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I know it’s already February, but it’s never too late to set some goals and intentions for the year. Last year was a bit unusual, as I spent the first half on maternity leave, and when I came back after leave, I was only working very part-time. This year I am back at work full force again and excited to see what 2016 brings for my business. Here are some things I’m hoping to accomplish this year…

Business Goals

  1. Photograph 20 elopements. I think twenty is the sweet spot for me. It affords me a good work/life balance, and allows me to give each couple a lot of individual attention. (I still have openings available, so if you want to be one of the 20, I hope you’ll get in touch.)
  2. Continue to grow my family portrait business, which I launched late last year. Ideally I’d like to photograph 20-30 families in 2016.
  3. Launch a separate website for headshots. I’ve found I really love photographing lifestyle headshot sessions, and so I’ve decided to put a lot of effort into growing this little side business. I’ll be launching my new site later this week, so keep an eye out.
  4. Schedule at least four days of mini sessions – two in the spring and two in the fall. I LOVED shooting mini sessions last year, so I’m excited to offer them again for 2016.
  5. Stick to working during my office hours, for the sake of my sanity and my family. My office hours are 10am to 3pm, Monday to Thursday. I tend to have work-a-holic tendencies, and will work late into the evening if I let myself go unchecked.
  6. Blog at least three times a week. I used to be great at maintaining the blog, but that fell by the wayside after my girls were born, so I’m hoping I can get back on top of it this year.
  7. Have new headshots taken. I haven’t updated my headshot in a long time, so this needs to happen. I’m going to Iceland with a bunch of photographer friends in March (more on that later), and I’m hoping I can have some headshots done during that trip.
  8. Get new business cards printed.

Personal Goals

  1. Run a 5K this year. This is something I’ve been talking about doing with friends for a while, so I just need to register and make it happen.
  2. Print my wedding album. I’ve been married five years, and I still haven’t made time to design my own wedding album. Whoops.
  3. Plan a week away with John and the kids. Last year we rented a house in the middle of nowhere in Rhode Island for a week, and it was such a lovely vacation. We didn’t do a lot of sightseeing, we just relaxed and hung out with our kids. I definitely want to do that again this summer.
  4. Keep sending out my TinyLetter once a week. This has been such a wonderful personal project for me, and I really want to keep it up. It’s nice to have something 100% non-photography related to focus on.
  5. Make more time for friends. I’m pretty sure my childless friends are going to (or maybe already have) stop inviting me to things because I almost always say no. I miss seeing my friends on a regular basis, and my friendships are so important to me, so I am going to try harder to make time for them in 2016.
  6. Read more. I have been carving out time to read everyday over the last few months, and it’s been wonderful. I want to continue to do this even when wedding season kicks into high gear. (To see what I’m currently reading and loving, you can follow me on Goodreads.

In years past, I’ve had a long list of goals that just never happened. This year, I’m keeping it simple. What are some of your goals for 2016? Share one in the comments.

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  • Amber Marlow

    I won’t ever stop inviting you to things! I’m way excited for your headshot business! You have a point of view the world deserves to see.

  • Love these! It’s in our list this week to sit down and write up our goals for 2016… Though I have a feeling ours will mostly revolve around the theme of surviving the first year with twins. lol

  • Excellent and inspirong goals! And I’m very excited about Iceland headshots!

Lesley & John’s Prospect Park elopement was my last wedding of 2015. They were married underneath the Meadowport Arch, and then we took a walk through their neighborhood for portraits with their sweet baby girl. I love the feel that the gray and rainy weather added to the photographs. I often think NYC is especially beautiful in the rain.

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  • bobbi

    Beautiful as always….and love the ones under the “umbrella of love”…very symbolic!

Yesterday was my first wedding of 2016, and it was such a lovely start to my year. Yvette & Cyril are so genuinely kind and good hearted, and it was such a joy to work with them. I met them at their beautiful Brooklyn apartment for some getting ready photographs, before heading to City Hall for their elopement. Afterwards we made our way uptown for photographs in Morningside Heights and on the Columbia campus. I can’t wait to share more from this one, but here’s a small sneak peek. Yvette & Cyril – thank you for being so wonderful and braving the cold with me!

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2015 was not a typical year for my business. I spent the first half of the year on maternity leave, and when I came back to work, I ended up focusing on portraits a little bit more than elopements. In 2016, I’d like to have more balance in my work and spend about half of the time photographing portraits and families, and half the time photographing elopements. Having the opportunity to photograph a wider variety of things has kept me on my toes and made me a stronger photographer. So whether you’re getting married in 2016 or just hoping to update your family wall gallery, I hope you’ll get in touch this year, so I can get you in front of my camera!

Before the holidays, I shared my favorite portraits from 2015, but narrowing down my favorite images from my elopements this year proved a much more daunting task. I LOVED the couples I worked with this year and the magic we made together. I am grateful I get to work with so many incredible people. I can’t believe how lucky I am. To everyone who stepped in front of my lens this year – thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting in my vision, making me laugh, and just generally being awesome in every way.

These are my favorite wedding photographs from 2015 – some I love because of the moment, some because of the composition, some I love for reasons I can’t explain. I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!!

(You can view past round ups here: Best of 2013 || Best of 2014.)

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  • Love love love love!!!! Your images have such a warmth to them and make me feel like I want to be best friends with your clients. :)

  • So beautiful and sweet! What a wonderful year for you and all your couples!

  • I love your work, KJ. So clean and evocative of both emotion and space. Looking forward to hopefully being in some this year ;)

Today was my last wedding of 2015, and it was such a lovely one to end the year on. Lesley & John were married underneath Meadowport Arch in Prospect Park, with their sweet baby girl as witness. This was my first elopement in Prospect Park – I’ve only ever photographed portrait sessions there in the past. (More elopements in Prospect Park in 2016, please!) Much more to come, but here’s a small sneak peek! Congratulations, Lesley & John!

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