As my birthday approaches (Dec. 1) I tend to take stock of the year. Most of what I accomplished this year had more to do with the business side of things than with photographing.
- I worked hard to improve the ranking of the site and had success with that.
- Had bit parts in the two documentaries
- Had a calendar published – well one picture in a calendar that’s all over the place
- Publication of the Lennon book (though that was through the perseverance of Judith)
- Started up with the workshop / photo lesson business
- Began the site for the workshops
- Went down a crazy path with ebooks that wasted a lot of time
- Will be published in the Harvard School of Design publication (due out in Jan.)
- Sold prints for two commercial feature films
- Sold photos for national-wide gift cards
- Two installations for hospitals (the big prints done for me at WCI)
- Re-did the store design for the millionth time but made progress with using WordPress as a selling platform
- Won the Central Park Winter Photo Contest (didn’t get much from that other than a few print sales)
And I suppose I’ve forgotten a few things. But it wasn’t much of a year as far as shooting goes. That was intentional. I remember that about halfway through the year I decided that I had to concentrate on bringing in more money and that’s what I did.
Next year I have two things I’d like to get done:
1) Get a book published (and not with any of the print on demand guys)
2) Build up the workshops / lessons and the site so that it brings in a more steady income.
3) And if I can – find the time to go back to shooting some new project ideas I have.
4) Stay clear of any of the hairbrained money-making schemes I sometimes get (uhm, that could turn out to be the first enumerated item in this list.)