Photo Ideas for When You’re Feeling Stuck – and a FREEBIE!

Starting a Project 365 has always seemed so daunting to me. How the heck am I going to come up with things to photograph for an entire year?! I psych myself out before I even get started. Lol! Since I’ll have a baby to document this time around, I’m hoping it’ll be a little easier, but I wanted to have an arsenal of ideas just in case I’m feeling stuck or uninspired.

First, let me tell you, a Project 365 is not the only photo project you can do. There are a ton you can try and all of them have the potential to improve your skills.

Here are a few popular ones.

Project 52 – a photo a week for an entire year.

Project 30 – a photo once a month.

A Day in the Life – from start to finish. Include all the routines.

Self portraits – Learn how to use the self timer.

Choose one lens – if you have more than one lens, choose one and only take pictures from that perspective.

When you’re feeling stuck, you can refer back to these ideas or here are a few more prompts I am going to try.

Photograph food. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! What’s on your plate? What are you feeding your kids?

Try a flat lay. If you’ve seen my Instagram lately, you’ll notice I’ve been doing more and more of these. A flat lay is basically a fun way to showcase your favorite items in a photo. It’s always shot from above and usually arranged in a way that looks pretty. Here’s an example.

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Photograph a feeling – sounds hard, but think of emotions like happy, sad,

The weather – what does it look like outside right now? What season is it?

Your happy place – is it your house? On the couch with your feet up? In the bathtub? laying next to your little one reading a bedtime story?

Words – this can be something you’ve written, your child’s handwriting, a sign, the pages of your favorite book, etc.

Pick a subject – something specific like animals, shoes, flowers, or even a certain color.

Faceless portrait – a great exercise to get you shooting details and noticing the little things.

Around town – where are the places you visit most often?

What I’m drinking – coffee? tea? tequila?

My pet – make sure to get your furry friends in the photo every once in a while. They’re part of the family too!

Shapes – look for interesting shapes throughout the day and photograph them.

A hobby – what’s something you love that has nothing to do with being a mom?

That’s it for now. Check back often for more ideas. I may even put together a monthly list. Let me know if that’s something you’d like to see.

And if you’re a new mom who will be documenting baby’s first year along with me this spring, check out this freebie filled with 52 ideas to keep you motivated.

52 photo ideas to take before baby's first birthday.



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