As of today, I’m 247 days into my Instagram Project 365. I’ve been so encouraged each and every day by all the support I’ve received on social media when I share each daily photo. I seriously doubt I’d have made it this far without everyone’s sweet comments!
In fact, I never have made it this far into a 365 and never past February. I’ve tried twice before.
My first attempt was on January 1, 2011 just days after bringing Kate home from Tennessee. I wanted so badly to capture a photo a day to remember the fun moments as she grew and I also wanted to become a better photographer.
The excitement of January didn’t last too long into February and I quickly gave up before March hit. I was still taking photos, but couldn’t keep up with a daily shot as planned.
The second attempt began on July 1, 2012. It was day one of our vacation to St. Vincent & the Grenadines and I figured I’d have a much better chance to succeed if I started during the summer. I was right! For awhile…
February 2013 hit, of course, and we were starting to wrap up our short term lease in the suburbs to move in with my parents. Not only was February a depressing month weather-wise, but life was quickly becoming depressing too with no end in sight for Husband’s job situation. One missed daily photo turned into 3 in a row and so on, so I pulled the plug after 243 days. I already posted more images from attempt #2 back when I believed it might continue…
Enter attempt #3. I began my latest Project 365 on July 1, 2013 because starting in July really did help with initial momentum. I also told myself I wouldn’t give myself a hard time about capturing a “money” shot each day, but rather accept an image that might bring me back to that day in the future.
Now, I’m not saying this attempt is successful yet. After all, I’m only 4 days in to the last checkpoint reached, so I have a little ways to go. That said, shooting only from my iPhone and posting to Instagram has been the absolute best decision I could have made for the success of this project. The time saved is tremendous and since I always have my iPhone, I can capture an image for the day whenever I see it in front of me.
I love the PicTapGo app for editing and I also recently found an awesome app called “Collect” where I get reminders at 6pm to take my daily photo! How cool is that?? Once it’s taken, I add it to a little calendar grid. Such a fun app and a must for anyone doing a daily project on their phone. If you’re wondering what I use to “stamp” the date on each photo, it’s A Beautiful Mess app, of course!
Simply put, my daily photo workflow is:
> Take photo on iPhone
> Edit in PicTapGo app
> Stamp date in A Beautiful Mess app
> Share on Instagram / Facebook
> Add to Collect app calendar!
I know there are many of you out there excited to start or already underway with a Project 365, so I just wanted to share my experiences with you! I’d really love to hear your experience, so share you story in the comments below!