Photography Projects and Goals

  • September 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Visions By Baker

Hello Photo Folks!

Let's talk goals for 2013...Think about your goals in this way...






Smart Goals

Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six "W" questions:

*Who: Who is involved?

*What: What do I want to accomplish?

*Where: Identify a location.

*When: Establish a time frame.

*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, "Get in shape." But a specific goal would say, "Join a health club and workout 3 days a week."

Smart Goals

Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as......How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable - When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic - To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

Timely - A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there's no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? "Someday" won't work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, "by May 1st", then you've set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.

T can also stand for Tangible - A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

This is what we will be covering int he first meeting. A worksheet is provided in the file section of this meet up site. please download it and fill it out. You will need to give me a copy at the meeting. So please be prepared.



Note about this group:

Be on time

Be committed

Be honest

Be supportive

Be creative

Be an active participant

Don't be embarrassed

Don't be afraid to share

Don't hold back

Don't judge

Check your ego at the door

Everything must be held in strict confidence

Each member must be accountable to the group

Expect greatness from each other




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  • Scott E.

    Can't attend tonight . Stuck in Acadia National park for the rest of the week. :-)

    September 16, 2013

    • Scott E.

      Ok I'll do my best. These is a great place when there aren't kids all over. Dont think I've seen anyone under 40 in the last two days. :-)

      1 · September 16, 2013

    • Scott E.

      What a great week, came home with almost 3000 images, didn't gain any weight, and weather was mostly great. Finally made it to Cadillac Mtn for sunrise, after 37 years of trying. Found a few new places to shoot, as well as getting out to Schoodic Peninsula. One new obstacle to overcome is that Bar Harbor now gets 2-3 cruise ships a day, each one bigger than the islands in Frenchman's Bay. But those folks aren't out before 10 AM. No time to process anything cause I have to get ready to go to Vermont on Saturday. Hoping to have some new prints to show for next meeting.

      September 23, 2013

  • Monica

    Great group! I was inspired with my personal goal as much as my photography goal.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Donna D.

    This group always gets me motivated to keep going with my goals! Thanks guys!

    September 17, 2013

  • Amy V.

    Such a friendly comfortable conversation. Grateful to be welcomed to the discussion and excited to have my goals heard and responded to next time. I love the support everyone was offering each other.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Amy V.

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome and great discussion! What a nice group! So awesome to see all the support and be part of that shop talk tonight. Looking forward to setting some great goals and sharing my progress with you all, and learning more about yours! Donna - thank you so much for hosting, and Jeff - it was inspiring to be in your studio. =) THANK YOU!

    September 16, 2013

  • Susan P.

    I'm not going to make it tonight. See you at the monthly meeting.

    September 16, 2013

  • Jessica

    I'm going to have to pass on tonight's meeting. Just not feeling well.. Hope to see you next time.

    September 16, 2013

  • Ron J.

    The last paragraph of the description has me wondering if this is part of a series that started at the beginning of the year. Can someone clarify this? Thanks.

    September 16, 2013

    • Donna D.

      Hi Ron, this is an ongoing meetup that has been happening for two years now. Folks come to all the meetings, some come to one or two of them,-- its up to you. Its about sharing your photo goals and getting help or encouragement if you need it.

      September 16, 2013

  • Kate H.

    Sounds like a terrific meetup. I got a lot out of simply reading the description. I'd be there, but I have a conflict.

    September 7, 2013

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