Nicole | Business | Brisbane | 30th December 2014
Well we are nearly at the end of another year. I can’t believe how quickly 2014 has gone. 2014 for me has been a really good solid year. I guess if I could describe this year in one word I would use “rebuilding”. I feel like this describes not only my business but my personal life as well. After a couple of really rough years in my personal life I started out 2014 at Byron Bay with a bottle of expensive champagne declaring that this year was going to be a great year. And it has been. I haven’t done much traveling (2015 will be the year of travel with already 3 trips planned for the first six months), but I have dug deep, taken stock of my life, refocused my business, my relationships and hustled my way to the end of the year. And I must say I am incredibly proud of where I am at the close of 2014. I feel like I finally have closure on the hard times that occurred in my personal life. If I look back now at those hard times, I know it was something I needed to go through as it has made me into the person that I am today. This year certainly had its peaks and troughs but looking back I really don’t think it was as crazy as 2013 was. They were more just bump in the roads rather than incredibly highs and devastating lows.
What am I most proud of this year?
I think I am most proud of the amazing growth I have seen in my business this year. I started out this year with the intention of streamlining and refocusing my business into the areas that I am most passionate about – boudoir and weddings. At the beginning of the year, I invested in one of the best photography workshops I have ever been to – The Matt and Katie Workshop, and they not only helped me to refocus my business but they gave me the tools to help me create a rocking business which could help me make a difference in this world.
What was the biggest risk I took this year?
The biggest risk that I took this year would have to be learning to say no. Saying no to photographing things that I am not as passionate about. I decided to focus all of my marketing energies on boudoir and weddings instead of all portraits and I am glad to say that the risk paid off. This year I photographed 20 weddings and 55 boudoir sessions. I am so grateful to each and every couple and each and every woman that I have photographed throughout this year. I have really fallen back in love with photographing weddings and am incredibly passionate about capturing a wedding day to the best of my ability and I absolutely adore photographing boudoir sessions. I feel like I learn so much about each and every woman that I photograph and I am incredibly grateful that they choose to share their stories with me and I get to be part of their body confidence journey. So here is a little overview of 2014.
What did I learn this year?
This year I learnt that if I trust in my gut, put in the hard work that the results will happen. I learnt that I need to set more boundaries with myself to have a better work life balance so that I am not burnt out every 3-4 months. And personally I learnt that after a storm comes a rainbow and you appreciate things way more after the hard times. I think this year has been a massive growth year for me in all areas of my life and for that I am incredibly grateful. On a personal level I also learnt that I am so much stronge
What do you wish you made more time for?
This year I wish I would of made more time for fun! Too much work work work and not enough social time! I absolutely love what I do, but I know that I need to have more of a balance in 2015. And you can never have enough time spent with family and friends. And I wish I would of been more consistent in making regular time for exercise.
Three Highlights from 2014
1. Attending the Matt & Katie workshop in January. Best investment ever.
2. Photographing 55 beautiful women for boudoir sessions – my goal was one a week.
3. Taking my wedding photography to the next level – I really feel like I have grown in my abilities to capture beautiful moments at weddings.
1. The arrival of my beautiful nephew Zachary in January. He has brought so much joy into our lives.
2. Turning 30, embracing a new chapter in my life and celebrating with all of my close friends.
3. Ticking more things off my 30 by 30 list and trying out new experiences and getting out of my comfort zone.
After looking back on 2014 I am incredibly excited to see where 2015 is going to take me. I have a really good feeling about the coming year. I have so many things planned already and I can’t wait to get started! So here is a little overview of what I want 2015 to be about.
What word do I want to define 2015 by?
Rebirth – 2013 was defined as roller coaster, 2014 I can say was all about rebuilding and continuing on with the R theme 2015 will be a rebirth – an awakening, comeback, I really feel like it is going to be the year where I really own who I am, the experiences I have been through and have clear direction of where I am heading. Bring. It. On.
Name 3 big goals for 2015
1. In 2015 I am going to photograph 75 boudoir sessions and 30 weddings.
2. In April I am going to be launching a second business (more on this to come)
3. Travel – 2015 I have declared to be the year of travel – USA, Melbourne, Perth and over the last couple of days I am thinking I might just have to do Christmas and New Years in the UK at the end of the year.
What do I want to stop doing in 2015?
I want to achieve more of a work life balance. I want to make sure that I am being as proactive about my personal life as I am with my business (they are both intrinsic to each other).
What things are exciting me about the upcoming year?
I am so excited about travel. 2014 didn’t see me do too much travel, so I have a major case of Wanderlust coming in to 2015. I am off to the states in February for 3 weeks and I am super excited! I can’t wait to visit New York City! I have always wanted to travel there and I am sooo excited to finally be ticking it off my bucket list.
I am also excited by the prospect of my second business. I can’t wait to share with you all about what I will be doing, but I am super excited to be working with a couple of awesome people again and I can’t wait to inspire and bring a little sunshine into the lives of wedding and portrait photographers.
To be honest, I am just excited about this coming year. I have such a good feeling about where this year is heading and I can’t wait to start the year fresh (after a few days at the beach of course!)
What do I want to learn in 2015?
This year I want to continue my growth as a photographer. I want to push myself further creatively and really take my skills to the next level. I want to learn how to plan my time better so I can ensure I have a better work life balance. I want to learn how to be a better business woman. I want to learn how to be a fitter and healthier version of myself – I have taken steps this year, but 2015 I want to take it up a level.
So that wraps up my review of 2014 and a few little goals of what I want my 2015 to look like. I want to thank each one of my clients. Without your ongoing trust and support, my 2014 wouldn’t of been as successful. I say this all the time, but I am truly grateful and incredibly fortunate that I am able to create a living, a flourishing business from my passion. I think I work as hard as I do because I love it so much. I also want to thank my family and friends for all of there love and support. I am truly grateful to be surrounded by a close group of friendships who I consider family. I am truly blessed.
So to leave you with a little thought for the year ahead, I thought I would repost a little quote that one of my photographer friends posted a little while ago…