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Kathy Siler for President

Apr 6

In On Location, Thoughts at 5:26pm

I know it’s dangerous to take an ostensibly photo oriented blog into politics, especially with the current messy state of affairs we find ourselves in, but I think I have a great idea here. (Photo by Brad Moore)

Obama-mania is careening around the country, and the Hil-Billy circus is like watching a What’s-Behind-Door-Number-Three game show, and amidst all the hucksterism McCain is trying to appear presidential, though that’s hardly advisable given the current state of disrepair of the highest office of the land. His people might better counsel him to try appearing more like, say, a carnival barker, so he can make as much noise as the Dems.

I’m just leaving Tampa/Orlando, heading to New Mexico, Land of Enchantment, pueblo architecture, bleached cow skulls hanging above every fireplace (This is attractive?) tacos and wind chimes. (The southwest serenity scene is cool and all, but honestly, after about a week or so down there, if I hear another frikkin’ wind chime I tend to be tempted to get a sawed off shot gun and give it some special air mail. Must be 30 years around New York, I guess. Is the fact I’d rather hear a taxi horn than a wind chime weird?)

Oh well, it’s a great place, and I love to go down there, as I often do to teach at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Beautiful place, and great people, and I’ve been blessed to work with a bunch of them, as I’m about to again this week, shooting on location in SF for another Kelby Online Training video. More on that tk.

Anway, the deal is I’m flying away from Photoshop World. What a great week! Talk about terrific people. Never met a more congenial, enthusiastic group. Did a couple classes, and ran around crazy busy, which was great except for the constant pangs caused by running past the doors to classes where cool stuff I need to know was being taught by great instructors and I couldn’t manage to go. There is such talent hovering around in the instructor’s room I was hoping to just go up to them and do a Vulcan mind meld, given the Star Trek theme this year. I mean, you got Scott Kelby, whose particular genius started the whole shebang, and Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, that sexy Klingon RC Concepcion (RC, shoulda given you a solo bit….”I’m Too Sexy for My Phaser, too sexy for my phaser, too sexy for my phaser…”)

And Ben Willmore, Terry White, Moose Peterson, Corey Barker, and on and on……..just crazy.

And guess who makes it all happen? Kathy Siler. She pulls together the whole deal, gets everything done, schedules stuff, puts out fires, spins the wheels, works an absurd amount of hours and somehow floats through the hallways looking like she just had a spa day. I mean, there’s not a hair out of place, and every problem is greeted with the warmest of smiles, the serenity of a bhagwan, and the confidence of a Navy Seal. Unflappable, in a word.

The problems vanish. The thing runs smoothly, and the thing in question of course is Photoshop World, this conference of over 2000 rambunctiously creative folks, many of whom are involved in photography, which means the whole deal is inclined to behave like an overlarge pre-k class. And she keeps the whole thing on time and on the rails. Amazing.

Hence my write in vote. She probably doesn’t want the job, cause she seems pretty happy working for NAPP and all. But I tell ya, we need help out here.

Moose Peterson says:

on April 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm

I 2nd that vote!

Terry White says:

on April 6, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Kathy definitely gets my vote! Great seeing you Joe. Thanks for all your teaching and expertise. You’re an inspiration.

Skunkabilly says:

on April 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm


Don’t forget the green chili.

So do you officially endorse Kathy Siler? Funny, I was going to write in you and David Hobby.

Rob says:

on April 7, 2008 at 7:23 am

Hey Joe
Great post, but hey lets not confuse Star Trek, with the mighty Star Wars. There are no Vulcans and Klingons in the Star Wars Universe. By the way I saw your video on Youtube photographing the Empire State building lights, unbelievable, you have the dream job. Thank you are an amazing inspiration.


Paul Michael Kane says:

on April 7, 2008 at 7:58 am

Joe . . .

Attended several of your classes at Photoshop World – I was the guy you threw the SB-800 to and actually caught it! Again, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your book, your blog and now your classes . . . your presentation at The Art of Digital Photography night was just amazing . . . Thanks again!

Paul Michael Kane

Bob Siler says:

on April 7, 2008 at 10:17 am


My wife Kathy won’t be running for president anytime soon. She has way too much fun hanging around with all you instructors. She tells me it is a lot like herding cats when she goes to these conferences, but wouldn’t trade it for anything else. BTW : where are you and Annie eating breakfast in New Mexico?

B Siler

Joe McNally says:

on April 7, 2008 at 10:59 am

Dang…Annie’s at the Masters in Ga. and I’m out here with the cacti….We’re thinking about surprising you guys someday and just showing up at your place in the morning sometime! Best, Joe

Sheldon says:

on April 7, 2008 at 12:59 pm

We definitely need someone that is better than the current three.

Great stuff last week, and thank you for the classes.

Josh Bradley says:

on April 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm

She’s got my vote!!!

Bob DeChiara says:

on April 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Hey Joe, fantastic job last week…I caught most of your classes, bought your book (half way through reading it), and was fortunate enough to get it signed by you.

I hope you are planning to attend the next PSW in Boston, if so drinks on me for the week!

Annie is at the Masters? Working? Lucky devil. Have fun with the cacti.


Aaron Mahler says:

on April 8, 2008 at 8:16 am

That Kelby’s infamous temporary scooter she’s sitting on? :)

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Tom Shue says:

on August 14, 2010 at 4:00 am

Well I have to agree, Maybe next time. I just briefly met her and She changed my life, (along with Scot Kelby of course) I get a chance to be a little part of the team and work at PSW as an Instructor assistant. WOW I am so excited. Thanks Kathy! You really made my Year!

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