A great way to see a bigger picture of your life is through several smaller ones. Through the photographs we take, we can get a better idea of what is important to us and how we enjoy spending our time.
A great way to incorporate photography into your life is to take a picture a day. It serves not only as a way of commemorating the day, week, month, or year, but also helps you to figure out what you do and don’t like about your photography style.
Once you begin snapping a picture a day, it will eventually become a habit. You will be able to look back and see who you are, what you’ve done, who you’ve met, and where you’ve been. You’ll document good and bad haircuts, travel destinations, life with kids, and relationships. Time moves fast, and a simple snapshot can freeze time for a moment.
Having your camera with you every day will improve your skills because you’ll be more comfortable with the limits of your camera. You may notice things you hadn’t noticed before, like the lighting at a particular time of day.
Here are some tips to help you incorporate a photo a day into your routine.
-Bring your camera. Everywhere you go, have your camera with you. If you can’t lug your larger camera with you, snap pictures with a smaller camera or your phone. They will provide different imagery than your professional camera, and will still give you the ability to look back at them and see what you did and didn’t like about that particular medium.
-Post your photos. Posting photos to social media every day makes you more accountable and gives you the opportunity to meet other photographers and discuss your interests with friends. Choose apps and websites that are fast and easy for posting.
-Vary subjects. Try to incorporate the theme of the day into your picture choice for the day. Maybe you learned a new skill, or took a new class. Make sure to include yourself in pictures every now and then to incorporate the physical changes you have gone through as well.
-Tell a story. When you post your pictures, tell the story that goes with them. Whether it’s through a blog post or just the comments below the image. What about the subject you are photographing stood out to you? What made you want to take their picture?
-Keep going. You may find that you get tired of taking a photo every day, but don’t lose heart. Remember why you started this in the first place, and remember that the results will be beyond worth the effort you are putting in. You may find that some days are mundane, but part of photography is finding the beauty in every day. Something will stand out to you every day and you will start to change your perspective the more you do this.
-Post often. Try to post your photos at least once a week so that you don’t get overwhelmed and backed up with pictures. It makes a huge difference when it’s just a little effort rather than hours of work.
As you look back, some pictures will stand out as your favorites, and you will find they are the images you want to print as custom photo prints for your home or office. You’ll love the story they tell.