It’s that time of year, where we reflect on what we did the year before (both good and bad) and we promise ourselves to do better this year. I’m not sure that this is something I want to do this year. I know that there are certain goals I want to accomplish, and I know that there has to be a certain path of decision put into place for me to be able to reach those goals. So I figured I would set myself on this path by doing exactly what I am doing by creating this blog. I am writing my goals down and sharing in hopes that I can refer back to this post if need be during the upcoming year.
I do want to start with a few words that I feel will reflect in my work, my photography, my passion and my path this year. Words that I feel I want to push myself with, and words that I hope can inspire others to do the same in their lives and photography.
The first word I want to share is CHANGE. Change is hard, and I don’t believe that as an artist, we can ever avoid. Change happens to us as we grow, as we learn, as we experiment. 2015 was such an amazing year for me, from winning awards, to being published, to going globally viral overnight.. change happened. I am just now grasping all that changed in me, and in my work. I personally see so much growth in my photography, and I can’t wait to see where this year leads. I hope to learn from this change, and to use it in a way that can improve me as both an artist and as a business owner. The word change has been in the very forefront of my thoughts and I am sure that you will see it brought up a great deal more over the next few weeks and months.
I don’t believe we can avoid changing, but as I reflect back, I am noticing that change is not a negative idea. I will share with you one of the very first maternity sessions I did and then one from my recent photography class at PPA. Change, when handled correctly, can mean a great deal of growth and progress. Looking back now, I’m not ashamed of the first session I did, because at the time I thought that was the best thing ever. I can realize that change for me means that I am improving my art, improving my eye and my passion just expands throughout me during it all.
Early Maternity Portrait
Most Recent Maternity Portrait
The second word that I want to see reflect in my 2016 goals is COMMITMENT. When I think of commitment I believe that it means so much more than what some others might think. I know the first thing that comes to mind is marriage, and the act of staying together. You commit to a marriage, you commit to a relationship. And I agree with this but I want to take it a little further. I want commitment to mean so much more to me than that. I want to commit my sense of purpose to my art, to my portraits, to my work and to my business. I want to commit to improve, to learn and to grow…more than I ever have in the past. I want to commit to ignoring negativity and to helping other photographers do the same. That commitment is something that I want to work on, just as much, if not more than my passion to create.
I believe that I have to commit to accept change, and that the two will work hand in hand together. I feel that I can not have one without the other. How could one every accept to change the way they work or they feel, if there is no commitment attached to accept the change when it happens. I hope that I can show through my work, and through my business, that my commitment to my photography is concrete and secure.
My final word for 2016 is CHALLENGE. Challenge fuels change and requires commitment to fulfill. I personally have challenged myself to grow and to do even more in 2016. I want to compete at a more intense level this year, and to bring home higher scores and higher awards this year. I want to acquire my CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) certificate at PPA in 2017, which will require a great deal of studying and prepping. I want to offer a consistent level of satisfaction with my clients, with the vendors that I work with and with myself. Finally, I want to challenge my peers to do the same.
I hope that you follow along with me this year on my journey. I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be something quite extraordinary.