How Hard Could It Be? 30 days later

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Last summer I taught myself to quilt. In the 365 days since that happened I:

  • planned a wedding
  • got married
  • bought a house
  • began renovating said house
  • adapted to living in a renovation
  • spent countless, amazing days with my husband, dog, friends and family.

I have little to show for much of that aside from a few bad photos (ok, not the wedding! Really, those are great).

1|Clean

1|Clean

This summer I have decided to teach myself photography. The purpose? Obviously, I want to capture my life. SO many things happened in the past 365 days that I can only imagine what will happen in the next 365. I also would like to improve my photography skills and develop a new creative outlet.

Earlier this year I tried to take a picture each day. It worked pretty well but they weren’t necessarily of ANY quality. They were a quick pic snapped here or there and often of beer. I followed no schedule, no goal, no purpose. I knew if I wanted to improve the quality I would likely also have improve the quantity.

I did some googling and the first and for most suggestion was to complete a 365 photo challenge.

Therefore, on July 7, I committed to taking 1 “good” photo each day. I cannot wait to see what this looks like in 365 days.

About once a week I looked back at the past days. In this review, I noted challenges I faced as well as the number of photos I took (for the project) and the number of days I participated. Each week I gave myself a goal and reported on that goal.

Week 1: July 7 through 17

10 days in to the my project I had taken 7 photos.

I started referencing a list of prompts but decided I would choose the prompt per day on my own. That worked pretty well for the first couple of days.

2|tiny

2|tiny

3|A Refreshing Beverage

3|A Refreshing Beverage

4|Loyal

4|Loyal

On those first four days I referenced the prompt list and selected one or two in the morning. It wasn’t hard.

Then the weekend hit and I didn’t pick a prompt on Saturday. I kept telling myself I would look at it a bit later but I never did. I didn’t’ for three whole days.

Enter Intervention # 1: I do not pick the theme, it is selected for me. I think this will work well for the first month or so!

7|Starts with B

7|Starts with B

Psst: That picture? That was the first day I worked on its only 365 days!

Week 2

Time Frame: July 17 – July 23, 2015

# Photos taken: 7

# Days I took photos: 6

Weekly Goal: Take at least 3 different shots from different angles for each photo

Challenges/Feelings: I felt that the project was much more habitual than it was the first week!

Goal for next week: Continue current goal

13|one word

13|one word

14|i love this

14|i love this

Week 3 

Time Frame: July 24 – July 30, 2015

# Photos Taken: 6

# Days I took photos: 6

Weekly Goal: Take at least 3 different shots from different angles for each photo

Challenges/Feelings: I tried more “artistic” shots. I definitely tried to frame and compose my shots. I skipped a day (on purpose) due to the prompt. I didn’t have a {portrait} to shoot.

Goal for next week: Be more intentional with the photos I shoot.

16|what's in my bag

16|what’s in my bag

18|homemade

18|homemade

Week 4

Time Frame: July 31 – August 6, 2015

# Photos Taken: 3

# Days I took photos: 3

Weekly Goal: Take at least 3 different shots from different angles for each photo

Challenges/Feelings: I didn’t try very hard. I feel like I actually may have tried hard to not try hard. I did not prioritize this at all this week.

Goal for next week: shoot the photos?

22|lazy

22|lazy

20|waiting

20|waiting

Week 5 (30 day mark)

Time Frame: August 7 – August 10, 2015

# Photos Taken: 6

# Days I took photos: 2

Weekly Goal: Take photos

Challenges/Feelings: I tried harder this week. This post motivated me…but apparently not enough.

Goal for rest of the week: Try to actually stay on schedule!

28|home

28|home

27|my everyday

27|my everyday

 

-L

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