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What Are Your Photography Goals For 2018?

Happy New Year! We love the fresh start that a new year brings along with it. No matter what you did, or didn't do in 2017, you can start with brand new goals and dreams for the year ahead. The main thing you need to focus on as a photographer is to actually get out there and take photos. You can not learn or better yourself without snapping photos. Take your camera with you everywhere you go and when you feel inspired, capture something unique. Or, if you do not have a camera, smart phones can take some pretty great shots now-a-days so take out your phone and photograph someone awesome!  

You may be just starting to explore your love of photography and want to learn as much as you can in the months ahead. If that is the case, there are SO many great ways to learn. We post great articles here on the blog but we also recommend taking classes whether it is online or in a classroom at a local college or university. 

CreativeLive always offers FREE classes online that will help you get started and learn everything you can think of in the photography industry. They have classes about photography, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, lighting, growing your business, social media and SO MUCH MORE. You can see the list of free live upcoming classes happening in the coming weeks and sign up for any you are interested in. Check out the list of classes here.


Perhaps you are a hobbyist photographer and have been taking great photos for years but want to do more with your passion. Is it your year to start your own business or you are finally ready to quit your full-time job to concentrate more on your photography? Make sure you know what niche it is you want to focus your business on and get a clear business plan set and in place so you are organized. Do you love weddings and want to focus your time booking engaged couples? Or, perhaps you prefer shooting the outdoors and love capturing landscape photos or wildlife. You could also focus on senior portraits, sporting events, or travel photography. There are so many different things in our world to photograph. 

If you start a business, one big thing is your website and getting your portfolio online. SmugMug is a great service that lets you showcase your photos beautifully online. You can store your work, share it and even sell it right from your SmugMug site. Click here to check out SmugMug and start your own site

Do you already have a successful photography business that you want to grow even bigger in 2018? We always recommend to continue learning no matter how long you have been in the photography world. With technology changing as fast as it does, there are always new products out there that can help your business succeed. 

Be sure to check out BP4U Photographer Resources for SO many awesome products that can help make your photography business easier. They offer tons of guides, presets, social media tools and more! Here are a few products that we love: 

Growing Your Facebook Page and Group

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Tax Spreadsheets For Photographers

Overwhelmed by all those receipts and want to get yourself organized and prepared for the upcoming tax season? This AMAZING product is just what you need! Get the Tax Spreadsheets For Photographers here.  

The Ultimate Posing Guide Collection

Need some ideas for new poses? Whether you photograph couples, weddings, seniors, babies or families, this Ultimate Posing Guide Collection is for you. Freshen up your typical poses with some new ideas! Get The Ultimate Posing Guide Collection here


Click here to see all the other great products that BP4U offers! 

Whatever your goals for this new year are, be sure to check in with yourself often and see if you are on the path to accomplishing your goals. If not, it's okay! Life happens and sometimes it can get hard. But be sure to refocus and keep on trying. And be sure to check out our blog throughout the months ahead for great tips, articles, inspiration and more. We also have a camera giveaway going on right now... have you entered yet for your chance to win a Nikon D810 or Canon 5DS R?  Click here to enter now!  

We wish you all nothing but love, happiness and inspiration this year. Best of luck to you all in accomplishing your 2018 photography goals! 

Want to share your goals with us? We would love to hear them all so please comment below! 

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What Are Your Photography Goals For 2017?

The year is coming to a close and what a year it has been! There have been so many great moments, some sad ones, and tons of others in between... but we hope that each and every one of you have a positive outlook on the year ahead and have some wonderful goals for your photography in 2017. 

It is always fun to have a goal for the upcoming year especially when it comes to something that makes you happy... like taking photos. Take some time in the next few days to evaluate your photography throughout the past year and how you want to move forward in 2017. Perhaps you just began your photography business and want to double the amount of clients over the next year. Maybe you take photos as a hobby and really want to explore different subjects to photograph and make more time for your passion alongside everything else you have to do in life. Or, you may have always thought about photography and this year is the one you plan to take a class and learn as much as you can. 

We believe that if you love photography, you need to take photos. This year ahead, try making it a priority to take a photo every single day. At the end of 2017, you will have 365 different photos to show and we are sure you will have learned something along the way. 

Camera Giveaways is excited for another great year. We have so many great blog posts in the works that will show you some awesome photos and provide you with great tips and tricks for your photography. We will also be continuing with our Photo of the Week (read more about how to submit your own photos here) and have even more camera giveaways for you to enter. (Have you entered our current giveaway? If not, be sure to do so here).

What are your photography goals for 2017? Share them with us below. 

Throughout the year, we have seen some amazing photos and had some great blog posts that you all seemed to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite posts from the year in case you missed any of them:

3 Essentials For Building A Photography Business - Want to start your own photography business? These tips will help you get started. 

Photo credit: Golden Vision Photography via SnapKnot

Photo credit: Golden Vision Photography via SnapKnot

6 Tips To Take Beautiful Bridal Portraits - Photographing a bride is such a beautiful thing. Here are 6 tips to make sure you capture her perfectly! 

8 Ways To Make Money With Your Photography - Looking to turn your passion into a business or just to help make you a little extra money, then this post will give you some great ideas! 

5 Minute Video On The History Of Photography - This is a cute video that shares a quick history of photography. 

Photo credit: Photo District News

Photo credit: Photo District News

3 Things To Think About If You Are Hiring A Second Shooter - Do you need a second shooter to help you photograph a wedding or large event? This post gives you 3 things you need to consider. 

7 Important Facebook Tips For Photographers - Social media is so important and Facebook is a very popular platform you want to make sure you are on. Be sure to read these 7 Facebook tips to be sure you are utilizing Facebook as best as you can.

7 Easy Steps To Improve Your Photography - These tips will help any photographer improve their work! 

In A Photography Rut? Here are 5 Ways To Get Out! - Finding yourself in a little bit of a photography slump? Here are 5 ways to help you get out. 


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