Thursday, March 24, 2011

Project 365 | A Photo a Day for a Year

I am just over 3/4 of the way through the photo-a-day project I started on my 30th birthday!  Realizing how close I am to finishing the project got me thinking about what I would share with someone else considering their own Project 365. 

My Project 365 lessons learned (which may be edited from time to time):

make it easy
  • take a camera everywhere you go -- cell phone cameras are fine and guarantee that you will almost always have a camera close by.

be consistent and stay accountable
  • tell as many people as possible about your project -- when I started, I told everyone.  friends, family, coworkers, strangers, etc.  the more people asking me about my project, the better.
  • upload photos a minimum of once a week -- I (usually) post once during the week and once on the weekend, depending on my schedule.  twice a week has worked well for me. 
  • post as publicly as you are comfortable doing so -- I used blogger and facebook.  one constraint of posting your project to facebook is that facebook photo albums are limited to 200 photos so if you go that route, plan for two albums.   

keep it fun and interesting
  • take lots of photos every day -- LOTS -- true, some days I only took one photo but I intentionally tried to capture multiple shots on a variety of topics daily.
  • look for the extraordinary in the ordinary -- many of my photos are of random things from my daily life.  I haven't gone out of my way to take my photos.  I truly believe that meaning can be found everywhere and in everything.
  • take a photo of the same thing from different angles -- people are used to seeing photos from eye level, right?  kneel down, hold the camera over your head, stand up on a chair...
  • look up

I have really loved doing a Project 365 and I am not sure what I am going to do at the end.  Part of me wants to keep on going...

Oh, and if you do start your own project, please let me know because I would love to see your photos!


  1. I totally want to do this! I turn 30 in exactly 9 days, so we'll see if I really do it!

  2. Do it!

    More good info here: