Occasional thoughts from a young adult reveling in the messiness of life.
It’s almost the end of 2012, and I’m happy to report that I will complete everything on my list of “12 Things in 2012!” It was looking alittle hairy at the end of November, with three things left to knock off and one busy month in which to squeeze them in. In accomplishing the two things in this post, though, I am reminded of the whole reason that I created this list in the first place: to keep myself focused on personal goals amidst the craziness of work and all the other “stuff” that typically pulls my focus away from things I want to get done for myself.
And so it is that I have knocked two more things off my list: launching my photography website and starting to charge for photography sessions.
First, the website:
I began creating the site last year, but with the busyness of 2011 and most of 2012, it stayed in its half-finished state for quite a while. However, I’m happy to say that it is now in a place where I’m happy enough with it to share it. So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you ArtisanShipp Photography: http://www.artisanshipp.com. The name is a play on my last name and encapsulates the style of photography that I’d like to continue developing: artful portraits.
Second, charging for photography sessions
It’s winter, so it’s getting cold outside down here in the South. Since most of my portrait sessions (with the exception of newborns) are done outside, I haven’t actually scheduled any paying sessions. But I feel confident in knocking this one off the list because I now have a price list that I can share. (Not to mention the fact that I did have one paying gig in 2012, where I assisted a more seasoned photographer.)
While I don’t expect photography to be my full-time endeavor, I always wanted it to be a “self-supporting hobby,” meaning that I would like to make enough to continue expanding my stash of equipment (it’s an expensive hobby)! Plus, if you’ve ever done a portrait session, you know how time consuming it is, and it wasn’t something that I felt I could continue doing for free. I have invested a lot in my photography education, taking several classes at a local photography school, and I do believe that my work is good enough to charge for (though I must admit that was a hard “hump” to get over).
Now when someone reaches out and asks me to do some pictures, I have both a website and a pricing list to which I can send them. Yipee!!!
Date accomplished: 12/21/12
Here’s a recap of where I am with my list of 12 Things in 2012:
1. Get back into rock climbing.
2. Buy a constant aperture lens.
3. Start playing guitar again.
4. Learn to make edamame.
5. Launch ArtisanShipp website.
6. Renew passport.
7. Learn Italian.
8. Start charging for photography sessions
9. Make that special scarf.
10. Go to Houston.
11. Enter photography contest.
12. Go to Italy.