Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Looking Forward: 2017

I'm having a bit of a slow start to the year as far as organization is concerned, but I'm getting there.  Each year I like to have a goal or two, as well as a little mantra to keep in mind through each passing month.  I'm still working on the wording, but essentially this year it's "don't sweat the small stuff".  So often I let the tiny things really get to me.  I can easily deem it a bad day before 10am.  I want to let go of all those little things, and instead focus more on the big picture.  This will be difficult for me, but hopefully it becomes more natural throughout the year.

So that's the mantra, now the goal.  I want to really focus on my photography this year.  I have loved looking back on my top nine pictures from the year (based off instagram likes), and seeing the growth.  Now technically Conor took the top 2, but all that tells me is that people love seeing pictures of me, particularly me in a bikini... frolicking!  Please sense my sarcasm here (I promise I'm not narcissistic!).  I did the camera settings, Conor simply pushed click.  Okay maybe he does more than that; he really is learning his way around my camera too!  And I love that he is willing & capable to take pictures of me & the boys.  I don't want to be missing from their documented childhood memories!


I was surprised to see that my darker/moodier photos were among the favorites, because often I think light & bright is the way to go.  I want to challenge myself in this new year.  Refine my skills, develop my style more.  But the one big goal is to finally learn my editing software!  I have Photoshop Elements, but I do not use it at all.  I want to take that next step.  And once I'm there I will switch to shooting in RAW.  The only thing holding me back really is time.  I'm never on my computer until the boys are in bed, but I want to dedicate some time to it.  Photography has brought me so much joy and a sense of accomplishment.  It's something I can do for just me!  A way to challenge myself.  I think youtube tutorials need to become my new best friend.  Here's to hoping I can stay awake late enough to get some editing done each night!

Happy New Year friends!

13 comments :

  1. You take absolutely gorgeous photos!! I love when a new one pops up. I wish I was that good, but I just don't have the knowledge nor the time at the moment to figure it out. Ha ha!! Can't wait to see what you do from here.

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  2. I've loved watching you on your photography journey! And you have inspired me so much to work on my skills more! I love how you shoot at such different perspectives and constantly switch it up!

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  3. You are so inspirational when it comes to photography! I love always being able to chat about it with you! Weirdly too I am more drawn to my dark and moody portraits as well (Is this a sign I myself am becoming darker and moodier?!) ha!

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  4. Your photographs always blow me away! You inspire me to capture more of the everyday and those fleeting moments and features that will eventually change. Can't wait to see more of your photography in 2017!

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  5. I think your photos are just absolutely beautiful and I am so inspired by you and your style. A big goal of mine is to 1) USE my actual camera more and 2) continue to learn and improve my photography as well! I had gotten into a really bad habit of the convenience of my cell phone photos, but I always, always love my DSLR photos so much more. So, I'm trying to completely switch back to that!

    And yeah- Bring on more bikini photos in 2017 :p

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  6. Your pictures are just so beautiful; I always love when you post! I really want to be in more pictures this year--definitely a great goal!

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  7. You know that I've so loved following along with your photos! You capture these special moments and I feel like you are telling a story to the world through your eyes (lens). Our house is so dark in the winter so it makes it hard to capture photos with good lighting. I'm trying to do more in manual though, and you are certainly an inspiration.

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  8. Love your mantra for the year! I'm definitely guilty of proclaiming a day a bad one as soon as I wake up sometimes, ha. And as always, your pictures are amazing!

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  9. I love your mantra, "Don't sweat the small stuff." I didn't practice it in my own life until our family experienced some major life events that made me shift my focus very quickly. Now, I count my blessings every day, and it helps me overlook the messy house, the 10 hour work day, or the irritable cold I'm battling.

    I LOVE your photography--I tend to like light and bright too, but it's interesting that your "darker" photos were favorites, too. Good luck with learning how to use Photoshop Elements. You are very, very talented. Passion and talent go a long way!

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  10. Your photography is absolutely beautiful. I've been taking photos rather obsessively since age 12, first DSLR in college and started my own portrait business in 2012 but I look at your images and feel like you could teach me SO much!! You should do tutorials on settings and also - getting kids to slow the heck down long enough to get great shots hahaha!

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  11. These photos stop me in my tracks every time! Cheers to the new year pretty Mama! I hope its a great one for you and your family! xo

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  12. I'm with you, the small stuff often gets to me. I love your mantra and need to work on that myself.
    Also. Your photography is swoon-worthy stuff, and I can't wait to see what gorgeous images you capture in 2017!

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  13. I love that you're wanting to work on your photography this year! That's definitely one of my goals too! And, the thing is, you're someone I try to learn from... So you're already doing something right!

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