Issue #4

I didn't think a whole lot about my workflow when I first started with my photography. When I was doing model shoots, I'd get the shots, import them into Lightroom, choose and edit my keepers, and then export them and start posting them to Facebook or Instagram or Flickr. It worked for what I was doing, but when I started to think about how I was going to approach my photography over the long term, I realized I was going to have to evolve how I approached my whole process. 

The first thing I had to do was fight the addiction to posting my images to social media. Having an image get likes is an incredible ego boost; one that you get addicted to after awhile. Unfortunately, it means you sometimes post an image that really shouldn't have seen the light of day just because you want to keep it going. If you aren't posting to social media on a regular basis, eventually people quit paying attention and they barely paid attention in the the first place. It's way too easy to let social media dictate what you do with your photography.
The next step was to focus more on projects. I needed to focus my energy on something that would take some time. I wanted to let my images sit, see which ones still resonated a month from now or six months from now. 
Some projects are just for fun. The alphabet project is designed to keep my eyes open looking for things that look like letters. The 365 project is something I plan to start in 2015 and it's designed to keep me shooting on a daily basis and also to see what catches my eye when I force myself to make images in any situation. The Miscellaneous project contains images waiting to be put to good use for something, someday.
I'm not sure where all of this will take me, but that's sort of the point. I'm working toward something and I feel like I'm starting to have purpose again.
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