52 Project

I have always wanted to challenge my photography with a 365 or 52 project.  I’ve tried taking an image a day without officially having a 365 project or having a theme.  I missed days, I waited till the last minute on many days and ended up photographing my kids in bed and some days I had no idea what I would do.  This time, I want to do it right.

As a photographer, I rarely feel satisfied with my own work.  I always want it to be better.  I believe this pushes me to keep improving.  There has always been part of me that feels that my work is not good enough to be able to complete a 365 project and have it be something I can be proud of.  Sharing my work publicly feels almost as though I am baring my naked soul to the world.  I finally feel as though I am finally brave enough to commit to a project and share it.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to flex my creative muscles, learn some new things and have some fun images.

I chose a 52 project instead of a 365 project because I know that with my busy schedule I wouldn’t be able to commit to a daily project.  One photograph a week is attainable and fun.  I’m hoping it will give me more time to plan each image carefully, edit it and post it within a reasonable time frame.

This is not just my project, it’s a mother, daughter project.  We will both be taking our own images.  Since my oldest daughter, Cat,  is taking photography in high school, I have been able to enjoy seeing her grow as an artist while she photographs projects for class.  She often models for me and assists me during some of my shoots, so working together is not new.  Doing a photography project together gives me great excitement and joy.  I’m thrilled to be able to share something I love with my daughter.  I’m hoping that doing this together will help keep us both accountable.

We both chose words for our list.  I’m planning on letting Cat make her own interpretations of the words and how she would like to photograph.  Since she has a good grasp of using the camera and adjusting manual settings, I’m excited to see what she comes up with.  I’ve welcomed my other children to join me, but they will have to have me adjust the camera to the appropriate settings so they can focus on composure.

Melissa’s Photography Challenge
Project 52, Week 1, The Bible
52 Project, Week 2: Cold
52 Project, Week 3: Silence
52 Project, Week 4: Socks
52 Project, Week 5, Warmth
52 Project, Week 6: Hair
52 Project, Week 7: Blankets
52 Project, Week 8: Winter Trees
52 Project, Week 9: Ice/Snow/Frost
52 Project, Week 10: Mother/Daughter
52 Project, Week 11: Art
52 Project, Week 12: Reflection
52 Project, Week 13: Kindness
52 Project, Week 14: Favorite Scripture
52 Project, Week 15: Hobby
52 Project, Week 16: Multiple
52 Project, Week 17: Light
52 Project, Week 18: Spring Trees
52 Project, Week 19: Jewelry
52 Project, Week 20: Favorite Color
52 Project, Week 21: Simplicity
52 Project, Week 22: Self Portrait
52 Project, Week 23: Green

My 52 Project:

Cat’s 52 Project:

Have you done a 52/365 project?  How did it go?  You are welcome to join in and post your own images as well!  Post them on our Facebook page.  We’d love to see what you come up with!