Yes, you read it right. It's time for New Years Resolutions. It seems like it was not long ago that I was struggling with my 2016 resolutions. Many didn't stick might I add. I may have loved pizza a little too much last year to keep it off the menu. 😜
This year I decided I needed two separate sets of resolutions. One set for my personal life (my husband and I may be working on our own projects 😋), and a set for JMP.
I am not going to get too personal on you guys. So, here is my personal resolutions.
I am going to drink more water and less soda. I am going to walk a minimum of 12,500 steps a day. I am going to snack more often so that my meals as a whole are smaller.
Yep you guessed it I want to lose weight. 😂
My house will be swept less often, and my shelves dusted, rarely. Well I bet you didn't guess this one...
I am going to find my two lovely rescue dogs a home this year! They are so deserving of their forever homes, and they can't wait. So yes, I will have to clean less. Haha. 😋
That is as deep into my personal resolutions as we will go today. I am sure that is not why you started reading! 🙂
So, without further hesitation, here goes something!
This year JMP will be fearless. That nasty little feeling of being scared or worried of what others will think or say is going to be ignored into submission this year. I urge you all to take this same step. This is not something that can be achieved easily. You have to work for it. When inspiration strikes, follow it, and I am not talking about finding this inspiration from your fellow portrait photographers. I am talking about when you walk into a hobby store (HOBBY LOBBY ROCKS!!! BTW), and you see a chair that is a must for a boudoir shoot in a field with white sheets and blowing wind that wraps around and entangles into your model. Finding that vision yourself is wonderful, and let's be honest, when we copy from Pinterest, even if it was a great shoot and everything looked perfect, it just doesn't feel like yours. Your creativity sparks from being fearless! Don't be afraid to do your own thing in 2017!!!
This year JMP will endeavor to be more enlightened. It has always been important to me for a constant flow of knowledge to occur, and that will continue this year in 2017. You can always tell when someone truly loves what they do because they practice and study, because to them becoming better at what they love is a reward in itself. When photography is truly your passion, you will not be content sitting on the sidelines while others are diligently at work trying to become better. In my opinion, this is one of the most important things a photographer can do.
This year JMP will work hard to have strong brand recognition and to provide a spectacular client experience. Okay so if you have worked with JMP in the past I am sure you may be wondering why this is a resolution. I mean how many photographers do you know that meet with you over coffee (STARBUCKS!) to plan out all the details and to make sure that your vision is met for the shoot. But what I can say is that I am always looking for ways to become better at the meetings, because even though that meeting went great, it doesn't mean I cannot strategize for the next one. This is really just another example of the need to always be learning and practicing what you are doing. 😋 I told you it's important. But part of this resolution is becoming known for always providing that excellent experience. In 2017, JMP plans on doing many things to build that name recognition, so that when you are asking who should do your portraits, someone is basically screaming JMP to you. 😎
I hope that 2017 brings about an abundance of blessings for all of you! And I challenge you to work hard to make your dreams, whatever they may be, happen.
Also, in 2017 don't let those memories slip away. JMP is personally challenging each and every one of you guys to document your loved ones and your life more often this year. I challenge you to do one more photo shoot a year than you have done in the past year, rather that is with JMP or not. Don't let 2017 slip away unnoted.