This year one of my resolutions was to grow in photography. It’s a hobby I enjoy and more importantly, we are in the young family years and I don’t want to miss a thing!
To accomplish this, I committed to three things to push myself:
- Started a 365 project (well, this year it’s actually a 366 project) – shooting a photo for each day. I joined a 365 group to keep me accountable – peer pressure does wonders!
- Committed to publishing each of these photos on Instagram – another source of self inflicted motivation for me to stick with it!
- Joined Shoot Along for tips, challenges, how-tos and photo prompts – and a great community for accountability.
Shoot Along has been a great new experience for me, because it’s truly designed for photographers at all levels. One week the prompt might be something I’m very familiar with, but still challenges me to work on that skill in a new way. The next week might prompt me to try something I’ve never done before. Topics have included reflection of light, the rule of thirds, shutter speed, aperture and more.
We’re only 60 days into 2016, and I’ve already captured some photos I know I’ll treasure forever. One even was selected to be published in a photography magazine, Momazine! It’s been such a huge surprise and encouragement to me on my journey.
Here are some of my favorite photos from each week in January and February:
Here are my best tips for keeping with a 365 project:
- Keep your camera accessible at all times, to catch those moments. The best camera for the job is the one that’s near you!
- Be aware – of your surroundings. This is almost like a muscle that I’m still developing. But I’ll tell you that years ago I would have never thought the take a photo of the way my daughter likes to pose in front of the mirror.
- Aim for imperfection. That is, the perfect photo is the one that captures your life, not necessarily the one that is technically perfect or frame worthy. The goal of this project is to document your life – mess and all! And, the more I shoot, the more comfortable I get in a wide range of shooting situations.
- Document the little things – this is one reason I wanted to do a 365 this year (and am crying that I didn’t do when the kids were younger!). But there is no time like the present, so I’m capturing things like my baby’s post-bath curls, her little hands, and her uber long lashes.
- But also have fun with it! Since the goal of the project, to me, is to capture my family AND to challenge myself in photography, I try to have fun with it. That sometimes means posed photos that capture something meaningful about my child, but is also kinda just for fun 🙂
Any questions? I love to talk photography! Shoot me a note in the comments below. Happy snapping!