I knew 2015 was going to be a big year for me. I was finishing my nurse practitioner degree program, oldest son was starting his last year in grade school, and I was turning 40. I wanted to capture the year differently and not just by a few pages in a scrapbook. I had a photographer friend who was challenging others to do a daily photo challenge. Challenge accepted. I was ready & starting on January 1st I took one picture each day on Instagram.
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Daily Photo Challenge
When I was challenged by a friend to take a picture with my phone daily and post it to Instagram, I thought, why not? I wanted to do something different to document this year and sounded easy enough. Thankfully it was so much fun to do. You find yourself taking hundreds of photos each year, but what if you could only pick one photo each day to post? Some days were more difficult than others but there’s a picture each & every day. By the end of 2015, I’d have a little flashback into each day.
The rules were easy. Take a photo every day. Simple, right? You also have to track the days. I noted my days by numbering it as 24:325 | and would then add my caption. Always had to add a caption. That’s what made this challenge the most fun – a photo and a little glimpse of my thoughts on each day in 2015.
I had a few different options for posting a daily photo. I could just store them on my phone. I could upload them to Facebook each day. The problem with this is I really did not think I could limit myself to ONE photo only each day. Doesn’t really make for a daily photo challenge if I throw 72 other pictures of a random event. Since I intermittently used Instagram I thought this would be a great place to keep track of everything. I could see the dates, write a blurb and then it would hopefully all transfer somehow and make an amazing book I had envisioned in my head. Worked
The following year I made the photos into a book and the boys enjoy flipping through it often. It was so simple, I used Pastbook to pull the Instagram photos right into the template and each day already had its label.
All of us take hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on our phones each year. Then we sit with hundreds of photos on our phones, taking up space, not wanting to delete them…but WHAT do you do with them? Not ALL the photos, but the good ones. The great ones. Your FAVORITES. Be certain to not only capture them but to enjoy them.