My Photography Project 365 Photo Book
when i decided to start my very first 365 photography project last year on january 1st, i made myself a promise. i promised myself that if i finished my project by taking one photo every day for an entire year, i would have a 365 photo book made with all my photos in it. well i finished! i finished my photography project, i designed the book, and it arrived on my doorstep last week.
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My Photography Project 365 Photo Book
when trying to decide who to make my 365 photo book through, i knew i wanted it to be really nice and classic. when i saw the books by artifact uprising, i was instantly sold. i had worked so hard all year long on photographing my 365 project and i wanted a nice 365 photo book to display my images in.
from the moment i opened up the box, there was a rush of emotions upon first seeing my final book. i remembered all the days that it was really hard to take a photo, but i picked up my camera anyways. i remembered the type of photographer i was on the first day of my project in january, and how she changed into the photographer i am today. i remembered all of the friends i’ve made along the way with my 365 photography project, and how their encouragement kept me going. i remembered the way i felt on december 31, 2014, when i took my final project photo. all of the memories began, before even opening the 365 photo book.
it was important to me to write a little note on the very first page of my 365 photo book. i wrote it not only to document the year and the project, but to tell a little short story about what this book holds. i guess i envision my future children stumbling upon it one day, whether it be in a box in the attic or on our family bookshelf. i envision them opening it up and learning a little something about their mom from the short story on the very first page to the story that each and every picture tells.
as i was designing my 365 photo book, i poured just as much love into the details of each page as i did to the 365 pictures that are on them. i wanted the photos to be in the exact order that i took them, with the number of the day above or below it. and as i turn the pages from the very first photo to the very last, it astonishes me how much i can see my growth as a photographer. i learned so much about composition, editing, and camera skill, and my growth is very evident as you continue to turn the pages toward the end of the book. and even though my beginning photos are not as amazing as the photos i took towards the end of the year, i am so darn proud of those imperfect photos. every photo, especially the beginning ones, were a learning moment for me. i learned what worked and what didn’t work with the various elements of photography and i grew from it. i grew from every mistake.
not only does this 365 photo book tell a story about my growth as a photographer, but each photo tells a story about a particular day in my life. as i turn each page, a memory comes back. a memory of where i was and how i felt when i took each picture. there are pictures that i giggle at because i remember spending over an hour trying to perfect it. there are pictures that show emotion or just capture a part of my everyday. there are pictures that bring back memories of certain life moments, both the happy and the sad.
like the picture of me wearing a special hat that one day in september, honoring a special family member that we lost too soon last year. or the photo of the cupcake with a candle in it, capturing the day i celebrated my very first year in business. while someone else may pick up this 365 photo book a not know the importance of each photo, there is a story behind each photograph that means something to me. its amazing how one picture can hold so many memories. it’s a beautiful thing. it is like i created a journal of my entire year, except i used pictures instead of words.
this final book is the reason why i worked so hard on my 365 photography project last year. i dreamed of it every day, as just the thought of it encouraged me to pick up my camera on the hardest of days. not only did this one book encourage me to finished my first 365 photography project, but it also encouraged me to continue documenting my everyday. i guess i have this little dream of having a whole bookshelf of these books someday, each documenting one year of my life. it is a gift that i am doing for myself and for my future family. it is also a gift that i am doing for my skill as a photographer, as picking up my camera every day continues to teach me something new with every picture that i take.
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