I used to never make resolutions because I was afraid I wouldn't keep them.
If it was important enough to make a promise to myself, then why couldn't I do it on any other day of the year? Why the first, specifically? But since I've procrastinated as usual, and here it's the 5th already, I feel like this is prime time for resolution making. And since I'm making them public, I'll have you all to hold me accountable.
I have two kinds of resolutions, photography related and life related.
Life Related (these are more important, although it's hard to remember that, sometimes).
Consume less. And, consume consumables. I don't want to surround myself with things. Living in a small apartment is teaching me about how much junk I really have. I want my extra money (when it comes around, if it does) to go to new experiences: travel, education, even going out to restaurants or concerts. For me, this is a difficult resolution.
Give more. To people on the street, to my friends, to charities or causes I believe in . . . do more favors. Be more available to help.
Enjoy. The little things. Good meals. Walks in the park. Listening to great music.
Shoot More Portraits. I love taking pictures of people, but often I am just too shy about actually doing it.
Get Paid. I'd like to make this photography thing a bit more lucrative, if only to justify my obsession by turning it into a useful skill. Know anyone in the SF Bay Area who needs some photos taken?
Increase my percentage of keepers. I want to go out shooting more, but come back with fewer photos. There are times now when I take a photo and I know it's not going to be good, as I press the shutter button. I want to be able to stop myself from taking that shot, and go and search out a better shot. Plus, my hard drives are filling up with photos at an alarming pace!
Print more. What good are my images if they never get off the computer? I've got plenty of wall space that's just calling my name!
What about you? What are your resolutions? Did you make any?