The Goal List: July 2014 | Massachusetts Photographer

Massachusetts Child Photographer Beach Photos Provincetown MA Millbury Auburn Worcester Sutton Grafton July was so amazing that I didn't even post a goal list! Actually, it was filled with lots of vacation, beach, pool, and family time...and it was awesome! I still worked and got lots done (3 weddings!!!), but it was definitely less schedule-oriented than usual with C home from school and the sunshine calling our names. We took our yearly vacation to Provincetown to the most amazing little condo right on the ocean (a photographer's dream and where I took the above photo), celebrated the 4th of July with cookouts and fireworks, and had fun at C's first National Competition in Providence. Wow, when I think back to everything that we did, it just makes me happy!

I'm so OK with having no set goals last month, but this month is different. Yes, summer is only HALF OVER, but a photographer's busy season is officially here! Mix busy season with summer vacation, and I have to make sure every second counts when I'm working.

So, here's to the goal list, and may I accomplish everything on it.

BUSINESS GOALS | JUNE

  • Blog 15x this month! <--this will be my #1 goal until it's achieved
  • Get my inbox down to 1500 new emails (gonna try and take this in baby steps this month)
  • Order new sample albums
  • Choose new website design and start working on it
  • Choose outfits for Senior Model Styled Shoot!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!
  • Test out new Wedding Photography Workflow
  • CLEAN OFF DESK!!

I did clean off my desk, but it's gotten messy again. Not as mess as it was, but it's definitely not as clean and organized. Must do this again!I've also been looking for a new website/blog design, but I haven't found one that I really like yet, so I can't cross it off.  I also did a lot of things that weren't on the above list (Senior Model Rep Shoot, Senior Lookbook, New Senior Pricing Sheet), so I will let a few of those uncrossed off items go.

PERSONAL GOALS | JUNE

  • Continue with my exercise and better eating. I've been walking for about an hour each night. The weather is perfect, and I love listening to podcasts!
  • Book all of C's camps for the summer month <-- um, yea, need to do this ASAP!
  • Buy some new clothes for summer <--- DESPERATELY NEED!

I will say for June that I did pretty good with exercise and eating; however, July is a totally different story! Time to get back on that. One month until my sister's wedding! EEEK!!!

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 BUSINESS GOALS | AUGUST

  • Blog 12x this month. Make a blogging calendar and stick to it!
  • Order new sample albums
  • Choose new website design
  • Accounting organization
  • Create a Progress Folder and Progress Sheet for each current client
  • Update iOS on my iMac

PERSONAL GOALS | AUGUST

  • Get back to exercising a little each day and eating better. Have to fit into my Matron of Honor dress in one month!
  • Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with C with more pool, beach, and a couple of day trips!

And the next time I write my Goal List, the summer will be over :( (although, summer seems to hang around here in Massachusetts far into September nowadays). C will be back in school and back to dance class, life will be hectic again, and the days/weeks/months will fly by. Before we know it, Christmas will be here.

The Goal List: June 2014 | Millbury Massachusetts Premier Photographer

Millbury Massachusetts Best Child Photographer Worcester Felter's Mill Little Girl in Field Photos Central MA Oh my, where has this month gone? We're already 1/3 of the way through June! This is crazy. School is almost over, so we are going to lots of concerts, art shows, meetings, and outdoor activities to wind the year down. It's such a bittersweet year because Cecilia will be leaving her little elementary school and going into third grade at the bigger elementary school in town. It seems like just yesterday that she took the bus as a kindergartener and didn't get off at her stop. She didn't even answer me when I got on the bus looking for her so I didn't think she was on the bus. Talk about panic!!! Let's just say, the police were involved trying to find her, when she was safe and sound on the bus all along. What a little stinker!!!

I just know this summer is going to fly by. I have lots and lots of photo sessions already booked, several weddings to shoot, a few relaxing getaways mixed in, and some fun one-on-one and family time planned with that little cutie up above. Summers in Massachusetts seem so short because we try to cram so much into a few months when the weather is so sunny and gorgeous. Speaking of sun...I am absolutely in love with my late-day sessions lately! I can't get enough of that golden sunshine!

With so much going on, it's super important to have a goal list, a to-do list, and whatever else that will help keep you on track when time is limited and you need to be even more productive than usual.

BUSINESS GOALS | MAY

  • Create a blogging calendar for May and stick to it - Blog 15x this month! (two down, only 13 left to go!) <-- I blogged 8x in May
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Order new album samples
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014 - this is in the works :)
  • Get my inbox down to 1500 new emails (gonna try and take this in baby steps this month)
  • Meet with my 2015 Senior Model Reps and get them ready for their LookBook Photo Shoot! <-- CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!!
  • Start planning blog/website overhaul

PERSONAL GOALS | MAY

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!! <-- hopefully, the weather will finally get nicer around here and I can get outside and do a little exercise -- hmm, I did start exercising more, but it was actually in June
  • Keep up with my diet - down 9lbs last month!!! Wooohooo!!! <-- kept up with my diet, but the scale didn't budge :(
  • Book all of C's camps for the summer month <-- um, yea, need to do this ASAP!

Getting all of my personal photos backed up was a big task to mark off the list. I also added in a new backup system for client photos...HUGE!

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 BUSINESS GOALS | JUNE

  • Blog 15x this month! <--this will be my #1 goal until it's achieved
  • Get my inbox down to 1500 new emails (gonna try and take this in baby steps this month)
  • Order new sample albums
  • Choose new website design and start working on it
  • Choose outfits for Senior Model Styled Shoot!!! SO MUCH FUN!!!!
  • Test out new Wedding Photography Workflow
  • CLEAN OFF DESK!!

PERSONAL GOALS | JUNE

  • Continue with my exercise and better eating. I've been walking for about an hour each night. The weather is perfect, and I love listening to podcasts!
  • Book all of C's camps for the summer month <-- um, yea, need to do this ASAP!
  • Buy some new clothes for summer <--- DESPERATELY NEED!

That's about it for this month. Enjoy your June!

The Goal List: May 2014

I'm a little behind with this month's Goal List, but my April was pretty much overtaken by this. Looking at my list from last month and seeing how little I'm able to cross off is pretty tough to swallow, so I was kind of, sort of, putting this post off as long as I possibly could. But, I've decided to face it head-on; it's Monday, it's a new month, and things are really starting to get crazy around here now that there are buds on all the trees and the late-day lighting is any photographer's dream.

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So, what did I actually accomplish last month besides being a crazy Dance Mom?

BUSINESS GOALS | APRIL

  • Update Welcome Brochures for new clients
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Order new album samples
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014 - this is in the works :)
  • Finalize 2015 SSP Senior Model Reps!
  • Get my inbox down to ZERO new emails...haha!
  • Keep up with consistent blogging - I blogged 10x in March, and I'd like to add to that in April
  • Order new biz cards

PERSONAL GOALS | APRIL

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!! <-- hopefully, the weather will finally get nicer around here and I can get outside and do a little exercise
  • Organize my home office desk <-- still a pit! MUST FIX ASAP!
  • Explore new music and find a couple of new artists to listen to while I edit...music makes me happy! :)   <-- I didn't find a new artist, but I did revisit some favorites and found some new music by them (Sarah McLachlan, Alanis, Patty Griffin)

That's about it! I have lots of photo shoots planned for April, and I know it's just going to get crazier from there on out. Pssst...if you haven't booked your Spring or Summer session with me yet, NOW is the time to do it. Like I said, things get crazy around here as soon as the first flower bulb starts sprouting or we see buds on the trees. Have a great month!

BUSINESS GOALS | MAY

  • Create a blogging calendar for May and stick to it - Blog 15x this month! (two down, only 13 left to go!)
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Order new album samples
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014 - this is in the works :)
  • Get my inbox down to 1500 new emails (gonna try and take this in baby steps this month)
  • Meet with my 2015 Senior Model Reps and get them ready for their LookBook Photo Shoot! <-- CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!!
  • Start planning blog/website overhaul

PERSONAL GOALS | MAY

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!! <-- hopefully, the weather will finally get nicer around here and I can get outside and do a little exercise
  • Keep up with my diet - down 9lbs last month!!! Wooohooo!!!
  • Book all of C's camps for the summer months

I'm going to try and keep things fairly simple this month again. It's been tough to focus on getting just the few goals done that I set for myself each month. There never seems to be enough time! But, I am progressing and at least I'm crossing things off. Have a great May, and I hope to see a lot of you at upcoming photo shoots! My May calendar is almost fully-booked, and June is starting to fill up, too.

 

Millbury, MA Child Photographer | Dance Has Taken Over Our Lives!

If you follow me on Instagram, you can probably guess that dance has taken over the lives of the Shenette household for the past couple of months. Three competitions, full day of dance photos, two dress rehearsals, two recitals, and then all of the regularly scheduled practices with a few more sprinkled in for good measure. Phew! I sure am exhausted from it all, and I'm only in charge of chauffeuring, hair, makeup, sewing, inventory (which is probably the most frustrating! Where the heck did I put that teeny sequined wrist band when we ripped it off quickly during a costume change), and costume changes; I don't even have to dance! It's a ton of work for everyone, and it's definitely a huge commitment (one of those early Sunday morning competitions nearly put us over the edge...COFFEE saved the day on that one!) , but I wouldn't change the smile and excitement on my little girl's face when she gets to perform on stage. This is her 6th recital with the Cathy Taylor School of Dance, and she's loved her time there. Here are just a few snapshots from the past couple of months!

 

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Passing the time backstage with a little Rainbow Loom

Shawna Shenette Photography Millbury Child Photographer Dance Photos Sutton Auburn Worcester Grafton Central MA

Time to stretch!

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Marking the stage for Arabian Nights Production (if you look closely you can see the little camel in the background :p)

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The Camels from Arabian Nights

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Getting ready for Life is A Highway

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Quick photo of Blue Suede Shoes

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Turn It Up Competition in Bellingham, MA

Shawna Shenette Photography Millbury Child Photographer Dance Photos Sutton Auburn Worcester Grafton Central MA

I am NOT smiling! I have been up since 5am!!!

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One dance down, and I'm starting to wake up a bit.

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Shawna Shenette Photography Millbury Child Photographer Dance Photos Sutton Auburn Worcester Grafton Central MA

Picture day...just a few quick ones outside between changes.

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The Goal List | April 2014

Wow, it's already April! I can't believe it. Did you have any funny April Fool's jokes played on you? Nothing here, yet, but it's still pretty early. Anything's possible! Here is one of my favorite photos from last April, my little diva doing her best at a "mean pose" because she's wearing a Maleficent hat. So cute!!!worcester photographer child photos massachusetts outdoor portraits So, March seemed to be a pretty good month in terms of business. I was busy and kept things moving along, but now that I look at my goal list that I made, it seems like I didn't accomplish very much. Woops! Guess I need to try harder this month. Here's a recap of what I accomplished.

BUSINESS GOALS | MARCH

  • Consistent Blogging
  • Update Welcome Brochures for new clients
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Research new portfolio site
  • Start timelines for all 2014 weddings!!!
  • Order new album samples
  • Finalize photography studio layout
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014
  • Finalize 2015 SSP Senior Model Reps!
  • Get my inbox down to ZERO new emails...haha!

PERSONAL GOALS | MARCH

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!!
  • Meal plan dinners and my lunches each week...and actually stick to the plan!
  • Organize my home office desk
  • Pedicure...hey, I didn't say some things wouldn't be fun!

And, now, onto April's list. I'm going to just add to the things I didn't finish last month. Some of my business goals from March are under way, but they aren't completed yet, so it wouldn't be fair to cross them off.

BUSINESS GOALS | APRIL

  • Update Welcome Brochures for new clients
  • Update pricing sheets for client inquiries
  • Order new album samples
  • Book FINAL Wedding spot available for 2014
  • Finalize 2015 SSP Senior Model Reps!
  • Get my inbox down to ZERO new emails...haha!
  • Keep up with consistent blogging - I blogged 10x in March, and I'd like to add to that in April
  • Order new biz cards

PERSONAL GOALS | APRIL

  • Organize and backup all personal photos and videos
  • EXERCISE!! <-- hopefully, the weather will finally get nicer around here and I can get outside and do a little exercise
  • Organize my home office desk <-- still a pit! MUST FIX ASAP!
  • Explore new music and find a couple of new artists to listen to while I edit...music makes me happy! :)

That's about it! I have lots of photo shoots planned for April, and I know it's just going to get crazier from there on out. Pssst...if you haven't booked your Spring or Summer session with me yet, NOW is the time to do it. Like I said, things get crazy around here as soon as the first flower bulb starts sprouting or we see buds on the trees. Have a great month!