Inevitably with each new year comes a need or desire for change. There’s a charge of motivation to make the new year better than the last. With my photography I’ve always strived to be better than I was yesterday. Once I’m done editing and delivering a shoot (and criticizing myself) I’m ready to conquer the next.
There isn’t a shoot that I’m ever 100% happy with. EVER. It’s not the client’s fault and they never know. They love the images and move on. I am my worst critic. Hands down. Thank the Lord I have people around me to motivate me and tell me how great my images are.
It’s a long road to reach the point in my career where I can say… “Okay I’m really good.”
My area is saturated with photographers and it seems a new one pops up every week or so. Someone got a new camera and here they come with their portfolio building prices and mediocre work. I can dog em because at one point I was one! Okay! I do believe my work is better than theirs. I think it’s okay to admit that. Is it so much better though that a mom wants to book me for 3x’s the price….<insert inner struggle>. If you ask my loving man he’ll say it absolutely is, plus more.
Here’s where I’m at with it all.
2013 will be MY year!! I feel it’s going to be a lot of stepping out of my comfort zone to find what I really LOVE to photograph. I will set myself apart from the crowd and be a photographer that people can’t wait to book a session with. I love making people happy! I feel like it’s all been just okay so far. Being just okay isn’t going to cut it this year. My sessions will start to become more of an experience than just a photo shoot. I’m not sure if my little area is ready for this but I’m going to give it my absolute all.
I love taking pictures too much just to have a mediocre business. I do. I flippin love taking pictures!!! haha You know what else I love to do…being creative. So look for more stylized shoots. Not meaning more props. I’ve always been a minimalist on props. What I mean is more planning. More discussing wardrobe and locations. I’ll include make-up and hair. I’m teaming up with an amazing make-up artist and I can’t wait for it to really get going!!
As we speak my senior package is changing. Any one can take a girl out on location and snap some great photos of her and then take her money. I want to give her an experience she can’t wait to tell all her friends about. I want her to feel like the super model she is.
I’m going to continue to learn. Online workshops, tutorials, blogs, magazines, trial and error, it’s getting in my brain.
My biggest and most ambitious goal will be to have a studio space. I feel like I’m missing out on meeting new clients by not having a professional place where they can stop by and see my work. Also, my newborn sessions really really need this. I adore taking newborn photos and it’s really been slow for now. I can shoot in people’s homes and it works. It’d just be better to have a studio set up.
Anyway I felt like I needed to get this out there for it to be real. Also, for you all – my potential and current clients – to know what’s in store. I hope you are as excited as I am. Hey and if you have any thing that you’d love to see me do or add to my sessions feel free to let me know!!
Happy 2013 to you all!!!