Every single day of 2014 I had my camera in my hands. Every day I took a photo to document our lives in 2014, and as I look back on those photos, there’s not a single one I regret. I remember every single photo and looking at them triggers memories of every single day of the year. It’s an awesome little heirloom to have and I highly, highly recommend picking up your cameras and committing to your own project 365.
- Join a project 365 group — I co-founded and moderated a group called “Catch the Moment 365” and hosted a link up every week to share our pictures. We have a Facebook group where we encourage and support each other to help get us through our projects. Even though a small fraction of us completed our project 365’s, I’m very thankful to this group and recommend joining our group or another to help guide you along the way
- Start with goals — do you want to use your DSLR every day? Do you want to take a portrait of your kids every week? Nature shots?
- Challenge yourself — one of the goals that helped improve my photography the most was choosing to shoot in manual mode every single day. You are guaranteed to learn your camera inside and out, learn your settings, what light works best, how to adjust the way you shoot—try shooting in all manual (or aim to learn it, you won’t regret it!)
- Give yourself a break — One of the things I was jet set on was taking all of my own pictures (which I did) and remembering to take one every single day and not feel like a failure. I did SO GOOD all year, worked a few night shifts and ended up forgetting to take a picture on 2 days! I decided to not let it ruin the project, I made up for the photos and it’s okay! Also, don’t feel you have to only use your DSLR, use your cell phone if it’s going to make it easier
- Get creative — try shooting from angles you never would have before: get up high on a chair, get down on the floor! Some of my favourite photos this year were photos I took shooting down at my kids, it’s how I look at them every day, after all!
To inspire you, here’s a whole year of photos in about 6 minutes, be sure to watch in HD!
Best of luck!