New Year, Time For New Goals! (And a recap of 2014)

At the beginning of 2014, I set some goals for myself. I even attempted to get organized by using Evernote to jot down all of my goals.  That lasted, well... until 1/12/14 according to the last time that particular Evernote notebook was updated. <sigh> I make no warranties explicit or implied that I'm ever anything but a little bit disorganized. Notably missing from the list of goals was, "Get more organized." I mean, let's be reasonable here. Goals need to be attainable :).

I generally don't like the term "resolutions." I "resolve" to do this. Blah. Not sure why. It's just never been my thing. Let's just set a goal and do it. "I'm going to run more." That's a BS resolution. More isn't quantifiable. More than what? I could run once and it'd be "more" than last year.

Set goals for yourself that you're passionate about, that you'll pursue with reckless abandon. Set goals that are so meaningful that you can't help but to remember them. If you have goals that are things you've gotta do, but don't want to, then be reasonable about it. I need to lower my cholesterol. I'm pretty well screwed because of my genes, but I'd like to put of statins as long as possible. 2015 I'm going to see if I can care enough about my health to remember to eat right. I may even try and run a 5k by the spring. <shudder> I'm not going to tell myself that I'm going to run a marathon in February though. 

(However, if you want to read about someone that says, "Screw reasonable goals. I'm going to mow down your reasonable goals, chew them up, and spit them out at the Chicago Marathon finish line as I nurse my broken ankle," read THIS)

Looking back at this year, here we go. In no particular order, as of Evernote on 1/12/14, the goals for the year were to shoot / do / accomplish:

  • Day of the dead, location portraits, fast, light, PJ style (Originally I wanted to tote a light)
  • Build basement studio
  • Portraits of friend(s) in basement studio
  • Branding / Logo (Shoutout to talented designer and art director Umair Khan for his awesome services)
  • New Website with new branding
  • Blog
  • Friend Anne Terry with son playing organ (missed this one)
  • Cayenne Creative staff portraits
  • Opera Birmingham Cast Portraits in Costume - Pagliacci
  • Opera Birmingham Cast Portraits in costume - Suor Angelicca / Rigoletto
  • Twelve portfolio ready pieces

Despite my disorganization (and never revisiting Evernote for, oh, 353 days), I somehow managed to keep my goals in mind, because I wanted every. single. one. of them. I hit 10 out of 11. 91%, a solid A-. That's better than I managed to do in most classes in college. (Or high school for that matter.)

On the flip side though, I also feel like I had a pretty low set of expectations for myself, given 365 days to work on them. My buddy Chuck said that he reshot his entire portfolio in 6 weeks. SIX WEEKS. I was hoping for 12 perfect shots in a year. Yikes. Ok, finishing out a studio all by myself (with a big shoutout to Cory Casella of One Liner Artwork for assistance hanging the door) was no small task. I feel pretty damn good about that one.

For 2015, I'm going to try and shoot more, produce more portfolio ready work. 2014 was a year of groundwork, housekeeping, investment. Here's to 2015 being a year of production, output, and artistic growth. We'll see. I've just gotta get my ass in gear and set those goals!

Last, but certainly not least, but seriously, dead last, is the portrait I shot over last weekend. The goal of finishing the studio and shooting portraits in it culminated on Saturday afternoon when close friend, gifted writer, and all around quick wit Megan Roth stopped in for a visit. It's always good to catch up with old friends, and even better when it's been over 1,400 days since you've been in the same town with one another. Megan was the first portrait subject I shot in college, while she was dating one of my roommates. We shared a rather irreverent sense of humor about PoMo artistic interpretation, and did some totally tongue in cheek portraits that actually landed those photos in my first gallery showing.

Fast forward to now, and she's a published writer, law student, runner, and all around great friend who, in the big picture of my time as a photographer, I think was a very fitting first subject to shoot in the studio. 

Cheers to 2014, and here's to a great 2015 to all my readers!