To start, 2016 has been a wonderful year of intense personal and professional growth.
I know 2017 will be better.
As we all are setting goals for the new year, I took a moment to think about some of the things I want to change…make better…grow in…develop and work on…
…my aspirations for 2017.
&, photography is only one part of my life.
Though, it’s obvious that it happens to be a huge part.
I always tell people that they need to do what they love. What makes you happiest? What’s your dream job? What is it that makes you EXCITED to get out of bed in the morning? & what’s stopping you from doing that every day?
I ask myself these questions and 2016 has been a great teacher in providing answers.
What makes me happiest?
(other than photography)
It’s easy to forget when they occasionally annoy you. It’s easy to forget when you get caught up in this thing called life and don’t make time. But family is so important.
She’s a Labrador and golden retriever mix. At 11 years old, watching her run around the house, chasing the red laser dot with her puppy ears and glistening light brown eyes… I can’t help but smile.
My family and a few of my friends know this…but I don’t share this part of myself with everyone. I love to sing. I love music, equally as much as photography. I spend an excessive amount of time searching for new artists…
I love the concept of falling in love. I love seeing two people who met out of almost 7.5 billion people in the world, fall in love. I love meeting families full of lovey chaos. I love being able to make people feel loved and cared for.
When I was in high school, I used to dream about flying on a plane and going to another country. In 2016, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot destination sessions in California and Nashville, and a destination wedding in Montana... & I’m always planning another trip. I get anxious for the need to go somewhere and I love when clients do too.
Those are just a few.
So, here are some changes I’m going to make in the new year!
Specialize in intimate outdoor weddings & elopements
One of the most valuable things 2016 has shown me is that I love shooting in intimate settings with a small to medium amount of people. Some of my favorite work in 2016 was an intimate outdoor wedding in Montana. The outdoors never fails to inspire me. This year, I am specializing in intimate outdoor weddings and elopements.
(for past clients and specific situations, I’ll make an exception and shoot a family or senior session. My lifestyle photography blog can be found HERE.)
Putting more of myself into every session and wedding
I want to pour myself into every session and wedding I do, which is why I am taking on less and focusing on such a specific genre. I can create my best work this way.
This year, I am going to begin including video in my website, blog posts, social media and sessions. It’s going to be a process, but 2016 has ignited a passion for video that I can’t wait to begin implementing.
I get questions all the time from people about photography. I’d like to launch a mini-series for those who are getting started and need a push…things that you might not learn in photography school. & maybe, a workshop for those who want to get serious! (If you are interested in a workshop, contact me here and I will email you if one becomes available to reserve your seat!)
Yes, I'm adding reading to my arsenal of 2017 changes! I read a few books in 2016, but not as much as I'd like. Yesterday, I purchased 4 books to start off the year with. I'm currently reading "the dip," by Seth Godin, author of "Purple Cow," another great read about standing out in today's world.
A huge change I am making is graduating college. Going to school full time and running a business can be difficult...and I'm thankful that I will be graduating and pursuing my dream full time!
I'm currently booking a limited number of 2017 weddings | Reserve your date