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As I know that I’d inevitably fail at any typical New Year’s resolution that I should attempt, I thought I’d outline some things I’d like to accomplish within the scope of photography. 2015 was an incredible year for my photograghy and it will be hard to top, but here are some things I’d like to accomplish.

Blog more

Success! Well, not just yet. I do want to try and blog more often and with better consistency. Outside of photographing people, I’m constantly reading, researching, testing and playing with new photography gear. There’s plenty to write about. I want to recap my sessions with better consistency and I want to start writing about some of my learning experiences as well. All of the new gear ties into my next resolution…

Spend less on gear, spend more on travel

If I look back at my photography bag from the start of 2015, very few of those lenses still remain in my bag today. People will say “it’s not the gear that makes the photographer” and there is A LOT of truth to that. However, there are limitations of every piece of gear and when you want to provide your clients with the absolute highest quality product that you can afford to, you have to make some financial sacrifices. I don’t want to do the math on what I’ve spent on glass this year, but I do know where I’d like to spend more of that money. Travel.

You can buy as much gear as you’d like, but your money will always be better spent on experiences where you can use that gear. I’m a total hypocrite to say that in light of recent purchases (my Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART is in the mail :D), but that’s something I’d like to change for 2016. Several months ago I picked up a used Fujifilm x100s and it has been an enlightening experience. I can leave my bag of glass at home and enjoy my experiences a bit more while still coming home with some killer images.

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Upgrade my second body

This would be a really weird resolution if we weren’t talking about cameras. Yes, it’s totally contradictory to the last resolution, but this is something I think would vastly improve my ability to photograph weddings and events. For portraits sessions, I use one camera. For events, where timing is of the essence, you’re likely to see me with two cameras on my shoulder and I’d like to upgrade that second one. How am I going to afford that? see next resolution

Shoot more

I took a TON of photos in 2015. Like, tens of thousands. I spent days editing. That said, I want to shoot more. Every new shooting experience I had in the past year was amazing. There is no better way to improve your work than to put yourself in an unfamiliar situation. I want to continue to test myself in 2016 and I hope to see the same kind of improvement in my work as I did last year.

I do want to take a moment here to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who allowed me to photograph them or their event in 2015. All of my sessions and events were full of laughter and smiles — I have the photographs to prove it!

Let me know, what are your New Year’s resolutions?

Cheers,

Jason