Yup, another year already in full swing! Just like last year, January is a great time to take a look at how things are going, and make plans for the year ahead.
Here are a few of my January highlights:
Jo and Dick opted to have a beautiful 12x12in Folio Album for their wedding photographs. I love seeing photographs in print and especially in a beautiful book.
I had a good sort through my printed portfolios and chose some new images to have printed from weddings I photographed last year. Although I have a portfolio online I think it's important for people to see the quality of photographs in print too, so I always take a print portfolio along when I meet couples.
I had a lovely day photography the Geffrye YAP's take-over day at the Wallace Collection in London. It was a busy, lively afternoon and they had organised lots of fantastic activities. You can see more of the images on my commercial blog, if you're interested!
I still set resolutions as i think it does make me more likely to make positive changes than if I didn't do it at all. You can see how I got on with last year's resolutions in last month's blog.
This year I'm pretty much going to try them again, but I've also added a few '-a-day' challenges into the mix. I'm using the 1 Second Everyday app to record one second of video each day, which should produce a 6 minute-ish video of my whole year. Part of the reason for doing this is that I hope it pushes me to do something interesting each day, even if it's just go out for a walk to break up a full week of image processing!
I've also got myself a One Line a Day diary - I've always liked the idea of keeping a diary or journal, but I've never been any good at it. I think a few short words each day is more manageable, and I like that I'll be able to easily see what I was doing in previous years.
So, to update so far...
Exhibition of the Month: I went to Tate Modern to see Conflict, Time, Photography, which is an excellent exhibition with some powerful and extremely moving images from a range of photographers with very different approaches. I highly recommend going to see it if you can.
Learn: This was always a fairly vague resolution, so I should probably be more specific, but so far it's been about revisiting notes from workshops and talks and putting them into action. I've also been making an effort to read more - about photography, about business, and just for fun!
Make more art: I'm carrying on with my personal documentary project, and vaguely keeping a little sketch book for arty ideas and to stick my instant photos into.
Enter more competitions: Well I have entered one this month, so that's a reasonable start!
New recipe of the week: I've kept this up, but not photographed them. My oven is broken at the moment so it's mostly stir-fried dinnery things, which I'm generally quite keen to eat quickly, and don't always look that photogenic. Will try to do better here!
Still going strong with the weekly montages. Actually it was pretty hard to pick my favourite one this month as I like them all! I've gone with the first one of the year, 5th January, mainly because it has nice holiday memories for me! You can see each montage weekly here if you'd like: http://blog.jaynelloyd.co.uk/tag/weekly-montage/
I hope your year is off to a good start - what did January bring for you?