What my photo project is teaching me

On December 1, 2010 I started my Project 365, which means taking a photo a day for a year. I had heard of people doing these projects (like these examples in Shutterfly Gallery), and it sounded kind of fun, but could I really manage a photo every day – for a year? I decided to take on the challenge.

DAY 12

First I set my goals:

1. I have to take a picture every day, no cheating
2. I can edit my images anyway I like
3. I don’t have to stick to an overall theme

DAY 41

Goals in place, I started my project. I was so excited! At first I thought to myself this is going to take forever, but then the pictures started adding up. I can hardly believe I am in my 6th month.

DAY 75

After the first month I noticed that I was branching out, taking pictures differently, editing too. I was learning and using new techniques. I believe this change came from having to be creative daily. I’m having real fun with it.

DAY 105

I will be making a book of my Project 365 in December and I am looking forward to seeing all the pictures come together in a photo book. Plus I’m already thinking of a new project to start after that, like maybe a new 365 but with a theme: only people, only animals, only landscapes or even only collages.

DAY 148

I have already decided that I will do a 365 with my iPhone as well, because it’s super easy to upload the images straight to Shutterfly using the Shutterfly iPhone App. The possibilities are limitless, and honestly this project is teaching me a lot about my camera and how to look at the world in different creative ways. I can’t wait to share my 365 photo book at the end of the year. I’ll keep you posted!

DAY 152


  1. Joey says

    I think this is the best idea ever. I enjoy looking at all your pictures, i like the variety from your family to landscapes, your pictures tell a story. I love the way you have edited your photos – it is so inspiring, inspires me to keep trying new things. I’m sticking with my weekly challenge and sticking to picking only one photo a week. Which isn’t alway easy.
    Great job Lisa. Maybe i’ll take on this challenge next year. You are so right, these challenges to ‘force’ a person to pick up their camera daily and be creative in what we photograph. Keep it up – you are half way there! Looking forward to your book!

  2. says

    Lisa! You discovered something that was told to me by one of the best bosses I ever had. She said take the time and work on your art everyday and you will be surprised what you learn and where it takes you. Bravo to YOU!

  3. says

    I love this idea. My Birthday is August 20th so maybe I’ll start then. A little ego centric, I’ll admit, but that’s when MY new year starts. I have a friend who takes random pictures when he travels of staircases. I told him he should make a book here on Shutterfly to show them off. Odd, but I think it would be fascinating. Thanks again and good luck on your next 6 months of pictures.

  4. BarbaraJ says

    Lisa, this is awesome. I love your article and I am so proud of you sticking with this wonderful project. I wish I had stayed with it also. Your photography rocks.

  5. says

    what a amazing project to take on, kudos. I love the variety of photos you have included so far. I admire those that are able to take on a project like this and follow through with it to the end.

  6. TonetteB says

    I have really enjoyed your daily posts for you 365 project! I am so proud of you for sticking to it! I love the variety of photos you have taken during the year. Your work is such an inspiration! Good luck with the rest of the year! :)

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