Since January 1 I have been participating in Project 365. You might have noticed the occasional photo I post from my project here on the blog, or you can view the work in progress over at Flickr. I'm glad I set out my goals at the very beginning or it would have been too easy to get lost in the progress of time, lose track and give it up altogether.
Now that we are in mid-March, I've been very thrilled with how the project is going but I am not proud of each and every photo I've taken and there have definitely been days I want to toss my camera out the window.
The most important thing I remind myself daily is that the whole point of the project is to just keep clicking–out of 365 photos there are bound to be some boring stinkers but if I'm really lucky there will be a dozen or so amazing shots I never would have captured if the camera wasn't always an arm's length away. At the very least I will have captured a very special year in the life of my family. Onlookers may not enjoy my photos, but they are priceless memories I will cherish myself.
So it was only too fitting to come across Gail Bunning's guest post over at MCP Actions' blog this week, "Journey to Becoming a Professional Photographer." It is a fascinating little article that I highly recommend clicking over and checking out. But whether you have any interest in becoming a photographer or not, the takeaway point I want to drive home is this quote of hers:
"There is a time and a place for that perfect pose but I encourage you to remember to take pictures and not just portraits. They’re just as important. It’s the pictures that tell the stories of our lives. Photos capture the memories our heads can’t hold onto but our hearts long for. Remember to take pictures, even if they’re not perfect now, someday they will be."
Any frustration you may feel with your photography skills should never prevent you from capturing those priceless memories that come from your day-to-day living. And it is for this very reason that I would like to extend a very special invitation to you:
Over the coming weeks I am going to announce a very special group project I've been trying to organize behind-the-scenes. I'd love for you to participate in it with me. I can promise from past experience that it will be worth your time. I will provide all the information and tools necessary for you to have a successful experience and I hope you'll consider joining in the fun. I promise it won't be anything as extensive as Project 365, so don't get your worry beads out just yet. You also don't need to be a blogger to participate. Anyone and everyone will be welcome, all you'll need is a camera. Heck, even a camera on your cell phone will do.
So, stay tuned for more information in the next week or so! I'm really excited to spill the beans.