My biggest challenge is to try and properly encourage you as to why the project is so worth doing in the first place. I think the best way to do that is to share some examples. Today I'm going to share some of my own, but be on the look out for some participants from last year who are willing to share their favorites as well.
Here is my own personal reason for doing the project. Take a look at the difference one year makes:
I know we mark our children's growth on birthdays and holidays, but seeing these two simple everyday shots of my peanut brings back such sweet memories of my time spent with my little girl. This is how we lead our lives, not with balloons and party hats.
But you don't need a child in your life to gain value from this project. Here are some more snippets that bring back different kinds of memories for me:
This shot was taken from my first year's project. I was still a working mom back then, this is a shot of my corporate laptop at the time I was "clocking in" for what would surprisingly become my very last day of work. (That full story is for another time.) I didn't know at the time that this would be my last chance to capture a moment of my working self.
This shot is from year 2 and shows the very first fat quarter bundle I ever purchased. Just happened that this fabric arrived that day and it represents many of the projects I've worked on this year.
This is "Buddy", our old next door neighbor's dog. Buddy (we aren't sure his real name) was a constant fixture for our backyard experience until our neighbors moved away unexpectedly a few months ago. Their move was quick and last-minute and I'm happy to have a shot of Buddy that I would never have stopped to take otherwise. My peanut used to squeal with delight every time she saw him in his yard.
And finally, this shot is also from year 2--my beside table reading list. I'm notorious for having a stack of books I'm weeding through and it is funny to look back and see what I was reading so many months ago. If you saw my bedside table right now, it would be covered in baby name books and pregnancy manuals.
There isn't one stellar shot in this bunch of photos, it is their collection as a whole that brings back the memories for me. Finding creative "artsy" ways to photograph your life is a wonderful goal for this project, but sometimes just a series of simple snapshots can be even more priceless.