That’s a wrap folks! 2014 is officially in the can. Your Facebook feeds have likely been jam packed with those fun little Year in Review type slideshows with everyone reliving, and sharing, the best and worst moments of their year. It is a great time to look back at the photos you’ve taken and set some goals for the new year. Do you wish you captured more of something? Do you want to learn to use your camera better this year? Do you struggle with remembering to get the camera out at all?
One of the best ways to improve anything is to practice, right? Practice makes perfect – so they say! A personal project is the perfect way to get lots of practice, and also hit some of those goals at the same time. Anyone can do a personal project, whether your only camera is an iPhone, or you shoot professionally and have tons of gear, or fall somewhere in between! A personal project can be something you do on your own (lucky you, self motivated people!) or something you do as part of a group (this would be me!). It can be structured with a theme every day or week, or a “document your days” type of open theme. Some projects are weekly projects, called a P52 or Project 52, and some are daily, called a P365 or Project 365. However you choose to do it, at the end of the year you will look back at your images and (hopefully!) see growth, improvement, and better yet lots of pics of your favorite people and things.
This year, I have committed to 2 projects. Looking back at my 2014 photos, I decided my goal for 2015 would be to capture more of the every day moments and not just special occasions. I want my kids to look back and remember their favorite stuffed animal, book, or toy, their favorite spot to curl up on the couch, and the precious moments in between the milestones. The first project is a weekly, Project 52, and I joined up with a great group of gals to complete it. There is a new theme every week, and lots of camaraderie and encouragement through a Facebook group. The second is a daily project, called Document Our Days. I am super excited about this one, as I am hoping to put together a fun little photo book at the end of the year with each of my 365 images in it. This one just has one theme for the year – capture your day in a photo. Only camera phones allowed, this one is shared through connections on Instagram. If you don’t already, be sure to follow me at @aseatrempphotography so you can follow my 365 throughout the year!
Are you ready to start, like right. this. minute? Come join me! It is never too late to jump in! Below are a few of my favorite projects to follow, including the ones I’ll be doing this year. Leave me a note below with the project you’re following, your Instagram hashtag, your blog, etc, so I can follow and encourage you all year too!
Document Our Days | #M4HDOD #M4Hp365 This 365 daily project is hosted by Sarah Cornish of My Four Hens Photography, an amazing photographer, and mom, based in Colorado. You can get more information by checking out this blog post on her website Be sure to follow me on Instagram and my hashtag #ATP2014DOD to see a glimpse into my 365!
Project 52 | #M4HP52 This weekly theme based project is also hosted by Sarah. You can find info at the link above and see the incredible images when you join the Facebook Group or the Flickr Pool. Each week a new theme is released for you to interpret and make your own!
Project 365 & 52 Link Up | #CIUAN365 Click It Up A Notch is a fabulous website for parents looking to better capture their little everyday moments! She has a great article over here with some tips on how to rock your project!
52 Week Project – A Year In Song Lyrics | The Photographer Within held an awesome 52 week project last year with each week’s theme being a lyric from a song. This was one of my favorites to follow, it is SO fun to see how women all over the country interpreted the theme and see the amazing images they came up with! Check out the year in review for some inspiration of your own!