Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

Well, it's the end of 2010. It was a good year, got lots of things accomplished considering I was in Afghanistan until mid August. My "end of tour time off" did give me some much needed time to set up my business. So here's a look back at the past 4 months and a preview of what I want to accomplish in 2011.

A big thanks goes out to all my portrait clients, you've kept me busier than I thought I would be. I've been able to do pets, kids, couples, big families and small families. For 2011 I want to keep improving on my portraiture and expanding my business through word of mouth. I enjoy being hired because someone liked what I did with someone else's portraits. Currently I don't shoot weddings, in my opinion (and many other photographers), you should have quite a bit of experience before shooting a wedding, there is no re-shoots...... So, for the upcoming wedding season, I'll be a second shooter for other photographers to gain some experience and see if weddings is something I want to get into. Very anxious for these new learning experiences.

On the nature side of things, my portfolio has grown quite a bit since getting back, or should I say, I've managed to create a portfolio (I have a sample book at Beantrees with all my prints). In the new year, I'm going to add a website with a web gallery, as soon as I decide how I want my website. As for building my portfolio, in March I have a photo tour booked with Darwin Wiggett in the rockies, I should come back with lots of keepers, new technical knowledge and creativity. Summer and spring are two seasons I haven't been able to capture in Cold Lake, so that will create many new opportunities for me. It's going to be an exciting year.

As for my blog, I 'm pretty happy with how things turned out. The weekly pics kept me motivated and it was nice to see some feedback and growth from my readership. I think my writing skills have slightly improved, thankfully most of you just look at the pictures, ha ha. So for 2011, I've decided to post a picture a day............ scary thought for me, what a commitment that's going to be. I need a challenge like this to keep me motivated and keep the creative juices flowing. So, here are my rules I'm setting for this challenge; photos have to be taken that day and will be posted every night. If I run out of time, or don't have access to an internet connection, I'll post multiple days in the next post, as long as I take a photo a day...... My main goal for this is to spike my creativity and learn to "see" a bit better. I'm thinking of also writing small reviews of my favourite photography gear, we'll see how that goes....

Last but not least, is my micro stock portfolio on iStockphoto.com. My goal was to have 300 photos approved and 100 downloads by the end of the year; I currently have 300 photos in my port with 1 pending (make that 301, just got approved as I was typing this) and 106 downloads, it was pretty close but I made it. By the end of next year, I'd like to increase my portfolio by 500 photos and reach 250 downloads so that I can apply for exclusivity.

So for all of you that just look at the photos, here are some of my favourites from this year. Hope everyone has a fun and safe new years eve!



















I didn't take this photo, but I feel the need to include it in my favourites for 2010.......... our baby boy!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on all your achievements, Stephane, especially the exciting news of a son. You've made amazing progress from frogs, bugs and bullets. Your work in inspiring. I can't wait to see what 2011 holds for you. You are inspiring me to resurrect my blog and to get in gear with improving my work.

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