We’re now a month into 2016, and it is high time I buckle down and get myself newly focused on moving forward.
Last year was a great year for me, but it was not without challenges and distractions. On a high note, I attended my first Imaging USA and earned my first Professional Photographers of America (PPA) photography exhibition merit. However, professional development requirements of my full-time job took me away from home and photography for several weeks.
Looking forward into this year, I am really excited following my second Imaging USA conference and exposition. This year PPA’s annual event was conducted at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in early January.
Once again, my wife and I spent three days soaking up a lot of great education, ideas and resources, which I will share in more detail in future blog posts. Our personal highlight was “The Art of Evoking Emotion” by Jerry Ghionis, in which we were extremely honored to be asked to participate as he demonstrated his techniques.
Attending the conference also provided a great opportunity for us to catch up with old friends, as well as make some really great new ones. We are both looking forward to building relationships and getting together with everyone again at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas next January.
I am now in the early stages of setting goals for my business for this year that I hope will better enable me to remain more focused on growth. I have a lot of great ideas that I can’t wait to get started on, and in the coming weeks and months we’ll see how effective it is.
The hardest part in all this for me is that I am currently only able to devote evenings and weekends to my photography and graphic design business, as I am still devoted to a full-time job.
It is important to keep reminding myself to remain patient, as this is all part of my – crawl, walk, run – approach to position my business for success on a full-time basis when I retire from my full-time job down the road.
Much of what I’ve taken away from Imaging USA is oriented towards the photographer who is either running a full-time photography business, or prepared to dedicate themselves to being full-time. So I have to take what I am learning and figure out how to tailor it to fit my needs at this time.
Here’s looking forward to a great year!
“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.” – Ansel Adams