Planning and Preparation
Perfect planning and preparation (and practice) prevents poor performance! I expect like many of us you started the year off with a few resolutions. Hopes and dreams for the coming year especially considering the current economic climate.
I do this every year and always make sure I have done something radically different and out of my comfort zone by the following Christmas. Otherwise I feel it has been a year with no momentum or impetus. Like I haven’t moved forward in any way.
This doesn't necessarily mean work, photography or even money related. It could mean personal goals and achievements in anything to do with your life.
However, your passion for photography may be burning brightly in you. You may feel you want to move ahead with gusto. Get on with it no matter what your current standard of photography is.
It may be that you are a complete newcomer. However, you may KNOW deep inside that it is what you want to do for a living. You may be an advanced amateur and feel fairly confident in your abilities. You've mastered the skills, but you just lack the confidence for that final push.
Break out of your comfort zone
The only way to learn as a beginner is to read and DO so keep your camera with you at all times and practice, after planning and preparation. Get out of your comfort zone, break the mould and think like a professional photographer from the start. If you are more experienced, you just need to believe that you can "go pro" and start doing it.
This doesn't mean jacking in your job today but simply start to make headway. Get a wedding or two booked, start advertising and getting yourself out there. Don't sit and watch "whatless" TV every night.
Try not to waste countless hours on Facebook (although a little of what you fancy does you good). Do at least one thing positive every day that will continuously and consistently get you one step closer to your goal.
Some (sometimes crazy) stuff I have done
Some of the (sometimes crazy and seemingly pointless) things I have done in the past using goals set at the beginning of a new year include: (even just writing down past achievements motivates me so why not give that a try yourself?):
Planning and Preparation - Future goals
My mid term future goals include:
So why have I gone so philosophical in my January 2009 newsletter?
For a start, if any of this motivates just one person then I will be happy. Also, I have learned in the past that no matter how bad things get (credit crunch, recession etc.), as long as you have your health, you will still be here in 12 months.
Whether you are richer or poorer, happier or less content, it is up to you which paths you choose. My past experiences made the last year (moving country and house 3 times with young family in tow) that much easier to bear.
Got the winter blues?
If you have the January/February winter blues and really feel that this is the year for you to make a change, take action now no matter how small, just take it. We are currently writing the new courses for the upcoming membership section of ATP. The plan is for this to become all you need to know to get started. For moving ahead with your photography.
I have had some great feedback and responses so far and as with most things I do. I keep adding to it and hope to eventually include the following for ATP's new members:
The moral of this story? There isn’t really one, I am just sick of all the doom and gloom in the British media lately. Think positive, get on with your own planning and preparation and good things will happen!