Another Year Older, Another Set of Goals

Last week was my birthday.I can't believe it has been a year since I came up with my goal list and started this blog to keep myself on track. I cannot believe how much my life has changed in just one year... I thought I would take this opportunity to go over some of my goals from the past year and see how I did. So, here is the list of goals I was supposed to accomplish by October 14th 2010 (27th Birthday)

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  • Start a blog (
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  • Come up with an idea for a series of photographs (The Perfect Memory, Imagined: a dress series) This is an idea that I came up with and then it morphed into something else, but at the time all I needed was a jumping off point...
  • Open an ETSY store. Did it....  not practical for what I wanted to do.  Closed it.
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  • Sell a photograph to an interior designer for use in a home (Thank you so much to Betty Burgess)
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  • Photograph somebody else's artwork (paintings or drawings) in a gallery (Huff Harrington's Pascal Show)  Read about it here.
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  • Get one photograph into a Gallery (APG Photographer's Choice Show) Read about it here.
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  • Get my fine art photography featured in an Atlanta magazine. Southern Seasons, you are the best!  Thank you! Read about it here.
  • Meet and talk with Todd Murphy I wanted to take this opportunity to again say how incredibly generous he has been with me.  I appreciate it so much.
  • Finish one series of photographs of which I'm infinitely proud I finally have a set of 13 images on the Ghost Series that I feel really good about.  I went to the ACP photography review this past Saturday, and the reviews were good!!! Finally.  I am so happy with this series.
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  • Have a show in a gallery  it was amazing!  Read about it here.
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  • Have one photograph shown in an ACP (Atlanta Celebrates Photography) Show I actually have work in 3 APG shows, and I did the portfolio walk this weekend!  This one is on display right not at the Atlanta Photography Group show Annette Cone-Skelton Selects
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  • Sell a piece of my Dress Series  I have sold several of these actually!
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  • Have pieces of the dress series for sale in an online store  Check them out at My Sparrow

IMG_6989 So, all in all, it's been a fantastic year.  As I think back to last year, it's amazing how much has changed.  One of the biggest changes of all is all the new friends I have... and honestly, I think all of them have come from this blog!  It's funny to think that connecting to people online can actually lead to real life friends.  To those of you who I have met through this blog, my life is so much richer because of you, and I am thankful you are in my life.

So, what am I going to do this year? I have kind of been dreading writing these goals down... it's a lot of pressure, and I am still a little exhausted from last year... but here we go :) Some of these are borrowed from my 10-year plan and some are new!

Goals to finish by October 14th 2011 (28th Birthday) Black and white plant 3

    • Have a piece of fine art photography used in an Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Decorator's Showhouse room (I may have some news coming up about this soon)
    • Have a piece of fine art photography used in a room that's in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine
    • Shoot an architect's work for his or her book
    • Shoot an interior designer's work for his or her book
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    • Finish the Ghost Series and the Dress Up series in a way that ties them both together, so that I can have a "Style" of work that people recognize
    • Have a set of photographs in an ACP show
    • Get 3 pieces placed by interior designers
    • Have my own photography show in a great architectural space that I set up.
    • Learn how to shoot and edit video so that I can use it to fill in the gaps of my Ghost Series
    • Implement some of the FANTASTIC ideas I got from Anna Walker Skillman this weekend.
    • Do a show of projected images
    • Screen shot 2010-10-18 at 3.19.38 PM And this is the most lofty goal I have this year, but I wold like to somehow work with Dorothy O'Connor.  (even if I just hold the cord to her lights) This is a huge goal, because she is one of the most fantastic photographers I know...    Her work is so inspiring.  I was lucky enough to meet her at APG this weekend, and then saw her again at her show at the Jackson Fine Art Project Space. She had work in the PoastHER exhibit there.  She is so nice, and just amazingly talented.

I can't wait to see how this year unfolds! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me along the way :)

See you soon!  Blayne