February 16th, 2010
Last year I took a lot of time to design a beautiful document in InDesign for my new years resolutions. Naturally it was shredded by one of my cat before even two weeks went by–but fortunately, I remembered the resolutions I had crafted, and shockingly, I fulfilled nearly all of them. Last year was proof that if you set goals for yourself, dare to dream and work hard to achieve them, you actually CAN. Imagine that.
It has proven difficult to not hold myself to impossibly high standards this year, though, because of last year’s success. I have a tendency to fall into the all-or-nothing trap, and its of vital importance that I avoid it this yera, the year where I really need to keep my momentum and build on it.
So, in light of all these things, plus the desire to begin holding myself publicly accountable for what I say and do, I decided to write out my resolutions here. Hopefully my progress towards them will be obvious and documented through photos, links and whatnot.
So, that was written nearly a year ago now. Obviously I either decided it was better to keep my resolutions to myself, or I was too lazy / busy / scared to write them down. In reality, its likely a combination of the three, but now its just embarrassing. This year’s motto is a continuation of last year’s — No Excuses — because I haven’t learned these lessons well enough yet.
I have to admit that I did accomplish a great deal last year, though, even if it was a year of extreme ups & downs:
- I photographed two weddings, both of which were gorgeous, amazing, and yielded fantastic photos.
- I shot both the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the Treasure Island Music Festival
- On my birthday in June, I danced on stage with My First Earthquake
- I shot my first official promo photos, for bay area band Glaciers, & one of the photos was used on SFGate.com
- Just before the end of the year, I was commissioned to shoot the band Girls for an upcoming full-page photo in NME Magazine
- My photography was used in many pieces of promotional material for bands in the bay area
- I have now been paid for several photography gigs (a relative rarity, given my band-to-wedding ratio)
I am really proud of myself for accomplishing what I did last year.
And yet, there is no way I can be satisfied. I must push on. There is so much more I want to accomplish, and in 2011 I hope to make more progress, even more progress than I did this year. I am really determined to make headway, and push myself to break through the barriers I create for myself.
Here are a few things I would like to accomplish professionally in 2011:
- First or second shoot 5 weddings
- Revise my business plan for a future involving full-time photography
- Shoot at least 5 bands (promo shots, not live)
- Push myself to seek out new opportunities in music photography & not get stuck in a rut
- Continue to market myself, but hone my technique (and become more professional)
- Update my blog in a timely fashion, stay caught up & gain a wider audience
- Update my website & gain a wider audience for it, as well
- Never stop learning, never stop wanting to be better, never stop striving for more
- Buy an external flash
- Continue to find the so very elusive work-home balance.
These are just a few of the important things I am working toward in 2011.
What about you? What are your professional resolutions for the new year?