2017 is officially upon us! I hope you had a wonderful night celebrating New Year’s Eve and woke up this morning feeling hopeful, determined, and energetic (despite being maybe a little bit hungover). Now onto the fun part: New Year’s resolutions!
I often joke that we make New Year’s resolutions not to keep them, but to break them. I’m not much of a planner. But being spontaneous can be freeing and, at the same time, terrifying. So I like having a game plan even though I might not end up sticking to it. New Year’s resolutions seem like a good place to start. And making them public is a way to hold myself accountable.
The year of 2016 has been a year of change for me, both personally and professionally. Mostly for the better. And I would like to keep it that way.
In terms of my journey as a wedding photographer, my overarching goal for 2017 is to provide an even better experience for all the engaged couples who are trusting me with the most important day of their life, AND stay sane. This can’t be done unless I focus on building relationships and improve myself.
Hence, I present to you my 2017 New Year’s resolutions:
- Eat healthy, exercise once a day, and take better care of myself;
- Read at least 10 books, for fun and for self-improvement;
- Do at least one wedding show;
- Attend at least one photography workshop;
- Travel more;
- Learn to shoot film;
- Learn to code.
I don’t work out as much as I used to. And I have started noticing the differences: not that I’ve gained a lot of weight, but sometimes I feel like an old car, getting all rusty and with its parts starting to fall apart. This feeling is unmistakable especially after a long stressful wedding day. Turning 30 isn’t fun, but maintaining a healthier lifestyle should make it somewhat easier to cope with.
I’ve read a couple of novels here and there in the past year, but most books I started I never finished. I would love to read more, both fiction and non-fiction. I need to finally start making good use of my library membership! There are several business related books that I want to dive into. To keep myself on track, maybe I should get involved in a reading club, or start one myself. (Anyone wanna join or have good book recommendations? Drop me a line!)
Doing wedding shows is a great way to get in front of engaged couples. That was why I applied for Off White Indie Wedding Show, a curate show that caters to the “hip, non-traditional couples.” They accepted my application, which was exciting. But I changed my mind at the last minute, partly because I felt like I wasn’t quite ready yet and partly because somehow it doesn’t feel like a good fit for me. There’s still time to apply. Who knows? I might change my mind back!
Even though I love film and try to achieve the film look in my editing, I’ve never actually shot film before. “Why bother with a film camera when a DSLR can do the job so much faster and, in many cases, better?” You might ask. Well, film has such a distinctive look that no filters or presets can emulate: it’s romantic, elegant, timeless, and strangely modern, which pretty much summarized my photography style! There are reasons it has become somewhat a lost art. But there are also reasons why it’s regaining popularity. Of course, I need to find a film camera first. So, if you grandpa has an old film camera collecting dust somewhere, please let me know!
Some of you might have known that I just got accepted by LaunchCode into their LC 101 class. Why coding? So that I don’t have to get so frustrated any more over trying to find a WordPress theme that works for me. I bought a few themes that I liked, tried to get them to look the way I wanted, but never actually succeeded. Hopefully, after this class, I’ll be able to do a better job, or maybe even design my own theme from scratch! I’ll see what this little adventure takes me.
Happy New Year and here’s hoping 2017 is a healthy, productive, and fulling one for you!