So for 2013 I decided to go ahead and post my year goals for Amy Shutt Photography. 2012 was a great year for me. I have learned a lot, meet some great people, and produced images I am excited about. But, there is always more to learn, more people to meet, and more images to produce!
This past year I decided to focus primarily on animal/pet portraiture and commercial work and I will continue to do so in 2013. I think my ultimate challenge this year will be the attempt to incorporate animals in some shape or form into every piece I shoot (except freelance work, of course!). The human/animal relationship has always been of great interest to me and exploring this in my photography work is going to be a huge work in progress hopefully for the rest of my photography career. With this theme in mind, I have made a master list of 15 on-going personal projects I plan to begin in 2013 and I couldn’t be more excited. I feel dedicating the majority of my time to the endeavors I find most fulfilling will only help me to become the best photographer I can be.
So, on to my goal list for 2013:
- Actually use my blog http://amyshuttphotography.blogspot.com ! Blog at least 1x a week
- Begin working on my 15 personal projects that focus on the animal/human relationship. Post these as working project galleries on my website http://www.amyshutt.com
- Save up for two new lenses, one new Speedlight, one new strobe, several new modifiers, and a vagabond mini so I can really work to perfect my lighting techniques.
- Do more outside ‘lifestyle’ type shoots with pets and owners
- Continue my rescue and shelter work with CAA Catio, APAWS, YELP! Baton Rouge, and Sula Foundation
- Reach 1000 fans on my Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amyshuttphoto
- Continue to teach my classes, workshops, and continue teaching my private mentoring sessions.
- Finish painting and setting up my studio! And when it's done, I’m gonna have a studio party.
- Produce print samples and products/album samples for studio and website.
- Make a large format book of my work for studio
- Book at least 36 pet portrait and commercial clients
- Continue freelance work with current magazine and company and reach out to get more freelance work for local publications and beyond.
- Submit pet/animal photography for publication online and print.
- Network, network, network with like minded people, companies, businesses, and artists!
Thanks for all the support, guys! You made my 2012 a memorable and appreciative learning experience! :)