As a blogger, I have the privilege of being surrounded by fantastic photographers willing to share their expertise with others and help them develop a love of photography. Thanks to photographers like Courtney of Click It Up a Notch, I’ve seen my photography skills grow exponentially over the past 2 years. Bottom line for A Life in Balance readers, if you want to be a better photographer, surround yourself with incredible photographers and study what they do.
Photographing our everyday lives can seem like taking the same photo of your kid, but different clothes after a while. Don’t worry, we have all been there. Especially in these winter months when most of your photos are taken in your home.
Try a Theme or Challenge for 30 Days
Have you considered trying to theme or taking on a challenge? Photographers will often take on a theme or challenge. This helps to spark your creativity and allows you to photograph something different. You may surprise yourself and see something you would not have normally thought to photograph.
I created a 30-day challenge to document your kids while improving your photography, my ebook, The Unexpected Everyday. Use 30 daily prompts to capture those everyday moments, like your baby’s first smile, or your son’s first time playing in the snow. I also include an explanation of how to shoot in manual mode and suggestions for your first lens purchase.
Pick a Word for Inspiration
Maybe you don’t want a challenge but are just looking for a theme to guide you when you pick up your camera? You could look for a word to inspire you for the month. During the month of February would be a great time to focus on what you love. November you could focus on what you are thankful for. Picking a theme allows you to still pick up your camera and gets you thinking while not having to only photograph your sweet children who may be thankful for a break.
Take the theme ‘Love’ for example.
There are a variety of things you can photograph:
- Places you love
- People you love
- Food you love
- Colors you love
- Textures you love
- Things you love
- Clothes/accessories you love
- Hobbies you love
The list goes on. It helps you to focus on the positive in your life and document them.
Give the Camera to Your Kids
This is also a fun project for kids. Give them a list of things to photograph:
- Toys they love
- People they love
- Books they love
- Clothes they love
- Music/movies they love
Hand them an inexpensive point and shoot or your camera phone and allow them to photograph these things. Print them and put them in a book. You could even encourage them to write about why they love these things. This would be a fun idea to do once a year and watch how the things they love change.
Print Your Photos
Whether you decide to take on a theme or challenge or encourage your child too, I’m a firm believer in printing your photos. Print them as 4x6s or put them in digital albums. Whatever you decide is great. Just get them off your computer. People love looking at photos especially if it is full of things you love or are grateful for.
#28LovelyDays Instagram Challenge
If you decide you want to take on a Love theme this month, join me @clickitupanotch and Kim from SHUTTER|bag @shutterbag on Instagram in our 28 lovely days challenge. Photograph something you love, post it to Instagram and hashtag #28lovelydays.
Buy The Unexpected Everyday Today and get started on your own photography journey.