2014 Photo Challenge

Happy 2014!  Wow what a whirlwind of a Holiday Season.  Sorry I have been so absent lately – two bouts some nasty cases of viruses through the household makes for some sleepiness nights and eh…I will spare you the rest of the details.  The only one to survive without getting sick (KNOCK ON WOOD) was little Jonah bear (phew!).  Luckily I had days off from “work” so I got to snuggle with my boys and take care of myself but feeding a baby while having this “norovirus” is not my definition of a Happy Holiday.  Bring on 2014 and goodbye sickness!

To kick off the new year I am sharing my 2014 challenge with you all.  They say, one of the more important things when you set a goal – write it down and share it.

Not too long ago I splurged and got a nice DSLR and some online photo classes and more or less self taught myself how to take a decent photo.  Main objective: capture our kiddos and family through the years because time flies!  I leave the professional shots for their birthday each year to the pro (Rusty Wright from Waldron Photography - he is INCREDIBLE!) but I want to make sure 1) I am putting this nice camera to good use and 2) while I am not too sentimental about other items and can purge like no other, I love photos and truly cherish them.  My friends actually give me a hard time because it seems as though we are constantly taking new family photos but like I said, photos are my thing.

2014 Challenge – take ONE photo each week of each kiddo.

Don’t worry – I won’t share each week with you but I wanted to give you Week 1.  How does this tie into decor?  Well I plan to turn this into a great photo book at the end of the year.  Again, I use My Publisher to make my photo books because I think they have great quality and sales.

Also, if anyone is a rookie like I was and still really am and want to learn basic lessons but don’t have the time to go out and take classes at a local university or such, I would highly recommend Nicole’s Classes.  I took the Photo 101 class and plan on taking Lightroom 101 this March.  I am so excited to actually start being able to properly edit photos!  Best yet, I snagged a recent deal so the online class was only $80.  Having the ability to read through the lessons and watch the videos but also have the accountability of completing the “homework” and having a live teacher to ask questions was exactly what I was looking for and need with my busy schedule.  Check it out – they have a TON of amazing classes that are wonderful at Nicole’s Classes – I want to take them all!

This week my viewpoint was pretty standard and basic “headshot” type but I can’t wait to see how these photos evolve over the year and am already looking forward to making my coffee table photo book for 2014!

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Do share – what have you challenged yourself to accomplish / change / improve on in 2014?

 

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