A 365 Photo Project is a great way to get to know your camera and discipline yourself into practicing your photography every day. Whether you prefer to blog your photos or just post them to your Facebook page or Flickr account, read on to be inspired by one of our I Heart Faces participants who decided to challenge herself to take at least one photo every day.
The 365 Photo Project
I’m a mom of 3 little ones: too busy to be able to catch a breath some days, working full-time in my photography business, taking care of the house and doing a million things at a time. I had to force myself to take pictures of my own kids. 2009 was such a busy year for me, and by the end of the year I realized that while I had taken pictures of the “important” days in my kids life, I had missed all the little things that I want to remember forever. There I was, documenting other people’s lives, but my own life was just passing by. It made me sad and a bit angry with myself that I had missed so many little things and that my kids were growing so fast.
I had seen so many people doing 365 projects and I felt jealous because I wasn’t. I was afraid of committing to something like that with so many things on my plate already. Could I do it? Was I able to snap a picture a day? As we were driving back from our trip to Texas on January 1st 2010, I looked back to my kids all doing their own thing in the van I grabbed my camera and snapped a picture. I knew then that this was the first photo of my own 365 project. I felt so excited and scared at the same time. I also felt relieved! Yes! My kiddos’ lives where going to be documented.
It was a little bit overwhelming at the beginning but it got easier as the weeks passed by. My goal is not to get a perfect picture: my goal is to save memories.
Some tips that have worked for me:
- Take a picture early in the morning. Sleepy faces, messy hair, breakfast time, their outfit for the day, etc. Then if the day gets too busy, I’ve already taken the picture of the day.
- Have a camera with you at all times. It doesn’t have to be your big fancy camera,iPhone shots count too!
- Save your pictures in monthly folders. It’s a lot easier to organize and to put a book at the end of the year!
- Invest in a remote for your camera, you need to be in those pictures too!
To me it helps to post the pictures in my personal blog or Facebook page so that I can also write a little bit about our day. I try to do this daily. It takes me around 5 minutes to do it and it keeps me up to date and motivated to keep going. I feel a lot more “free” to photograph whatever I want. And an awesome plus of doing this is that my photography has evolved and grown along the way.
The count down of my second year doing a 365 project has begun, and it makes my heart so happy! Last year I put a book together with all the pictures and the kids love to look at it. I go through the pictures and it always puts a smile on my face. I can only imagine what my kids will feel when they are grown ups and see the pictures or, even better, when they share them with their own kids. That for sure keeps me going!
So now it’s your turn. Challenge your self to start your own 365 Project, and have fun during the process!