Looking Back on 2007

As a photographer, 2007 was a breakthrough year for me. I a number of ways, what I have been doing was validated in 2007.

Since I am a late bloomer when it comes to blogging, I thought I would recap some of the significant things from 2007. The idea is less to brag, but to put what comes next into some context.

2006 was the first year that I had any kind of regular print sales after being juried into the Ice House Artist Co-op in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

In 2007 I expanded my footprint in the Eastern Panhandle to four galleries by the end of August and this helped generate additional sales and the income to support participation in a George DeWolfe Workshop in Adirondack State Park in New York, the ACP Portfolio Reviews in Atlanta, and the acquisition of some significant new equipment. Overall I probably spent more than I made, but I rationalized that these things were an investment in the future.

In August I also began the transition from full-time employment to ultimate retirement and status as a full-time fine art photographer. Now working three days a week I have a four-day weekend almost every week and that gives me more time and energy for photography.

Overall I could not be more pleased with my progress and I am grateful for the support from my partner, Malinda and from other friends.

On this Christmas Eve, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to 2008.

~ by Rsmith on December 24, 2007.

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