Amanda Brendle Photography » Raleigh NC Wedding, Engagement, & Product Photographer

2014 “Resolutions”

I have never been one to set New Year’s resolutions… it always seemed like it was just another thing to get my hopes up on and fail at. Sure, I set goals for myself, but it seems that resolutions are rarely ever kept. How many people do you know that announce at the beginning of every year, “I’m going to lose weight!” and they go to the gym for about a month, maybe 6 weeks, and then it fizzles off and they’re back to where they were?

I see it happen all the time.

So I’m doing as I do with goals, and I am going to write them down and announce for the world to see! My best bet at sticking with a goal is to publicize it so others can keep me accountable. So help me and I will help you, too!

1. Blog more – Currently, I am just terrible at keeping up with my blog. I would love to make this a continually updated part of the site so you can see what new things I have been working on.  I love to “brag” about how amazing and beautiful my clients are!  I just don’t pay as much attention to this as I’d like to.  Heck, even the header images are ones that I put into place years ago when I was just setting this thing up! Which leads me to #2…
2. Revamp the website – This is DESPERATELY needed. I think I created my splash page in college years ago, and I don’t even understand how I made that happen. I want to create more of a blogsite to integrate everything and make it look professional.
3. Shoot more weddings – 2013 was the year I decided I was ready to start getting into weddings for real, and I have enjoyed it so much! I get so excited for weekends with a wedding, because I have the opportunity to help tell a couple’s story and feel their family’s love. What a thrill it is to be a part of one of the biggest events in a couple’s life.  I never realized how much I would love this side of photography, but it’s probably my most favorite of all!
4. Focus more on prints & products – This is something I have struggled with as I have grown my business, and that is helping people understand the value in tangible products after their photo session or event.  It’s getting more and more real that digital pictures won’t last forever.  My goal is to help more of my clients (myself, included!) get those pictures off of their computer and into their hands or on their walls.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing pictures of my family around my home… it bring so much more joy than digging around an old hard drive to find that long lost .jpg of my parents from 5 years ago.  Also, by printing your pictures, you’re creating your legacy.  I want my nephews, future grandchildren, etc to be able to dig through photo albums and even boxes of pictures of my husband and I, our silly cat, and the life we have lived.


Now, while I realize these aren’t specific goals to achieve with numbers and statistics, they are things that are important to me that I want to focus on this year.  I am already looking forward to the end of 2014 when I can come back and see how I did!


And because I never write a blog post without including a picture.. here’s a fun couple of shots I took of a bridesmaid’s bouquet last year at a wedding, assisting Ginny Corbett Photography!



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