2012 Goals to finish out December strongly
December 22 to 31
22. Volunteer my time and talents more.
I would like to start this goal by volunteering at a nursing home or assisted living home. There are so many people out there with amazing lives and stories and with no one to listen to them – I want to be that person, to share with them and to learn from them.
23. Take more night shots.
I haven’t taken as many night shots as I would like (and should) A big piece of that is my tripod . I love my tripod and use it… when I have it. What I need to do is make more of a conscience effort to have it with me more frequently. Another big piece is that I need to have a control for my camera, so that I’m not touching it at all for night shots (and creating blur)
24. Take more self-portraits.
I love being the person behind the camera and capturing moments and stories, but sometimes I forget to grab a shot of me when I’m doing cool things. I need to make more of a point of capturing not only my stories from behind the lens, but also of me in front of the lens- becoming a part of the picture!
Merry Christmas! 25. Always be me – Be true to myself!
Shockingly, I have struggled with this, especially in 2010 and 2011, so 2012 is the year of new beginnings and of making sure I am true to me. This is one of the reasons that I’ve decided to pursue photography on a full time basis- it is what I love, my passion, and who I am.
26. Blog more about the little things.
Everyone can go to a big city and be a tourist, but not many people make it to the small, hole in the wall Chorrillana “restaurant” in Chile or the little church in the town of 80 in Minnesota – these are the stories I need to tell more often.
27. Take more risks.
Nothing ever happens and no one ever gets ahead without risk. I don’t mean dangerous-to-my-health risk, but rather risk of the unknown. Seeing and embracing my fear of that unknown, and then moving forward in spite of it (or because of it).
28. Put at least one ad on my blog.
So many blogs have ads these days, that I don’t think that having a few will detract from the blog. Through my MatadorU courses I am learning about creating a media kit and the like, so that will help me step out into that unknown realm of life.
29. Get a paid photography assignment.
In order to do this I will need to get into a completely different mind-set and start talking with editors with different publications and pitching some ideas.
30. Travel somewhere completely unexpected.
I think this one will be more in line with a small town far from anywhere I’ve ever gone, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I will definitely blog about it for you, though!
31. Enjoy photography every minute of every day!
I get a lot of joy and feel a lot of freedom with photography. Sometimes business and work stresses can get in the way of that joy. I will always enjoy it, if I make sure to make time for photography that I do just for me and keep in mind what it fundamentally means to me.