First, a little about 2014
Another year has flown by, and I had a good year here at the studio. My year started out with a trip to Phoenix for ImagingUSA, where I served as a mentor to photographers attending for the first time. Throughout the rest of the year I photographed somewhere around 200 portrait sessions, covered several corporate events and conferences as far away as Minneapolis, did a few magazine shoots, and finished numerous other commercial projects. I also copied and restored hundreds of old photos, provided framing services, designed a bunch of custom greeting cards and other press-printed pieces, and made custom canvas portraits as large as 5 feet long. I shipped portraits to several different states, and even as far away as Japan. Not bad for a (mostly) one-man operation! Also, with the help of a couple of others, we taught several classes through our new Annapolis Photo School. All in all, it’s been a pretty darn busy year!
Now, on to the coming year
2015 is shaping up to also be busy – at least based on what we have scheduled for the first half of the year so far. Five weekends in January and February are already booked up with sessions and events. Plus, along with more than 10,000 other photographers from around the world, I’ll again be attending ImagingUSA, this time in Nashville at the beginning of February. I’ve been told that some of my work will be featured at one of the events this year, so I’m looking forward to that!
The current year isn’t yet over, but I’m also starting to book USNA Midshipman portraits. I have some scheduled for the studio starting in January, but most of these will be done in the spring on the “Yard” once the flowers are out. I then scramble to have the previews ready so that parents can come see them when they’re in town for Commissioning Week in May. Of course, photographing Midshipmen is to be expected for a studio based in Annapolis, but last year I was fortunate to also make portraits at the United States Military Academy at West Point. And now, to top it all off, this year I’ve been commissioned to do portraits at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs! I’m definitely looking forward to that, and if the timing works out, I’ll take the family with me on that one.
Also, in March and April, I’ll be photographing Junior Class Models from the Class of 2016, and will photographing late-comers from the Class of 2015. Our annual fundraiser for Operation Smile is also in April, so I need to get to work on that soon, too!
Our Annapolis Photo School is shaping up for the year as well, with Amazon currently selling our introductory camera classes. The first few classes will be held at the Annapolis Hampton Inns and Suites, but we’re also adding more extensive workshops for small groups of up to eight students here in the studio.
Whew! So that’s a summary of what we’re working on for the first half of the coming year … as best I can remember off the top of my head right now! We’ll see what’s in store for the second half of the year, but as always, I never want to be so busy that I can’t give individual attention to every client. In any case, I hope 2015 will be successful for us — and for you! Happy New Year!
(Because I’m so busy at Holiday time, we seldom get out cards to friends and clients until New Year’s – or after. This time we did something a little different, and photographed my daughters on my new motorcycle. Hope you like it!)