Wednesday, December 2, 2009

setting goals & taking the leap

I feel like my photography is not where I'd like it to be. I know I can do better, but not without more education. I've been thinking about this for the past few weeks and I think if I put my mind to it I can really do what I WANT to do and be really good at it.

I'll be putting my business on hold, maybe a few months, maybe a year. I'm not sure, but I'm going to take some time off and read a LOT of books, look at a LOT of artwork and photographs. I'm not going to take courses at a college because I have taken photography classes before, and I feel as though I can do this on my own with a lot of determination and passion.

I'd like to specialize in newborn photography, possibly maternity too I'm not really sure. Once I feel as though I really do have all the tools I need to get where I need to be, I'll be figuring out where it is the direction I want to my photography in. I'll probably be starting up a whole new company.

Anne Geddies is a big inspiration of mine. A lot of people don't know it, but most of her shots are SOOC (straight out of camera). No photoshop, no actions, nothing! That amazes me. That's what I want. I feel like I'm leaning on photoshop too much, and I'd like to get back to basics.

I saw this today and it really describes the way I feel, I feel like things are getting blurry. I want a signature. I want people to look at a photo of mine and FEEL something. And know that I took it.

"Every time you outsource something, put something on automatic, or get software to do it for you, you put up another layer. After a while, these layers add up. They blur your vision. You lose touch with the core of what you’re doing."


  1. If you'd like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A Vision Wall (inspiring images attached to yor goals) is available too.
    Works also on mobile.

  2. I think you are amazing. Wether you stay the same way you are improve I think you are AMAZING!

  3. first off i think your work is amazing. it is really lovely. hopefully throughout your further education you can also continue to shoot. at least we know you'll be practicing on jack!

    my husband showed me this website yesterday. i thought i'd pass it on bc of your interest in infant photography. this lady is really wonderful.

  4. I LOVE your photography and I can't wait to see what you come up with after your studies!


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