Saturday, December 31, 2011
Is it just me, or did 2011 fly by like an SR-71 Blackbird? Sheesh, it seems like it just started, now we're moving in to 2012. I guess time flies when you're having fun ...or getting old(-ish).
This past year has been an interesting one, with many ups and downs. I've learned a few new things, taken some pretty good pictures, taken some pretty outright hideous ones, played with various film cameras, photographed families, commercial products, pretty models, kids, my cat, cars, events, architecture, dabbled in a little street photography and taught a few folks the intricacies of off camera flash.
I also turned over the big 40th birthday this year, which pretty much means I guess I'm officially an adult now, or something like that. Except for the new aches and pains that rear their ugly heads like prairie dogs from a hole in the ground, I don't really feel any older and Lord knows my maturity level still hasn't caught up with my gift of so many years. Not sure it ever will really.
Its the time of year when folks start talking about resolutions and the things they plan on doing better in the upcoming year. I guess I'm no different than those folks, with one exception. I really don't believe so much in New Year's resolutions, partly because so many of them fall flat on their faces. Its easy to come up with something new that you're going to accomplish under a bout of heavy drinking, twinkling lights and wondering what poor sap is going to be willing to touch their lips to yours at the strike of midnight, but how many of those plans ever come to fruition? I hope for most that they actually do, but perhaps because of my curmudgeon like ways (or the gift of wisdom with 40 years in the can), I generally believe that most do not.
So rather than setting a few New Year's Eve resolutions that I will most likely forget on New Year's day due to a pounding headache and the cold sweats that only a frat boy can love, I usually take this time of year to simply set up a game plan for the upcoming year. You could probably say that these are resolutions (if you want to talk semantics) but really its more of a list of small goals leading to a bigger coup de grace at the end.
As a photographer, there's always the goals of self improvement, learning new techniques and trying to stay at the forefront of all the modern technology that seems to exponentially grow with every new year. There's also the goal of improving one's income and keeping the roof over the business. This year for me though, my goals are to become more attuned to the business side of photography. If it weren't for my poor (and very patient) fiance', I would have absolutely no business sense at all. I seriously doubt that I could manage a lemonade stand and turn a profit. I'd either be giving the lemonade away to cheaply, or simply drinking it all myself.
Don't get me wrong, I will most definitely keep trying to improve my craft. I hope that I always have the capacity to continue to learn and envelop my hard headed noggin' around new things, but where I think I need the most work, is trying to become a businessman, in addition to being a successful photographer.
So I guess I'm wondering, how many other photographers out there feel like they're pretty confident in their abilities of pressing the shutter, but not so proficient in the acumen of business. If I had to guess, I'd say that number is rather large, but maybe that's just my ignorance in a subject that seems to elude me.
In any case, I still believe in setting goals (small and large), regardless if its business related or just a passionate hobby, and the turning of a New Year seems the best time to do so.
I hope you have your new year laid out ahead of you and have nothing but success in the upcoming 2012!!
Oh yeah, may as well go ahead and go for broke this year, because the Mayans might be right. ;)