My 2016 Project 366

So here we are, the start of another year full of good intentions and resolutions.  And here I am at the start of another “Project 365”.  Only this year, being a leap year, it’s actually a Project 366 which you can follow here.  If you’ve ever considered taking on this daily photography challenge I wholeheartedly encourage you to take the leap. 

Completing my first 365-day challenge was the single best thing I could have done for my photography.  It opened my eyes to new ways of seeing and documenting things.  It forced me out of my comfort zone, literally at times (standing on furniture, on top the car, lying under playground swings) in search of a unique perspective. 

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It also taught me to appreciate the beauty in the chaos of everyday life.  Portraits don’t need to be picture perfect to be the perfect picture.  This massively freeing idea has made it so much easier for me to pick up the camera and document my family honestly everyday.  As a result I now have a gorgeous album of family memories from 2015 to look back on and my kids will never be short of visual record of their childhood. 

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a parent wanting to take better pictures of your kids this project is without doubt the best thing you can do to understand your camera and capture the magic of the everyday. 

Later on the blog I’ll share my top tips for staying motivated with a 365 Day Project.  In the meantime, if you want to know more about what Project 365 involves, check out these articles:

What is a 365 Project from The Digital Photography School

Advice on pushing through a 365 Day challenge from one of my Lifestyle Photography heroes, Leah Cook

For those of you that would like a prompt list to encourage creativity - The Bethadilly Challenge

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