27th February 2020
I love a creative project, especially when I am trying to learn something new as it really gives me the motivation to actually do it. When I first decided I wanted to take my photography seriously, I wanted to learn my camera inside out and wanted to be able to take a good photo in any situation. I thought a 365 project, to take one photo every day, would be a great way to do this! What I didn’t realise at the time is that, not only did I learn everything that I wanted to, but I was also left with an amazing year of images and memories of our lives during Arthur’s 2nd year and pre-baby sister. I have now made those images into a photobook that I know that we will treasure. I appreciated it so much that I have decided to try and do a 365 project every other year.
It can be quite an overwhelming project to take on but here are some top tips in getting started which I hope will help you.
- Discover your why
Write down why you want to take on this project? Is it becuase you want to learn something new, because you want to document your every day or just becuase you need a creative outlet. By writing it down you can go back and remind yourself why it is you are doing it if you get sidetracked with other objectives or if you need some motivation to keep on going.
- Set your own rules
This is your own project, so remember you can set your own rules. There are so many articles out there about taking a picture at a certain time of day, only taking one photo for the day or starting on the 1st Jan. I started my first project in the middle of July, some days I only too one photo but other days I would take hundreds. Some days I didn’t take any photos at all and used an image from a previous day (sshhh nobody has to know!). But all that is ok as it was my project.
- Be Flexible
You are going to have days where you are not going to feel like picking up your camera, or the kids have been crazy all day and you have completely forgot about the project. When this happens, I just start again the next day. Be kind to yourself and realise when some days it just isnt possible. You don’t even have to take the photos on a SLR, they can be a phone, ipad, whatever you choose and whatever suits your lifestyle.
- You don’t have to share everything
You don’t have to share every image or even any image on social media. Maybe just share the ones you really like. However, maybe like me, sharing on social media helps your motivation. Set your own rules and do what suits you and what you are happy with.
- Have fun
Have fun with the project and be creative. Write a list of the things you want to learn and make your way through them. Be experimental. Sometimes it will feel like a bit of a chore but if you push through that feeling I promise you wont regret the end result! A good idea is to look at hashtags for inspiration and ideas! E.g. #365project #photoaday #storiesoftheeveryday are filled of wonderful every day images to inspire!
If you are thinking of starting a project like this, please let me know how you get on. I would love to know!