Posts Tagged ‘Nick Kelsh’
Dear All, We’re all going to take a break and go to a cabin on Lake Erie for two weeks. I’ll still be sending a daily email but there won’t be a Photo Tip attached. The Photo Tips will kick back in on Sept. 3. I will miss you…sort of. Best, Nick
(guest blog by Leslie)
If I could, I would smile indulgently at the woman who thought that “oh sure, it will be no problem to blog everyday while at Showcase.” And I suspect I could have – but I had to have *some* sleep. So, here is a general recap of our three days in Minneapolis. If you are on the Facebook page, you may have seen the photos already.
On Wednesday, a contingent of family and friends worked hard on collating the brand new Nick Kelsh GOING MANUAL mini-manual. There were 100,000 cards printed and all needed to be in groups of 20! A valiant team effort made that happen.
Nick’s brother Joel and Anne set up the booth and put out all our products. By the way, Nick’s brother may be the nicest person I have ever met. He hosted the HTPYL team, made us a fantastic picnic dinner and just really went out of his way to make us feel at home. I wasn’t too surprised to discover fairly early into the expo on Thursday that he had his own fan contingent! Nick and Jennifer got the tech side of things rolling and I worked on some marketing copy.
The expo opened Thursday morning, we were there by 7:00 and there was a line of consultants waiting to get in by 8:30. Everyone was so excited to see all the new products that Creative Memories had in store. The day was a whirlwind of activity.
Nick’s cousin, Mike Hardwick, was non-stop, taking photos of Nick with consultants. Mike is a professional photographer as well.
Please excuse the fact that one shot I found of Mike and Nick is blurry. If you are in the Minneapolis area and need a photographer, definitely check out Mike’s website. His work is lovely.
And speaking of blurs, that is exactly what Thursday was. All the consultants who stopped by were as nice as could be. And what a range of places people were from! From Japan to Canada to New York State and every place in between.
We got to the convention center a little later on Friday morning- and did we ever rock and roll! Nick was on the convention floor teaching a class on Memory Manager and signing books while not teaching. We had Jenny and Kevin from the Creative Memories team working the sales floor with Anne, Jennifer and myself. People were excited to get a sneak peek at our upcoming projects and events. (The CLICK with NICK Kids Camera Club, photo safaris in Minneapolis and Philadelphia, an online Going Manual course and some new additions to the website. More info on all to come!)
Three o’clock came much too soon and it was time to pack up and be on our way. I finally got a chance to go over and look at the Back to the Future Delorean as we walked out!
Leslie’s Top Five List from Minneapolis and the Creative Memories Showcase
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in Minneapolis, however we did not get to see his house.
4. The stereotypical Minnesota accent? Sometimes there is a reason for stereotypes. I love the ooo’s.
3. When planning for a convention, you will need less paper and more people than you think you will need.
2. The best place to eat in Minneapolis (or possibly the world) is Cafe Ena.
1. Creative Memories and their consultants must be some of the most clever, imaginative people around. The one glance I got at the Main Stage definitely showcased that, but so did everything else I saw. Congratulations, CM! See you all next year in Denver.
Nick Kelsh’s Photo Tips is the heart of the How to Photograph Your Life website—the soul of the website is on almost every page. If you want to be a better photographer, regardless of your present skill level, Nick Kelsh’s Photo Tips is going to make you one sooner than you can imagine.
I’m going to break down forty years of professional newspaper, magazine, and book photography into easily understandable and entertaining points that make picking up your camera not just inspiring, but fun. I’m going to remind you why we are doing this—we love our families—while simultaneously making sure you don’t take yourself too seriously—spilled milk is actually a good photograph. I know my approach works as I’ve just spent almost two years watching nearly 30,000 Facebook fans and their families grow right before my eyes. (Some of the kids I saw in the early photographs are now a good head taller.) The quality of work I’ve seen there every day is nothing short of astounding and energizing. I know that my keep it simple, keep it fun, keep it inspiring approach works. Of that, I am supremely confident.
As a subscriber to NK’s Photo Tips you will receive five emails a week—Monday through Friday— that will link you to a single photo tip and an accompanying essay that will elaborate on a very basic photo principle or technique. They will all contain photographs illustrating the point; some will contain short video clips if video can make the point better. On Saturday you’ll receive Nick’s thoughts on a quote from a famous photographer and how it pertains to you. (Cartier-Bresson said your first ten thousand photographs are your worst.) And on Sundays you’ll receive a more inspirational examination of a quote from a famous person who didn’t take pictures for a living but may have been speaking to you about photography without even knowing it. (Helen Keller said the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.)
Every tip will be archived on the website throughout the year so you can always go back to refresh or re-inspire yourself.
For a limited time we are offering Nick Kelsh’s Photo Tips—and everything else on the website—for $19.95. I asked a hundred friends, neighbors, co-workers, clients, etc., how much we should charge for an annual subscription to our site. No one suggested anything under thirty dollars. We are trying to keep the price low enough so everyone is included.
The website is brand spanking new and a work in progress—soon we will have subscriber photo galleries and community forums up and running. But if you take a look around you’ll see that there’s already an amazing amount of content here that is only going to grow like a weed starting in 2012.
I’ve authored nine books. I’ve been on Oprah twice and The Today Show three times. I’ve appeared at Creative Memories national convention in Minneapolis multiple times—last year 120 of the sales incentive winners got to spend a day with, well, me.
My commitment to you is that I will write and photograph my heart out for you. If you are not completely thrilled and delighted with the subscription we will be happy to return your money at anytime during the year.
As you can imagine, like any new business, we are going to need the support of all of our friends world-wide to help make this site thrive and grow. Please share our link with anyone you think may benefit from what we will hope becomes one of the premiere photography websites.
Stay in focus,