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Goals Part II: 2019 Plans | Sweet Wally Photography | Nashville Photographer | Bowling Green KY Photographer

Update: I have applied to Click Pro! (This was a 2018 goal that missed the deadline by a couple of weeks. I will get my results in two weeks or less. Will be following up on that!)

And on to 2019 Photography Goals!

Once I started to think about a list of what I’d like to do and how I’d like to grow in my photography this year, nothing immediately came to mind. Perhaps it was because I was undertaking two of the three 2018 goals and my brain just couldn’t add any more to the docket?

But I was chatting with a friend about my drone and she asked if I had mastered it. My answer: “Far from it.” And from there my list began…

  1. Master Drone Photography

    Well, let’s be honest: if there is any truth in the old saying “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst,” I will be far from a master in one year’s time. But I’d like to feel confident in how and where and what I capture when flying my drone by year’s end.

    I received a GoPro Karma drone for my birthday last year, and though I’ve taken it out a few times, I have far from really gotten the hang of it. I live close to a small airport, and I’m paranoid about tripping up some pilot on a small engine plane and wreaking havoc…so it mostly stays in its case unless we go camping. But no more! So that’s goal numero uno.

  2. Create Two Family Films

    I’m currently taking the Everyday Films workshop and I am loving it (and frustrated by it and excited by it…and all those other things that come along with learning something new). I want to ensure I apply those skills by creating at least two family films of my family this year: one of summer (I always seem more inspired in the summer) and one of a family trip.

  3. Take a Monthly Self-Portrait

    Two years ago, I made a point to get in the frame with my children. (Being present in photos is my soapbox after all.) This year, I want to continue on that but push myself to not hide behind my children, to be bold in showing myself. It is where I’m least comfortable so that means it is necessary. January has been captured…so one down, 12 to go!

So that’s the Big Three for 2019! Hold me to it…

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography specializes in capturing motherhood. She is a family, maternity and lifestyle newborn photographer serving the Nashville are and Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is available for travel.

Photography Goals for 2018 | Sweet Wally Photography | Nashville Photographer | Bowling Green KY Photographer

Are you a list person? Like do you enjoy writing things down and checking them off? I totally am. I will even write something down I've already accomplished just to have the satisfaction of crossing through it. Tell me I'm not alone? Or just politely nod and keep scrolling...

I'm also a big goals person and no better time to write down those goals than in the new year! Actually, I'm a fan of writing down goals just because it's a Monday, so you can imagine the excitement that the turn of a calendar brings me. 

And if there is one way to hold you accountable with goals, it's to place them on a public forum. For your business. Where people find out more about you. Nothing intimidating about that at all...

But in that spirit of accountability, here they are! My Photography Goals for 2018...

1) Find a mentor. I see some inconsistencies with my portfolio that I'm coming up short resolving on my own. And coming from a business background, I have seen, read and felt the positive outcomes of working with someone who is where you want to be. So enlisting a photography mentor to help with my other goals is priority numero uno.

2) Apply to Click Pro. My photography journey began and continues with ClickinMoms, and since I posted my first photos for critique on the forum in December 2014, it has been my goal to be among the Click Pro crowd. Click Pro is "a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists," and receiving that label comes with a lot of work and prep. A photographer submits a portfolio of 150 images to be reviewed by 3-5 judges who score her in six different categories. A score of 32 is needed for acceptance and for that sought after #clickpro hashtag. I plan to apply by Memorial Day. Hold me to it.

3) Learn video. My camera is awesome (Nikon D750) and it is my third child. We've been together for nearly two years, yet I haven't scratched the surface of everything it has to offer, including video. I dabble here and there, but in 2018 I'd really like to create some video content for my family and the families I photograph.

So that's the big three! (Shout out if you get that This Is Us reference). Cheers to a fun and productive 2018! Let's check in at the halfway mark in June, shall we?

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography | Bowling Green KY Photographer

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography is a maternity & lifestyle newborn photographer serving Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee. She loves photographing babies, bellies and her everyday at home with her kiddos.