A Picture a Day
A Picture a Day
As a professional photographer, it should come as a surprise to no one that I am all about documenting life through photos. Not only do I love the artistry of it, but I also just truly believe a photo can capture a moment and tell a story in a way no other medium can.
Pictures are the story of your life.
So I love this new trend that has people working to capture images of every day of their life. You can find a lot of different apps and blogs dedicated to this. Simply Google “A Picture a Day” and you’ll come across all sorts of examples and tips for getting started. Some of those involve self-portraits over years, but the ones I find the most intriguing and inspiring are the ones that are more dedicated to taking a picture of every day life – focusing on the moving and impactful events we all experience, but are sometimes too busy to recognize.
We all have a habit of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, often ignoring what may be going on around us. We are so focused on our next to-do that we forget to stop and smell the roses – we are blind to the beauty unfolding in front of us.
Making a commitment to snap a photo of that beauty every day forces us to open our eyes and seek it out. The first smile your newborn daughter shares. The elderly couple, walking arm in arm along the boardwalk. The piece of street art that makes you stop and think. The sunset over the crashing waves. These moments that, if you allow them to, can change you – shifting your attitude and putting a grateful smile on your face.
I am all about capturing those.
So what would it look like if you decided to dedicate yourself to taking one photo a day, every day, for the next month? That photo could be of anything, with the only rule being that whatever your chosen subject is – that subject makes you feel something. It makes you stop and think. And when you look back on it, it makes you smile, or act, or otherwise inspires you to live your life to the fullest.
What would those images be of? And what could you do with them once they were compiled?
Some people might want to create a photo album, purely to look back on. Others might want to share those images religiously to social media, or a blog dedicated solely to this project. And others still might want to make a collage or montage that follows the story being told in those pictures.
I’d like to think that if people were to commit to this practice for a month, they would find it so enjoyable that they would want to continue on beyond that. Just think of the story you could tell with a years’ worth of images. Five years? Ten?
These are the pictures that could highlight the people you love as they grow. The places you enjoy spending your time. And the experiences that have changed and inspired you.
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to appreciate what those images mean. You don’t have to have a fancy camera to capture the story you want to tell. You just have to be willing to slow down, take a deep breath and look for it.
Once a day.
For a long as you are willing to take that step back and look for the moments of beauty unfolding in front of you.