Happy New Year!

Now that 2017 is finally upon us we can close the door on 2016, and move forward. 2016 was a very good year for me. The business really started to move in the direction that I have wanted it to for a while. I have been working with a few schools that allow me to try some things, but also to make some photos that you cannot make if you are not in with the teams. As 2017 unfolds I will be able to share some of that work at some point. There are some exciting things happening, and we will just see how far we can go this year. With the new year comes great optimism. Much like Opening Day for baseball. The slate is wiped clean so to speak, and you can reset. You don’t have to wait until the new year to make changes though. I am typically not a person to make resolutions. I do like to set goals for myself and now my business for the new year. It gives me something to strive for, and a way to evaluate myself at the end of the year.

So Long 2016

I have seen many people saying how terrible 2016 was. There were setbacks. They are a part of life. For the most part though 2016 was amazing. I am doing what I love, and starting to really see the hard work pay off. Now that 2016 is in our rear view mirror we can move on to 2017. Just because 2016 was a success does not mean that I can slack off in 2017. I want this year to be even better so I must work even harder.

Back To Myself

This blog has kind of veered off course for a while now. When it started it was me sharing my personal thoughts, and emotions from my shoots. As things improved for me I had a lot of people telling me that I should not be myself on the blog. I have a very self deprecating sense of humor, and people worried that things like that could give the wrong impression. As I watched what I wrote it seemed much more mechanical everyday. The readers apparently noticed that as well. What makes this blog fun for me is that I can have some fun with my subjects as well as myself. I am a photographer. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. Any photographer who says that they do not blow shots is lying. Things happen during a shoot. What makes a good photographer is how you react to your mistakes. As this year begins I think that you have already noticed that I have kind of gone back to my older style of writing. That will keep this blog going more than anything else. When I have fun writing I look forward to making content. When I am just going through the motions I don’t feel as inspired to write.

 

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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