Personal Projects are so good to do. Last week I talked about, and shared some images from my winter project, 42 Days of Magic. Basically, it was a 6-week project with weekly themes and daily prompts, hosted by the very talented, (and funny!) Laura Beth Davidson, a photographer I discovered on Instagram. After completing my summer project, 100 Days of Summer, I was on the look-out for something new and inspiring. With my new winter project, 42 Days of Magic, I looked forward to the daily prompts. They challenged me and made me think hard about what I wanted to photograph.
There are lots of reasons why personal projects are so good to do, but here are 3 reasons why they are good for me.
- They are fun. Since I am shooting for myself, I can pretty much shoot whatever I want. And that’s fun. 🙂
- They are inspiring. There is something about shooting for myself that is energizing. Many times I’ve had to really think hard, and out of the box, to come up with an idea for a photo. I’ve come up with some really new and fresh ideas that I ended up loving!
- They make me be a better photographer. Because I am shooting and editing everyday, my photography skills grow and become stronger.
Last week I shared Week 1 from the 42 Days of Magic, which was all about Portraits. The following 5 weeks ranged from shooting Still-Life, Light, Composition, Moments, and Perspective.
I got some really cool, thoughtful photos that I never would’ve taken if I hadn’t done this project.
Of course I love the ones of my family. There’s one of my daughter when I took her out to lunch for her birthday. 🙂 I love the cool one I got at my gym, where I spend so much of my time. I love the ones of my beach…at wintertime, instead of the usual summertime ones. And like my first personal project, I ended this one with a self-portrait. Self-portraits are sooooo hard for me to do for some reason. (future personal project, maybe?)
Thanks for taking a look. <3
Linda Sobolewski is an on-location, natural-light, professional photographer specializing in seniors, baby, family & children.
Linda Sobolewski Photography is based out of Westbrook, CT and serves the Connecticut shoreline and surrounding areas.