Around every fall, I start thinking of the goals I want to make for my photography for the coming year. This year, I've contemplated on a few different things, but the past week or so has really made it clear to me what I want to do! Now...if I can just pull it off! Well, if it was just me, I think I'd be fine, but as I thought about how I want to go about doing it, I thought others may want to benefit from this as well, and that's the part I think will be hard to pull off!
For the last few years, I've had monthly photography projects. They have ranged from general things like using light, composition and point of view to very specific things like photographing super heroes (my children or their toys), shadow ABC's, macro or color specific days.
During each month I did one of these projects, I saw growth in my creativity, my photography abilities and my confidence as a photographer. For some reason, in the year 2016, I decided to take a break from my monthly projects and focused more on weekly and large projects. Yes, I grew, but not in a way I wanted to. So, I decided to do a very fun project for this coming year...and I want you to join in if you want to grow creatively as a photographer as well!
I've been a photographer for a number of years now...I've got the technical stuff down, so I decided to want to focus on adding some fun and creativity to my photography. I want to have fun trying new things and not worrying about pleasing others with my images. Yep, it's all about me and personal fulfilment! (haha!)
I've been mulling it over of exactly how to do this, and I finally decided that I want to choose one specific creative aspect of photography and really focus on it for a month. I will still do prompts with my favorite Instagram hubs, challenges in the Clickin Mom's forum, and take pictures of everyday life for my scrapbooks and kids, but now I will add this little creative aspect to my work.
These are some of the images from 2016 that make me happy. I used some creativity while making them, and these are the kinds of images I want to make more of this coming year!
Now, the best part of this challenge is that you don't HAVE to be a professional to do this. Heck, you can even do a lot of them with a phone, a point and shoot, or even a dSLR in auto. This is meant to spark creativity, vision and fun into the world of images and bring a little fun in the process! You can use these creativity boosters for any type of photography too--whether you love photographing flowers, your kids, landscapes or your furry friends, you will feel inspired and have some fun doing it!
Do you want to join in with me for a year of creative photography?
I plan to share a post on here a day or two before the new month. It will tell all about the upcoming challenge, with some ideas of how you can do it too as well as helpful links that I've come across. Then at the end of the month I'll do a little recap and share some of my favorites that you've created and shared on social media. I'll also be sharing what I'm doing throughout the year via my Instagram account. (This is all going to be free, by the way...I don't really plan on making money on this! And I just need to add in there that I'm super nervous about putting this out in the public, because, I'm not super good at blogging, so I hope this will get me better at that too!)
I promise this challenge will be a lot of fun for anyone wanting to take their visual & photographic creativity to a whole new and level!
***If you know of anyone else who is looking to boost their photo creativity, please send them on over to too! The more the merrier!***
I look forward to creating with you this coming year!
I'm a mom of 4 boys, in love with photography, especially landscapes, macro, and silhouettes.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt