My New Year’s Resolution: To Move On

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year, the time for all those new resolutions!  Time to assess where we are, where we would like to go, and what it’s going to take to get there.  That’s one thing that we as photographers (and creative people in general) should constantly be doing: looking ahead.  It’s so easy to fall into the trap of wasting time on things we regret.  Sometimes it’s even our successes that hold us back.  We forget to learn and move on from both our accomplishments and our mistakes. 

I’ve been very fortunate with my exposure in the field of professional photography.  I’ve been granted opportunities to work (and network) with some of the professional photographers who have most inspired me.  I’ve tried to be as open as possible and draw their greatest “secrets.” Of my experiences I’ve come to learn that the creative development process is quite varied and can take many forms, but they tend all to have two very distinct things in common:

1.       They are constantly focused on developing and refining their approaches;

2.       They move on with ease.

I’ve spent hours pining over past work, good and bad, and that’s fine so long as it’s focused on developing my skills and learning from my experiences.  But this year my resolution is this: not to waste any undue time focusing on what I could have done differently, or what I got right.  I want to focus on my work only long enough to direct my next challenge, but my primary focus will be to keep my eyes on the next project above all else.  I think it’s something we could all benefit from, and I hope you find something like this that resonates with you like this does with me.

Happy New Year guys!  Get out and Shoot!

 
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-Wes.