2014 Resolutions

Tierney, playing with hair in an evening dress
Little Big Town on stage at Peoria Civic Center (2013)

Little Big Town (2013)

What would a new year be like without a ritual where we set lofty goals and expectations for ourselves to stave off apathy for a few more weeks than normal? So, with my eyes once again looking to the future and my recipe for freshly baked disappointment already brewing in the pot, it’s time to share my photography resolutions for 2014!

Before we dive in, I want to check the list of 2013 resolutions and see how I fared.

  • Interact/Educate/Update
    I like to be positive so I won’t say this was a total loss. While the blog posts may have been hit or miss at times, I do think that I really did some engaging via other social media platforms.
  • Travel
    My schedule this year didn’t allow for a lot of traveling, but I did visit three brand new places: Chattanooga, Mammoth Cave National Park, and Garden of the Gods. If you count my honeymoon, then there’s four including Cancun, Mexico!
  • Projects & Concepts
    I’m a positive person, but honestly, I didn’t do as much with this as I would have liked.
  • Workshops
    No workshops in 2013, but I did host a very successful photowalk back at Hanna City.
  • Experiment
    Again… schedule was pretty tight so didn’t spend as much time as I wanted. No worries… we’ll get it the next time round.

2014 Resolutions

Well, 2013 wasn’t the best of years for resolutions, but let’s take another stab at it this year! Here we go…

  1. Shoot More
    Unfortunately, 2013 was a “slow” year in term’s of photographs taken; I only captured about 1/3 of what I usually do in a year. This isn’t a bad thing – like the tide, everyone needs a little ebb and flow for balance – but I truly feel like it is time to really get back into my craft and to dive a little deeper this year. Plus… this year, none of the weddings I am attending are my own so my schedule is a little more open.
  2. Sepia tone image of Tierney playing with her hair

    Tierney (2011)

    Edit Less
    In the past, I’ve set a lofty goal for myself of finishing shoot edits within one to two weeks. While I’m pretty good at getting this done for clients and models, when it comes to my own personal work, I suck at it. Case in point… I have some personal images from a wedding I shot in 2010 that I haven’t touched yet.

    The reason for the lag is my slight OCD – I feel like I have to edit every single image and not picking out the best of the best to touch and leaving the others to sit. It’s time for a change and I think I’m going to do just that; force myself to pick only the best and work on those. This should speed things up… right?

  3. Spread the Word
    I really have my heart on expanding my client base and getting some solid paying gigs. I enjoy working with portrait clients so much and I really missed that last year. I also want to look at doing some more in terms of marketing my services, including writing more blog posts for clients and not just for photographers.
  4. Blow Off the Dust
    If you think my editing is slow for personal projects, don’t even ask me about my portfolio galleries. I try to keep my best fine art material available for sale, but when it comes to my portrait galleries, I’m missing years of work that I haven’t had time to upload. Within the next three months, I plan on not only uploading all my updated material, but to really spend some time on refocusing my portfolio to better meet my vision and craft.
  5. Tear It Down
    Not only will I be overhauling my portfolio galleries, but I have looked at new designs for the site over the past few months and I am ready to redesign and revamp the site. I just needed the time and the next few months are looking pretty good. Stay tuned!

2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year so make sure to check back often or use one of our subscribe features to stay up to date on what is happening.

Got a 2014 resolution you want to share? I’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below!

December 2013 Background

Korean War Memorial at Night

Just when I said I was back on the ball, the holidays came rolling around and things have been a little hit or miss around here lately. I hope this finds everyone recovering nicely from a wonderful Christmas season and enjoying whatever gifts Santa may have left under the tree at your house.

Korean War Memorial at Night - December 2013 Background

December 2013 Background

With New Year’s coming up in a few days, it’s time to start looking to the future and making that ever-important list of resolutions to completely ignore… errr… do in 2014. But, as Gomez Addams was so fond of saying, you can’t tackle the new business until you’ve worked through the old business. And today’s business is making sure I give you all a December wallpaper as my holiday gift. And, while I am looking forward to the next year and what it will hold, I also enjoy taking the time to reflect on the past and all the blessings that I’ve received that have brought me to where I am today, including one of my favorite photographic trips… Washington, DC. For anyone who has been there, this month’s free wallpaper download should look pretty familiar. If you ever find yourself in the nation’s capital, I strongly urge you to take a late night walk among the monuments and memorials, especially the Korean War Memorial. Everything around the city is impressive during the day, but it is truly breathtaking at night. You might even catch a glimpse of a ghostly figure or two…

Free Background Downloads

Sam & Nick – Wedding Photography

There’s nothing like the view from the middle of something; while most folks might say it’s better to see things from one side or another, being in the middle adds a perspective few truly treasure the way I have. In my family, I sit right smack in the middle of my cousins; I’m the eldest on my mom’s side and the youngest on my dad’s.

As an only child, I often looked to my cousins as my brothers and sisters, especially on my mom’s side. There’s an obligation or unwritten responsibility for someone who is the eldest to “lead” and guide the rest of the group, and with my cousins, this is no different, even to this day. I’ve always looked at the cousins on my mom’s side as my little brothers and sisters. And, growing up, every leader needed a trusted sidekick and that was Samantha, the eldest cousin behind me. As Forrest Gump might say, “we was like peas and carrots” growing up.

I’ve watched Sam struggle with a number of issues to find herself and her place in this world over the past decade and she has overcome a lot to finally get to a place where she wanted. One of the main reasons for this was a boy named Nick, who she met a few years back. He has not only been an amazing companion and a loving partner to Sam, but they strive to make sure each one betters the others life every single day, and that’s something truly magical.

So, when she told me they were getting married, and asked if I would be their photographer, I jumped at the chance. They got married back in August of this year on a gorgeous sunny day in eastern Ohio. I was glad to make the trek out to see my family and enjoy this blessed day with them. The ceremony was held at a local botanical gardens, which was beautiful, and then the reception was a low-key casual cookout style at a local park pavilion… just right for these two.

So, here are 25 of my favorite images from the day… let me know what you think in the comments below!

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