Hi, today i would like to talk about me and to tell you how lucky I’ve been.
Like the title says, good things do happen to good guys, but I’ll explain in more detail.
As you may know I am a Photoshopaholic, and as the time goes by I feel more connected to that Program if you are a PC user or App if you are a Mac user.
But to get noticed that I am serious about it it’s not easy, therefore it takes time to get noticed.
Ok, fair enough, I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals aka NAPP, and to be fair, a few years ago I wanted to be part of that Comunity, but sometimes life is not as good as we want or think we deserve, until I got the chance to be a part of that family, (yes, now I call it family), thanks to Dave Clayton the NAPP Evangelist in UK, and why?Because and I quote”It’s better to give that receive, and I realized I wouldn’t get more “Photoshop work” just because of that community, but I got something more valuable, I made good friends, and guess what…I loved it so much that I am on my second year and I will not stop !
Over this past couple of years I’ve tried to get noticed in the world of Photography, but more in the Photoshop Community, and I’ve entered twice on “The Next Photoshop Evangelist” so people would notice me and say:
-Hey, that guy with the funny accent is not bad!
But I never won(doesn’t mean I’ll give up 😉 )
But it’s all part of the great experience which is life, and nothing is easy in this life.
But I got noticed!!! Yes, seriously!
A gentleman that “I’ve known” for more that 2 years that every chance he has he sends me something that can help me improve, or just for the fact that he has a heart of gold and he likes to help, yes, that gentleman is Dave Clayton that I had the pleasure to finally meet in London a couple fo weeks ago, but I’ll explain that in a bit more detail in a few minutes 😉
And what about a wonderful lady that after a Photowalk asked me for a print of one of my photos, well, not a bid deal, but that lady is surrounded by the best photographers in the world, and a lot more, I was over the moon when Shelley Giard(no need for introductions) asked me for a certain photo, I was over the moon, well I still go on and on about that I’ve sent a print to the States, and if you check My 500PX or my NAPP portfolio I’ve named that photo after Shelley.
What about a couple of months ago?!
Eric Renno Aka Tipsquirel, organized a Tip Up, where a few and limited people were invited, and I was one of those invited by him, I was over the moon, Great guy, we knew each other for a while(on the internet) and finally we met! Personally.
And as a Bonus I managed to meet Gavin Hoey and his lovely wife, the best day of the year 2012.
As the days and weeks went by I was still beeing just me, yes, just Miguel Campos that posts in his personal facebook about 30 photos a week, not part of a portfolio, but just a way to try to stand out from the crowd, and believe me , it’s not easy!!
Untill a couple of weeks ago…Well, doesn’t mean I was the crazy guy with either a weird look or a big mexican hat to stand out from the crowd, but I saw that Glyn Dewis was coming to London for a Workshop….Wow, I thought, this is my chance to finally meet him, and then I realized that Dave Clayton would be there!
I had to be there, and guess what?
I was there and I had an amazing day, Glyn is an amazing guy and a brilliant trainer( I would call him instructor, but if ou check his website he calls himself a trainer 🙂 )
And Dave….Dave is just Dave, an amazing guy with a big, sorry, my bad, a HUUUUUGEE heart , Ok, do not get any ideas! We are both married and our wives are called Andrea, but he stays with his, and I’ll stay with mine 🙂
But seriously, he is a star and a great designer and a good friend, when I got home that day…Well, I kept talking about Glyn and Dave and how I also met Richard Curtis that works for Adobe, and he is a great guy. A true star! And that was the best day of 2012.
Oh well, I was so wrong!
It wasn’t the best day of 2012, yes, true story, and I tell you why.
I got a Vip ticket to be part of the Audience in the final day of the Adobe Creative Week, and lets be fair, it was because of great people I met personally a couple of weeks ago, I can’t mention Glyn’s or Richard’s name for that 😉
But It was an amazing day!
I had the previlege to be in the same room with great and inspiring people like Gavin Hoey, Glyn Dewis, Eric Renno and many others.
Well, that was last Friday the 13th and it was the best day of 2012!
Opps, I was wrong again!
On the following day 14th was my birthday and I had people from all over the world wishing me a Happy Birthday!All of those things, along with all the support I have from my family and friends made me realize that “Good things do happen to good guys”.
Thank you so much to all of the people I mention Above and many others I met along the way!
Check Glyn Dewis website- http://GlynDewis.com
Dave Clayton AKA NAPP UK- http://www.nappmember.co.uk/
Richard Curtis- http://blogs.adobe.com/richardcurtis/
Eric Renno AKA Tipsquirel- http://www.tipsquirrel.com/
Gavin Hoey- http://www.gavtrain.com/
And last but not the least as I was inspired by my good friend from the other side of the pond Shelley Giard- http://shelleygiard.blogspot.co.uk/