Growth and Opportunity

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Growth and Opportunity

By |2018-08-02T06:17:14+00:00January 1st, 2015|Categories: Personal|1 Comment

This is my first photo-shoot of the year, delicious waffles for New Year’s Day breakfast. (© Nicole S. Young —

Happy New Year!

It’s official, we have arrived at 2015! This past year for me was filled with change and rejuvenation. Brian and I moved back to Portland, and, other than a trip to Thailand early in the year, it was a quiet year for me in terms of travel. I spent a lot of time growing my brand, my online store, and getting cozy in our new home. It was a good year.

One thing that is always mulling through my brain is the phrase “What’s next?”. Whether it’s travel, photography projects, eBooks, or tutorials, I’m always excited about what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it. A new year means a fresh start, and a great time to rev up those engines.

Doing What I Love

One of the advantages of working for myself is that I get to choose what to create. And I love my job. I love teaching, writing about, and creating photography. I have a lot of things in store for this year. A new book with Peachpit, at least a few self-published eBooks, video tutorials for my online store and blog, and some really epic, bucket-list-busting travel. But I’ve still left some room for the unknown, the last-minute adventures and spur-of-the-moment creations. If everything were planned, then life would be boring. I like surprises.

Growth and Opportunity

Overall, this year my goal is to grow as an artist. It can be easy to get a little too comfortable when things are running smoothly. My business is running strong, and I’m in a great place and off a killer start for the new year. But I’m no stranger to risk. Just a few weeks ago I cancelled my exclusivity with iStock, and soon after I was accepted into Stocksy, an up-and-coming co-operative stock organization. I plan on using the opportunity as a fresh start, a “rebirth” of sorts for me with stock photography and photography in general. Getting involved with microstock in 2006, along with a good dose of motivation, helped me improve my photography by leaps and bounds, and I am well overdue for a refresher.

Whatever your goals are for the year, I wish you success! Whether it’s tomorrow or six months from today, the future is uncertain. I guess, though, that’s what keeps us on our toes.

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

– Dr. Emmet Brown

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

One Comment

  1. Petra Pavlátková January 2, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Hi Nicole, I’ve read quite a few of your posts and watched quite a few of your videos lately and found them very inspiring. The behind-the-scenes details have taught me a lot, thank you for sharing them. Have a great and productive 2015!

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