The past, present and future | Personal

Well here it is the first day of 2015. I sort of feel like 2014 was a week long and in other ways it was a super long year. It was certainly a busy year for sure. I always like to reflect a bit on the past year, both as a business and as a person. Reflect on what worked, what didn’t work, what to improve. It’s a fault of my personality, I have it in ingrained in me that there is always better ways to do things and there is a solution to every problem, even if a solution isn’t immediately forth coming. A fellow wedding photographer started #2014blog2015 Challenge. It seemed a good way to sum up the year so here I go!

LOOK BACK
What are you most proud of this year?

My sanity. Seriously. I am not even joking about that. This year was my busiest year photographing weddings – and I am thankful for each of those weddings! And that might have been just fine but in June I ended up requiring urgent surgery that couldn’t wait. It was a major surgery with a 8 week recovery period…… yeah….. four weeks is good right? I was fortunate and had no complications and resumed my wedding schedule without missing any.  I became seriously fed up with my landlord in the midst of wedding season. The landlord that was taking fairly hefty chunk of my income and getting very poor service for the chunk of cash. My response was to buy a condo downtown. I will say this, I don’t do anything half heartedly once I put my mind to something. So my sanity is the thing I am most proud of this year. I managed to keep all the wheels turning.

What was the biggest risk you took?

Probably purchasing my condo. It was literally a two week thing. I saw it, went back saw it again, put an offer in, was accepted and I moved two weeks later. I’ve owned property before but I’m a place where I don’t know what my plans are. I love Sask, but not sure if I’ll stay here in Regina, or go to Saskatoon or head back to Swift Current. I just don’t know where I’ll be, so to make the commitment to buy seemed huge. But it also had the biggest pay off. I’m a person that needs a ‘home’ space, a place that is comfortable and I feel secure in. My rental wasn’t it. My previous rental wasn’t it. The last place was my house, I mourned that house from the day I sold it I loved it so. The condo has ceased that mourning. I adore this place. It needs fixing (hello bathroom reno this spring!!) as any century heritage building does. But it’s mine and feels like mine.

Business risk – I gathered up my nerve and had Zack Arias do a professional review of my work. If you follow Zack at all you will see he doesn’t pull punches, it’s true and factual and usually some humor. While there are things I need to work on (I think with anything you can always improve no one is perfect), overall I was told I didn’t suck. I think it’s important to have your photography reviewed, sometimes it’s a bit harsh and difficult but it helps with the learning and with learning comes improvement and thus better photos!

What did you learn this year?

My personal challenge to myself this year was fear. I was going to start conquering my fears. While not all conquered, making that effort to recognize and face my fears has been an eye opening experience. It has also lead to lots of new experiences as I try new things. Fear is good but it shouldn’t hold you back, is the lesson from this year.

What do you wish you had made more time for?

Traveling. I adore traveling. Something about feeling that plane rev up as it takes off makes me happy every single time. I never get tired of it. This year was a a lot of road travel, but next year hoping to do a bit more plane traveling. I’m not picky on locations so open to suggestions!

What are 3 highlights (business or personal) of your year?

1. All my weddings/engagement/portrait sessions this year – I know it’s cliche but seriously it was so much fun to meet so many people and be part of your days – even if it was only for a bit.

2. Purchasing my condo – having my own space to decorate or reno to my heart’s (or as long as the bank account can withstand) content

3. This may seem silly but the fun brides I had this year. I had so many brides willing to climb in trees, lay down in grasses, wander out in prairie fields etc. And that has made it just so much more fun!

Photo break of some of my favorite photos from the year. There are so many more I could put in here but that would be a really long post……. So just a little sampling!

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LOOK FORWARD
What “word” do you want to define 2015?

Focus. I’m not sure how that is going to play out but as I plan out the year, the thought that keeps coming to my mind is focus.

What are 3 big goals (business or personal) for 2015?

1. I’m hoping to take a workshop – so far anything that I have wanted to take hasn’t worked out with my schedule as of yet.

2. Travel – anywhere and everywhere. Must get on airplane way more often.

3. Knock off a few more items off my photography dream list. (The list includes – but not limited to – ballet dancer, really any dancer, session in a flax field in full bloom, storm chasing, a personal project I’ve started working on, yoga session, true lifestyle aka a day in the life session – have something in mind for this one – if anyone is interested in hoping on to help me with my list!)

What do you want to stop doing in 2015?

Wasting time being indecisive. Once I make a decision I go in 100% full throttle ahead, but sometimes making the decision is difficult as I spin it every which way. Just ask me about the bathroom reno.

What things excite you about the upcoming year?

My 2015 weddings – already it looks I’ll be seeing a good portion of the southern Saskatchewan! And there is little prettier than a Sask prairie wedding – in my opinion Though when I was out in Abbotsford, BC for my nephew’s newborn photos, it could give ita run for the money. Any Abbotsford peeps getting married out that way? Anyone?

I’m also pretty pumped for my bathroom reno. The bathroom was not done well and it annoys me every single day. I can’t wait to have it gutted and put in all the pretty finishes (if I could ever make up my mind on the finishes). The only thing I have picked out with certainty is the tub. It’s deep (the deepest out there that fits in an aclove that is not a jacuzzi) and slim and I can’t wait to test drive that baby!

What do you want to learn in 2015?

I would love to learn more about styling, styling a shoot, a home, just styling. I feel this is an area I can be weak on so would like to improve that.

There you go, a little about me, about my past year and the year ahead. Looking forward to 2015!

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