New Year Resolutions - ACHughesPhoto

Happy New Year!!!

Hi guys, and Happy New Year to you all!!!

I hope you all had a great New Year and that you aren’t suffering too much from all the festivities over the holiday period.

As always when we get to the New Year we look over the past 12 months to see our achievements, plan for the year ahead and make your resolution for the year about how to improve things about you or your lifestyle.

For me, 2013 was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and it wasn’t until I found a link on Facebook that highlighted my year, that I remembered everything that went on.

Firstly, I had some fairly worrying news about a family members’ health. I was made redundant and was out of work for 5 months, which I used to improve my photography skills, not by much, but a little. I made some great friends through a local photography group. I signed up to NAPP (click the link or see my NAPP blog), and again made great new friends through them, in particular Dave Clayton, which I can’t thank enough for all of his help, support and advice that he’s given to me this year. And more recently a very talented chap called Craig McCormick, you really need to check out his website!

I had one of my pictures chosen by NAPP for image of the week, which then subsequently got published in Photoshop User Magazine, which still makes me grin now as I type this.

I then became part of the creative group over at Off The Barrow, who kindly decided that some of my pictures were good enough to sell as prints (Thanks Steve!). After months of job hunting I applied for a small time job, got myself an interview and managed to land myself a better job with the same company, to which I still have no idea how that happened, but I am still incredibly grateful for. All of which I could not have done without the love and support of my wife Amy.

Then came the news that I was least expecting and one that cost me a few strands of what little hair I have left. And after a worrying few weeks, my wife Amy and I broke the news: we were going to become parents, and I sent out this not so cryptic message to family and friends for them to decipher.

With all that in mind I started thinking, how can I improve my 2014? Or more to the point, how can I improve myself in 2014, other than learning how to be a good dad.

I decided to look at ways to improve myself as a photographer and how would I do that. I looked at:

• Learning a new technique

• Starting a project

• Entering photography competitions

• Upgrading my gear (which I found out that just by owning a top of the range camera, does not make you a top of the range photographer)

• Reading and educating myself more about photography

• Simply, more practice, more practice & more practice.

Then I thought about the practicalities of trying to fit all this in around a new born, and then it hit me: BE MORE ORGANISED.

So, my New Years’ resolution is to be more organised. I’m going to start writing down my ideas, properly research and plan shoots, organise a project (obviously there’s a baby project coming up), and set time aside to learn new skills and techniques (and actually read all the new books I had for Christmas, and not just look at the pictures). And this is something I can integrate into my everyday life.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, change never is, but in the end, it is ultimately always worth it.

So what is your New Years’ resolution for 2014? Feel free to share your ideas and resolutions with everyone in the comments below. You never know, you may inspire someone.

Thanks guys, have a great 2014!!


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