Are you looking to improve your photography? Then one great way to do that is to write down your goals. I’m a firm believer in making goals and writing them down. There is something to be said about writing down you goals that make them stick with you. I encourage you to write your goals down, either in a blog post, or even better, on a piece of paper and stick it somewhere you can it each day, by the computer, bathroom mirror or kitchen sink.
Ever since I started this blog, I have made photography goals each year. A lot of them stay the same but I try to add new ones each year. Below is my list of photography goals for 2014.
1. Complete a Project 365
I have said this every year since I completed my first one in 2010. I have failed each year after that but this is my year. I miss shooting daily, and though it is a pain in the rear sometimes, I notice a growth in my photography when I shoot daily, even if it is only for 30 days.
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2. Take monthly pictures of my 3 girls
I started this last year and am so glad I did. I used to be so worried about them ONLY having pictures of them together that I ended up not taking many of all 3. Plus, let’s be honest, trying to get a photo of 3 kids 6 and under is a challenge in and of it’s self. But now, how I have a selection of images of my girls together. Part of the reason I have been able to keep up with this goal is because I’m in a blog circle where we write monthly letters to our children. In my letter, I post my image of all 3 girls and write to all of them.
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3. Edit daily
I say this each year and again, since 2011 I have failed miserably. I’m so behind on editing my photos and I need to get better. My goal is to sit down and edit my images that I take as soon as I upload them. I will set the timer for 15 minutes and hopefully be able to finish them all. If I finish early, I will go back to 2012 and try to catch up on those with my left over time.
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4. Apply for CMPro
This is another one I have said for several years. I’m hoping with shooting daily again I will be able to find 150 images that I love to use in my application. Plus, I’m pretty sure my friend Amber may fly back from Korea and beat me up if I don’t apply this year ;)
5. Write another ebook
I had a love/hate relationship with writing my first ebook. Turns out I’m a procrastinator (not that that is a surprise). I already have plans for two other ebook ideas. Excited to work on my first one in a few weeks when things settle down.
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6. Print my 365 images in my Project Life Album
I want to have all the single images I choose for my Project 365 in one place. I figure printing them as 4×6 and placing them in the Project Life album with a little handwritten note about the photo will be a fun way to keep up with it. That way my photos are getting printed and the girls can look at them as we go. I hope to print a month’s worth on the last day of each month.
7. Organize the additional images in a Blurb book, either weekly or monthly
I had the pleasure of taking one of the Photo Book workshops offered by Stacey Wiseman. I have all the tools to create my own layouts for Blurb and I hope to take all the edited photos from the month and place them in the template. That way at the end of the year, I can print our 2014 album with all our images and stories.
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8. Monthly photo of me
I am a firm believer of getting in front of the camera. Some months I get in with all the girls, or maybe just one of them. Some months I may just choose to do an individual self portrait. Either way, at the end of the year there will be at least 12 photos of me. My goal is to take them on the 26th (the date of my birthday) that way I have a date each month that I know I need to do my photo.
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9. 30 day in June
If for some reason I end up quitting my 365 (and I hope I don’t) then I will do a 30 day project in June. I did this last year and plan to do it each year. I want to have a month long project that shows our everyday. It will be fun to look back on our month of June over the years and see how things have changed. I choose June because that is my birthday month but you can choose any month to be your month. The key is picking up the camera to capture your life one month a year.
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10. Day in the Life of for myself and each child
During the birthday month of each of my children I want to do a one day Day in the life of project. This will be a fun way to focus on that child and what a typical day at that age looks like. Again, another project that I think will be fun to look back at in 20 years.
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11. Create an Instagram project
My husband suggested a few months ago that I should start an IG project where I photograph the American flag as I see it on different days. I love first off that he even thought of a photography project for me but it really got me thinking how fun it would be to focus on one subject for a year. I see the American flag all over the place so as soon as I come up with a catch hashtag I will start that. It won’t be a daily photo but more when I see the subject then I’ll snap a photo. Feel free to leave hashtag ideas in the comments for that project.
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Photography goals from 2013
As I mentioned earlier I create goals each year. I know that I will probably fail at some of these goals but I’ll never know unless I try. A few people have asked me to share which goals I was able to keep with last year. So here is a break down of my photography goals from 2013.
1. Stay on top of editing and printing. Nope
2. Edit and print 2012 photos. I wish, notice this as another goal this year. Someday I’ll do it ;)
3. Complete another Project 365. Nope
4. Learn to use my ExpoDisc and nail white balance. Yes, for the most part :)
5. Find my style. I’m getting there :)
6. Re-do past workshops and ebooks. I tried to do one and that was fun :)
7. Photograph the kids together. YES :)
8. Continue to do self portraits. Not as many as I had hoped.
9. Continue to shoot for me. YES :)
10. Create a portfolio. Nope, not even close.