2016 Goals + Resolutions

New Brunswick Photographer Photo by Sean McGrath.

I’m a relentless goal setter, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all the years that I’ve been thinking of things to achieve, it’s that I’m not very good at predicting the future. I’ve never been able to imagine what my life would be like in 1, 5, 10 years with any degree of accuracy; for example, this time last year I would not have believed I’d be writing this from the cozy comfort of my own house. But still I like to make these resolutions… or more accurately, set these goals. Little compass guideposts to point me in the direction I want to go, even if the actual destination is not what I anticipated.

2016 PERSONAL GOALS

(Pretty much the same as last year.)

1. Try to walk 200 km/month. Last year my goal was 150 km/month and my actual average turned out to be 190 km/month, so I only have to kick it up a notch to make this happen!

2. Finish printing my photos from the past few years, and do that album organization. Sigh. My album situation has possibly gotten worse in the course of “not quite finishing a #KonMari” plus “moving.” My intention is to tackle this, for good and ever, in February.

3. Cook a new recipe from each of my cookbooks. Luckily after the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, we once again have fewer cookbooks than in 2015. For now. I’m a cookbook addict…

4. Yoga. Go sometimes. (I did go sometimes in 2015! 76 times to be precise, which is more than double what I did in 2014. But I haven’t been since May, so… there’s room for improvement here.)

5. Make my best effort to be the FREX’s Grand Champion Knitter. I knit a few things in 2015, but then ended up booking travel over the FREX week for the second year in a row, meaning I didn’t enter anything AGAIN! I will try to avoid that this year, but… travel IS great.

Some other things I’m looking forward to include our upcoming trip to Iceland (with an extended layover in Toronto), (hopefully) getting kayaks and doing lots of kayaking, and working on making our house a home.

LOOKING BACK: 2015 IN BUSINESS 

In 2015 I hit a milestone – six years in the photography business, and five years of being a full-time professional. Thinking back on the year it strikes me how, for maybe the first year ever, my business was not my #1 priority. That seems awkward to admit, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a priority. I think it was a good & healthy thing — my work was and is very important to me, but for the first time I was able to let it be in the background — working hard in my business without having to work so hard on my business.

The main changes that I made – delivering all sessions in both colour and black & white; delivering weddings on USB; and making wedding slideshows – all went great. I was more proactive about sending timeline information early, and got good feedback about that. I was also more thoughtful about the quantity and timing of each wedding I accepted, allowing me to stick close to my goal turnaround times while also maintaining some semblance of a life!

2016 BUSINESS GOALS

2016 is shaping up to be about a 50/50 split of home weddings vs. on the road weddings, so I know it’s going to be a busy summer! I’m really happy with where things are right now, and there’s not a lot I’m looking to change. Here are a few things to tackle:

1. Improve my shooting & storytelling. As always. I can get better.

2. New website. I still get compliments on this site, which makes me very happy, but at the same time I’ve been living with it for 3.5 years (! whoa!) and I’m feeling ready for a refresh!

3. Get my office space finished. I have the beginnings of a really nice set-up at home, but much of my junk has been in a semi-unpacked limbo state for the past few months. I need to truly move in!

Plus, a potential to-do list: move to all-digital delivery of images when my current supply of media runs out; try outsourcing editing?; get some gear serviced; look at different photography associations to join.

What’s in store for you in 2016?