Last week at Photoshop World I had the honor of being inducted in to the official Photoshop Hall of Fame. Rather than rewriting here, what was probably a way too long speech, I wanted to just cut to the chase and let all of you know what I’m most thankful for when it comes to my career in Photoshop.
Of course, I’m incredibly thankful to Scott Kelby and everyone at Kelby Media Group for the amazing opportunities I’ve had. If it weren’t for them I’d never be where I am today. And many thanks goes to my family for all of the support that they’ve given me over the years.
But the real thanks for all of this goes to a group of people that I would have never guess would be so important to me when I started this career nearly 10 years ago. See, back when I first started in this career I was naive. I thought the most rewarding part of my job would have been getting to use Photoshop every day. Getting to play around, experiment, teach, and learn all of the newest and latest techniques out there. But I was dead wrong. Because over the years I’ve learned the most rewarding part of what I do is hearing the success stories from all of you. Anyone who’s ever read my articles or books. Anyone who has ever attended a seminar, workshop, or conference I’ve taught at. Anyone who’s ever emailed, facebooked, tweeted or sent me a message online. You guys are SOOOO the coolest and most rewarding part of this career. Hearing your success stories… whether it’s for your job or just your passion in Photoshop and photography and design. Hearing the inspiration you get from all of the Photoshop World instructors and everyone at Kelby Media Group. Hearing how my training, and everyone around me has helped you achieve that success and inspiration is BY FAR, the most rewarding job satisfaction and experience I could ever imagine in this career.
PS: The keynote is posted online on Youtube. The whole thing is about 1 hour and 45 minutes long. My (way too long) speech is right around the 1:21 mark in the video if you want to check it out. Thanks! 🙂
So deserving, congratulations!
Congratulations Matt! I’ve only found this community this past year, but I appreciate all you share with all of us.
Hey, you’re one of the good guys! Nobody deserves it more! Congrats.
On a different subject, when will we see the flash mob video? 🙂
Watched the live video. Had me a little choked up too. Like Michelle, I was surprised you weren’t already in. Mazel Tov. Of course now you have to be better than good all the time.
Congratulations, Matt! I’ve learned so much from your books, videos, and blog. This is my last year teaching high school psychology and I am looking forward to finally attending PSW!!
Darn, Matt, I knew I’d be missing a great PSW this fall but my husband really wanted to go on this trip to Russia with friends. Congratulations from St Petersburg!! You deserve the recognition because of everything that I’ve learned from you about both PS and LR in the years I’ve been a member of NAPP. I feel like you’ve been there for me as I’ve taken your classes, read your blogs and your books.
Apparently, now others agree 🙂
I was actually surprised you *weren’t* already in the Hall of Fame, so this was really cool. Your speech was great, and very moving. I’m where I am today in Lightroom because of your classes. You were the reason I even bought LR 3 to begin with, and then I watched everything you did on the subject (and took copious notes) to learn it. A huge congrats!
Thanks 🙂 I remember looking in the audience a few years ago in my LR classes and always seeing you there 😉
Awesome speech! I had tears in my eyes when you were talking about your kids. What a wonderful Dad you are! 🙂
Well done Matt. Keep up the good work.
Congratulations and Thank You! What a well deserved honor for you! Without your help, training, books and support, my advancement in LR and PS wouldn’t exist! I can’t tell you how you have pushed me into improving not only my use of LR and PS, but in my photography! Thank you!!
I really appreciate the kind words Dennis 🙂
Congratulations Matt! So well deserved.
So perfectly well deserved.
Hasn’t a year gone by that I didn’t think you deserved such accolades.
Thanks Jason. I really appreciate it!