Last weekend I went back to Michigan to visit friends and family over the New Years. I was hoping get a little skiing in with my family but as luck would have it decided to rain all weekend. Normally I would be complaining but snow and rain makes for some super cool foggy images. So, I spent the afternoon taking advantage of the conditions. Hope you enjoy…
This past week I’ve been doing some planning for the year ahead. I know the word planning makes most of us reach for the Advil but budgeting our goals can be crucial step towards actually achieving them. Now don’t freak out when you hear the word budget. A budget can be a great thing and to me it means nothing more than prioritizing. We budget (prioritize) our money and our time so why not budget our photography goals?
Creating achievable goals can be fun and very rewarding, but they can be a major downer when they’re not met. That’s why it’s key to create goals that make sense. I’m a big believer in creating S.M.A.R.T. goals, meaning they’re Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Several years ago I began my journey into photography and my number one goal was to create name recognition (read: get noticed). I was realistic from the start — recognizing that my journey was going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. I knew I needed to create specific goals that would guide me or be in line with my mission. Here are a few of those goals that helped me along the way:
A few of my photography goals throughout the years:
1. Take 100 images a week to build my portfolio
2. Take a few photography courses to hone my skills
3. Find a mentor or someone to critique my work (Thanks–David duChemin)
4. Get business cards (yeah…people still use them)
5. Build an easy to navigate website.
6. Start blogging
7. Get a few clients
8. Start using social media to spread the word
9. Read and comment on other people’s blogs weekly
Here are a few of this year’s goals:
1. Create a personal project focusing on black and white studio work
2. Write 2-3 blogs a week
3. Get an article published in Photoshop User, Outdoor Photographer… etc.
4. Continue to work with my valued sponsors to provide my readers with great opportunities.
5. Volunteer my time at the local schools to help promote journalism and photography
I would love to hear about your goals, so if you want drop by the blog and tell me what your number one goal is for 2011.