Resolutions is put in quotes intentionally. I don’t believe setting new years resolutions because they never come to fruition.
I still remember the picture of a Porche 911 hanging in my parents bathroom, my Dad’s “resolution”, he never did get that Porche. But that doesn’t mean I can’t set goals for myself for the new year. As a family we create vision boards, I’m happy to report some of the things on my board did come true in 2015; we took a marvelous vacation, my wardrobe expanded with my “no-jeans” commitment and my income increased.
Last year was a photography low for me, work and life consumed nearly every waking hour of 2015, and I want to change that this year. The entire premise of this blog requires it, Streamlining the daily grind, living for the moment. Looking back, I know that I didn’t spend enough time living for the moment, the lack of photographs proves that. So this year I’ve set some goals.
- Take a Picture a Week
I’ve tried this a gazillion times (okay maybe twice) but this time, I want to get it right. I have the equipment; I just need to make the time. I’m following the Dogwood Photography – 52 Week Photography Challenge and even rallied a couple of friends to participate as well. I’ll be posting my pictures on Instagram and this blog as well.
- Focus on Composition
I’m a cropper; that’s right I will admit it! When taking pictures, especially of kids, I forget to crop my shots in camera and have to do most of it in photoshop. This year I want to focus on cropping in camera and less time editing in Photoshop.
- Try Something New
Being the creature of habit I am, I tend to photograph the same things. This year I want to venture out and capture new locations and things. Road trips here I come…
- Print and Frame My Favorite Photos
Whenever my comes to visit, she always asks where are all the pictures I take of the kids. Sadly they are all on my external drive. This year I want to make a conscious effort to print my pictures and frame them.
- Family Portrait
The last family portrait I have was ages ago, my now 8-year-old was three. It’s definitely time for a new family photo.
- Write a Photography Related E-Book
Yep, again something I’ve been pondering for the past several years.
- Secure Back Up System
My husband has been warning me about this for years. The backup system I have for my pictures is practically non-existent. All of my photos are backed up on several different external drives. I need to create a secure archive of all my images before I loose them all.
- Full Sunlight Portraits
I’ve been shooting long enough to take some time to embrace the sun. When the opportunity presents itself, I will capture portraits in full sunlight and maybe I’ll capture some amazing silhouettes as well.
- Master the Equipment
We always want what we don’t have; it’s our nature, and there is always something new in the photography world. This year I will spend time mastering my equipment unless of course a Lensbaby Composer Pro appears in my possession.
- Share my Work
This year I’m going to post pictures in my 500px account instead of letting it sit idle.