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“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle

January 16, 2018

In honor of my son turning 21 today, I’m re-running the post below (one of my favorites) from years past. He was an amazing little boy—full of love, joy, kindness, and questions. He’s grown into an open-minded adventurer, an intelligent, interesting, fun, caring and compassionate individual. Just a fine human being and I couldn’t be more proud of the man he’s turned out to be. He’s “dreaming with his eyes wide open.” I like that about him.

Happy Birthday, Son!

I love you,
Mom

 

A Moment In India I’ll Never Forget

When my son was very young, say four or five years old, I told him that one of the greatest gifts a person could ever receive was the chance to say I love you too. “Because if you get to say, I love you too it means that someone else said, I love you, first.” After that, he would often follow up his “I love you too’s” with “Hey, Mommy, I win!”

When I wrote this he was much older, a much taller than me, deep-voiced, hulking, athletic teen — with a girlfriend, friends, teammates, school, video games, interests, etc. You know, a life of his own and with a lot of childhood things left behind.

Then one day, a few years ago, my husband and I were traveling in India and something about standing alone, amongst the many, in the din of this Indian street corner caused me to miss the few — my children. Finally, I managed to get enough signal to send a text home so; I sent my son an “I love you” text. A few minutes later I got an “I love you too” response and then, a second later, a second text that said, “Hey, Mom, I win!”

I lost my breath, and my heart fluttered…he remembered. I let him think he won but in that brief moment, I had my five-year-old boy looking up at me and holding my hand (as we crossed a busy street) and telling me…he loved me too.

Hey, Son…I win.

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Happy New Year! From Three Wise Men? That’s Weird.

December 31, 2017

I’m not one for resolutions but I don’t want to leave 2017 without saying something to you so I’ll let my late uncles do the talking for me. Since they’re all passed this should be interesting. My mother’s three brothers were all characters and very different from one another—making them the best uncles ever and I loved each one dearly. You can take their advice into 2018 (or don’t) either way, they were awesome, and I wish you a bright, healthy, and Happy New Year!

From the oldest to youngest…

The Coach/Businessman who said, “Don’t let anyone just bring you a problem. They also need to show up with three possible solutions.”

The Cowboy who said, “Never follow a snake into its own hole.”

And the Hippy who said, “Give and keep it—to yourself.”

Love and Hugs and a Happy New Year!

Kalebra

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The Personal Side of Rick Sammon

December 28, 2017

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is inspired by the world around him. He aims to have his creative visions come to life through his photography as well to help teach others to do the same. While you may know of his many awards, books, and various other accomplishments, hear from Rick about his travels, love of music, his family, and how it’s all shaped the person he is today. Amidst the stories, you’ll be inspired by the words he lives by and, just maybe, learn to view the world in a whole new way.

It was a joy to sit with Rick! His smile and attitude are infectious, and they make you want to jump up, run out and have fun—with your camera, with your loved ones, and with the life, you’re living. If you want to smile (and you won’t be able to help yourself) I encourage you to watch The Personal Side of Rick Sammon.  It’s the perfect way to start the New Year!

Thank you, Rick, for starting our 2018 with a collective great big smile!

Happy New Year, Everybody!!

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What a night!

December 11, 2017

This past Saturday night we were able to celebrate with another gallery showing for another winner, artist/photographer and member of KelbyOneSteve Wallace. Steve is an anesthesiologist, a lawyer, a talented photographer (with a goal), and KelbyOne member. His magical Myanmar images and artist’s talk delighted everyone that attended and watched around the world. His photography inspired us to want to engage with other cultures in a more subtle and human way, and his talk was fascinating, fun and thoughtful. If you missed it, you can watch it at this KelbyOne link. I’d like to thank Steve (right), his lovely wife, Becky (left) and all the members who showed up to The Gallery at KelbyOne and made the night so special.


Steve during his talk with Larry Becker as he answered questions from the live web audience.


Steve explains how he manages that magical light.

Who wants to be this cool? Everyone! Meredith Duffin was calling the shots in the control room and making it look easy.

I’d also like to thank BayPhoto for always providing such beautiful prints, and the KelbyOne team because I don’t think there is a person in the building who doesn’t touch this effort in some way and I’m grateful for them as well. From individuals like Viktor Garcia (my right-hand man when it comes to the gallery) to Pam Suttmiller in accounting (who helps create a beautiful wine and cheese presentation) to our excellent video, marketing, graphics, and web teams. Heck, even our editors are tweeting about it! Haha! Everyone has a hand in it, and that’s not even counting the selection and judging process (loads of help coordinating all of that from Mr. Erik Kuna) to arranging the travel and accommodations for all the winners (thank you, Jeanne Jilleba). So many hands on so many things and I’m so very grateful—thank you.

We gathered, we celebrated, and we promised that we’d all do it again. I like that about us.

Kalebra

 

 

 

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KelbyOne—an Ecosystem of Opportunity—I Like That About Us

December 1, 2017

You’ll have to bear with me a minute here because I’m so excited and happy that I just want to say it, to share it. The woman above is Melanie Kern-Favilla. You may recognize her as a Gallery at KelbyOne winner. Melanie is a fantastic photographer, KelbyOne member, and train engineer. Melanie will also soon be a KelbyOne instructor, and we can’t wait. There are many reasons for us/me to be excited about this but let me explain why I’m particularly excited.

You see, Melanie (and what Melanie represents in this case) makes me happy because she is the result of our ecosystem of opportunity. That ecosystem changed the question for our business from “How do we accomplish more?” to “How can we help our members accomplish more?” And that is a question that is fun to answer every day. For Melanie that meant we opened a door and she walked through it. By entering her images in our gallery contest not only did she win the competition but now a worldwide audience knows her name and her work. She’s been featured on the cover of our magazine, “Photoshop User” which led members from all over the world to ask for Melanie to share her techniques on KelbyOne. Full circle—I love it!

Do you want to know the best part about all of this? She’s not alone—not by a long shot. A few others that have had similar experiences (that include speaking at our national conference Photoshop World) are Steve HansonKaylee Greer, and Dave Clayton.  My hope, my joy, my excitement about the future are the names of those members that will be added to this list. KelbyOne is a business, yes, but it is also our life’s work and our passion, and it makes us happy when it works like this. Thank you for letting me share.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kalebra

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The Personal Side of Dave Black

October 25, 2017

You may know Dave Black for his 30 plus years of award-winning sports photography in such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award-winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. Dave has covered everything from the NFL, NASCAR, The Masters to 12 Olympic Games. Now we get to know more of Dave’s story and what a fantastic person! You don’t always find his level of gift (wrapped in humility, humor, and sweetness). I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to have this front row seat and hear his stories first hand. If you have a minute, I encourage you to head over to KelbyOne.com and give it a listen. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself smiling later as you think back on the gentle way Dave shares his inspiring stories.

Thank you, Dave, for being so awesome and open with us.

 

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The dog at the park said I’m not fun.

October 15, 2017

Me: I’m sure that wasn’t nice to hear, Maggie, but you shouldn’t let that opinion upset you so much.
Maggie: “I think I’m fun—I love to play!”
Me: You are fun and it’s important for you to remember that you don’t know the condition of that dog and the condition of a dog has all to do with that dog’s opinions.
Maggie: “What?”
Me: That dog may have heartworms that have damaged their heart in ways you can’t see on the outside or they could have something annoying them like a flea infestation or knots in their fur or painful thorns in their paws. Maybe they’re just having a bad day, whatever the reason, the point is you don’t know their condition so you shouldn’t let another dog’s opinion affect how you feel about you, okay?
Maggie: “Okay, Mom, I’ll think about all that right after this nap.” 

Okay, silly puppy. ☺️

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A best friend…

October 13, 2017

A best friend is someone who lets you venture out or someone who lets you stay close to the shore. Whichever friend you are there is no judgment in love—you just need to stand together in life’s current. I like that about best friends. 💛

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Why are DSLR’s still so big and heavy? Seriously.

October 9, 2017

This is an honest to goodness question and let me tell you why I’m asking. I was having a conversation with my friend yesterday about why I like shooting with my iPhone

Me: Because it’s convenient, lightweight and takes a great photo.

As soon as I said that I realized that it’s not just having something with you all the time that makes it more convenient it also needs to be less bulky and lightweight (again the iPhone delivers). However,  I would like to have some of the features and lenses that are available to the (Pro) DSLR user but I’m not willing to pay the heavy price of bulk and weight and that set me off on a mission to find out what the heck is inside those things (bodies and lenses) that they still need to be so darned heavy.

I watched manufacturing and design videos and read (a few) articles so, I am nowhere near an expert on this subject. I am also not an engineer, camera designer, manufacturer, or anyone any of those people would ask for advice on this subject but from what I could see I still have to ask, in 2017, is it really still necessary for camera bodies and lenses to be so heavy and bulky? Because if it’s not necessary and they could all be much lighter and less bulky — why aren’t they?

Just asking,

Kalebra