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C.Mae New Year’s Resolutions

There is something about coming into a new year that makes you feel rejuvenated, excited, and motivated. I’ve come to realize that most of our new year resolutions really relate to my photography career and things I’ve learned in this profession. Let’s take a look at some of the largest new year’s resolutions and their relation to the camera…

#1 Get Fit. As a photographer you are always trying to make sure everyone is looking their best. This involves flattering poses, lighting techniques, and sometimes photoshop. Props to the people who actually commit their full year to this. If you do find yourselves to be one of the people who quit once it hits February please refer to this blog post of mine to help you look a little slimmer 😉

http://cmaedesign.com/5-must-have-posing-tips-and-tricks/

#2 Be Patient. Patience is a learned skill. Most of us want to move fast and get everything NOW. This even goes for getting the perfect shot. PATIENCE IS KEY. It took a lot of learning to just be patient for the shots and moments to happen rather than clicking a million times for one good photo. This goes along with…

#3 Finding Love. Finding love isn’t about grabbing the first frog closest to you and kissing him. It goes along with patience. Just like when I’m watching a father/daughter dance awaiting the tears to fall from the bride’s face. It takes patience to find the “I LOVE THIS SHOT”. It can take one photo to melt your heart and the patience to know when to capture that. Same goes for love. Timing is everything.

#4 Make more money. Holla to the DOLLAR DANCE! For those of you who don’t know what the dollar dance is… and no it’s not the same one at the Sugar Shack. It’s a dance that happens at a wedding reception where you pay money to dance with either the bride or groom. At one of the weddings I shot this last year the couple made over $400 for 2 songs!!!! This is also a plus because you get photographs of yourself dancing with your guests!

#5 Become better at time management. Wedding day timeline is CRUCIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. When booking with C.Mae Design you receive a full timeline consult and structure. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post on wedding day timeline tips!

#6 Go back to school. I am constantly learning from every shoot I do. Whether it’s a lifestyle newborn shoot, wedding, family session, or boudoir, I learn something new at every session. This isn’t always photography related but more so just working with different people in different situations. It has given me growth in my personal life and my professional life. This doesn’t mean you have to go back to school… Basically this goes to say – Always be OPEN to learning new things.

#7 Be a better listener. Who doesn’t need to work on this? It’s important to listen to people’s stories, wants, requests, opinions, questions, and answers. As a society I think we are all so busy and fast moving that we forget one the simplest of things is to just sit and listen to each other. With texting, twitter, Facebook, snap chat our communication has altered. I think some of us have forgotten how to have a conversation without distraction. In order to capture someone in their purest form you need to understand them. This means listening and being attentive to them.

#8 Eat Better. In 2014 I had started a gluten free diet. Cheating on this a lot but really trying to make healthy choices. I can tell on the days that I remain gluten free that I am more concentrated, motivated, and awake. This is so important to be successful in your career as well. Taking care of yourself is #1. If you are failing to perform at your best you are not giving your clients your best work! It all starts with what you put into your body.

#9 Travel. So very excited that 2015 will be bringing lots of new travel adventures for C.Mae Design! We’ll be photographing in Jamaica and Mexico this year! I can’t express how excited I am to travel with my business and gain a whole new look for my photographs!

#10 Volunteer. I am blessed to have a gift that I can share with others. I am pleased to donate to certain organizations and groups in need. This last year I had designed 2 logos for non-profit organizations along with multiple free photo shoots for different fundraisers. It gives me great joy to be able to help those in need. Try to find something you can contribute to those in need. We all have a gift. You can find a way to contribute that gift to good… It will come back to you :)

:) Happy 2015 Everyone!

– Cassandra Mae.