Alright, this is the last post about my 2016 Wedding Photography goals, I promise. I could have just made a list of all my goals and posted it in one blog post, but I feel that explaining each one means much more. If you have no idea what I am talking about check out my first three goals and then the next three goals.
2016 Wedding Photography Goals pt 3
7. Continue My Education
I truly believe in being a life long learner. When there’s something I don’t know about or don’t understand, I quickly go and start learning everything I can about it. It’s a weird fascination I have with things. I believe that learning makes you better at things, and I want to continue to improve my business. I’m already on the right path this year. This weekend I will be traveling to Georgia for a national photo convention. I’ll spend the next three days listening to some of the best photographers in the country and learning. Lately I’ve also been watching training from the company Creative Live. I’ve managed to pick up some nice tricks from that. The last part of my education really doesn’t have to do with photography. I want to learn about business. I have no formal business training, and I think it’s holding me back. I need to learn about marketing and branding and plenty of other things that I don’t even know exist. By the end of the year, I should have gained some major knowledge and skills.
8. Be Organized
If you saw my office, you’d know what I’m talking about. I’m not organized. I tend to put things just randomly here or there. I have a good idea where everything is, but it looks gross and it takes me longer than it should to find things. My wife has already been helping me with this. We went through my equipment closet, and now I have so much more space. It’s amazing how that works. The other big area of organization is my time. I get sidetracked a lot and spend chunks of time here and there doing nothing. I need to structure my time, so I know exactly what I am doing, so I can focus on a goal. I’ve done this before and it made a difference. I need to know exactly what I am supposed to be doing every day at each time. Then there’s no confusion or excuse.
9. Learn Names
This is a real weak spot for me. I’m so bad with names. I remember faces and things about people, but names just disappear. I’d like to blame this on the hundreds of students I have to memorize, but that’s no excuse. This is a personal business and it’s very impersonal if I can’t call someone by name. It also makes giving instructions really complicated. Sometimes I have to just point at people and describe their clothes to make it clear to whom I am talking. My goal with this is to at least know all the names of the people in the bridal party and the parents of the couple. I’ll have to look into some strategies for this, some beside the Michael Scott techniques (The Office).
I work way too much. I have people tell me all the time that they don’t know how I handle all of this. I’m not going to lie, it’s tough, and I probably can’t do this for too much longer. I’ve decided I’m going to mark off a set amount of time or certain days or limit the amount of weddings I do some I have time off. During those days, I won’t be allowed to work on photography things. No checking my email or editing, just relaxing. I know my wife will love this because that means she can get a vacation out of me.
That’s it. That’s what I’m aiming for. I’m going to print these 10 things off and have them visible. It’s hard to ignore something when you see it every single day. Feel free to give any advice on any of my goals or even drop me a line about your 2016 wedding photography goals. Maybe I’ll like some of them and set them up for 2017.