Photo Goals for 2016

At the end of 2014, I wrote this post: Photo Goals for the New Year. Writing that post helped me clarify my view of my photography and what I find most important.

And then 2015 kicked my behind!

It was a hard year personally, which is why I didn’t do photo-a-day for the first time in six years. It was the right choice for 2015, but 2016 has brought with it lots of inspiration, ideas, and dreams. I’ll be picking up my camera again in a more intentional way. With that said, here are my 2016 photo goals:

1. MORE PHOTOS OF ME. I am not vain and I do not necessarily like having my picture taken. However, I do want my kids to see that I was a part of their lives. I want to be able to look back on my life—my years as a mother especially—and see the small ins and outs of a life well-lived. With six children, I will spend almost THIRTY years taking care of children on a day-to-day basis. I want photos of what will probably amount to almost a third of my life. I am not looking for posed photos, but of real photos of me doing what I do all day long: the routines, the hobbies, the work, the snuggles. Look for more of this in a post to come!

2. MORE PHOTOS OF FOOD: This may seem silly, but food is such a big part of my life! I cook for eight people every day and often for guests. I love to cook and I love to make food pretty. It’s one of the things I want to remember and I want my children to remember. I want to take more photos of food preparation, of eating, and also of the finished product. I have to ask myself, “How many hours of my life do I spend in the kitchen? Is this proportional to the number of photos I have?”

3. BACK TO PHOTO-A-DAY: I started Photo-a-day back in 2009. I did it for SIX years. Those photos and the little captions that went with them are one of my most precious possessions. In those six years, I captured our real life. The good, the bad, the silly, the sweet, the real, the messy, the joy. I LOVE them. For personal reasons, I chose to step away from the project in 2015. It was a good choice for the year. I still took photos, but not nearly to the extent I usually do. I miss the photos of everyday life and so I have restarted for 2016. Now to get back to remembering to do it! For many years, I barely had to think about it. Now some days I have to spend ten minutes just looking for my camera! Things need to change!

4. CAPTURING THE REAL LIVES OF OTHERS: Like I mentioned above, I love the “real life” photos I have of my family. Those photos will always be more precious to me than the posed images. Traditional portraits have their place and purpose, but it is the “life as it is” that really gets me excited. I want to work toward capturing that beauty and joy for others this year. I don’t do a lot of photography for others, but I want to be more intentional about only saying yes to those people who will allow me to capture the real moments rather than the posed ones.

5. TEACHING OTHERS: Photography has been such a gift to me. It fills my heart and soul in a way that I can’t quite explain. It has taught me gratitude and with gratitude comes joy. Why wouldn’t I want that for others? I plan to find ways to teach other about photography and editing. I want others to be able to pick up their camera (whether a phone or a DSLR), and capture the beauty that is right in front of them. Many people are intimidated when it comes to learning to take better photos. It doesn’t have to be that way. I want to help.

So there you have it. My photo goals for 2016. What about you? Do you have any goals?