I’m terrified to write this post because it means I’ll actually have to do it. Writing the words and putting it out there in the universe means I’m committing to it and part of me already thinks I’m going to fail. But, I still want to try.
If you’ve never heard of a Project 365, it’s pretty basic. One photo every day for an entire year. Over the years, I watched other photographers complete their project and say how much it helped their photography grow. I’m not much of a routine person so it always seemed so impossible to me. I start things and then never finish. Well this year, I’m trying again with the intention to finish, but the grace to let myself fall off the wagon every now and then. I recently read a great post by The Narrative Society with tips for completing a Project 365. Here are the first 5. Read the rest here.
Shoot early in the day
Educator Liz DeGroff recommends completing your shot as early as possible. It is easy for the day to slip by or for you to get distracted. Have a plan in mind for the following day or make one over coffee.
Upload when you can
I know one of my biggest hurdles is to actually get the shot uploaded onto my computer! Give yourself grace. You don’t have to upload all your shots as soon as you shoot them. If you have a hard time remembering details keep a note open in your phone with the date and memory so you can be sure to have it all documented.
Don’t expect daily magic
Let’s be real, magic doesn’t happen every time you click the shutter. When educator Sandi Harkness shoots, she knows that not every portrait she takes will be her favorite but she keeps documenting because all moments are worth remembering. Not just the pretty ones.
Keep it close
Moments don’t wait for you, you have to be ready for them. Educator Jodi Buckles keeps her camera with her at all times. Whether keeping it on your body or close by in your purse, just be sure to have it! Can’t document the memories if your camera isn’t there.
Stick to a theme
Whether you decide to stick with a theme or not, remember you don’t have to stick with it. Educator Katie Brenkert recommends mixing up what you shoot with monthly themes. Find a group that you like and keep note of ideas that spark inspiration.
These tips help me feel like it’s possible. Yesterday I kept my camera out all day and waited for moments to arise. Even in one day I can tell that doing this will help me to see in a different light. To notice the little things. This time around I also told my kids and my husband about it so that they know I’m going to have my camera out more and that I would appreciate any and all cooperation. With older kids, I feel like that’s key! I promised I wouldn’t post anything that they weren’t comfortable with and that they don’t have to pose or smile for the camera. I’m just documenting.
So this is it. The first image in my first ever Project 365.