It seems I’ve started an annual tradition where I recap my year personally and professionally, to see where I’ve been and where I’m going. See the past years: 2010, 2011, 2012… and now 2013…
- Paid off 2 large debts while following the Davey Ramsey, debt snowball idea.
- Bought my first house with Rebecca (her second house)
- Completed numerous renovation projects with Rebecca: installed laminate, crown molding, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, and painted an infinity of white walls.
- Focused on learning about and creating landscape photos. This included long-exposure, focus stacking and HDR techniques. Check out my best 13 landscape photos.
- Learned a whole lot about HDR editing techniques from Trey Ratcliff (via his video course) – i.e. this photo
- Began placing my best photos on my new 500px profile – as a result, one of my photos made it to the 500px ‘Upcoming’ page. This page is where photos that are voted/favorited in a high percentage are placed.
- Finally got some good fireworks photos (after a few years of failed attempts)
- Started doing photography as part of my freelance work, rather than solely for personal enjoyment and iStockPhoto.
- Contributed 67 photos and raster illustrations to iStockPhoto (two times more than 2012) – where they can be licensed by people worldwide.
- Increased my iStockPhoto sales by 50% from 2012
Check out some of the photos I contributed to iStock this year:
- Created many responsive (mobile-friendly) websites while continually learning about creating better responsive websites
- Attended my first web design conference, An Event Apart. I gained a lot of clarity about what I need to learn next. I blogged about each and every talk from the conference here.
- Started building WordPress websites that utilize custom fields and custom post types. This allows the client to very easily edit their website content, in a failproof manner
- This technique landed the largest web design client I’ve had to-date!
Creative Improv, my freelance business
- Implemented the very first redesign of CreativeImprov.com – the new website is mobile-friendly and reflects my current skills.
- Worked with 27 clients to create meaningful websites, print campaigns and logos. 10 of which were new relationships and 17 were returning clients.
- Grew Creative Improv by 36% from 2012 – all while creating higher quality work than ever before.
What I ‘shipped’ in 2013
In 2010, Seth Godin challenged his readers to think about what they ‘shipped’ the previous year. Here is what I shipped in 2013:
- Crushed 2 large debts
- Contributed 67 stock photos to iStockPhoto
- Crafted 11 websites
- Crafted 11 HTML Emails
- Designed 2 logos
- Designed 6 print pieces (billboard, business cards, etc)