It’s 2010.  (Seriously?!)  And with every New Year, I can’t help but take time to reflect.  And think about the things I still want to accomplish.  The New Year brings new ideas & new goals.  So what do I want out of this year?  I want to continue growing my business and be able to put my personal stamp on everything I do.  What kind of photographer do I want to be?  I want to be a photographer who can capture more than just great pictures.  They have to be real moments.  How do I that?  Well, I think I’m on the right track, but feel like I have a long way to go.  I have to continue to practice, lose the timid side and keep my heart in it.

I decided that my first order of business would be to create a mantra for myself.  Basically a few little words I can keep in my brain that will remind me to capture the kind of images I loooove.  Like, L-O-V-E love.  There are a lot of bases to cover in one itty-bitty mantra, so as I pondered over this, a thought kept coming to mind – just keep it simple.  So I thought, yes I definitely want to keep my mantra simple.  Hmm… What’s a good mantra?  What’s a good mantra…?  It took a second, but then the “Duh” bell went off in my brain.  Hello?!

Keep. It. Simple.

That should be your mantra!  There are no better words to encompass all those things I want than Keep It Simple.  In 2010 I want my images to be simple.  More real.  I want them to be raw.  I want to look at the photos and feel like I can see a piece of the soul.  I want laughter, running, jumping, cuddles.  I want to capture those beautiful, simple moments in life.  I want to carry the minimal amount of equipment with maximum results.  I want to simplify everything.  (Not a bad idea for my personal life either.)

So as I open my eyes each morning, I want to remember those 3 little words.  Keep. It. Simple.

Oh, and 2010?  Bring it.