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!