Thursday, January 19, 2012


PX 100 Test Film ( I am completely in love with this film)

Seems like most are resolving not to make New Years resolutions. I get that. I have no delusions that our ab roller will get any love or that I'll ever fit those size two Miss Sixty jeans I bought in Italy a few years ago.

Last year I made a 30 before 30 list and really enjoyed looking back on it and seeing my accomplishments and being reminded of my ambitions. I didn't get everything done on my list, but that's okay, it's been really encouraging to see the things I did accomplish.

In 2012 I hope to:

Visit my family in Puerto Rico
Take portraits of my family in Puerto Rico
Finish organizing paper keepsakes and pictures
Keep up with my physical journal better
Pursue wedding photography as a job
Shoot a photo a week on film
Get some art and photos framed and hung up in our home
Read more (one of my bucket list goals is to read a good amount of the classics. What are some of your favorites?!)
Be a better listener
Do a month in review post every month (I looked back on these recently and loved them and was sad I lost my gusto for them somewhere along the way)
Drink less soda
Get out of the habit of double spacing after a period (perhaps a dumb goal but my husband gets on to me about this)
Be less frantic about having a clean house (a resolution my husband will really love me for) (but in my defense, when you live in an apartment this small you really have to be on top of things)
Become more aware of the photo community in Chicago (and possibly more involved but that's scary)
Finish my portrait project on The Impossible Projects PX 100 film, put it online and possibly make a little book (dream goal)
Be happy with what I have (this is mostly in regards to the Hasselblad 500c/m and Leica M7 I search Craigslist for every single day, a few times a day)
Get a portrait made with my Mom (difficult since neither of us particularly like having our picture taken)
Go on an vacation of any proportion with Christopher (we haven't vacationed alone since our honeymoon!)
Keep learning French

Trust me there is more that needs to be accomplished but I'm drawing a blank. What are some things you hope to accomplish this year?



  1. I think this is a great list of resolutions! I'm completely with you on some of them (especially the Hasselblad envy... someday, someday....)My new years resolution list is a bit different this year because we're moving out of the city, so it's more of a bucket list of things to do before we leave Vancouver (in 2 and a half months! Eeep!)

  2. You should totally get one of your photographer pals to take a pic of you and your mom.
    When I visited my family in Sydney a few months back, I made an effort to take lots of their portraits. I loved it!

    1. Yes I want to! I tried to get her to sit for a portrait with me while I had my camera on a tripod with a cable release but she didn't want to! I need to trick her into it somehow! I can't wait to see more of your portraits, I remember you saying on your blog how you wanted to work on those while you were back home! I am portrait challenged so I'm trying to learn!

  3. These are really great resolutions. I think I could adopt a few of these myself. :)

    1. Thank you! I am very excited about this year. So far it's been amazing!

  4. I'd love to go to Puerto Rico. My husband and I went on such a long stretch without traveling after our honeymoon that we finally resolved to go to Mexico for Christmas last year. It was amazing. Good luck with all of your goals.

  5. I can help with the 'wedding photography' part! I'm so excited for you to be documenting our (me and Jason Thompson's) wedding in August. I can't wait!!!
    Also, Hi! I'm not sure that we've met in person yet. :)

  6. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com