Happy New Year! Like everyone else in the world, I see the start of a new year as a time to make a fresh start, get back to setting goals, eating better after the holiday deluge and of course, reevaluating my photography dreams both personally and as a small business owner. I'm feeling very accomplished and fulfilled on the business side of things, but I've really felt a little hole in my world where my personal photography has really dropped off in the last year or so. So - January is acting as the start line for two major projects for 2018 to encourage more personal work, to continue to improve my technical skills and to get back to documenting life not just trying to take a gorgeous single photo for my instagram feed. I want to remember I'm 'IN THE THICK OF IT' as a parent of young children. This crazy time is zooming by and with my oldest child half way to his 18th birthday, it is very clear to me I want to do all I can to hold on to the memories of this phase of life.
The first project will be one I've done before and have seen so much grown in my work as a result. I will be doing a 365 project in 2018, one photo a day for the entire year. I plan only to post on Instagram to my PERSONAL feed for this project -please feel free to follow here ----> www.instgram.com/megan__hooks As a compliment to that, I'll be posting here, on this blog, once a month the next project I'm doing - 10 on 10. 10 photos (oops, I've already cheated, there are 12 here, rules are meant to be broken right?) of a single event or subject. I'm particularly excited about this one for two reasons. First, it will encourage me to put together small stories like the one below and, again, not just be looking for the jackpot photo that 'wins' the day for my 365. (See my 1/365 photo on instagram to see the photo from this same day no included here) Second, I'm doing this project with an awesome group of photographers. It is always fun to have accountability, company and inspiration with a group like this and I'm so excited to follow along with this group to see what we all come up with each month.
To check out the other photographers in the project go to the next photographer up: visit: Jessie Wixon Photograph at http://www.jessiewixonphotography.com/... and then follow the loop around back to me!!
Now, January - a New Year's Day Neighborhood Walk. Within a half mile or so of our house we found a lot of adventure on a blue sky New Year's Day walk. It was very very cold, but we had to get out to enjoy the last few moments of the sunshine on the first day of a new year. A family goal this year is to take more walks around our sweet town, it sounds easy, but there's always a reason to put it off. We headed to the 'blue park' but on the way we found some palm tree branches (this is unique on a Pacific NW January day) and a puddle. After that fun, we hit the park where it quickly turned into a game of kids attack Dad where Andrew suffered a crushing defeat. After lots of running, hiding, and hat/glove/sweatshirt stealing, we headed back. The kids couldn't resist one more round of palm branch in the puddle before the sunset. Happy New Year to all and cheers to all your goals, big and small.