I usually don’t make any sort of New Year’s resolutions, but this year, I’m making a big commitment…and I’m really excited about it.
They say that if you want to get better at something, you have to practice it over and over. Practice makes perfect, right?
This past year, I’ve really grown to love photography. It’s been such a wonderful hobby that has pushed me creatively, helped shift my focus to see the beauty in the everyday, and allowed me to beautifully capture precious memories of my family. I’ve learned so much and have really grown as a “momtographer.”
But, this next year I want to push myself even further. I want to grow my skills while capturing even more memories — and what better way to do that than a Project 365?
That’s right — for the entire year of 2018, I plan to pick up my camera every single day and capture at least one photo. And there’s no going back now because you all are going to hold me accountable. 🙂
So, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into the details of my 365 project and ways you can start your own.
Have a plan
I know you’ve probably heard this a million times, but having a plan can make such a big difference in actually achieving your goals. You don’t have to have all of the details ironed out but a general idea of what you want to accomplish.
When do you want to start? Are you planning to take your images with your DSLR, phone, or both? What kind of images are you hoping to capture? Will you share or post any of your images?
My plan is to take all of my images with my DSLR. I’m already in the habit of carrying my camera with me everywhere because I love capturing everyday moments, but hopefully, this project will push me to see photo opportunities in unexpected places.
I also want to share some of my images on the blog, but I don’t want to overcommit since this is my first year doing this type of project. So, I’m going to set a goal of sharing a post of my top 10 images each month…and I might throw a few on Instagram as well.
Consider adding prompts
You may not need prompts to start out with because everything is new. But, as you start to fall into a rut creatively and find yourself taking the same pictures over and over, prompts can help provide a fresh perspective and give you a new way of looking at the same subject. Or, it might push you to get out and look for something new altogether.
Prompts can be as simple as selecting a subject or color to look for each day (dog, tree, yellow) or can be more abstract to help you think outside the box (time, peaceful, movement).
There’s no doubt that a 365 project is a big undertaking, so give yourself some added incentive. For me, this comes in the form of a gorgeous photo book at the end of the year. As silly as it may sound, this is a huge motivation because I do NOT want an empty day in my book. 🙂 My hope is that I will have 365 images to create a wonderful memoir for our family — something that we can treasure for years to come.
Whatever the reward, think of something that will motivate you to keep up with your project. It can be as simple as framing some of your favorite images to put around the house…or a bigger reward like that new lens you’ve been eyeing for your camera. 😉
Give yourself some grace
As much as I want that perfect book at the end of the year, I also know as a working mom that I will slip up some days. Life happens.
So, I’m giving myself some grace — and you should, too. It may not go perfectly, but don’t let one slip-up stop you from picking up your camera the next day. Keep moving forward and you’ll be so happy you did.
Have you completed a Project 365 before? I’d love to know what helped you — leave me a note in the comments below. And, for those of you who are planning to try a 365 project this year, I’d love to hear from you!