new year | new photography goals

I mentioned in a post earlier this week about not falling into the resolutions trap every year. I set out some mini goals for myself ~ things that were easily attainable and wouldn’t make me feel horrible if I couldn’t reach them.

I decided I needed a bit more organization on the home front, specifically in the laundry and bill-paying department. Bills are funny to me because I have such a love-hate relationship with them. I hate being “in charge” of the finances, making sure they are paid, feeling guilty if I spend a little too much fun money when I shouldn’t be. At least once a month, Vin realizes this and offers to take over. And 99.999% of me wants to throw everything at him and yell “Alrighty then!” But there’s a controlling part to me (a rather large part if I’m being honest) and I simply cannot. give. up. control. Ah! I decided I needed to do our banking at least every other night just to keep tabs on everything. AND… and… I have a neat-o new spiral notebook. You know how some people use a nice, old fashioned check register? Yeah not us. I have an 8.5 x 11 inch BOOK! But I must say, it’s totally working and already making me feel more in control and level-headed about spending and hopefully, saving. It’s something small but it’s already making me feel better.

I’ve also been ridiculously fairly on top of the wash (if I was a superstitious person I’d say “Jinx!” here but since I’m not…) My problem is that I let everything spiral out of control a little too quickly and then I need a giant pile of time and energy to get back on track again. I figure if I do a little each day (or, every other day because lets get real here), it won’t have time to spiral out of control.

And so by making these simple changes, I already feel more at peace with household “stuff” and that’s leaving my creative brain free to daydream up new ideas & projects.

I decided in early December that I wouldn’t be doing Project 365 again this year. I successfully completed it in both 2009 and 2010 but I need a break. Big time. And do you know what? I am so relieved. I truly, honestly am. There have been a handful of times already in the past few days where I’ve started to get up to take a picture because there are times during P365 when you feel you have to and… I get to sit back down again. No more forced pictures or filler photos just to get the project done. Now it’s back to photographs when I want and how I want. No pressure. And I seriously LOVE it!

I thought bout participating in Project 52, which is one photo a week for the entire year. Much less pressure than P365 but I am not sure if I’m 100% committed at this point. Looks like I’ll need to decide soon!  I told my husband that I could probably try to focus on a picture of all three kids once a week and then I squashed that idea as quickly as I dreamed it up. What a way to take a simple project and make it a huge chore huh?

So it was back to the drawing board for me and it was then that I remember a really fun photo project that my friend Michelle did last year. It’s called 64 Colors and it’s oh-so fun! Basically, it’s a color challenge for every color crayon in a box of 64 Crayolas. Isn’t that awesome?! (And yes, I totally bought myself a new box of crayons and came home to organize them by color shade – see above).

I have no idea how I am going to start. There are two ways: 1) I can scroll through old Blog entries starting here and work forward or 2) I can run down the alphabetized color list and work that way. I am leaning toward option 1 but I’ll give myself a few more days to decide.

Through this challenge I am hoping to push myself creatively and think even more outside the box than I usually do. I want to try new stuff with my camera play with my lenses and just have fun. Don’t get me wrong: I had tons of fun with my photography in 2010. In fact, probably the most fun I’ve had to date. But in 2011, I am going to reach even higher. I also seem to do best when I hold myself accountable in some way, so along with keeping my FB page updated and active, I created a brand new FlickR for my personal photos. (I’ll link it up once it’s ready to go!)

I’m really looking forward to the next few days. I have a new backdrop being delivered along with a new light and a small umbrella that will hopefully help with some more in-home studio work. We got more snow today and we’re slated for even more next week! How does that fit in with the equipment talk? Well, I rented a macro lens to arrive in between both storms and I am really hoping to maybe get some of those glorious snowflake macros. *fingers crossed* I also have an in-home session with a super-sassy little lady this weekend and I can’t wait to see what we do. She oozes personality in every photo I’ve seen of her so I’m excited! Plus I have two newborn baby girl sessions next week. I never dreamed I would be so busy so soon in the New Year but I am loving it and feeling so very gracious and fortunate.

Here are two picture of my sweet Grace rocking her very first braids. :)

Have a lovely weekend!






2 responses to “new year | new photography goals”

  1. Melissa Ives Avatar
    Melissa Ives

    Maybe I’ll work on that laundry with you…I get so on top of things, then people insist on wearing clothes and it all starts over again! I mean, is it so hard to go without a couple days so I feel good about myself?

  2. Debbie Avatar

    I like the 64 color idea…cute! I gave up P365 too, I don’t think people realize just how hard it is! I opted for the Project 52 with prompts, I am doing 2 photos a week. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

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