Friday, January 02, 2015
A hodge-podge of thoughts around documenting the year ahead
So I posted a sunset on Instagram last night, from my kitchen door, and asked which photo projects people were doing this year.
One lady said she was doing this fmsphotoaday thing. I don't even know who that is except I gather it's some famous blogging person (for the record, I don't need to follow even one more blogger - my goal is to unfollow!
I already follow Practising Simplicity, an Aussie mum, who hosts a weekly photo roundup where people post portraits of their children.
1. Basically it's one photo a week of your kid (s).
I like the simplicity (!) of choosing just ONE photo. And at the end of the year, you have 52 photos documenting their year.
Boom - easy does it.
What I currently do
I go about my month without thinking about this too much but in my final OCD organising, I select 4 photos of each kid for printing. That's it.
4 because that's what works in the album. Some months there have only been 2 pics of individual kids and then I'll add a Connor and Daddy, or Connor and Mummy pic :)
2. I choose pics that show the things they're doing, so they are not always the best smiley pics (matter of fact, I hate cheesy, smiling pics - if it's not natural, then give me a good scowl).
For instance, when they were in the extreme monkey stage, there are photos in both their albums of them climbing my burglar bars....
Why this project?
Well, I already get my four pics a month, but now I'm thinking of using the iphone to share those pics weekly on Instagram. I'm not mad... so they will still be taken with the big camera otherwise we'll never get a decent pic. My kids don't stay still.
I used to do a month in review with ONE pic summing up the month.
Then I did Project Life and it grew to 6 - 8 pics (I use a mini album with 80 photos) a month.
And somehow I stopped the 1 card summaries which, for me were the main thing - the month-at-a-glance.
So this year, the 1-card summaries are coming back.
3. This year, I'm going to continue my Project Life. Years ago when I was crazy (I would not pay those prices these days), I ordered Seafoam (about 4 months after ordering Turquoise), and at the time I also ordered 3 mini albums. I used the Rain one in 2013, the Kiwi one last year and this year I'm using the Midnight one.
Is anyone still doing Project Life?
(I have Nov and Dec to print - once I finish organising December - and then I'll show you. I do show one distant shot on Instagram when I finish a month. Have you seen them?)
So, over to you.
What are you doing with all those photos you guys are taking?
PS don't you wish Instagram had a thing where you could save a pic somewhere (as if published) but without bombarding your feed with 5 photos of the same thing? Or is that only me?
PPS I have my word! Hopefully I'll blog it nicely on the weekend. For now, I want to work on photos!
PPPS Amazingly, the friendship stats are unaffected. All 3 friend dates happened as they were meant to (makes my little J heart so happy!) :)