Today we’re talking goals. Buckle up kiddos, it’s gonna be a good one.
2018 was a great year for me. A hard year, but a great one. I started my sophomore year of college at Brigham Young University in Idaho after transferring from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah which also meant starting from square one again with this business in a brand new town. I applied, got accepted, and started the nursing program (even writing that feels insane), and moved apartments twice. I had some wonderful sessions too! I shot my first wedding in Rexburg with Melissa and Jonathan, one of the sweetest couples ever who had maybe my favorite wedding cake yet.
I shot many wonderful engagements, and seriously had the time of my life discovering how beautiful Idaho is. So many beautiful locations, all within a short drive and I am loving it.
One of the best things about coming to Rexburg has been the photography community here. I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful the other photographers and creatives here are. The creative meet and shoots, the creatives nights out, the classes and workshops, they are all so incredibly uplifting. It can be hard to support each other in this business when many view other creatives and photographers as competition, but that’s just not how it works here! These creative meet and shoots are some of the best experiences and the most beautiful photos come out of them.
To top off the year, in September I had the opportunity of a lifetime and was able to attend Tracy Layne’s Light & Life workshop in Park City, Utah. This experience deserves a blog post of it’s own so I won’t go into too many details, but seriously. What an experience. I learned so much and had the time of my life. It changed my shooting, my editing, and my attitude towards certain sessions (*cough cough* families) forever. Some of my all-time favorite images are from that weekend. The cover photo on my homepage is from that weekend! That weekend helped me develop the drive, motivation, and direction that led me to a lot of the goals in this post.
So anyways. With all of that behind us, here are my goals for 2019:
1. Design a new website
Ok so this one is kind of a cheat because I ALREADY DID IT! But it was seriously so much work, and it was a huge goal I had for this year, I couldn’t not put it on this list. Special shout out to Celine at Look for the Light Photo Video and her wonderful SEO class I took in February that FINALLY pushed me over the edge, and to my wonderful friend Jonathan Campbell from You + Me + The Mountain for listening to me whine and giving me a beginner’s guide to Squarespace.
2. Travel more
I’ve travelled a little bit, usually back and forth between Pullman and Rexburg, but it’s time for more! This year I have one wedding in Arizona (my first time going to Arizona, and it’ll be in August…help) and one in Utah, but I want to get out there. Fun fact about me: I have never left the West Coast. Or the country. It’s honestly a little pathetic. So here are my top travel locations for the United States. If you’re headed to one of these places talk to me cause we can make it happen: Either of the Carolinas, Washington DC, Virginia, and Florida. If you’ve got a place you’re going that’s not on this list, still talk to me, other places are cool too, not that I would know I haven’t been to any of them.
3. More family shoots
If you’ve known me for a while you probably already know this, but I am NOT a fan of shooting family pictures. Or at least I wasn’t until my glorious Light & Life experience. Apparently I’ve just been doing them wrong and that’s why they were so unenjoyable! Ever since that experience, I’ve been craving a little more family time. I’d love to do more families with little kids and do some interactive kinds of sessions, like playing on the beach, baking cookies, just capturing sweet families doing what they do. I could use some more of that in my life.
4. Last one… an elopement
Ok so I follow a lot of other photographers, and for the most part it’s the usual wedding and engagement pictures. But every once in a while, I scroll by an amazing wedding photo of an incredibly intimate, personal, and majestic elopement and am immediately smitten. Let me paint this picture for you. We find some quiet spot on the edge of the Grand Canyon, or a waterfall, or a perfect little meadow. You guys read some handwritten vows to each other, exchange rings, and all of it is captured in images by me, and on film by a videographer (cause it’s just too pretty not have a video too). If I just sold you on ditching a huge and exhausting reception, go ahead and scroll down to the contact form at the bottom and let’s make this thing happen.
Ok. That’s it for 2019. All my hopes and dreams for the year. If you read even just a little bit of this, THANK YOU. The support and love I get from this community blows my mind. If you enjoyed reading this, let me know! And while you’re at it, tell me your 2019 goals! I’m glad we’re all in this together (cue the High School Musical Soundtrack). Peace out cuties.