Mid-November finally sees things slowing down a bit with shoots, especially weddings. Temperatures are dropping fast. We already had some snow. I’m definitely a fan of warm weather, but the winter months have the advantage of allowing me to focus on different things as my edit queue begins to look more manageable. I have one more wedding to edit as well as a few other shoots. And only two more weddings to photograph this year.
One of the things I’m planning to make time for is pushing an area of my photography that I really want to promote in 2024. And that’s headshots and branding photography. I’ve always done this kind of photography, but I’ve never really promoted myself as a headshot or branding photographer. I think there’s a market in Montreal for headshots that are a little different. On location, relaxed and with a little more personality than what people might have had done before in a studio. I’ve always enjoyed meeting people and finding out what makes them tick. I think one of my skills is making people comfortable in front of the camera and capturing something of their personality. So yeah, that’s a big part of my plan for the next few months. Wish me luck!
Even though fewer people plan weddings at this time of year, the same can’t be said for live shows. I already shot 3 concerts this week and on Sunday I get to photograph one of my favourite bands for the first time… TOOL. The confirmation email says we only get to shoot one song, but in brackets mentions that the song is almost ten minutes long! Haha
I haven’t even seen Tool live for over 17 years, so I’m very excited to catch the gig. And Evelyne is gonna join me so it’ll be extra special. Don’t worry, she’s used to waiting for me while I go to take photos at the beginning of the show 🙂
I just started reading the book Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. The opening paragraph has me feeling so seen!
“Do you ever look back and wonder, What did I really do today? Do you ever daydream about projects and activities you’ll get to “someday” – but someday never comes?”
Yep, that’s my brain summarized quite succinctly. I always have a to-do list with a gazillion ideas, all of which seem worthwhile, fun, interesting, challenging, and doable. Some things have been on my to-do list for years. Not even joking!
This time of year is when I finally begin to catch up with all the editing (not there yet!) and find some time to focus on how I want my business, and life, to look moving forward. I take time to organize, learn, streamline, and see where I can improve the business. How can I give my clients an even better experience? How can I make sure I’m booking the right clients and, as a result, enjoying every shoot I take on? How can I be more focused and deliberate with my time? And how can I keep my goddamn desk tidy?!
But this year, as temperatures in Quebec drop and I inevitably photograph fewer weddings, family sessions etc, I’m adding in a new goal. How can I make more time for the things that are important to me? My to-do list includes tasks like learning French, practising guitar, reading all these books I’ve bought and exercising more. Actually, I have been exercising way more the past couple of months. I’ve also been intermittent fasting and have lost 11 pounds in 2 months. My French and guitar, on the other hand, have not improved in the slightest.
So, yeah, I won’t be neglecting my clients while I focus on my personal goals, but I want to find a way to use my time more effectively to have time for personal activities. So maybe I can “start someday today.” Or maybe tomorrow.
Also, big changes to this website coming soon. I’m excited.