A Year For The Books
Finding the good in a sea of bad
This year was one hell of a ride, a ride like one at the county fair where you're not quite sure if you'll survive it or not to be more precise, but a ride nonetheless. While it would be easy to dwell on the overwhelmingly high number of negatives in a year filled with significantly more down's than up's, I find myself in a uncommonly good situation given the pandemic and it's seemingly endless impact on us all.
When the lockdowns happened, it impacted everyone differently. For photographers it means we lost many gigs we have come to rely on and look forward to. For me that meant a medical conference I had covered for years was cancelled with no reschedule date in sights. While a minor inconvenience and a bit of a bummer, luckily for me this would be the beginning of the end of bad news for me.
With a pandemic only getting worse and needing to go back into the office, my wife and I began to weigh a decision of giving up working to become a stay-at-home dad. Since I was starting to get gigs more consistently despite the pandemic, it became an easy choice. The decision was made even easier given the fact that we were expecting our second daughter in February and being able to have both of us able to help 24/7 during my wife's maternity leave is something not everyone is fortunate enough to have.
Heading into the latter part of this year I took part in a business growth program to help rebrand myself and hone in on what it was I wanted to do as a photographer. Coupling this with a great new relationship with a local high school girls soccer team and getting brought on as a contractor for two national companies, my year was wrapping up quite nicely with a ton of upside potential heading into 2021. While I may not be entirely clear on how things will shape up, I know that for the first time in a long time I have a clear vision of what I want to achieve and even better a plan on how to make it happen.
Some ideas I have heading into 2021 that I would love to try and make happen if anyone is interested are listed out below. If you'd like to give one a shot, let me know!
- Family snowball fight
- Family snowman building
- Family sledding session
- "Mommy And Me"
- More outdoor youth sports (soccer, baseball, lacrosse etc)
- Business branding session
- "Dudeoir" style shoot
- "BFF" session
I hope everyone is as optimistic as I am heading into 2021, or at least sees a light at the end of the tunnel. This has been a crazy year for us all and I truly believe that brighter days are ahead of us. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts and checking out my Instagram page!
Happy New Year everyone!