I don’t know about you, but my 2019 was really damn long. Not in a bad way– it’s just that so much happened. I started a new job, I did a huge rebrand with Launch Your Daydream, I got major surgery, we lost two of Brandon’s grandparents, our cat nearly died, my hand started falling apart, and I got to photograph some amazing, beautiful, sweet people. My skills in photography and photo editing have certainly improved, but not without a lot of mistakes and embarrassment on my end.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned:
- Proper editing for my style.
- How to use manual off-camera flash.
- That I like wide angle lenses.
- I can’t shoot a dance floor without flash. Period. Buck up.
- To embrace the chaos of children.
- Canon and Nikon are not interchangeable.
- I’m a prime lens photographer, through and through.
- Doing photography even as a part time and supplemental business is EXPENSIVE and I need to be charging accordingly.
- I have serious impulse control issues.
Here’s what I’m working on in the new year:
- Following creative urges.
- Improving my client experience.
- My confidence during group portraits.
- Embracing my style and leaning into it rather than experimenting constantly.
- Establishing clear expectations for wedding photography with my clients & following through with those expectations. Not because clients haven’t been happy, but I basically have a panic attack after every gallery I send until I hear back. What if I didn’t take enough _____ kind of photos? This is easy to fix if I establish our expectations.
My 18/19 goal was to book 10 weddings. I did it! My 19/20 goal is to book 15 weddings & improve my client experience. We’ll see how it goes!
Finally, here are my 12 favorite photos of the past 12 months. In reflecting on them, they’re often the shots that happened unexpectedly. If a shoot isn’t in here it isn’t because I didn’t LOVE it– I just forced myself to cut my work down to twelve images that I think helped to and do define my style.
Thanks for reading. I’ll see you next week!