Imagine taking at least one photo, everyday, for 365 days. What would you capture? Why would you do it?
Whether you are a professional photographer, dog walker, librarian, or even just figuring life out as it comes, you have an eye. You see life differently than others. You walk the streets to your very own beat, see the sunrises from where you stand, and cook your pancakes a special way than anyone else. You should capture it all.
On Mother’s Day this year, I spent the day sorting through old Polaroids that my mama and her family had taken over the years. It was pretty magical, to see the world from their perspective. Because of my job description, and my obsessive need to capture life on a daily basis, I’m off to a good start. You will always find me snapping anything and everything, from the most insignificant moment of the day to the most important. I think you should start, too.
What you need:
Any kind of camera. I’m talkin’ iPhone, film, DSLR — whatever you have is picture perfect.
So, you have your camera. Start shooting. Find a second out of your “OMG, BUT I’M THE BUSIEST HUMAN ALIVE AND SO SLEEPY” day and snap a picture. It could be of the buttery English muffin you ate for breakfast, or the trumpet player on the corner of your block. Just take it. Because you are only promised that day, that moment. You wouldn’t want to forget about it, would you?
Taking a picture every day has helped me keep a visual diary of each and every day. It’s forced me to be creative, to find the beautiful little things in life, and hey, it’s helped my Instagram look kinda cute, too. In the beginning, it may be something you have to remind yourself to do, but eventually it will just become as simple as breathing. You’ll start really opening your eyes and seeing things differently. When it’s all said and done, you will have a bunch of images that represent your days, in a way. When I look through mine, which at this point there are thousands and thousands, I really see my life like a work of art, full of little magical moments I decided to hang on to.
Why do you think it’s important to take a picture every day? Have you done it? How did you stay inspired?
Let me know in the comments!