Start Your Own 365 Project
Five Things to Consider
Before you stop reading because you think you can’t do a 365 project… keep reading. A visual 365 project is the practice of photographing each day for one year. The amount to be gained from a project like this is really endless. There is opportunity for technical improvement, for intentionality, or for just looking more closely at things of beauty around you. Set your own guidelines to streamline the process and make it as easy as possible to keep up with. I have broken it down into five things to consider as well as the thoughts I have everyday when I shoot.
Will your photos be of certain people? Just your family? Just your kids? Or is anyone you cross paths with fair game?
I started with just my family, but ended up including shots from worship on Sundays and other people in our life.
What equipment will you use? Will you only use your iPhone or will you decide to play around with that DSLR camera that’s still in the box? Is there a technique you are trying to master?
I use only my Sony Mirrorless Camera. I kept this 365 to Black and White photos only.
Will your photos be taken wherever you happen to be each day? Or will you only document photos around your house?
Because I keep my camera in the main living space of my home, I can grab it anytime we have something going on inside or outside of the house. I also pack it up and bring it on adventures from time to time. But I mostly document things as they are happening.
Will you take photos throughout the day, keeping your camera at arm’s length for easy access? Or will you only shoot in the morning?
I don’t limit my photos to a certain time of day. I think about things I want to photograph whether it is something I want to remember, something beautiful I see, or a technique I want to try.
Will you decide to share your images? Or just keep them in a folder on your phone or computer? Will you take literally only one photo per day or will you take several and only edit and share your favorite one?
I share one edited image every day on VSCO. I chose this format because of the beautiful simple story-style layout and because there is less emphasis on "Likes" than other platforms. I also chose this because it is a mobile app so I knew I could keep up with it if everything could be completed on my iPhone.
Whatever you decide, keep it simple for your lifestyle and sustainable to assure success completing the project. Some days you won’t want to pick up the camera and other days you’ll want to photograph everything around you. Establishing a routine of your own is the most important in a 365 project. You will look back and see a lot of what happened over the year and/or what you’ve learned technically through visual documentation each day.
Things I Think About Each Day
A big one for me is how can I capture the wonder + curiosity in my kids' childhood?
What beautiful details will remind me of this season of my life?
What holiday or seasonal tradition can I document?
What routines do we have everyday that I often overlook?
What items do I see everyday that I might take for granted?
What traits or characteristics do people in my family have that I want to remember?
What new lens or technique can I play around with?
What time of day has the most beautiful light to photograph in? Or how can I play with the light I see?
What humor can I find in my everyday life?
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Hi. I'm Suzanna.
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