Happy June, Kings, Queens and Royal beings! I know I don’t share too many self portrait sessions but this one touches my heart and sets the tone for the next six. I’ve been doing a lot of self portrait photography these past few years and as a photographer, it’s rejuvenating and inspiring. Getting to do this session inspired me to share one of my favorite processes with you so Happy June, thanks for tuning in and keep scrolling!
Happy June // Self Portrait & Six Month Check In
June is an amazing time for me to reflect back on the year. Every year we have a company wide boudoir party where we encourage the model to look back on their year before the season changes and address some of the things that have been slipped up on or that have changed. In order to do that, I first take a step back and look at what I’ve done myself for the company.
I wanted to share some tips for year about making your own six month check in.
Let’s Talk Productivity & Reflection
The biggest part of a checkin whether you’re a business owner or just growing as a person is being productive. Being productive means you have to take the time to reflect on your level of productivity. The biggest part of being productive is being honest with yourself. We all wanna lie and tell ourselves that we had an incredible six months. That’s nice but the point of the check in is to be productive. Here’s some ways to help you:
Make a List:
- Make a list.
- Making a list of all the things you want to achieve in the next year is an incredible process. Here’s how you do it. Start with your someday goal, then your five year, based off that goal, then one year, one month, weekly and then daily + right now. Each goal is based off the one before it.
- Nara Lee has an incredible goal setting course to help you.
- Start with your most tangible goals and work your way down.
How did I put that into practice?
Can you tell I did my makeup myself?
One of my goals for the year was to get more photography done, and my smaller goal was to get into makeup because it would motivate me to invest time. Both of these were spawned out of a goal to get into retouching which I now practice every single day. It helps that every self portrait session is a ritual I do in the morning to get me prepared for my day. It’s slowly teaching me to be creative, even in the morning.
Be Real About Falling Backwards:
I hate this one.
The object of this part in the check in is to tell yourself where you fell short. When you start making a goal setting list, you’re amped. All these things you wanna do… All these factors of your life you’re going to change but you also need to look over what yo’ve been slipping on. Typically I try to make a list of five things and they have a what and a why. Then I give myself tips on how to fix it.
1.) I haven’t updated Patreon as much as I wanted to because it’s difficult to create enough sets for the empire. This year, I think making a scheduled day to schedule content will be more productive.
2.) I think I’ve stopped taking horizantal photos because I’ve became more interested in posting to Instagram than storyboarding and building shoots. I plan to limit my Instagram browsing time in order to not adopt the entire design scheme of the website.
That’s two. Be realistic, be brutal, and be ready to come up with the solution that works.
Finally, Stay Motivated.
What makes you motivated? It’s easy to tell yourself what to do but it’s harder to do it. Personally, I’m motivated by music, pretty things and instant gratification. It doesn’t always work that way so I have to focus on how to make all those things vibe at once. I have playlists for my work day and I merge the instant gratification of pretty things by creating a budget for myself that involves getting rewarded for progress. for instance, if I pay my credit card down in time, I’ll put aside an extra $50 to get myself a nice little something to match whatever my next collaboration is. (This time it was this bodysuit for this collab with Weave N Luxury). The better the progress, the bigger the purchase.. Just don’t break the bank!
So are you ready?
Drop a comment and tell me you’re ready for a checkin! What do you plan to work on first?