Happy 2014 Everyone!
How was everyone’s New Year festivities? Mine plan was a bit more low key this year. Instead of hosting a party I actually hit the mean streets of Dallas and braved the Victory Park countdown. It was really fun and quite amazing. If you have instagram follow me on there. My name is TheUrbanJungle. You will see some of the amazing fireworks and madness.
Of course we all have goals for the New Year. All things considered 2013 was a pretty amazing year for me and I only suspect that 2014 will be that much better. I was able to bring my business to another level, buy equipment I needed, blessed with a job that ly helped me get to that point, and was able to procure even a better job the last Monday of the year. God blessed me with the first girl born in our family in awhile (women are rare on my dad’s side) and most of all I am blissful with how happy my family has been. If you have been a member of this blog for awhile then you know that for awhile it felt like someone roundhouse kicked me to the face , and then when it felt that life couldn’t possibly get any worse the universe laughed in my face and said, “Bet?”
What I learned through that tough period is that I am a fucking warrior. That life only blesses though that choose to take the high road and not bask in self pity. That you see how sucky your situation is but you stand up, shrug, and dust your shoulders off. Seriously, that is all you can really do.
Yes, people can be total self involved douchebags who will burn you in life. But don’t give up on people. I have had some MAJOR bullshit happen to me by the hands of other people, but I’ve had to learn that this is something that comes with life and we have two options, self pity or self actualization.
In all cases choose the latter.
Meanwhile, I’m not here to preach but I am here to tell you that life is here to throw curve balls at your face. It is your job to take a couple of bruises but in most cases you will learn and anticipate these throws so you can learn to hit those homeruns.
So let’s get to it. The goals of 2014.
My goals this year are going to be more realistic and not so vague. Each month I will review how those goals went and what tiny steps I’m taking to accomplish them each month.
Start my business solely by Dec 31, 2014… By July be fully functional
- Be in the best shape of my life, Crossfit and half marathon
- Be booked 3 out of the 4 weekends each month
- Have a studio (no matter how small or who I share it with)
- 365 Portrait Project (Photography & Fashion)
- Update Jax’s website 3 times a week
- Get all the basic equipment I need for a functional business (D800, 24-70mm 2.8, and 70-200mm VR II, New laptop, CPU, and Screens)
- Collect more Vinyl records and create shelving for them
- Create stronger business relationships with both clients and other working artist in Dallas
- Finish Desk
- Clean Out Patio
- Travel to three places outside of Texas (San Diego, Miami, and….)
- Organize my apartment
Fitness: As you guys know I got to crossfit. I try to make it there at least three times a week. While Crossfit has made me stronger overall (trust me within the first 30 days I could feel a major difference because of the body movements I have to do as a photographer) I haven’t really lost too much weight. Now if we are to be honest crossfit is more about becoming stronger and strength training so weight won’t be so much at a loss. Mind you, that is not a bad thing. What happens is the fat is changing into muscles. Therefore the pounds of fat isn’t necessarily “burning off” it’s more so changing to 5 pounds of muscles. Muscle takes up less volume (space) than fat. So while you can be 5’6 and 160 pounds with a high fat content… being 5’6 at 160 lbs looks way different when you have more muscle. You have a thinner waist and badass quads and arms. With that being said I do want to burn fat and pretty much the only way to do that is through cardio. My goal for this year will be to go to crossfit at least 4 times a week and completed a half marathon (13.10 miles). For the half marathon I have no plans to place. My goal is to finish. LOL. I am more of a short distance runner, but I want to work on my stamina. So I will be taking small steps to reach this goal. I plan to run at least 3-4 times a week (most likely on days I don’t go to crossfit which will be Friday, Saturday, and Sundays). I wanted to do a half marathon anytime after July 02nd… and this is the only one I have found thus far so my goal will be this one, Hottest Half 10K. I plan to make January easy and only run 2 miles a day. Each month I will raise the length I run to where I can comfortable finish a 10K (13.10 miles).
Oh, yah and not eating out during the month of January.
Business: For January I plan to host some mini sessions a couples and boudoir for Valentine’s Day. Originally I wanted to take January off and focus on me, but I want to be a business owner with a highly respected name so I will be open for business. However, I did make an announcement on my UrbanJunglePhotography Facebook page that I will no longer host family sessions and only take on VERY limited weddings as well. I will be focusing my efforts mainly on boudoir, headshots, and engagement sessions. Yes, I am niche-ing down because I don’t want to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. I want to focus on one thing and be great! Also, I will not be using LivingSocial. I say that now, but as of RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW I will not be using them. Mainly because when a client comes to me we speak first before they book me. This way we can both feel each other out and decide if this relationship is going to work. You don’t that same interaction with Living Social. People buy your voucher without reviewing your work. While I only had one issue with that and I was able to clear it up to benefit of the customer I know I don’t want to deal with that again. The other things is LivingSocial clients will now show up to sessions or will tell you at the ABSOULTE last minute they can’t show up. In my personal contracts outside of LivingSocial I have things that protect me from that. With LivingSocial I don’t have the same. I have to just suck it up, reschedule, and move on. What people who aren’t photographers fail to realize is that sometimes we to have to rent our equipment or turn down other jobs because you wanted that spot. We are running as a business and at the end of the day one should be hyper aware of what the other person has done for you on their end. Most of all time is valuable. Most people do not realize that… and since the person on LivingSocial has paid the only thing I can do is just move on. So again, no LivingSocial ads.
I will be researching and going to bridal trade shows in Dallas and checking out the price points of other boudoir photographers in the city. I will also research their style and what they offer. Boudoir is still a growing market in this city so I want to do everything I can do to elevate my rankings. I will probably attended two bridal shows a month between January and March, and if possible one in April. I have my boudoir retreat in April. I will also need to find tactics to grow my Facebook photography page… so that’s it for now. I will still need to create a detail planned for this year, but this will give you guys a high level overview for this month.
Apartment: It’s time to redecorate. The main thing is finishing me white desk. That is the only goal for this month. I am about 85% done. I need to sand some more, pick knobs, and find some wall paper. Once I’m done I need to move the desk inside and move other things to storage. However, I may not be able to do the move before the end of January. Once I have my space back I will do an apartment tour.
Personal: I will be starting a 365 project for both this site and a new personal site. For UrbanJungleFashion I want to post every day. I know about two weeks ago I said I was going to do that, but it ended up not being possible because of the holidays and having family come in. That took a lot of my time. So Every. Single. Day this year I will have a new post up for you guys! Be excited! I am doing another 365 project. This one is based off a photographer named Lara Jade. Lara Jade is a British born photographer who now lives in New York. She did a 365 project where she took photos of herself everyday for a year and placed those photos on Flickr. She did this because she wanted to help develop her style and see what lighting techniques worked best for her. During this project she placed her photos on Flickr and from there started her major professional journey into photography. Magazines, ad campaigns, and more clients! Do I expect to yield the same results as Lara? Ummm YEAH, but in reality I just want to work on my lighting, shooting, and editing technique. The best and only model I can get everyday is me. I am debating if I want a tumblr or WordPress site, but I will be doing that starting today. I will most likely have a link for you guys tomorrow.
I also plan to travel to three cities outside of Texas. I know for a fact I will be in San Diego in April. I think I may be in Miami in June. So I need one more city. I am trying to avoid Las Vegas… but you might catch me there in July. Yes, I LOVE Las Vegas, but I have been there so many times already… I wanted to try something new…. But we will see. However, there will be no traveling for the months between January and March.
If you haven’t seen Jax’s website click here! I just love my little mutt. Once I have time I will revamp this website too. However, that may be closer to February.
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Happy New Year EVERYONE!!!!!