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.
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.