Where I’ve been absolutely covered up with shooting and editing. I didn’t take a day off from October until Christmas (except the one day I did go to my cousin’s funeral, who was killed in a car accident). I worked about 14 hours a day. I shot events, Santa experience, family photos and kid photos and gifts for people for Christmas. I delivered gifts, shipped gifts and met people with gifts. I did big edits and small. I created magic and created heirloom photographs.
Now? I get to reflect, learn, tweak and change. I get to prepare new goals for 2019. I actually hit most of my 2018 goals. My biggest one was to become a CPP (Certified Professional Photographer). I did it. I’m certified. (um….not CERTIFIABLE…I said CERTIFIED…haha) That’s a big one that I can check off my list. I’ve taught enough classes that I’m almost halfway through being a Photographic Craftsman through PPA (Professional Photographers of America)…I’m chugging my way through, man…just baby steppin’ my way…. so what will 2019 hold?
I haven’t thought it through all the way yet. I want a new studio in a more populated area. I love my studio, I’m not in love with WHERE my studio is located…. so a search will be forthcoming. That’s a big one. (as my nephew would say)…. I also want to expand my santa experience. That won’t just be a one day thing this next year. Trust me. That’s gonna be a THANG in 2019! There will also be many more themed shoots. I didn’t really do ANY other than the Santa experience and now? There will be more. There will be more workshops. I feel this year will be the step up year for the studio. I have all the good feelings about it.
Personally? Well, I’m gonna focus on ME a bit more. That one’s a bit more in my head and not so easy to blog about, but it’s time to love on ME a little bit more than I regularly do….and I’m happy about that epiphany. Healthier, physically fit. Get some weight off, many standard things people do…nothing crazy…I also want to get my house back in order.
I think what this whole blog is saying is that there’s been a lot going on behind all the scenes. 2019 starts off as a CPP, I get an intern working in the studio in January, things are exploding bigger and bigger and I feel it all, and can’t wait for it all…..and since I see it, I’ll be personally ready to embrace it when it hits. I’ve done the work and put in the effort….I can’t wait for the changes that are on the horizon….and I can’t wait to look back in a year and see where I was and what I did with it. Things are good, friends. Things are good. Many lessons, many mistakes, many fears that I have overcome and boy have I earned some bravery now. So I end 2018 and welcome 2019 with a HUGE smile, a wonder woman stance and a positive attitude and much gratitude….. ONWARD…..