwhelming; I’m just glad I didn’t notice him sat in the audience whilst I was teaching, wearing the T-Shirt with my bald head staring back at me that he’d had printed for a laugh…too funny 🙂
Once the day’s classes were over it was a real pleasure to have been invited out to dinner and to spend some quality time with Scott & Kalebra, Matt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion, and a few of their nearest and dearest friends before heading back to the hotel for one of the highlights of the event…Midnight Madness.
Taking up a role he fulfils so well Vanelli, the Master of Ceremonies pumped up the attendees getting all kinds of games going before the start, which at one point meant sticking an Oreo Cookie to your head (don’t ask). Of course it ended up being UK v’s USA but aided by some, ermmm, impartial refereeing by Frank Doorhoof 🙂
Naturally Midnight Madness lived up to it’s name with all kinds of crazy antics going but all under the ruling that it was a No Photoshop Learning Zone 🙂
Following Midnight Madness (around 1 am) a small group of us (Scott & Kalebra, Matt Kloskowski, Frank Doorhoff, Larry Becker, Pete Collins, Robert Vanelli, Lindsay Adler, Robert Gordon, Mike Wiacek, Kathy Porupski amongst others ended up trawling Georgetown, DC on the hunt for snacks; no easy task I can tell you as everywhere seemed to have closed already.
However, despite Pete Collins and Vanelli’s best attempts to convince folks to open early we eventually landed on a cosy little joint and shared pizza, chips and drinks whilst listening to some rather disturbing but darned funny stories by Larry Becker.
Lots of laughs, lots of memories and a great end to a great day; good times 🙂
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