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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

365 Photo Project

I am 13 days away from completing my 4th year documenting our daily lives with one photo a day. As we approach the new year I thought I'd give some tips on completing your own 365 project.

this is your project
first and foremost don't compare your photos and your style with the best instagramers, bloggers or pinterest gurus out there. The goal for these projects is to have something fun to look back on in future years, to remember our mundane days along with the ones filled with excitement, not to get the most likes or shares.

set reminders
when I first started this I had a hard time remembering to take a photo so I would set an alarm on my phone to remind me, now as the years have passed I don't forget very often but if I do then you'll usually see a photo of my evening tea and a caption that recaps the day to go with it.

choose your platform
taking on a photo-a-day project is not an easy task so I knew that I wanted a hard copy printed at the end of the year to celebrate my accomplishment. The way I have decided to document my projects is by making daily posts on Instagram and give each photo for the day a hashtag to easily find them on day 365. There are many apps out there and ways to store photos so choose what works best for you. In addition, I love Chatbooks (click here for $10 off your first book) because from there I can type in my Instagram hashtag for the year and it brings in all my photos and captions for the year then I get a book printed!

mix it up
since having Quinn, my daily photos are primarily of her but I need to remember other aspects of our lives as well - even though in the heart of parenting kids for sure take center stage. Since I'd assume most people reading this are women, get in the frame - especially you, moms, so when your kids look at these books they see you too!!

have fun
don't take this too seriously, it is meant to be a fun project to look back on, maybe to improve your photography skills too but most of all to help you preserve the moments of your day to day life. In that aspect I have to admit I don't post daily to IG, I take my photos daily but it might be a day or two before I post the entry online. I live by the epoch converter that tells me what day number it is and then just remember to add that to my IG captions - when I look back on my previous books I don't remember if I posted the picture a week after it happened because that isn't what matters!

Have you completed a 365 project, how do you document? Let me know if you plan to start a 365 project in 2019, I would love to follow along!

2015 Project
2016 Project
2017 Project

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