I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media showing their favourites images of the year. Indeed it’s good to look back on 2018 and review your achievements. I find this very motivating and as a sentimental person, love to relive those moments when I took the image. To be honest though, I haven’t looked to find a favourite. My goal for next year is to plan better and allocate time for photography rather than fit it in wherever possible.
I am in full time employment which includes working a full weekend per month. I am a father of a 4 year old who when not exploring the kitchen drawers, singing his heart out 80% of the day or skydiving on my head from the perch of the sofa, needs attention. My work exhausts me. I am a people manager and not all people are the same. I love my photography and vlogging and this is my time. It’s very important to me to keep this going.
My only planned time is my photography sessions themselves which are currently every fortnight. I do occasionally fit another one in should time allow me to. A normal photography session is a full days event including travel. I combine my love of photography with my love of the fells so can involve a 10 mile plus hike. These sessions are usually no easy walk in the park but I put the time away to make sure these happen.
What I am mainly referring to is what I call admin time. Editing videos, editing photo’s, updating my social media, updating my website which includes uploading new photo’s and also to write a blog. Going forward into 2019, I am planning to allocate 2 days per week for admin. I will not however pressurise myself and suffer burnout. I will however make a point to balance it out and stay committed.
So what is in store for 2019? I will continue to commit to fortnightly photo sessions where possible but I am hoping to meet other vloggers. I have 4 in mind as we speak. Just to imagine this time last year I had not been on a landscape photography session with another photographer is hard to believe. My good YouTube buddy Chris Sale introduced me to this concept of being socialable. On the subject of Chris, we are planning a workshop in Spring, jointly run for an exclusive one time price of zero. Hopefully this will lead on to further adventures.
It has always been a goal and sure for many a landscape photographer to sell prints. 2019 will see the launch of my print shop on my website. I also plan to produce a calendar for 2020. This calendar will be different, the images will be selected not by me but my audience. I hope to increase interaction and form a loyal group of people who follow me on YouTube. I am proud to have a good set of subscribers and pleased my YouTube channel has grown in 2018. I want this light to not go out.
I’ll leave this blog with a selection of my favourite images. I have absolutely loved 2018 and looking forward to 2019. Keep smiling