A 365 Project

November22

I have decided to start working on a new project that I am very excited about.  I am going to work on a project called 365.  The premise is that I take a self portrait every day for a year.  I will be posting these photos to an online forum as well as to this blog for your enjoyment.

Why do such a project you ask?

I am glad that you asked.  I have  so many reasons to start working on this project.

  • Things have started to become a bit strained and mundane around here.  I am getting 3 hours of sleep most nights which makes it hard to operate during the day, and some things were just simply not fun.  I decided that I was going to start a project to start making things fun again.  I like having something creative to look forward to every single day.
  • I have followed a friend’s 365 over the past year, and I have seen incredible growth in his photography.  I have been looking at work other people have done on this project, and I am amazed at how incredible some of the photographs are.  Not only is this project about documenting my life, my day and myself, it is about growing as a photographer.  I love that I can push boundaries.  I can spend as much time or as little time as I want every day on the project.  I will be making photographs.  The only way to grow and expand is to actually do the work necessary.  When I am working with a client, I have to work quickly to take many photos that capture a moment.  This project will allow me to spend some time exploring areas of photography that I don’t generally work with.
  • I got a piece of advice from a friend that has helped me in life many times before.  She told me that at the end of year, I will have either gone somewhere or not.  In other words, I can pretend to be too busy to fit a project like this or I can make it work to do it.  At the end of a year, a year will have passed, but I will have 365 beautiful photos to show for it if I do commit to the project.
  • Motivation.  The truth is that I am still 40 pounds over my ideal weight after having 2 children.  I am working very hard to lose the weight.  I have lost 30 pounds so far, but I need motivation to not eat lots of sugar and to control eating over all.  I am always starving because I am nursing a baby, and it can become easy to consume more calories than necessary to feed the baby and operate my body.  The truth is that taking photos of myself is motivation to continue shedding weight so I don’t have to look at nicely taken photos of myself 40 pounds overweight.

Alongside all this, I am going to be documenting one thing about each of the kids that I love and admire.  All these photos will be posted to my blog here, so stay tuned and enjoy.  I am excited about this journey.

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One Comment to

“A 365 Project”

  1. On November 23rd, 2009 at 2:50 PM Melissa Says:

    This project sounds wonderful! I love your starting photos. Looking forward to the year! :)

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