It’s a Milestone, Baby!


OK, I'll calm down now.

I know most people will read today's post and think, "What's the big deal?"

But …

I can't help but see little accomplishments as major milestones sometimes.  

I'm on this one-armed, chronic (terrible) pain, half-ass, disabled, journey all by myself.  I know other people have way worse problems than I do … but here I am, all alone, on my particular journey.

Sometimes something happens and I can't help but get excited because six months ago, a year ago, two years ago … I couldn't have imagined (!) some of the experiences I'm having now.  

Yes, they're baby steps but, oh baby, they're steps!

And here's where my excitement comes in ….

I'm spending today at the L.A. Convention Center to attend a Kelby Seminar.  Yes, I even woke up before dawn just so I could fight L.A. traffic attend.

If you don't know who Scott Kelby is, you can find out more about him here.  Basically, he's the big-mother-guru of both digitial photography and Photoshop.  (Sheesh, I hope he never sees this post!  Big-mother-guru??)  

Scott (I'm sure he would want to be on a first name basis with me, if only he knew me!) is involved in a lot of different photography related stuff, like writing over 40 best selling photography books and blah, blah, blah.  Part of the blah, blah, blah is putting on seminars to help other photographers learn a little of his expertise magic.

Scott doesn't teach all the seminars himself, and he won't be at the one I'm attending today.  He's got super-cool-famous-in-their-own-right photographers to help him out.   I'll be taking my seminar from one of the Kelby instructors, Ben Willmore

(I'm going to try really hard not to embarrass myself!  I seem to have a knack for awkward/inappropriate moments, don't I?)

I'm beyond excited to be attending.

The seminar is focused (hardee har har – FOCUSED, get it?) on photography skills and then finishes up in the late afternoon with Photoshop tips.

I keep thinking how I couldn't even hold a camera just a short while ago.  

I feel like I've been on the longest, never-ending, nightmare, journey imaginable.  I know I still have a long, long, way to go.  I know I'll never be "normal" … but!

But …

•  I can hold a camera again, albeit in a different manner than people with two working arms.

•  I've re-learned so much of what I "lost" during my time away from photography.

•  I love, with a passion, my time behind a lens.

•  I truly feel proud of some of my photos.

•  My bobcat photo will be in the Orange County Register tomorrow (page 3, I think).  Isn't it exciting they wanted it?  And it isn't the first time they've used one of my photos either!

•  I sold nine prints in the last two days.  Nine!  And no, it isn't AT ALL about making money.  It's just so wonderful to know other people enjoy my artwork.  (My photos are an expression of my heart, my soul – and so, yes, I do consider photography a form of art.

Today I'll be hanging out with a lot of wonderful photographers.  They will be, I'm sure, much more talented than I am.  They will, I'm sure, all have two working arms also. 

And there I'll be …

(One armed, for all intents and purposes)

Learning, absorbing, soaking up every bit of information I can.

Because for me?

It's just such a thrill to be attending!

© Twenty Four At Heart

10 Responses to “It’s a Milestone, Baby!”

  1. Jan

    Oh, man – I’d LOVE to attend a Kelby workshop!! But, you know, if it’s not gonna be me, I’m glad it’ll be you.
    You’ll share what you learn? Yes? (Pretty please?)

  2. Stephen

    I’m so excited for you Suzanne! I hope you have the best time and learn so much new stuff that you almost pop. I’m jealous!

  3. Pam

    Congratulations! The Kelby seminar, your arm working better for you, the OC Register piece…. Great work 24!

  4. Julie

    You are a bad friend for not telling me about this…I would have totally gone!!!

  5. LPC

    Congratulations! I am so happy, and not surprised, to see what you’ve accomplished in these last couple of years.

  6. Judi

    How awesome for you! I bet you’ll have a great time. I wondered what would be worth driving up to LA for when you tweeted about restaurant recommendations yesterday. I aspire to having a DSLR someday and pursuing photography when I retire (when I tell people I plan to retire in my 50s, they all wonder what on earth I’ll do with myself and won’t I be bored? Hell no, I have a long list of things to do and photography is at the top!).

  7. Alexis (Minnesota)

    Nice S!!!! Very nice!!! Proud to share this with ya! Keep on clicking that shutter girl!


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