Grasp The Moment Photography

What Am I Going To Do In 2009?

Well, now that 2008 is over, and good riddance, it’s time to get my big ole butt in gear.

2008 was a year of personal challenges, and I’m really hoping to avoid that kinda crap in the new year. (Yeah, I know, let’s just pretend, ok?) That will leave me plenty of time to focus on my professional life. While my number one priority will remain to find a day job, there are a number things I want to accomplish in my hobby of photography. As the ball dropped the other night I reflected on them, and thought I should write them down, maybe writing them down would force me to accomplish them. But then I found the loophole that if I lost the paper I wrote them on…. which is why I’m here posting a non-photography related post on a PhotoBlog .. how ghastly!!! I mean what’s the chances of my losing the entire internet, right?

So, this is what I want to do this year….

Resolution # 1 – Sell – I never wanted to make a million dollars off my work, and I never want to do it professionally, but I’ve got all these images sitting around, and maybe there’s a little old lady in Kansas who would love a photo a graffiti covered staircase in her living room. I’m going to use sites like Ebay and RedBubble to sell a print here or there. I’m also gonna actually listen to my sister, and try to find out about art fairs. Might not sell a damn thing, but I’ve got learn that for myself. I’ve got to learn the fine art of tagging my photos and I’m currently brokering a deal with a brilliant mind that will be paid in slices from Carlos. Wish me luck.

Resolution # 2 – Upgrade – Santa didn’t bring me all the nice shiny gear I wanted for Christmas, which means I’ve got to go out and buy it myself. Well… maybe if I do a good enough job with resolution #1…

Resolution # 3 – Keep Up With My Blog Dawg was right, my blog is horribly erratic, but unfortunately it mirrors my current life. That shouldn’t be the case & I promise to do better. By the way, thanks so much for the recognition, I’m shooting for making the list next year too. I’ve joined PhotoBlog community to draw traffic to my blog, but how interesting will it be if there’s never anything new? In short, I’ll write more.

Resolution # 4 – Keep Up With My Comrade’s Blogs I know so many amazingly talented photographers who go out of their way to share their great art with the world and I should be paying attention more. I promise to keep up with the going on’s of my granny, Sue Henry, Jen Rinaldi, Heather McCullah, Julie Lawson, Scott Bulger, Lincoln Palmer, Jake Easley and more. I should also be keeping up with the wealth of advice and knowledge give by Damien Franco on Your Photo Tips and great blogs like Lightroom Killer Tips, Pro Photo Show and Epic Edits. All of these site mentioned, and any I may have forgetten not only entertain, but inspire me, and help me better myself and my art. I’ll be more active in 2009, reading and commenting.

Resolution # 5 – Keep Shooting All of the above will seem pretty silly and pointless if I have no new material. I need to get out more, see more, shoot more. I’m gonna promise to work harder on the A to Z Challenge at YourPhotoForum. I’ve drawn the first work of 2009 and it’s staring at me from my desk. I’ve got no idea where I’m going in 2009, but I promise to bring my camera with me… and thus, all of you.

So now I need your help. Basically, I need you to break my balls every day. Hey – it’s leap year, you even get an extra day to do so. If you see me slacking, yell at me, slap me in the back of the head, call me at 4 in the morning and scream obscenities at me. It’s ok, I probably deserve it.

2009 will be a year of moments, and I promise to grasp as many as I can.


13 responses

  1. suehenryphotography

    Ya know, I’m proud that you call me your “Granny!” šŸ™‚

    By the way….I posted YOUR “Inspiration: A to Z” words on my blog in a new page called “Looking for Inspiration?” I want your “inspiration” words front and center to help inspire ME…..

    Happy New Year, Brian. Hope your year is filled with happiness, success, and many, many great moments to “grasp!”

    Thanks for your friendship and inspiration, friend!

    January 3, 2009 at 4:26 pm

  2. Jenn

    And so begins your journey…
    I’m proud of you, Brian-
    your goals are practical, and realistic,
    Quite the inspiration, I must say!
    And the chance to slap you in the head from time to time?
    What a bonus!
    Seriousely, though-
    Shedding the skin of the past to feel the warmth of your true self is a daunting task, scary to most. You seem to have embraced it with confidence and strength, and I really do see you doing well this time around.
    You know I’m here for any help you need.
    Though, I’ll probably be relying on you for that- lol!
    Sending the best of my vibes…

    January 3, 2009 at 7:57 pm

  3. StKev

    Dear Weird Hair and Earmuffs,
    The Dead are playing Nassau AND the Garden. How bad can this year be?

    January 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

  4. StKev

    PS. Congrats on your mention.

    January 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm

  5. Hey Brian, Happy New Year mate!

    It sounds like you’ve put some real thought into the coming year. It all sounds reasonable and achievable. I wish you the best of luck with it!

    Just one thing though, 2009 isn’t a leap year!! So that’s already one less day we won’t be breaking your balls. šŸ˜‰

    January 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

  6. DrTim

    You are fairly awesome

    January 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

  7. That photo is killer cool! I love it. I also love the attitude you’re demonstrating the past few weeks. I think you are moving into the direction of happier times. Don’t see yourself short…you are a great friend and inspiration to many at this very moment. Erratic posting or not. Your talent and generous spirit SHINES!

    Thanks for always making me and others slow down and actually utilize the brain cells we’ve been given. Every post of yours comes with a deeper & insightful aspect. I always save my visits to your blog for last…you know why? So I can spend a lot of time pondering them before I move onto my next journey. That’s something pretty special.


    January 6, 2009 at 11:59 pm

  8. JRP

    Thanks for being a great friend to me. You’re friendship means a lot to me the past 2 years. 2009 is going to be “our year” – you just remember that, my dear riend, okay?

    I appreciate the mention and an I’m looking forward to #4 since I always like to hear what you think about my work since you know how I appreciate yours so much!

    I love your blog and the words behind the photos…always so well said.

    Looking forward to our next photo walk. šŸ˜€

    January 7, 2009 at 1:16 am

  9. julielawsonphotography

    I’m so glad you posted this. This is my first visit to you blog, very bad of me, I know. I resolve to keep up to date on all my favorite blogs as well. We visit almost the same one. šŸ˜‰

    Here to all the best for you friend.

    January 7, 2009 at 11:05 am

  10. Hey Brian!

    This is going to be a growing year for all of us, i think. The photos will see us through, and I’m confident that we will prevail! There’s a lot of beauty out there just waiting to be discovered and shared.

    You can have all that you ask.


    January 8, 2009 at 1:25 am

  11. John (Dad)

    One thing about the photo of yourself: where’s the Gulag you escaped from? Love it and your work

    January 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  12. Mike

    Love the resolutions Brian. Based on #1 maybe it’s time to stop calling this a “hobby.” Doesn’t have to be a “career” (yet) and certainly it never has to be a “job” but maybe it can get new billing. “Passion” seems appropriate.

    All the best

    January 14, 2009 at 8:39 am

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