January 4, 2012

Man of War & Peace

I've wanted to wait a few days before I created my 2012 Goal List. My 2011 list was almost 40 items long and included both short-term and long-term goals. The majority of them revolved around the process of starting my own Photography business but was sprinkled with self-improvement goals. My prediction is that 2012's list will be fairly similar to it's predecessor's list.

Although the complete list hasn't been compiled, I can share with you 2 of the goals. The 1st is a goal for more consistent blog posting. Over the span of 12 months (January - December) I've only posted 23 entries... pathetic I know. In an effort to ease into increased posting, I plan on starting off with a minimum of 2 posts per week (including a POTW [Photo of the Week] post on Sundays). As the weeks pass, I'd like to increase that number to 3. When wedding season is in full season, possibly 4 - I know, getting crazy. Ultimately 3 will be my goal for 2012.

My 2nd goal, is to get back into shooting a POTW every week. I need to focus on taking some time to shoot for myself. When I shoot for fun or attend an event and whip out the camera, it reminds me how much I love what I do. I'm not saying I don't enjoy shooting wedding, families, babies, pregnancies, etc. (because I really, truly do), but shooting for fun has a completely different feel to it... one that I've missed. Plus, shooting a POTW will ensure that I have content for at least 1 post a week.

On January 1st, 2012 I had an engagement shoot at 7am. Yeah... 7am on New Year's Day. I arrived before the happy couple and made sure to use my time wisely. I photographed the water, the sunrise, the elderly couple holding each other along the shoreline, the rocks, the sand, and the birds skimming the water. It was the perfect way to start the New Year and I believe a tradition I might try to continue each year.

The shoreline was dotted with what looked like air filled blue balloons. Don't be fooled - they sting like jelly fish. These playful looking sacs of air are Portuguese Man O War and nothing you want to touch. When you have a beach covered with stinging Man O War, what's the logical thing to do... lay on your stomach and photograph them! I had an amazing time and loved watching the 1st sunrise of the 1st of the year. The happy couple arrived just after daybreak and I was happy to have those few moments alone with my camera and a beautiful subject.

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