If you’d like to better document your everyday story and brush up on your photography skills while you’re at it, here’s a list of photography projects to inspire you and motivate you to keep clicking!
Our life is full of joyful moments that pass too quickly and if we don’t take a moment we will miss them. This challenge is all about slowing down, taking notice, and documenting the little things. The goal is to take one picture a day for 365 days. The first year I did a 365 project I used prompts to give me inspiration each day. This year I have decided to just take a picture, no prompt.
Want to see what others in the Capture Your Adventures community are capturing join the CaptureYourAdventures365 group, use the hashtag #CaptureYourAdventures365 when posting your pictures on social media.
A Day in the Life
This is a fun project idea and really is an easy way to capture the essence of your everyday life without having to commit to something for an entire year. The concept is this – set aside one day a month, circle it on your calendar. Set an alarm on your phone. On that specific day each month take your camera with you everywhere you go.
Take a photo every hour or just photograph as many daily activities as you can. Imagine these photos all put together into “A Day in the Life” collage or chatbook. .
I did this during COVID-19 to document how our life had changed in such a short time frame. Our days during COVID-19 looked so much different than our normal routine. I wanted to make sure that I captured it.
You can either take photos throughout the day or just on the hour. Either way it is a fun way to capture the everyday moments and routines that we often forget to capture.
Challenge yourself to get in more photos this year. I believe that the photos we take are a reflection of what’s most important to us, and for a lot of us, those photos involve our loved ones. Choose either to do a self portrait, daily, weekly, or monthly. What is important is that you are getting in the photo.
When I did my first Project 365 I did a “Monday Me” where each Monday I took a self-portrait. It’s a good idea to have a specific day in mind. If you are going to do it monthly, choose the date of your birthday and each month take a photo on that date.
30 Day Project
Take on a shorter commitment by doing a project that lasts only 30 days. There are many different ways you can do this. In my ebook, Capturing Everyday Adventures, there are 2 different 30 days photo challenges with prompts for you to capture your adventures and learn new skills. You can’t help but improve your photography all while taking timeless photos of your children.
Pick a Skill
A project is a great way to perfect a skill you are working on. Pick a skill you want to learn more about and practice that skill every day.
- Street photography
Grateful photography project idea
Choose to photograph things, people or places you are grateful for. Not only will you never run out of ideas of things to photograph but it helps you focus on what is really important and how blessed you are.
1 Second Everyday
1 Second Everyday: Video Diary is an app that allows you to compile short snippets of video footage into a video montage. You shoot one second of video every day. At the end of the year, you have a really fun family film that will be a keepsake forever.
I downloaded this app last January after watching someone else’s year end video brought me to tears. I’m hooked you guys! I wasn’t perfect at it – I missed a lot of days – but the compilation of 1 second video clips from our entire year is precious to me. I’ll put together a post soon outlining all of my tips and hacks for taking memorable videos and how to create your video when you’ve completed the project.
Capturing the Moment is Just the First Step
As you work through one or more of these projects don’t forget that taking the photos is only the first step! I’m a huge advocate of not only taking photos – but doing something WITH them.
Don’t let them sit on your phone or collect dust on a hard drive somewhere. Print them. Hang them in your home. Compile them into photo books. Share them with friends and family on Instagram.
If you love the idea of putting together a beautiful photo book but would like to start with a bitesize project you need to check out Chatbooks!
I turn all of my iPhone pictures into Chatbooks. This is such a quick and easy way to get those photos off your phone and printed out for your loved ones to enjoy!
Which one of these photography projects will you start today?
Whichever one of these photography projects you decide to tackle is your choice what is important is that you DO SOMETHING!!! The key to growing and improving as a photographer is practice, practice, practice. And when you think you have it experiment and practice some more!