I can’t believe that this year is 3/4 of the way over!  It seems like just yesterday we moved to Charleston, yet so much has happened in the 9 months since we made the big move from Baltimore.  Let’s check in on my 2012 goals and see what I’ve accomplished since the last time I checked in July.

  • Actively seek opportunities to submit my work for publication, either online or in print – Since July, I’ve had a few session featured and some interviews about my business posted online.  Kiya’s session was featured on The Daily Dog Tag in July, Maddie’s session was featured on Pretty Fluffy in July, I was interviewed for a Featured Artist series on The Red Road in late August, and I also did an interview for the Business Profile series on The Pet Anthology in September.  I still have a handful of sessions to prepare and submit for publication in the next few months so please keep an eye out for that!
  • Blog at least 4 days a week – I’m now posting every weekday… on two blogs (pet + wedding).  It’s not easy but it’s something that I think is important to my business + brand so I’ll continue to keep posting every day going forward.
  • Blog at least one personal post each week – I’m still trying to incorporate more of my every day life into the blog.  I keep thinking that no one will really care about the mundane details of my daily life, but who knows… maybe someone will!
  • Reach 800 Facebook fans – I’m currently at 746 and hope to reach this  huge milestone by the end of the year!  I’m still so grateful for all of my loyal fans + supporters.  It really humbles me to know so many people like what I do.
  • Continue to work with local shelters and rescues in Charleston – I am continuing to work with the Charleston Animal Society and have been in talks with other shelters + rescues in the area about working with them in the future.  I’d love to find a bully rescue to partner with, since that is really where my passion lies.
  • Buy a macro lens – I bought my 100mm f/2.8L macro this summer and love it!
  • Consistently second shoot weddings in Charleston in 2012 – I have second shot a grand total of 29 weddings so far this year which is insane amazing.  I still absolutely love it and I am really looking forward to shooting my own weddings this fall and in the future.
  • Have my pet photography work published in print – I was given the opportunity to shoot the cover story for the June/July issue of Lowcountry Dog Magazine this summer.  I hope to contribute to the magazine more often in the future, although I’m not too sure how many more opportunities there will be for me.  Eventually I’d love to have my work featured in a national pet publication so that is my next big goal.
  • Create a productive and soothing home office area – I finally transformed our guest bedroom into my office and it was perfect timing.  It started off clean + orderly but now it’s a gigantic pile of equipment, paperwork + notebooks.  I really need to clean up in there!
  • Learn how to use on and off-camera flash – I am extremely happy with my on-camera flash abilities.  I started to shoot my flash in manual mode instead of ETTL and that has been a great adjustment.  I also just recently bought a pair of Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites along with a light stand, so off-camera flash is the next thing on my list to conquer.
  • Network with local pet friendly businesses in Charleston – After I was laid off in late July, I was able to focus on networking with local pet-friendly businesses in the area.  I have a few projects lined up for this fall, so stay tuned!
  • Take at least one photography class at the Charleston Center for Photography – Honestly, I haven’t checked into classes at CCforP in a long time.  Maybe I should.
  • Save money to attend a professional convention – I attended WPPI U in Atlanta at the end of July and it was fabulous.  I am definitely trying my hardest to get to Vegas this year, at least for a few days, for the big WPPI convention.  I think this is so important to my wedding photography business, so I’m hoping to make it happen.
  • Attend at least one photography workshop in 2012 – I attended Trevor Dayley’s 31 Gamechangers for Photographers workshop in Charlotte, NC in September.  It was a two-day intensive workshop and it was phenomenal.
  • Consistently look for new and exciting products to offer my clients – I haven’t added anything new to my lineup since the KISS album and metallic prints.  I feel very content with my print + product lineup at the moment, but I think I’ll be tweaking my pricing for 2013 for sure.
  • Continually look for ways to improve my workflow – I picked up some great workflow tips from Jared Platt at WPPI U and Trevor Dayley from his workshop.  Implementing these things has enabled me to start turning around pet sessions in 24 hours!  But shhhh…. I like to surprise my clients with that information :)
  • Book at least 12 private client sessions for 2012 – I believe I’m around 10 private client sessions this year with a few pending inquiries at the moment.  I’ve also booked 5 weddings for 2013 which is super exciting!
  • Rewrite website and blog content in 2012 to better align with my brand – I’m tweaking things here and there but nothing major so far.  I’m really happy with the clients I’m attracting with my website + blog so I figure, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
  • Reach out to photographers in Charleston – I met with a few new photographers over the past few months and have formed some great relationships with them.  I love meeting other photographers!
  • Experiment with film photography – I don’t think this is going to happen until next year since my time now is going to be completely devoted to building my pet + wedding photography businesses.  This is still something I want to do though, so it will stay on my list of goals for 2013.

It’s been another eventful 3 months.  I was laid off and launched my wedding photography business.  I’ve gone full-time with my photography businesses and I’m loving every minute of it.  I can’t wait to see what the next 3 months holds for me.  Thanks for joining me on this journey!

And because I can’t blog without a picture, here’s Camden in downtown Baltimore last week on our trip back to Maryland :)