I'm still pretty new freelance, and I'd love to establish a small network of people, companies, and agencies with whom I collaborate with on a regular to semi-regular basis. I believe that continuity is an important (although non-essential) ingredient to creating the best work. There's a certain level of honesty, trust and fluidity achieved through continuity that serves as a healthy foundation to create the best work upon. This approach also keeps me designing more instead of writing emails, networking, selling myself, not getting paid by random/unknown clients, etc. etc.
For the foreseeable future, I will be looking for remote opportunities– and I'm open to short and long engagements. While I won't rule out the option of being on-site for any amount of time, the current plan to is to be rather mobile and pick-up remote work along the way.
As I've gone freelance, I'm going to undoubtedly find myself with a lot of free time. While I'll be able to keep myself busy with personal projects, its fun to mix things up with others. In general, the people I hope to work with won't be decided based on budget, exposure, etc– I ultimately want to continue expanding my horizons. I really hope to work with people of different skill-sets to create an output we couldn't have achieved independently. How much of this work I can take on of course is going to be a balance I'll have to sort out, but I hope for this to be a substantial chunk of my time. At the end of the day, I'm ideally looking for projects that are with good people, sounds fun and I have an opportunity to positively influence design of the project.
I'm also actively seeking out a photo agency to help me expand my network, reach, and to facilitate photo-related projects (books, shows, etc). At the moment, the photo world is entirely new to me, so I have few connections and limited understanding of how it all works. That being said, I'm also not looking for representation to get commercial/client type work (unless it fits some rather specific criteria). Photography is it's own independent thing that I want to keep from being compromised by too much exterior direction, so shooting for others would have to be on my own terms... which I realize makes things difficult. Basically for me: design is for use by others, and photography is art for myself (and whoever else gains enjoyment out of it).