Last year, on January 1, I set out on the journey for my first ever Project 365. That’s a photo a day, every day, for one full year. It seemed like a really reasonable project, as I was already taking tons of pictures. And I thought at the time, ironically, that it would be a great way for me to take my photography to the next level.
I lasted 40 days.
My original goal was to complete the project using my DSLR, so I could get more comfortable with my camera, understand the differences in my lenses, and build my overall confidence. Not even halfway through February, I petered out. It wasn’t that I wasn’t taking the photos; there were very few days that I didn’t take a picture. But most of them were on my phone, and at the time, I had a crappy phone (correction: I had a nice phone with a crappy camera).
The other hurdles I faced was 1) getting them edited, because all my photos needed something done to them. I tried to teach myself Lightroom (failed) and it took weeks for me to realize I could use Aperture on my Mac (duh!). By that point, it was too late. and 2) getting them up on my blog, so I could be a part of the Catch the Moment 365 group. I didn’t have to post the photos– I could have completed the project just for myself. But I loved the community and wanted to be a part of it.
I loosely followed the #catchthemoment365 project throughout 2014 on Instagram (#EFam365) and I’m so glad I did. It is so nice to search that hashtag and see a true “slice of life” representation of our family last year, and I am working on printing a book of just those photos. But it made me eager for 2015 to begin, so that I could give it a go with my “real camera” once again.
So starting January 1, 2015, I decided to give Catch the Moment 365 (aka, a 365 photography project) another go. In the grand/master scheme of things, it just made perfect sense. My new photography class started January 4, and I had already had *plans* of starting this blog in the new year, all with the intention to FINALLY focus on growing my photography skills. It all just went hand-in-hand. In-hand.
Unfortunately, it took me a little longer than I planned to get this blog up and running (helloooo OCD!) so I am a little behind on posting my photos– but I have them all, I promise! and I am getting them edited right now. As soon as I’m caught up, I will post Weeks 1 & 2, then hopefully be all caught up with week 3. Whoo hoo!
I’m super excited. More to come, soon.