This past Saturday night we were able to celebrate with another gallery showing for another winner, artist/photographer and member of KelbyOne, Steve 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.
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 Hanson, Kaylee 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!