Photo Goals for the New Year

It’s that time of year…the end of one year and the beginnings of a new. I love the new year — so full of fresh possibility.

In these last few days of 2014, I want to reflect on my memory keeping and on the goals I want for this coming year. I do this often. You can check out my post from last year, Memory Keeping in the New Year. In that post, I ask myself (and encourage you to ask yourself) some specific questions about what you have accomplished and what you want to accomplish. By being intentional and writing things down, you are more likely to actually get them done. In addition, the process of looking over the previous year’s memories can be very insightful.

When I look back at my goals for 2014, I see that my heart is still in the same place. I want to be better about recording our everyday lives, capturing the moments that don’t last long…the little things my kids say and do, the sweet memories, and the beautiful mundane of everyday life.

I also see some things that have changed. For example, I gave up on pocket scrapping and instead decided to do my Scrap Your Year albums. Those albums are my most precious possession.

As I look toward 2015 and my goals for memory keeping, I realize that they have once again shifted slightly. The everyday is still my heart’s passion. However, for this coming year, I want to see a change in my photos themselves. For years now, my photos of have been full of fun and energy and emotion. But, I haven’t worked for them. I haven’t stretched myself. I haven’t tried new things. Instead, I’ve stayed safe with what I know will work and with what I know I will like. But I want to get more real. More raw. Even if I make more mistakes, who knows what beauty will come through it?

With that said, here are my photo goals for 2015:

1. Share more of my photos. I have been ever-so-grateful for those photographers who share their work regularly. It is the number one thing that has improved my own photography. I want to share with others my work in the hopes that they will learn and grow by seeing my own learning and growing. If you want to follow along, you can find me HERE and well as my personal blog HERE.

2. More intentional black and white photos. I have always loved black and white, but I haven’t often been intentional with them. I sometimes use b&w to save a bad photo, or else I use it just for variety. But this year, I want to think before I edit. I want to ask myself, “Is the color serving a purpose? Would this photo communicate something different if it were in black and white?” When we strip the color, we’re just left with the story. I want more of that.

3. More real life photos of me. I take hundreds of photos of my children each month. My husband makes it in a few as well. I make sure to hand off my camera and the kids to shoot photos of me. However, I want to take more photos of me. I love that Ali Edwards is so intentional about using her self-timer to capture her and her everyday environment. I want more of that.

4. I want to tell better stories. I want to focus on choosing my camera settings, composition, and angle based on what I am trying to communicate. I want to stop being afraid of what my house looks like or how we’re dressed. I have always known that angle makes a difference, but I tend to just shoot a lot and then choose which I like best. Instead, this year I want to think first, then shoot. I also want to be more intentional about photo grouping that tell a more complete story than any one photo alone.

5. I want to try more photos that might not work. I don’t want to continue staying safe. I want to try new things, even if they don’t work. You never know when you will get something you love.

6. I want to work on my food photography. I love taking pictures of food, but I feel stuck in a rut with my angles, style, and lighting. I want to learn more and try new things.

What about you? Do you have photo goals for the new year?

Check out some of our earlier posts:

Project Something

Confessions of Project 365 Quitter

Project 365 and other alternatives

Does Project Life Fit in With My Life?