Friday, January 8, 2010

Photography Goals for 2010

I subscribe to a couple of photography newsletters. One recently had a post about 30 photography goals for 2010. Here are just 4 from that list that I hope to do for myself:

1. Smile: Photos in your daily life.

Most New Years resolutions include spending more time with friends and family. Take a photographer’s spin on this one, and make it a priority to take casual photos of your friends and family on a day-to-day basis. Capturing memories for others is commendable, but capturing memories for yourself is priceless.

I pretty much already do this, but I want to keep it a top priority.

2. Compete!

Submitting your photos to competitions is one of the greatest ways to get your photos off your hard drive and into the sights of important judges and industry leaders. Remember, it’s not about who you know, but who knows you!

I hope to enter at least one photograph in the NW Fair this coming August. I don’t know what yet – maybe I have yet to take it! I have no expectations about becoming a professional photographer in any sense of the word, nor do I care about “industry leaders”, but I do think it’d be fun to work towards a photo deserving of entry.

3. Take monthly photo walks

Do you take photos to relax? Sometimes amid the tension of photographing for business, or photographing for development, (or the busy-ness of life) it’s easy to forget the enjoyment of photography. Return to the joy by scheduling an afternoon or an hour to walk through a new town, trail, or area and find inspiration. Your eyes will be opened in a new way, and you will remember the euphoria of creative discovery.

Who wants to join me?

4. Take a workshop

There is no shortage of professional photographers wanting to give back through workshops. You can find workshops of all kinds, levels, and price points. Want to get away for a weekend? Or study at your own pace? You can find a workshop on location or online and continue the transformational journey of your photography in an unforgettable and rewarding way.

Not sure when or where or what yet, but I so enjoyed my class last year, so maybe one per year would be less than excessive…



Rachael said...

Is there a certain book you used with your class that really helped you out? I'd love to take a class but with a baby on the way and a 2 yr old this just isn't the right time in my life for that. Some day I hope to take a class though. Any suggestions?

Melissa said...

I'll join you on a photo walk sometime...normal walks would be good again too ;)

michele said...

I have done photo walks and love them!! I have a lot of families come out for fun photo shoots in the summer and fall and at times I put pressure on myself and the photography becomes more full of expectations than just relaxing. I love it when it can be relaxing... and your post reminded me that another photo walk is in order :)
Great goals!!

Julie said...

Melissa - looks like our walks will have to resume after we get back from California. Did you hear Elise has pneumonia now? But yes, let's do a photo walk. I am longing to it! Michele - I would love to hear some tips from you on your photo shoots with families. Let me know when you do your relaxing photo walk!