What can I say about 2022?
So much! But like many folks, I like to take time and reflect on the year – what went well and where I can improve. Taking a moment to look at my personal and professional life this last year, I can say, without hesitation, it has been full of joy and sadness. There have been many challenges, lots of problem-solving as well as moments of pure gratitude.
My Amazing Network
I’m so thankful for my network. They are amazing! Having a network isn’t about what they can do for you or referrals they can send your way but it is a two-way street. Also, as an entrepreneur, your network can be your sounding board, help you when you need referrals for services, and help cheer you on. Again, this is a relationship and I count myself lucky to be able to be a sounding board, cheerleader, or help share my referrals/vendors with others.
Challenges & Problem Solving
Lighting can be a challenge and depending on the location frequently requires quick thinking and problem-solving skills. The same is true for outdoor shoots in the Pacific Northwest. The summer is generally safer to schedule without fear of rain. However, the fall, winter, and spring present the biggest challenges for the weather. Knowing the places that have covered areas for photos is very important, but also being aware of rules for allowing pets (they are family too), or if they are accessible.
My Awesome Clients
Yes, I am bragging. I do have awesome clients. We get to laugh and maybe dance a little to music during the shoot. I get to capture special family moments or take a new headshot for someone starting a new work journey. I’m so grateful for the trust they put in me.
My Incredible Husband
I’m so blessed to have such a supportive husband. He is my biggest cheerleader in my business. He’s always encouraging me to try and make my dream a reality. I regularly run my blog posts by him, get his thoughts on an edit I’m not sure about, or even location ideas. He’s been my model when I have wanted to try new equipment or see how a location looks during a specific time of day. Lighting can be critical!
Professional development, in any career, is so important. As technology changes, we need to keep up. Understanding what tools are available and how to use them is necessary for running a successful business. I regularly work on a variety of professional development activities throughout the year. And, in January, I am doing something I have never done before; attending my first photography conference! The conference is several days and includes a variety of speakers and an expo. I guess that the whole conference experience will make my head spin. Bring it on!
I am excited to see what 2023 has in store.
I'm a Vancouver, WA photographer focusing on portraits and have a love of travel!