I have always wanted to do a Project 52 or the even more ambitious 365, but life has been so hectic for the past 7 years I just felt overwhelmed at the thought of such an undertaking. But, as I sat down to think about the things I want to FOCUS (my word of the year) on for 2018, I really want to get back to documenting my family's life day to day. When my oldest was born and through his toddler years, I had a personal blog and every year I created photo books using those blog posts. As I was looking back through those books, I realized they stopped when my middle child was 2. That immediately made me sad! It was right then I committed to finally completing a Project 52 (and am actually thinking about making it a 365).
I always think things like this are more fun with friends, so I have created a Facebook group to share, inspire, encourage and motivate each other. When I put out the call for others to join me, I expected a handful to request to join me. But, the number has already surpassed my expectations and it's not even January 1st! This group is open to all - cell phone, dslr or point and shoot - I really don't care what you're using. All I care about is that this group encourages you to find joy in the every day and make sure you have something to look back on later in life. Personally, my intention is to use my big camera (Canon 5D) on my own family and not just for clients. I plan to create a yearbook for each of my kids for Christmas every year and I want to make sure I have plenty of memories to fill the pages with.
If you'd like to join us, hop on over to Facebook and request to join the group - Project 52: A 2018 Journey. The more the merrier! All I ask is that the atmosphere stays positive, no critiques unless asked, and encourage the other members to complete their journey. I have created a document of themes for each week of the year - you can use that to inspire you or do your own thing. I plan to highlight some of the images on my business Facebook page (Audra E Photography) and here on the blog.
I can't wait to see what memories everyone is capturing in the new year!