I have branched off in my lighting techniques and started to stray away from "safe" lighting in order to get more dynamic and exciting lighting. I may have failed in some instances, but I at least tried. From those failures, I have learned and improved. I have many lighting set ups and images that I am proud of how they turned out.
I've previsualized many different concepts. I have found that thinking about the image before snapping it has greatly improved my work.
I have had ups and downs this year with studio closings, scrambling and researching new studios, dealing with unethical studio owners or clients, and doubting if i should continue in the industry. However, the good far outweighed the bad. If I had three bad experiences, I had 100 great experiences that should not be over looked. Sadly, the number of bad experiences are less, but those seem to be the experiences that stick in our minds. Let's look at the good. I have:
- become an agency approved photographer
- met numerous creatives
- made many new friends
- begun new collaborations
- found my passion and creative expression
- continued friendships and collaborations
- improved my technique and efficiency
The list could continue forever, but I don't want this post to become too narcissistic.
What can you expect from me in the coming year?
- more creative collaborations and concepts
- more creative portraits with clients
- expanding to other themes, not just portraiture
- cut back on workshops so I can concentrate on personal concepts
- more posts helping you improve your own creativity
- as always, professionalism
What are your photography goals for the new year?
- Try a new style of photography?
- Purchase new equipment?
- Learn new techniques?
- Create more family images and memories?
- Go on a photo walk?
Whatever your goals may be, i wish you much success and happiness in what you set your mind and heart to doing in the upcoming year.
Happy New Year!