The year of change
Looking back through this year, I am simply humbled by what has transpired. The concerts and artists I have been fortunate enough to photograph has been incredible, I have worked with some of the best folks in the business from radio, television and beyond. Venue management has been incredible to work with from locally in Fort Myers throughout the Tampa Bay area, just top-notch all the way. I’ve had some incredible referrals from those I’ve worked with and photographed for which has opened up some amazing opportunities and I am so very grateful for them. I’ve had my work featured on some major artist’s social media outlets which just astonishes me; it simply staggers my mind to know they are looking at my work. And I have been able to meet a lot of new people in areas I would have never expected.
2014 was all about change and learning who I was as a photographer, going into the new year I wasn’t quite sure what direction I wanted to take with my photography, I knew I wanted to film events, but beyond that I still wasn’t sure. After engaging in a few different subject matters I know what and who I want to shoot. The concerts, festivals and events are my number one choice for photography; I love the lights and bending my creativity to make the lighting work around the artists. I have also found I enjoy weddings, especially the small destination weddings, but I really enjoy shooting them more than I thought I would initially, and I get to work with my favorite photographer, my son Tommy. The other subject I enjoy immensely is shooting women over 40, I find that empowering and also joyful for myself and for them, especially when they see how beautiful they are. Finally I will continue to relax by heading to the woods, ‘Glades or a local zoo and simply shoot what I want. This keeps me balanced and focused on what really matters.
This year also taught me all about those who have supported me and how incredible they are. One of my very dear friends has fought the battle of her life, but will be starting out 2015 completely cancer free! I love my friends, they understand me and have been there to cheer me on. I have made a few new friends too, those who went from being acquaintances to full-fledged friends. I can’t imagine life without them now.
Looking to the Future
With 2015 right around the corner I have to come up with my next steps in my five-year plan; I need to sit down with pen and paper and write out what I would like to see for this next year that will fit within my goals. I’m a planner and goal setter and for things to happen in my world I must have a plan.
2014 – This was the year for getting my feet wet as a photographer, deciding what I wanted to focus on and where I want to take this awesome business.
2015 – This will be the year of marketing myself more, hitting major goals such as becoming an LLC and setting up a full business plan and scope of services and opening more doors for myself. I know I’m good enough and I am constantly wanting to learn new techniques and learn from those more seasoned.
2016 – Begin the transition to becoming a full-time photographer
2017 – Open a fully operating gallery and studio
2018 – Retiring from full-time job and taking on photography full-time with my son Tommy
These are lofty goals and I know I will hit each one of them. I don’t need to compete with anyone as my work speaks for itself and those who are in front of my lens are there for a reason. I have been blessed with a talent, but more than that I have been blessed with the passion, to hold a camera, to view what is in my lens and to create greatness from that image. A long time friend told me recently that my dad would be incredibly proud of me for where I have taken this love, and I understand now, what I did not understand then, my dad had a passion for capturing images and freezing time; it was his superpower. This year I will make it mine.
Happy 2015 Everyone!