Entering into the last week of the year 2018, the year 2018 is coming to an end soon. As I shared my 2018 best nine photographs on my Instagram, I decided that I would continue on, writing and publishing my photography article, on Reflection – Photography 2018.
While reflecting and looking back across all aspects and segments of my photography, I realised I got quite a bit of photography thinking, reflection and updates, turning into articles for the year 2018. In a way, I must had quite a number of thoughts and feelings for this year 2018!
Sole Proprietorship Photography Business
My sole proprietorship photography business, has its fair share of ups and downs in year 2018, just like my other aspects of my life too. Comparing it to my first year that I started my photography business in 2017, the year 2018 had seen improvements and growth, although the absolute total revenue is still not consistent and stable to a decent level yet, even though it did improve. That’s still a lot of room to grow and expand.
Personal Photography Projects
Ever since I established and registered it as a business in 2017, my personal photography projects were kind of non-existent because they took a back seat while I was putting a lot of time and effort to make my business stable and running properly.
I sincerely hope that I can revive them again in the year 2019, with a test of my strategic management, planning and time management. There are some personal photography projects in mind, keep a lookout!
Partnerships and collaborations
Chiang Mai, Thailand with The Epiphany Duplet
I had worked with Tiffany and Peps of The Epiphany Duplet for a few collaborations together. When the opportunity arose in January 2018 to visit Chiang Mai, Thailand, I decided to join them for this trip, collaborating on travel photography and content together, we exchanged our talents, my travel photography for their travel videos!
There were also partnership and collaboration that haven’t taken off the ground and delayed, I am not sure if it would take off in the near future. I still hope to establish more partnerships and collaborations in the year 2019 and beyond.
Mini Milestones in 2018
Creative Commons Musical with ikibook
EOS World Community Ambassador
In other news, I was appointed EOS World Community Ambassador for the year 2018. This is a big honour and recognition for me, I hope that I can contribute and give back to this photography community in some small way or another, as well as the EOS World community platform helping me to grow my photography.
Internal and External Battles
There were a number of internal and external battles with people and their words, actions, emotions, hurt, disappointments etc etc … There were times of anger, hurt, agony and burnt out, there were times when I had to fight my own monsters inside me too.
There are many people in the world that are not in the person’s actual shoes, they are not “on the ground fighting the battles” and yet they think they know everything and they will tell you what you should do.
There will be internal scars, no doubt about that. That’s how we can learn and grow from all these various experiences, handling people, handling emotions, fighting the internal bad wolf inside us.
Summarising my year 2018 Photography
There had been improvements and growth in my sole proprietorship photography business, along with its fair share of ups and downs, hits and misses, happiness and disappointments. There is still a lot a lot of room for growth and improvement.
What to expect in the Year 2019 ?
My strategic plans, goals and objectives are still a work in progress behind the scenes, I hope to share a bit more details in January 2019.
Last but not least, Thank You!
Last but not least, I want to say a big Thank You from the bottom of my heart to all those who have helped me, believe in me and supported me throughout my photography journey, through my ups and downs, reading my boring and lengthy rants on social media networks and websites.