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New Year – New Resolutions – A Photographer’s Perspective on New Year’s Resolutions 

I’m sure many of you make New Year’s resolutions.   I do.  The beginning of a new year always brings new resolutions for living my best life.  Of course everyone has some they keep, and some end of falling to the wayside.   The start of a new year usually means big promises which often includes big steps, life changes, and habit changes.   I’m opting to keep it real this year.   So below are this Photographer’s New Years Resolutions.  

I hope you find some inspiration in these or can adapt them to your lifestyle.  

  1. Regular workouts
  2. Continue to preserve family memories.  This is actually a three part resolution:
  3. Preserve family memories through portraits and snapshots.
    1. Continue making yearly books for my grandchildren of lifestyle pictures of them
    2. Finalize my family tree by placing all of the information in a book for future generations to have and share.
  4. Expand my photography business through more travel and regular picture taking. 

Regular Workouts

First, instead of the typical I’m going to lose weight, or lose x amount of pounds, I’m going to concentrate on continuing to get in better shape.  I already started this, and my resolution is to keep up my workouts.  In addition to feeling better losing weight naturally, it continues to help my photography since I often hike places to get pictures.  Over the last two months,  I have discovered such huge health benefits to regular workouts so I’m pretty motivated to keep this up.  

My husband and I joined a gym in November and, holidays aside, we have been regular at keeping up workouts.  I was never one that wanted to work out with anyone, but it is certainly more fun to go to the gym with someone.  We each do our own workouts, but it’s enjoyable going at the same time.  Find someone to go with if you can.   The weight will come off naturally as you work out.  So I’m not stressing out over how much weight I lose but trying instead to get in regular workouts.     

Eating right goes along with this.  I’m trying to reduce the bad carbs and prepare meals that are nourishing and healthy.  

This year my husband and I did a 172 mile bike ride on the Erie Canal bike trail in New York State.   It had been a goal of ours and was one of the best vacations ever.   We hope to do more long bike trail rides this year.  You can read about our trip here.  

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Regular Workouts. Bike ride on the Erie Canal


Continue to preserve family memories through portraits and snapshots 

It’s common to get into cell phone pictures.  First, it is easy and generally your phone is always with you.   But taking pictures with a camera allows you to print them in a larger size.   Printing your pictures is important.  t’s very important to preserve that family history.  All photographs, landscape, lifestyle or portraits should evoke a feeling.  While I’m a landscape and travel photographer, it is important to me to document your family memories.   

Continue to preserve family memories with yearly books of lifestyle pictures

When my grandchildren were born, I started taking lifestyle pictures of them.  These are not posed portraits in anyway.  Instead they are pictures of them doing everyday life.  I do a book for each child from birthday to birthday.   They include simple things like cuddling with grandma and grandpa, places we go, and activities they do.   It’s a great way to capture what they were interested in each year and preserve these memories.   The books are printed each year in an 8×8 size.   

Lifestyle Photography


Continue to preserve family memories by documenting the family history in a book 

A favorite quote of mine is “Remember and honor family who have come and gone before your, because they had a hand in shaping who you are.”  

I have researched my family tree for several years now.  For the last few years, it has sat in my software on my computer and I have done nothing with it.  My ultimate goals when I started were:

  • Trace each family line to where they emigrated from and hopefully why
  • Certainly create the family line, but that is not the most important thing
  • Find articles and information to piece together some family stories

My goal this year is to figure out how to put this information into a book — maybe books by family lines so generations to come can have and share this information.  I must stop procrastinating and get this done this year!

Expand my photography business through more travel and regular picture taking

Getting a business up and running is a lot of work.  Setting up a good website consumed way more time than I expected or allocated.  This year I want to add more travel and take regular pictures.  Because of the time it took, I didn’t take as many pictures as I normally do.  I want to get back to regular picture taking which has always been a passion of mine.    

So far I’m thinking of trips to:

  • Hawaii
  • Smoky Mountains
  • Adirondack Mountains
  • And the eagles are back right now by the river near my house so I can’t wait to get out to capture photos of them.  


Waimea Bay at Sunrise | Hawaii Landscape Photography Print for sale | Travel Photo Print | Ocean Bay at Sunrise in Hawaii | picture of a bay with a beach and lighthouse at sunrise. Beautiful colors are in the sunrise print - new year - new resolutions
Hawaii Landscape Photography Print – Waimea Bay at Sunrise


Smoky Mountain Travel Landscape Photo | Debbi Marquette Photography | Nature inspired wall decor | picture of smoky mountains as storm clouds approach at sunrise
Smoky Mountain Travel Landscape Photo


Bald Eagle Feeding Eaglets

These are my New Year’s resolutions for 2020.  Intentionally I did not include so many that it is impossible and these are clearly the most important things to me to concentrate on for this year.   I wish you best on your new year and new resolutions.  I hope everyone has a blessed and wonderful new year full of good health, love, happiness and prosperity.

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Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi is  an award winning and published  travel, landscape and bald eagle photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   She travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.

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