Friday, January 31, 2014

January Photo-a-day Project Debrief

After watching my friend Kristin take a photo-a-day for the past year(?) of her experiences in Ireland and after struggling to know how to creatively share the pictures I take, I decided to try a photo-a-day project for the month of January.

I've kept these photos stored in an album on facebook for now - but will work on finding a way to incorporate them into my blog too at some point!

Now that we've come to the end of January, I want to debrief my experiences a bit.

What did I learn?

1. Taking a photo-a-day forces me to look for things I might not otherwise notice

2. Looking for scenes or situations to capture for a photo-a-day can drive me crazy.  Trying to out-do myself from the day before, or find something never-before seen to post feels never-ending.  I have to remember, that my photo-a-day project is merely to capture moments of my life no matter how big or small they may appear to others.

2. Knowing I've committed to this photo-a-day thing, but at 11pm at night realizing I haven't posted a pic yet and freaking out about it!  Letting myself miss a day is ultimately good for taming my perfectionist personality!

3. Taking a photo-a-day forces me to be selective in the pictures to take.  Not that I can't TAKE more, but the goal is to post only one.  This forces me to try for a new angle, or new lighting or something that I haven't ever posted before.

4. Taking a photo-a-day captures moments that would otherwise be forgotten and keeps them organized.  This is perhaps my favorite reason to do a project like this.  Collecting these photos is like a photo-journal for the month that is kept into a "Jan photo-of-the-day" album.  I can go back at anytime and see what I was doing each day in January 2014 very easily.

5. Will I do the Photo-A-Day project again for February? Guess you'll just have to wait and see :-)

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