2013 Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, kids… the end. This is when nutty photographers and creative artists like myself become more reflective than the gold side of a 5-in-1 Lastolite TriGrip. All this thinking probably stems from our attention deficit-like nature and the inability to be outside playing in the warm light of sunshine. Either way, I’ve taken some time over the past week to really reflect on my craft and my vision so I’m ready to share with all of you my 2013 photography resolutions.

A Recap of the Past Year

Before we dive into my 2013 resolutions, I think it’s valuable to take a look at how well I was able to meet my resolutions for the past year. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Hammer Down (2012) - HDR photo of the interior of a rusted truck

    “Hammer Down” (2012)

    Shoot Less, Shoot Better
    I’m pretty sure this saying is now a cornerstone in the foundation of my photography and always will be. Did I work on it? Most definitely. I took almost 50 percent less photographs this year than I did in 2011, but yielded a lot more portfolio-level work.

  • Keep It Personal
    Unfortunately, I didn’t really pursue this one as much as I would have liked to. While I did limit the amount of unpaid portrait sessions I was doing and focused on more personal projects when I was out shooting, overall I spent more time focused on other priorities in my life: enrolling in graduate school, working on the new house, web design projects, etc.
  • Build a Client & Fan Base
    I will always be working on this one as well, but with less of a “heads on” approach. I find that be more natural, open, honest, and sharing/interacting one-on-one with clients and those I meet at art fairs yields stronger and more reliable relationships overall. I definitely grew my client and fan base this year, but I have ideas on how to expound on those ideas I learned in 2013.
  • Travel
    I am also going to carry this one over in 2013 as I’d like to do more traveling with photography in mind. I was able to travel within the region a decent bit and always took my camera with me plus I scratched three major “travel” items off my bucket list this year: meet Joe McNally, attend Photoshop World, and visit Washington, DC.
  • Experiment
    I am happy to say I was able to expand my knowledge of some photography techniques I hadn’t tried up until this year. While I want to keep on experimenting and exploring my craft, as you’ll see in my resolutions below, I was able to play around with extended shutter speeds and long exposures, capturing streaming water, night photography, and a variety of new post-processing techniques.

New Resolutions for a New Year

Do you hear that drum roll? That must mean it’s time for the main course. So, without further adieu, let’s dive into what I hope to master in 2013.

  • Artsy (2012) - Female model, Kirsten, posing with her dSLR camera

    “Artsy” (2012)

    The blog is almost two years old now as are my social media sites so I’d like to spend the next year focusing in on them. I hope to offer more frequent postings on a variety of photography topics for both photographers and models/clients alike. I am also hoping to better engage my readers and fans with some fun and exciting content including getting my toes wet in the world of video.

  • Travel
    As I said above, I hope to do a little more traveling this year than last year with my eye specifically on places to photograph. This may be tough with my wedding happening in October, but my goal is to visit at least two places that I’ve never been and revisit one that I have.
  • Projects & Concepts
    I had this idea in mind for 2012, but it didn’t pan out as well as I would like so I’m going to challenge myself to developing at least two of my photo shoot concept ideas and start the capture process, if not finish.
  • Workshops
    I planned and executed my first HDR Workshop a few months ago; I loved putting it together so much that I’d like to explore other opportunities to share my love for photography and my passion for teaching with those in the central Illinois area who would like to attend. Stay tuned right here on the site as I will share the details here first!
  • Experiment
    Just like last year, I want to push my boundaries. For Christmas, I received my first film camera: a Diana+ lomography camera. I’m super excited to explore some multiple exposure and pinhole images with that. In addition, I plan on exploring the use of light-painting beyond what I did in 2012. Lastly, I would like to spend some time working on extended exposures and night photography including light trails.

Well, that about wraps it up for me!

Do you have any New Year resolutions for 2013, photography-related or otherwise? Share them in the comments below!

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