Why You Should Take a Picture Everyday

There’s one thing that I love about photographing my everyday and it is the satisfaction of seeing our everyday and adventures in a book at the end of the years. It’s a way for me to preserve our memories and leave a legacy for my kids.

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 I cherish the photos I take and the photos taken by my friends and family. Because I cherish them so much I love to share them. I love posting our family adventures on social media so that friends and family can see in real-time the adventures that we are taking but my favorite part is to create a photo book for each kid at the end of the year that has pictures from every adventure we have taken that year.

Starting a photography project is a big undertaking but I can guarantee you that it will pay off in the end. Here are 4 reasons why you should shoot every day!

You never know what your day will bring 

We don’t wake up each morning knowing how our day will unfold so taking your camera with you to capture your day is a great way to document the ups and downs. Even the ordinary needs to be remembered! If we can’t tell what a day will bring there’s no way for us to predict how a year will unfold, therefore taking a photo a day is a great way to remember how you began the year and how the year ended. And pictures are a great way to remember what we have to be thankful for.

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You children will thank you

This became so true for me when my mom passed, I was extremely thankful that she had taken pictures of us as a family and pictures of us with her, they are a great way to look back and remember all of the good times. And now that she’s gone pictures of her are what sparks the memories I want to remember forever.  

If you have children your photos will most likely include your day to day adventures with them which will be so very exciting for them to look back on in the years to come. If you don’t have children it is just as important to photograph your daily life. There’s nothing more fun for your children than seeing what your life was like before you had them. Children love to see what you look like what you did and what you were passionate about.

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Your Photography Skills will Improve

There is something to be said about what an impact picking up your camera every single day can do for your photography. I was amazed at how much my photography style and camera skills drastically improved by taking a photo a day. By the end of the year, I could visually see an evolution in my photography skills as the days and months went by because I learned so much about photography and my camera every single day. 

Feeling of accomplishment 

It’s a really great feeling when you take your final picture of the year. You will feel it every time you see your images. This is why it is even more important to celebrate the completion of your 365 photography project with your family and friends by making a Blurb Book of all of your pictures.  A photo book is also a great way to see how far your photography has come, you’ll get to see the picture that you took at the beginning of the project and the picture at the end and I can guarantee there will be a huge difference in those two pictures.

So what is stopping you? Of every photographer who has completed a 365 project, not one has had any regrets. Whether it is to photograph memories for your family or to help improve your photography one day at a time there are too many wonderful reasons for you to pick up your camera and take a picture every day!

We would love to see your pictures be sure to tag us on social media with the #captureyouradventures365. 

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7 Photography Projects that will have you Practicing Everyday!

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!

365 CHALLENGE

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.

Self-portraits

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.

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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. 

 Ideas:

  • Light
  • Composition
  • Street photography
  • Macro

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!

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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!