I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions. Instead I like to compile a list of goals, both personal and professional. For the personal goals I keep it, well, personal, and jot them down in a Moleskin journal. You know, things like loosing weight, exercise more, etc. For my professional photography goals I like to share it publicly because I find it helps keep me on track and hopefully, to encourage others to set their own goals. Regardless, it’s now something I take the time to do every year, so here goes.
Highlights of 2015
Art Shows & Exhibits
Since I was winding down to begin our nomadic lifestyle in the later part of the year I wasn’t willing to do any shows. I needed to reduce my inventory and not create new pieces. The only show I did participate in started at the end of 2014 and finished in February of 2015. It was the Pacific Shores Photography Exhibition in my hometown of Coos Bay where I placed first, much to my surprise and delight!
Interviews & Recognitions
In April I was interviewed by Alex Vita for Foreground Web. Alex is a web developer that has a really good blog where he has several articles not just for web geeks, but for photographers who want to improve their web presence.
In May I was interviewed by David Johnston of Photography Roundtable for his podcast series. We had scheduled the interview for February but I had gotten the flu so we needed to reschedule. One sad thing for me about getting sick in February was that I had to miss the NANPA Summit that I had already paid for and was very excited about. So I lost the money from that trip but glad that I didn’t get sick while there.
I found out in July that Landscape Photography Magazine chose me as Photographer of the Week with a short interview.
Also in July 500px released an article on their blog, 15 Amazing Women Landscape Photographers You Should Follow Right Now. I was honored to be among those women listed.
Oregon Coast Magazine licensed one of my photos for their 2016 calendar.
In October 2014 I mentioned I was hired by a media company from L.A. to participate in a TV commercial that was filmed in Portland, Oregon. I couldn’t say much about it until they launched the commercial in March (2015). I wrote about it here. The commercial was for 123RF on their promotion called Create & Inspire.
Now that I’m living a nomadic life, you may wonder where you can find my work in Oregon. Right before leaving in July, I brought more inventory to the gallery in Bandon. This is my fourth year at the Second Street Gallery. I will continue to keep my work displayed there into the future.
I also still have some pieces at Your Space Designs in Coos Bay. Any of my photos can be ordered in custom sizes. Drop by if you are in Coos Bay as it’s a beautiful showroom.
Right before leaving, I was asked by Mindpower Gallery in Reedsport if I could bring them some woodland photos for a display they were going to do. It was perfect timing as I had some inventory that needed to find a home and they were happy to put them on display. I’m hoping to expand my relationship with them in the future.
New Things Coming for 2016
Last year I wrote about moving towards living a nomadic life. Then I wrote another post after living three months on the road. The end of December marked six months living mobile! Watch for that post coming soon.
My husband and I are just beginning to compile a list of places to travel to this year. I have many great locations on my bucket list but realize I don’t have to do it all in one year. Since living mobile is our lifestyle now, we hope to spend as much time as we like in an area of interest so that I can learn the area and find the best locations to photograph. Rest assured, I will be going to some amazing places this year!
I mentioned early in the year that I would be creating a website specifically for our travels, well, it’s live and called RVplus2. Both my husband and I are writing the content. I hope you’ll follow along.
I guess my second biggest goal this year besides more travel, is to create my own products for my online shop. I have a few projects in the works and hope to share them with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!