I fell in love with photography in 2009. I learned all I could and found out about the Project 365. On January 1, 2010 I started what was to be one of the best things for my photography, a Project 365. You take a photo everyday for a year. That is it. Simple. No rules, just take a photo each day.
I loved it.
I started a photography blog to post my daily images and connect with others who were taking on the challenge. I met some of my favorite photography friends by doing this project. We encouraged each other and cheered each other on.
I captured moments I know I would have missed. I froze the most simple ordinary moments of life into images that I now treasure.
Each year after 2010, I have attempted to complete another 365. Yes, attempted. I have not completed another one. Yet, year after year I keep setting a goal to start and finish another one.
Why repeat this insanity when I clearly keep failing each year?
Because, I’m not failing. I still have images I would have never taken if not having challenged myself to pick up my camera everyday.
There is something magical about those ordinary images you capture because you “had” to take a photo for the day. Whether is it the toys left on the floor because you forgot to take the photo until after the kids went to bed or maybe the sleepy photo of your little one sleeping because you know the only time you have to capture a photo was during nap time.
It doesn’t matter how far you make it. Maybe you go to day 287 or day 8 either way you will be thankful for the images you take.
Instead of looking at the project and thinking, there is NO WAY I can take a photo everyday for a year so I’m not going to even try, think about how far you could make it. Think about the images you will capture because you “had” to.
Not every image is going to be portfolio worthy and that is okay. The important thing is you are picking up your camera each and everyday to challenge yourself.
These ordinary everyday moments you won’t get back. Tackle a project that challenges you.
Please remember just because you don’t complete a Project 365 doesn’t mean you failed. It means you captured (insert number of days you made it) images that you may not have taken other wise. I would call that a success.
Plus, I promise you, by picking up your camera everyday you will improve your photography skills.
So January 1, 2015 I will start my 5th Project 365. Will you be joining me?
Link up with others taking on the project. Comment and encourage each other. They will need your help!