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a thousand words


There's something about the notion of taking a photograph every day that I find interesting. Last year, I was  in love with this collection of mornings ,(now evenings). I want to get back into the habit of noticing. Not because the light is right. Or because she's-growing-so-fast-and-I-better. I want to have a reason to just shoot whatever catches my eye. So, I've started taking (at least) a photograph per day. Not for work. And not like vitamins. I'm not going to make a big deal rule out of it. No certain ways. And the photo doesn't even have to be "good". Because I don't know about you, but sometimes I just want to capture the moment. Quickly, maybe out of focus. Whatever. Just something so that when I look back on it, I will remember that moment in all it's flawed perfection. When you shoot photographs for a living, you get into a nasty habit of only doing it for a living. So this is where I'm starting, with my little collection of snap shots that were taken over the past few days. I like the idea that each day is important enough to have its portrait taken. Want to join me?

Reader Comments (33)

Altho my kids are grown..I'm still taking at least one photo each day. Now that they're grown and mostly gone..I've found other things to focus my camera on.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie
yes, I think I will.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEren
I am trying to take more pics as well, thanks for sharing
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTony
Ooooh...I do! This is something I've been peeking in on, not sure when I should plunge. Now is the time.

How are we doing it? A group sort of thing, that we share, or a singular assignment?
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
great idea!
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShelli
Yes, I love this idea...although I take a ton everyday right now. But it's those unexpected ones that make this wonderful.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I've been trying to take more snapshots lately, for a while it seems like I got caught up in trying to make every picture perfect with great lighting and composition. I finally realized I was missing out on a lot of memories just because they were happening inside with bad light and I didn't want to use my flash. Here's a couple I took the over the weekend.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGinny
I've been doing just this since Jan. 2. It's the most fun. I feel like my photography is getting more interesting, and I'm just more aware of life and paying attention.

At the end of this year, I can't wait to sit down and look back at the whole lot of them and see how they all look together -- a whole year!!

(if you are interested, I'm posting them on my blog -- day-by-day. Some, as you commented, are good, some not -- all are life as I lived it. . .

April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyn
I started taking pictures almost everyday since about January of this year. Not religiously have-to-get-out-of-bed-at-night if I forget, but almost everyday. I also upped my blogging to daily, with pics of whatever catches my fancy and my thoughts on the simple things in life.It's a unique way to look at the world, and step back and enjoy the little moments.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKacey
Ok. I've lost my desire to photograph (that kinda happened when I sold my Nikon D70 and replaced it with a point-and-shoot Canon...HUGE mistake). I stumbled across this blog a week ago or so and am loving here I am! I like having an incentive. And I LOVE the thought behind this blog.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpsumommy
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterabbey
I have been doing a lot of this lately and just posting about mundane things that I like like my son relishing in his Saturday afternoon snack.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlizziemarie
I did this in March and it has turned into habit. A delightful habit for building a memory garden.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusie
i want to start doing this....i was thinking of doing a summer edition - like 100 days of summer. we'll see :)
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
I sometimes wish that I didn't see a picture in everything. On the other hand, I am very grateful that I do. Taking the "gazillions" of pictures that I do, helps me remember the everyday joys that I never want to forget. :)
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJana D
I'm in - should be fun.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertz
I started my site "simply taken" for the reason of simply taking photos...When I started it I was just trying to learn my camera...I have not learned my camera completely but I have learned that capturing 'something' each day seems so much more important to me now.

April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersimply
I've been trying to take pictures everyday, especially since I began my 365 project in January. I'd love to participate in something here too. Love this blog and all the warmth and intent behind it. :)
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterO
I do! I just finished 365 projects for each child and I think they're tired of it and I'm exhausted with trying to get a "good" one of them each and every day. But I like the idea of doing a picture a day, it keeps me practicing and getting better. I do enjoy it, but taking one of the kids every day is so exhausting. It will also open my eye to shooting other things, which I've been challenging myself to do lately.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
thanks for the inspiration. i'm tossing my point-and-shoot in my bag as i head out the door today:)
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervangie
I echo Lyn's comments - with the ease of digital photography, I find myself paying more attention to details around me. Visiting France next week will present new opportunities for photography - yay!
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternikkipolani
I just restarted my Project 365 pictures. So far I'm just going for a random picture a day, I do hope to throw a few "good" ones in there once in a while too. :o)
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Rebecca
I took a photograph a day in 2007, and this year, while I still shoot frequently, I've gotten out of the habit.

I'm in. Thanks for the nudge!

April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChookooloonks
Yes! I've been mulling this idea around in my head for the past week or so...I think I'll join in too! I just recharged my point and shoot, think I'll start carrying it around with me everywhere for times when I don't have the DSLR. Just needed the right jump-start, thanks!
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaundryGirl
I have my camera out every day but don't have any type of organized 'picture of the day'. I would like to join in!
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJade
I would love to join this too. I am looking for reasons to take a photo everyday and would love to be more mindful about it.
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
Yes! I have a 14 1/2mth old little girl that I'm sure will pose as a great subject. I LOVE photography...I feel very inadequate at it most of the time, especially when someone I know complements my best friend's pics and says nothing about mine. Anyways, I carry a little camera with me daily so this should be no problem! Can't wait...
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
I just started doing this a few days ago!
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterliza

Hiya Shutter Sisters

i've been doing 365 since the new year. it's a great reminder to pick up the camera, even if its just a phone shot of something silly.

April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternicky thomas
i find that the biggest joy of my day, going out with my camera and seeing what strikes my fancy as I walk around. pretty new to the world of photography but I am really enjoying my time taking pictures.

las week I started posting a pic a day on my blog and it is a fun challenge! :)
April 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelanie
I'd love to join - I love the idea of 100 days of summer, what a great theme.
April 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Fry
a friend and i felt that taking pictures every day, twice a day, would help us notice the small details, remember important things and hopefully improve our photography skills. we've been doing this now for over a month and it's so much fun! I am glad shutter sisters are doing the same! I look forward to seeing what everyone else gets up to!
April 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramy
I am participating in a PAD challenge (photo a day).. and it is harder than it seems.. and more rewarding than I thought. 1/4 of the way through I already have so much to look back on. I have been shooting each day and then finding some time each week/fortnight to upload them. I am using some calendar templates, so I have the day marked.. and as hard as it can be I really recommend trying. My images are here -
April 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLanne

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