Come the New Year I like to set goals for all areas of my life and this year a huge part of my life is Photography. I finally have a hobby…maybe more? Time will tell but at any rate, I am feeling the need to set a few goals that I can focus on in 2012….no pun intended. The only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice. So if I can draw your attention to my fancy new and improved tab bar you will see your one stop shop for all my photography practice and I hope that you will journey with me.
In late January, Audrey (the name I gave to my first…and only DSLR camera) and I will have our first anniversary. I bought her on whim and you can read about how we met here.
Since then, we have gotten along beautifully and she has, not only produced beautiful images but opened up many opportunities.
Here are just a few of the goals that I have set for 2012.
1. Do one stylized shoot per month. I don’t have any trouble pulling out my camera daily but I often end up shooting the same thing over and over – Jakob in a swing, Ella on a slide, Jakob drinking hot chocolate, Ella eating Ice Cream…you get the picture? I need to expand my horizons and get some more diverse experience with people other than my immediate family.
2. Tag Along on a shoot with a professional photographer. I am hoping I will be able to find a photographer so willing but there are few here in the UK whose style I really resonate with….but then again, maybe it doesn’t matter.
3. By the end of 2012 have a website. I am pretty sure that given the opportunity to make a little money off my photography, I would take it (as long as it fit into my existing lifestyle where I am wife and mother first, photographer, second), but it is hard to get the business when you have nothing to show. While I have LOTS of photos on my blog, I would like a place where I can showcase the best of the best. That being said, I have been giving some serious thought to branding. The problem-I don’t have one. I shoot what I shoot and play around with post processing styles and techniques. Which leads me to goal #4
4. Have a brand. If I really want to go ahead with photography and make it something more than a hobby I want to carve out a place in the market that is just for me. I can honestly say, I am not cut out to be a wedding photographer so what that place looks like is still a mystery.
My list is not limited to these 4 goals, but its a start. And now I will leave you with a few images from my latest mini-shoots staring none other than Jakob and Ella.