Fstoppers Answers - What Are Your Photography Related New Years Resolutions?

Fstoppers Answers - What Are Your Photography Related New Years Resolutions?

Each week, we have a segment called "Fstoppers Answers" where we ask our staff various questions from the readers. Last week, we asked “How Did You Approach Your First Agency/Client?”. This week, we get festive and ask what your New Years Resolutions are.

Noam GalaiStaff Writer | Commercial Photographer I don't really believe in the method of 'New Years Resolutions' (maybe worth writing a longer post about it later this year), but I sure do have few things I know I need to work on this upcoming year. 1. Money Management: This is probably my weakest point as a photographer. I need to learn how to handle it better, how to be on top of things (make sure I get paid by clients and on time) and how to increase income. 2. Execution: I have so many projects in mind, so many photo ideas and things I want to do, but I don't always great with executing my ideas. I need to make time (and mental time) in 2014 to execute way more of my personal projects. 3. Expand: This year I have to find new clients and expand my business. For me 2013 was a transition year and had a lot to figure out along the way, so I hope this year i'll have more time (and knowledge) to focus on growing my business.


Peter HouseStaff Writer | Commercial Photographer My resolution for 2014 is to resume collaborating with cutting edge talent in my region. 2013 was a great year in terms of client acquisition but it came at the cost of putting personal projects and self promotion on the back burner. In 2014 I would like to update my commercial portfolio to prepare it for the kind of work I would like to do going forward into the later half of this decade.


Dave GeffinStaff Writer | Fashion/Music Photographer & Videographer One overall goal "stay focused" - Focus on creating more personal work (client work kind of side tracked my personal projects the last few months). Focus on a consistent social media strategy (I tend to follow an "as and whenever" model right now). Focus on working with clients and others where there is congruence with our vision, approach and way of working.


Zach SuttonZach Sutton PhotographyAssociate Editor | Headshot Photographer I think my resolution is to be more consistent. Certainly, at this point, I've gathered an understanding of the tools I use and how to use them correctly. However, sometimes my shoots are planned out far more than others, and will often yield much better results. As much as I'd hate to say it, this year I want to spend more time developing concept boards and assembling teams.

As always, if you have a resolution to contribute, feel free to do so in the comments below. Have a question you would like to ask our staff? Also do that in the comments below.

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Zach Sutton is an award-winning and internationally published commercial and headshot photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. His work highlights environmental portraiture, blending landscapes and scenes with portrait photography. Zach writes for various publications on the topic of photography and retouching.

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It's nice seeing far more successful photographers also not finding time to do 'their own' shoots. It's a goal of mine for the year, organize at least two shoots that I want to do.