THAT MOMENT WHEN WORDS ARE SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH
I recently had the privilege of being a teacher at the Shutterfest 2018 photography conference and it was such an amazing experience. I was so thankful and inspired to be a part of such a wonderful team and community; truly memories that will last a lifetime. I was able to share so much that is meaningful to me and I saw the light of imagination and creativity come alive in the folks that I was fortunate enough to teach.
But I simply was not prepared for the news from yesterday.
I entered eight pieces of artwork into the image competition for Shutterfest, submitting to the new category of Creative: Illustrative. I am so proud to share that I won not only first and second place in my category, but I received the distinct honor of being the grand award winner of the entire competition!
I have been in awe and just so very thankful for this achievement and honor. There are some truly beautiful images and amazing moments captured in the other categories and I just can’t seem to find the adequate words to share my feelings on being recognized among those amazing artists. To see these fantastic images, visit the winners gallery at http://shutterfest.com/image-competition-winners-gallery/
I had the chance to talk to Sal Cincotta on the phone last night and to thank him for all of his support and guidance for all of these years; man, you are the best! Alissa and his team are truly some of the best and most talented I know and I am forever in their debt.
I can’t even begin to describe all of the feels of telling my wife Bethany Troop Byrd on the phone what had happened and hearing the joy in her voice. I love you with all that I have within me; you are my Captain.
Dave Mason sponsored me to be an instructor this year at Shutterfest and has given me so much wisdom and guidance that I will never be able to repay him for his kindness and generosity. If you haven’t visited with McKenna Pro Labs then stop reading my blabbing right now and go see their amazing artistry!
Bri Robynn Rambo – WE DID IT! I got the chance to work with her recently in Arizona and it was a blast. She is such an amazingly talented photographer and creates imagery that inspires me to continue to evolve as an artist. Her work in front of the camera is second-to-none. Thank you for sharing in this experience with me and for creating some great art!
Last night I was with a great group of friends, doing what I love and photographing their new cosplays. I had no idea I had won and my phone started going off like crazy. To share with them was a blast – Jeff Jackson, Jenn Jackson, Jaime Hoskins and Mike Hoskins, thank you for being there with me in this moment and for your friendship.
When I got home, however, I had one of the best moments I could have ever have asked for. I got to sit down with my mother and father and share with them what I had achieved. Leaving them behind in Iowa as I started my new journey in Arizona has been a hard experience and to be able to show them what it means to me, to do this work, has truly been the greatest gift I could have ever received.
My friend Sasha taught me a valuable lesson, before she left this world. She taught me that time is precious and must be spent wisely. Do not waste a moment of your life in the company of fear. Listen to it from time to time as there is wisdom to be learned from fear, but never let it dictate your life.
A quote I heard long ago has been with me every day of my life. “The life that we dream and the life that we live, is only separated by fear.”
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