A Project 365 is a personal photo project where you take one photo a day for an entire year. Let me be honest right off the bat, I’ve never been able to complete one. It’s hard! Staying motivated and inspired for an entire year is challenging. Since finding out about baby number 3 though, I’m determined to try again. And I’m so excited you’re going to join me. Even if you don’t make it through the whole year, I promise you’ll learn a ton just by trying!
How do I get started?
-Figure out what camera you’re going to use and keep it with you. Bring it everywhere you go! It’s totally fine to switch between a DSLR and a smartphone too. Just take the picture! There are no rules!
-Find a place to share your images. Don’t keep them hidden on your computer! You can set up an Instagram account (if you don’t already have one) or create an album on Facebook where you can dump the images. If you’ve already got an Instagram account, consider creating a unique hashtag so that your P365 photos don’t get lost among any other photos you post. Also, at the end of the year, you can pull up the hashtag and view all of your P365 images in one spot. And please feel free to share them in the private FB group. I’d love to see!!
-Don’t worry about posting your picture every day, but don’t go too long without getting something up. You don’t want a huge backlog of pictures because it’ll start to feel overwhelming.
-Stay organized. A lot of people will number their images – something like 1/365, 2/365, 3/365 and so on. Do what works for you. Another idea is to create a folder for each week/month on your computer. You can do the same with FB albums too.
What will I get out of it?
Think about the amazing collection of photos you will have at the end? And think about how much your photography skills will grow. You’ll learn how to shoot in any kind of light. You’ll be forced to think about composition and come up with creative ideas to get the shot. You’ll begin to notice a lot more about your everyday life that is frame worthy when you’re searching for ideas about what to photograph each day. Plus, think about how fun it’ll be to look back on these photos years from now. Your children will love seeing how they spent their days.
What if I can’t find anything to take a picture of?
This was always my problem. My kids are older. Most days they retreat to their room and I don’t see them for hours. There are only so many photos I can take of them on their cell phones too. Lol!
First of all, it’s going to happen. You will feel uninspired. There will be days where nothing exciting is going on and you’ll struggle with what to photograph. That’s ok! Just push through.
This is where I think we can help each other too. I’ll be sharing a photo a day of the new baby, but I’ll also be sharing lots of ideas to help keep you motivated week after week. You can keep a list of ideas on your phone that you can refer to if you’re stuck. Follow a few of your favorite photographers and look to them for inspiration when you need a little pick me up.
What if I miss a day?
That’s ok too! Life happens. Just start up again the next day. Pull out your list of ideas and get back into the swing of things.