It’s no secret I believe everyone should do a 365 photography project at some point in their photography journey. Even if you do not complete the project, there is something to be said about picking up your camera everyday to practice your craft.
Plus shooting for yourself, especially if you are in business, can remind you of the small joys you find in photography and the ability to capture the simple everyday moments.
A Project 365 is a project that challenges you to take a photo everyday for 365 days. There are no rules. Just take a photo everyday.
I completed a Project 365 in 2010 and it was one of the best things I did for my photography. I can honestly say, I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t taken on that project.
Now you may be wondering how to start a 365 photography project.
How to start a 365 photography project
1. Start a photography blog
When I did my Project 365, I started a photography blog where I could post my images and share with others. I would comment on other people’s blogs who were also doing the project and over the year we encouraged each other to keep going. Because you will want to stop. In fact, several of the people I met that year are now contributors on the site.
If starting a photography blog seems too overwhelming, I have broken it down into 4 simple steps. Read more – How to start a photography blog
The key to remember if starting a photography blog is to put all your images in a book at the end of the year. I had mine printed in a Blurb book and it’s fun to look back and not only see our lives from that year but to see how much my photography has grown.
2. Print and journal
I can’t say enough good things about printing your photos. Do as I say, not as I do. I’m guilty of not printing as often as I should but I’m thinking about taking on another Project 365 next year. If I do, I will be putting my images and journaling in this Forever Notes journal. It is PERFECT for someone looking for an easy to use journal with a place to put your images. I love the idea of handwriting about our day and funny things my kids say and then having the printed image to touch in the book. Talk about instant encouragement. If you get discouraged you can quickly see your images and notes and keep going. What an amazing gift to give your family!
Plus if you use something like this and miss a day (it’s okay, don’t beat yourself up) you could have your child draw a picture for you in the space. Then at the end of each week or month, send your images off to be printed. Seriously, I can’t put into words the feeling you get when holding one of your images instead of only seeing it on a computer screen.
This is also a great option if you prefer not to put images of your kids and their personal stories online.
You can order your Forever Notes here but you need to be quick, the pre-sale ends Nov 17th, 2014.
Are you thinking about starting a Project 365 this year?