2013 Year in Review, 2014 Goals

I don't really make New Years Resolutions.  My objective is to create my own milestones free from any previously dictated schedule.  It is, however, important to assess and evaluate the state of one's work, and as it happens I had lots of time over the holiday season to do that.   Here's how my 2013 went, in no particular order:
1.  I hit the front page of 500px with this shot of Ashley Shaw:

2. I had this photo chosen by 500px for their Editor's Choice Page:

3. I gave a half-hour long presentation at the Sackville Photo Club, in front of about 80 members, during which I (just barely) made this portrait pretty much from scratch:

I shot two fashion shows, the [PHASE] Designer Showcase for the Center For Arts and Technology Emerging Designers, and the Atlantic Fashion Week show at Gallery 1 in Dartmouth:

Back in April, I did a full blown fashion shoot at London Loft, complete with a creative team.  This was a huge step for me, shooting on location with a fantastic model (Meghan Hale), brilliant make up artist (Bryana Doyscher), awesome stylist (Nicole Dnistrianskyj) and great assistant (Ellen Handyside):

I spent some serious time refining my street photography and even set up a dark room to process and scan my own black and white film.  However, looking back at the results from the Kodak Portra film, I may start getting more colour film to shoot.

I used Blurb to create and print my first Photo Book, my hands-on Portfolio for 2013.

So how did I do?  Here's my list from the end of 2012:
  1. Create at least 12 images over the next year that are good enough to put in my portfolio. I think I accomplished this. My Portfolio actually contains very few images that were created before 2013.  
  2. Get some paying portrait and fashion work and break into the industry. Eehhhhh, not so much.  I did however meet loads of professionals in the fashion industry in Halifax.  This was a great year for me, and while I didn't necessarily make any money shooting fashion, I feel like I made some serious progress. 
  3. Undertake and complete a major creative project (I'm missing the 365 project now) with the end goal of producing a photo book. The photo book happened, but was more of an amalgamation of all my work to date.  I spent more time working on smaller, bite-size projects.  
  4. Do a model/fashion shoot in a foreign country. Sadly, one has to actually travel to a foreign country to do a shoot there.  I'll put this on my 2014 bucket list. 
  5. Get published in at least TWO magazines (gotta be better than last year, right?) This didn't happen.  I did make my first submission to Vogue and though I didn't get accepted, I was confident enough in my work to put it out there.  
  6. Generate enough business to warrant an annual studio membership at a local studio. While I didn't get the business, I did get creative and made up a home studio.  It's not glamourous but in all truth it helps me to keep my apartment clean.  
  7. Improve, improve, improve.  Make strides with my photographic technique, business skills, and creativity. This is a pretty subjective item.  It's a goal that I'm always chasing, though I know that it is a life-long endeavor.  
  8. have as much fun as possible with photography.  I'm confident that I made some pretty good memories in 2013 through my images and experiences making them.  I can only hope that 2014 and future years will be equally as productive. 
In review, this list was a little ambitious.  Getting published multiple times and shooting in a foreign country were good goals to set, but in my first year of shooting with models (let alone fashion photography) I wasn't quite there.  No big deal, because I'm still breathing, and I'm still shooting for me.  Time to dream for this year coming:

My 2014 List:
  1. Get Published at least once, in a local publication, ideally a full editorial shoot.
  2. Refine my style, focus on the images that matter most.  In the last year I've proven myself to be a Portrait and Fashion photographer.  I shoot street photography for me.  What you may see is a separation of the two, where I even create a separate "entity" for my street photography altogether.
  3. Continue my path of self-discovery through photography.  Deep, I know.  I really am stopping to think more about what my photography says about me, as well as how potential clients view my images.
  4. Buy Less Gear, shoot more.  In 2013 I accumulated way too much stuff.  The only good part about the gear that I've acquired is that I use most of it a lot of the time.  Each piece has a specific purpose, and it gets used for that.  
  5. Assist other photographers to learn, make friends and be more involved.  I assisted a couple of photographers in 2013 on photo shoots where I met new faces, learned some new tricks and (hopefully) added some meaningful creative insight.       
  6. Do something new and exciting that I've never done before, in a way that scares me.  
  7. Do a photo shoot in a foreign country.
  8. Build my business and charge what I'm worth.  I feel like I've stepped down the right path on this item in the last month, and I hope to continue the trend.

That's all for today, I wish you the best for the new year and hope you have an absolutely stellar 2014! Thank you so much for reading!