We are Half way 2019… Here’s what I’ve done so far!

We are Half way 2019… Here’s what I’ve done so far!

We are officially half way into 2019! how are those New Year’s resolutions working for you?
This year has flown by, so much I haven’t had time to update my blog for a while. But since June is here, I thought it would be meaningful if I did a little accountability post with a resume of some of the things I have done this year since last time I checked in with you here. So here we go!

The most important thing so far is….I switched to Nikon! (YES! and I love it) I was looking to upgrade my old, bulky and outdated Canon 5D Mark II, studied my options and since mid-February, I have been shooting with a glorious mirrorless Nikon Z7. I totally fell in love with this camera and I’m not looking back. I found myself walking around more with my camera just like when I first started photography. It’s like falling in love with my craft all over again and my back is not paying the price anymore. I keep finding new reasons to love this camera every day.

On February 23-24 I held a workshop in Orlando Florida with Clinton Lofthouse about Storytelling and Photoshop Compositing. We had a fantastic group with people coming from as far as Argentina and Hawaii exclusively to assist our workshop!

One of the things I love the most about teaching workshops is making new friends! this group will always have a special place in my heart!

In March I got on a plane and headed to the UK to do one of the most nerve-wracking, rewarding, exciting and empowering things I’ve done so far. Speaking in front of a HUGE crowd at The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK (TWICE!)

It was such an amazing experience for me to get to talk about my passion for photography and photoshop; sharing a few tears with the audience, then a few laughs. It was a real roller coaster of emotions, just like life itself. And it was beautiful! Photography was an emotional outlet for me in the most confusing days of my life, then again in the darkest days of grief, then it turned into the light that I held on to. Being in front of that crowd made me realize photography saved my life and it now fills my life with joy and so much purpose. I cannot express with words what I felt the moment I walked down the stage, so far away from home, feeling all my hard work, my sleepless nights, my tears and my commitment to myself and to my kids was paying off. It was truly a moment I will never forget.

I couldn’t pass the chance to invite my English Photographer friends to join me in the stage as models. Thank you so much, Peter Treadway and David Williams for clowning around for me! I’m so happy I got to share this moment with you!

Thank you so much, Danny Lenihan, and everybody at 3 Legged Thing for sponsoring my talks and inviting me to be part of the Photography Show.

(Photos by Piotr Trumpiel)

Just a week after the Photography Show I headed to Amersham to teach another workshop at Trade Secret Live Studios.

It was another unbelievable experience with a great group of attendees, and we even had a puppy modeling for us!

After the workshop, I headed to Porto, Portugal and Vigo, Spain to meet with part of my family. I fell in love with Porto, and I promised myself I will be back to spend more time in its beautiful streets.


I wasn’t aware of how awkward I looked taking pics until I heard my cousin and brother laughing hysterically behind me and they showed me that picture of me. But well, who cares, it’s all about getting the shot!

Here’s an image I took while walking around with my brother and cousin, that then I turned into an adventure image of my kids.

I was scheduled to lead a Photowalk with Flickr in Paris during my last weekend in Europe, but sadly it was canceled because of the ongoing strikes in the city. Our trains were canceled and we couldn’t find a way to make it happen. I was so heartbroken, I was looking forward to meeting all the amazing photographers who signed up for our walk. Paris has been on my bucket list forever but hopefully, I will make it there soon.

After 20 days in Europe, I came back home to my usual busy schedule, writing my column and reviews for Photoshop User Magazine, creating content for some of my sponsors, and my regular work for clients and of course, my super busy single mom life that I missed so much while I was away.

Lately, my schedule is filled with speaking engagements. Here are some pictures from one I did on May 24th for a fabulous group of photographers I met long ago playing a Photography Scavenger hunt in the old Google Plus days. This community has grown so much in the last few years. What once was just a game, now became a family. They do get together once a year. This year, their meetup was here in Orlando, Florida, and I wasn’t only invited to speak, I was also invited to be a judge of their photography competition. It was a real honor to speak in front of this group of photographers friends who have been so supportive during my career.

And last but not least, Photoshop Wolrd! In the past two years, I have been invited by KelbyOne to create a Photobay for the attendees on the expo floor. I made the commitment with myself last year to create something out of this world amazing,  and when I was invited again this year I got a little antsy because last year was going to be a difficult thing to top. After months of planning, and changing my mind a thousand times, panicking, worrying and getting anxious about this year’s theme, here is what I put together for all the attendees at Photoshop World!

I can proudly say, the theme was a total success! I owe all of this to Randy and Jack Zweifel and Jarred from Spectacular Themes for their support, help, talent, expertise, their friendship and pretty much for putting up with me all this time!  I have to thank my fantastic model/performer Nicole Hays who put an amazing show.

Big Thanks to KelbyOne, 3 Legged things, Spiffy gear, Tether Tools, Wacom, Platypod, and of course Nikon! I feel so much love and gratitude for each one of you who have supported me all this time.

Now off to continue to kick butt in the second half of 2019!



1 Comment
  • Paul Howard
    Posted at 10:07h, 04 June Reply

    Holy moley!! I know there are many who feel exactly the same way, but I have to tell you how happy this all makes me and how proud I am to know you, albeit only virtually so far. While you certainly don’t need accolades from me, I am also very proud to see how much you’ve accomplished in the last few years. I’m bursting for you, Gilmar.
    I wish you nothing but roses and sunshine for the future. Seeing that smile is always a highlight. I love your creations, your creativity, your enthusiasm, and most of all, you. To the moon, m’dear!!!

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