new year, new goals | project 365 complete

I know we say it every year, but it really is amazing how fast this year flew by isn’t it? I thought that doing a daily project would cause the year to go by at a snails pace, but it was just the opposite. I am thankful for so much this past year. Life is such a gift and I’ve grown in more ways than one.

I really didn’t know what to expect taking on a project 365. When I ran the idea by Chris last December his response was, “Let me think about it, that’s a lot.” I’m glad I didn’t process what he was saying because I might of not done it. It’s typical for me to just jump in without giving something much thought, and that’s exactly what I did. I’m also very self-driven, so once I’ve set out to complete a goal, it’s going to happen. I’m OCD like that. It really has been an amazing journey and at the end I’m so thankful I did it. Chris, now it’s your turn!

In 2012 I did a project 52 and grew so much from it that I wanted to push myself even more, and so the timing was right to take on the photo a day challenge. I made it a little easier on myself and didn’t put any parameters as far as a daily theme, I just shot for me each day capturing something I would be proud to post. I have a hard time when I feel boxed in and don’t really like taking orders from others (one of my personnel goals for 2014 ;). Some other things I did to make the project successful was to be flexible. When we were on vacation I did the project with my iphone. There were days when I just couldn’t shoot my own little people because I was on a client shoot. I had a few images in reserve that I used for those days. The idea of the project was to shoot and post daily. If I was at a wedding, shooting all day, then I didn’t feel bad posting a previously shot photo. On days I had more time, I would shoot with the purpose of capturing a few photos to have in reserve. The idea is to grow, to stretch yourself and to think creatively daily for one year. It wasn’t always easy, but it shouldn’t be. Growth is painful sometimes and it can also happen without us even knowing it, I feel like both are true for me this past year. This project also help me to build up those 10,000 hours!

Do I love every image? No. Do I cherish most of them? Yes. Did I learn a lot? Yes. Did I grow as an artist? Absolutely. Will I do it again? No. New year, new projects, new goals. I’m typically a “try it once” kind of girl. I love adventure but rarely will go on the same one twice. I thrive on change and the unknown.

I really thank you so much for going along with me on this journey. I’m truly humbled by all the love and encouragement you have given me! Not to mention the friends I have met along the way, you have really made this year so special to me!

I always enjoy a new year and a new start, but it’s oddly strange how excited I am for 2014 to begin. I just have this feeling that it’s going to be a great year. I like to give each a year a theme. I think 2013 was the year of growth. And I’m predicting the word for 2014 is going to be change.

So what’s in store for 2014? As far as projects, I’m going to shoot once a month with the purpose of blogging a personal shoot. I really want to improve in the blogging department and this will help me do that. It will also help me focus on capturing a shoot as a whole and include more details. Becoming more acquainted with my flash is also on the agenda. Other than that, I have some personal goals that are going to require my energy and I want my focus to be there. For our family, there are some changes happening and I need to be as present as possible. And let’s not forget my commitment to be on-time or if I dare say early when I need to be somewhere, oh boy! I’m still planning on growth being very present this next year, we never stop growing, that would be boring and sad. I plan on reading Film Is Not Dead and finish reading Picture Perfect Practice. I hope there’s a film camera purchase made sometime in the year 2014. I’m also hoping to tackle the many creative live seminars that I’ve purchased and not watched!

What projects are on the agenda for you this next year, personnel or professional?

I still need to blog the rest of this project, I think I stopped around June?  I will get on that the beginning of the year, but here are a few of my favorites. For the sake of keeping this post at a decent length I just included one favorite from each month!

 

Happy New Year!

january

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february

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march

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april

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may

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june

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july

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august

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september

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october

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november

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december

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project 365:2013 on flickr

admin - Heather, thank you so much friend! Your sweet words mean a lot!!

Heather - So I just have to say, because its in my nature, that I have watched you over the years go from a great photographer to a phenomenal one! You know me and my weird photography fetish… I love looking at pictures. I have to say, without a shadow of a doubt that you have the best pictures I have ever seen! Way to push yourself and grow into the photographer you knew you could be!! I feel like you couldn’t get better because of how good you are, but I know you will prove me wrong and blow everyone away!!!

admin - Wow Lindsay, you seriously made my night! What an honor to read these words from you and I am so thankful for your love and support! I am so happy that I can be an encouragement to you and for you to let me know that is huge, thank you! I really hope we get to meet someday too!!

I am so excited for you and your journey this next year and you are totally going about it the right way, no pressure but just enjoying the challenge. I used my phone a few times during the year and knowing that my “rules” for myself were flexible it didn’t stress me out. Life gets in the way and it’s okay to let it.

I can’t wait to follow you on your journey. Happy New Year to you as well! Hugs.

admin - Thank you so much Emily, thank you for your support it really means so much! Happy New Year to you!

Emily - I have really loved following your photos on Facebook! I have done a 365 myself and it is hard work but I grew so much! Really love all of the favourites you’ve picked here, gorgeous.

Lindsay - Linsey, I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed your images this year, but perhaps this will help: I “liked” a lot of photographers at the beginning of this year in the hopes that I would be inspired and get ideas. But I found that I would get discouraged seeing so many good shots. I would think, “ugh, I’m not as good as that, why do I even try?” So I “unliked” almost all of the photographers I was following. But I never unliked you because I loved your pictures so much, and for whatever reason, they never made me feel discouraged, but just the opposite. They made me feel inspired. I think it was partially because you just photographed your every day life, and the photos looked so natural and happy. Also we seem to have a lot in common and I feel that we are sort of photographer kindred spirits. I am secretly hoping we get to meet someday. Your kids look like so much fun and I loved getting a glimpse into your life.

Also, you have inspired me to do my own project 365. I am going to try to do as many with my camera as possible but I’m gonna use my iPod for the days that I just miss it. and I’m planning on posting on my blog each week the images I took. I love that there is so much flexibility with a project like this.

I can honestly say I loved every one of your images that you took, and I always enjoyed seeing them. Thank you for doing this project and sharing it with us. You are one of my very favourite photographers and I hope you will keep posting now and then!

A very happy new year to you and your beautiful family!

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