March 15, 2010

The 365 Day Project

I'm now more than 70 days into this project and I have to say it's easier than I thought it would be. Taking photos each day has become part of my daily routine and dragging my camera around everywhere we go now feels normal. The girls both clamor to be "picture of the day" and if I forget about taking pictures, they're the first to remind me.

The hard part of this project is getting the photos uploaded and a post created each day. Harder still is for me to be universally thrilled with the results.

I will admit that more than once I have posted a picture and later changed it to a different picture that was taken the same day. There are still a couple days that I look at the pictures and think I'd like to replace them with something else. Multiple times I've taken tons of pictures and then ended up using a picture that I took without a lot of set up. For example, the recent picture of Michal on the floor of the dressing room at her dance class was one single picture that I snapped while she was putting on her shoes and I completely love it. I'd taken tons of photos that day but nothing captured the day like that photo. I really want the pictures to capture a moment in our day -- and sometimes they do -- but I wish more of them did.

By far the single biggest challenge so far has been the winter weather and light. I really prefer to take pictures outside but it's been incredibly cold and it's often dark or overcast, even during the day. I've had to really work to "find the light" or work with the glare of white snow. We've recently had a few sunny days and I can't wait until it's really Spring and there are more days like this. All the darkness has forced me to play with metering and aperture and ISO settings in a way I probably wouldn't have otherwise. And sometimes the results are good . . . and sometimes they're not. But it's forcing me to try.

I am so glad I decided to take on this project and I still have high hopes that it's improving my photography skills. I also am thrilled that I'm going to have a year of photos (mostly) of the girls. I think it will be fun to create a book out of the photos and look back and see how they've changed during the year.

If you've ever considered doing something like, this go for it! Try it for 30 days and see what happens, or join me for the rest of the year. Let me know if you do. I'd love to follow along.


  1. I applaud you Kristi. I really do. I tried it last year and like you I did not think it was too hard but i petered out at day 97, I think. I just got so busy with the activities of the 3 peanuts that I fell behind in posting them. I am even failing at posting my project 52. I felt/feel like such a failure for not finishing. I have thought of starting up again because it does improve one's photography and makes on think outside the box after a while. Maybe, I will have more time when Kate is in school more???? I honestly don't know how you do all you do.

    Your photos have all been beautiful!!!!

  2. I hear ya : ) It's not so bad... but I was just telling hubs that I might have to take a week or two and just snap with my iphone. : ) I'm getting kinda tired of lugging my camera everywhere, BUT, I love how it is forcing me to become a better photographer too (cuz really, I'm just a Mom, not a photographer yet). I've found myself wanting to change out my pics too, but I'm learning to just post and go. Plus, I don't always post everyday... but continue to take pics everday. Then when I have time, I just change the post date.

    I'm really diggin this Project 365 though. : )

  3. Anonymous9:30 AM

    What is amazing to me and I had not thought of this before is being able to see how your girls change over the course of weeks and months. You did not note that and I am wondering if you see differences from, for example, day 1 of the project and today?

  4. Anonymous,

    I just updated the post based on your comment because having a year of photos of the girls is a huge motivator!

    It's hard for me to see the changes though probably because I'm with them every single day. There are pictures of them when they were three that hang on our breakfast room wall and they don't really look different to me in those pictures so I really don't see it in just a few months.

  5. I love the idea, I do take a lot of pictures of Lilah already, but I'm hoping to do a full month in the summer.

    Ottawa is also dull and boring during the winter season, so I am waiting for the better weather. Sounds like an excuse doesn't it?!

    You are an inspiration to us all. I always enjoy seeing your daily photo, and your girls, and the lovely clothes they wear! :)


  6. I did this from the end of August 2006 until January 2007 when I was a SAHM. Once I started working again that January, it was almost impossible. I still have my blog, and I try to catch up with a few posts when I have time to post them on the weekends.

    I love seeing the posts you create from this activity!



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