Photography Resolutions Revisited: Why It's Important and Why You Should Too
For today’s blog post I want to go back in time and talk about my very first blog post ever. Quick, pop quiz! Anyone remember what that was? I’ll wait…..just kidding. Especially since I gave you a hint in the main blog post picture! My first post ever was about my photography resolutions for this year. I remember in that post I talked about how I perceive resolutions, or goals, and how I don’t necessarily think that they have to be something to improve on, or something to change your life. I mentioned that I thought (and still do think) that they can be more like goals or a short-term bucket list. That being said, I picked out six photography goals that I would like to accomplish this year. By achieving or attempting to achieve these goals, I believe that just by doing that I can work to improve on my photography (with anything - there’s always room for improvement, folks!), therefore it can be in the resolution category. I digress.
I thought it was important to revisit these resolutions for a couple of reasons. First, I think that it’s important to revisit the resolutions over the course of the year to make sure you ( I ) A. remember the goals, and B. it’s important to be held accountable to see if you’re ( I ) am still on track! Second, there is still time in the year to change, add or remove any of your goals (resolutions, bucket list, whatever-you-want-to-call-it). Yes, it’s OK to change, add or remove any of your goals. That all being said, I wanted to go through my 2014 resolution list and update you on my progress (or lack of) on each item to show you that I, too, fall off the resolution bandwagon, but my goal in doing this is to hop back on and to hopefully encourage some of you to do the same! Strength in numbers!
1. Start a photography blog.
This one I feel like I kind of cheated by adding it to the list, although to be fair I posted my first post a few days after the first of the year, so I still achieved it. Yay! Check that baby off the list. Off to a good start.
2. Photograph a showy lady's slipper (Cypripedium calceolus) in Minnesota in the wild
I’m really excited for this one. For those not in the Minnesota tundra, our snow JUST melted. Yes, seriously. Ok, it was like three days ago. There is still ice on some of the lakes though. Anyway, I have done some research about optimal blooming time for a normal spring (June and July), and have planned a couple of mini camping trips during the month up in northern MN in hopes of capturing this flower. For those interested, this site was a good place to start in my research.
3. Throw boiling water into the air when it's really cold and photograph it
This is where the resolutions/goals start to fall apart a little bit. I kind of missed the opportunity during the first winter season this year. I don’t like hearing excuses, only solutions, so lucky for me Minnesota has a second winter season that starts around October. I’ll revisit this goal then.
4. Photograph the Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights)
This goal has also not been achieved. The one opportunity that the northern lights were supposed to be able to be seen in my area it was really cloudy that night. Now that it’s warmer, it might be easier to go up north to camp if there is supposed to be a good northern light show.
5. Photograph a star trail
I’m going to be completely honest, I kind of forgot about this one. But again, all the reason to revisit the goals. As I mentioned before, I have some mini camping trips planned this year, and I think that will be a good time to get out of the city and experience the beautiful night sky. Awwww.
6. Photograph more alpacas!
It’s baby season in the alpaca world, and I have every intention to go down to my local alpaca farms (Bluff Breeze Farms) and (Fox Way Alpacas - no babies, but cute alpacas!). This one is totally achievable and I’m really excited about it.
Did you make any photography resolutions this year? How are they going? Now that you’ve revisited them, do you plan to make any changes? I’d LOVE to hear about them!
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