Well, here we are already one month into the new year. January is a relatively quiet time so it's a perfect time to take some time to make plans for the year ahead, do a bit of learning and try some new things!
In December I photographed Sarah and Ian's wedding in Crystal Palace, and I met up with them in January to show them their photographs. I love looking through the pictures with the couple as it really helps me to see which are their favourites for when I design the album, but it's also great to hear their stories about what was happening.
I had the pleasure of photographing the Business Women's Network's first evening event. I am going to be doing a lot of work with the BWN this year and I'm really looking forward to it. They are great group and run some excellent events to connect and support women in business.
I know a lot of people don't hold much stock in New Year Resolutions, but I do try to make a few each year. Even if I don't keep them all up all year it's probably pushed me to do at least one thing I wouldn't have otherwise.
1. Go to at least one Exhibition a Month
This doesn't sound like much, but when you get busy it's so easy to put off going to exhibitions and then miss them completely! I started the year off by visiting the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I think my favourite was Zadie Smith by Linda Brownlee.
I don't have a set amount or anything with this one, just a general 'make an effort to learn more and push myself'. I've started this off by attending The Societies Convention, and taking part in masterclasses across three days. I learnt a lot about a variety of photographic subjects, from photographing people, to buildings and a few business and marketing classes too. It was a great weekend, and I even managed to win this new website from Zenfolio thanks to Kevin Mullins while I was there too!
3. Make More Art
When I was at University my favourite projects to work on were conceptual art projects. As I've been developing my business I haven't spent so much time on art projects, and I'd like to do a bit more of it. I've started this off by setting myself a few projects and entering a few competitions. I'll mostly be sharing my art work on www.jaynelloyd.co.uk, but here is a photograph from a series I created in response to a brief on Ideas Tap, with the theme Silence.
4. Enter More Competitions
I mentioned I'd entered a few competitions relating to my art photography, but I'm aiming to enter competitions for all aspects of my work as I think it will push me to try new things. So far I've entered an art competition and an SWPP portrait competition with the theme 'Faces'.
5. Carry on Trying a New Recipe Every Week
In 2012 my resolution was to try a new recipe every week - it could be something new for dinner, a new cake - anything really as long as I hadn't done it before. I amazed myself by not only completing it that year, but carrying it on through 2013 too. It gets a bit harder as the time goes by and I forget a bit whether I've done something before, but it's meant I've been much more interesting in my dinner selections and made more use of recipe books. I usually photograph the recipe and I was trying to put them up on a blog, but I thought perhaps people didn't really want to see my culinary adventures... I'm not sure... I might bring it back.
I hope your year is off to a good start - what did January bring for you?