Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Photo a Day Challenge wrap up

On a complete whim this month, I decided to participate in the very popular Photo A Day challenge by fat mum slim.

I already have tons of daily content on my blog, Facebook fan page, and Twitter account so I decided to create a Pinterest board for my challenge photos.  You can check out the entire board here (or by clicking on the above photo).  I'm just sharing a few of the highlights in this post today.

Day 3: Something You Wore Today
I went through a huge thing in high school and part of undergrad where I really loved socks with fun designs.  I still have a few (okay, more than a few) pairs that I love.

Day 4: Fun
I finally made the effort to get a photo of us in Milwaukee.

Day 11: Kitchen
I made chocolate chip cookie bars (the classic Nestle recipe) and salad for a little get together that one of Jake's friends organized earlier this month.  I love having an excuse to bake.

Day 14: Grass
The grass in our backyard grows ridiculously fast.

Day 15: Love
Of course there are a few pictures of Angel.

Day 18: Something You Made
I have sold out of nearly all of my shell bracelet designs during the last few months.  I've been working on restocking them this month.

Day 19: A Favorite Place
 You can check out more pictures from this little excursion right here.

Day 20: Something You Can't Live Without
This photo of one of my newest card designs represents two things that I can't live without: crafts and music.

Day 26: 12 O'Clock
Someone else is ready for lunch, too.  She knows my schedule.

Again, you can check out the entire set of May photos on Pinterest right here.

My confession about the May challenge: I did complete all of the prompts.  However, I did not necessarily take each one on the appointed challenge day.  I believe that I got better photos by using inspiration as it came to me than by forcing a photo every day.
Was it tough to participate in this challenge and the Scavenger and Macro challenges?  The short answer to this is yes.  There are weeks that some of the prompts were more challenging than others or that it was tough to get out to take photos.  On the upside, there were other weeks where some of the prompts overlapped and I had a lot of inspiration so things came together more easily.
Was it worth it?  Again, the short answer is yes.  I like to use as many original photos in my articles as I can.  There are several reasons that it's worth it but the biggest reason is that taking this many photos every month greatly increases my general photo stock.  It's always a big plus when I can pull something from my files for a current article instead of having to make a point of shooting, editing, and uploading something else or pulling a stock photo from elsewhere online.

I am planning to participate next month.  I am also planning to do what I did this month with not forcing photos everyday and only taking time to upload once or twice a week.  All of the June prompts are right here if you want to jump in and participate.

What have you been photographing lately?

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  1. I like fun socks too. I have tweety and lots of cat socks...

  2. The shell bracelets are lovely! And Angel waiting for her lunch - adorable!! I love your music sheet card!

  3. Angel is so pretty. And the socks remind me of Robert Griffin III, a football player now on his way to the NFL. He wears socks like capes and such.

  4. I love Angel! Getting 2 photos was a bonus. The shell bracelets are gorgeous.

  5. Angel is such a pretty cat. It's amazing how they know what time of day it is without knowing how to tell time.
    I would never make it with one of those challenges. Although I like to take pictures I can go for a week at a time and never touch my camera. Some days I just don't feel like it

  6. First let me say that those chocolate chip bar cookies look delicious! Sounds like a fun challenge. I did the Project 365 a couple years ago but that was a bit much. But I did it. I think I'd like a monthly challenge much better.

  7. Those photo challenges look like so much fun! My mom always bought me holiday socks on every holiday so I have a nice crazy collection of that. Those chocolate chip bar cookies look so amazing!

  8. I think I'll do it, too!
    Thanks for sharing all these photos!
    The photo memes can be challenging, but I do enjoy that aspect as it makes me think creatively.
    Angel is adorable!

  9. Count me in on the fun socks - mmmmm! And dinner ;-) Great project to do - looking forward to your next photos.

  10. I've enjoyed seeing your photos on Pinterest! I would agree that it's better to not force prompts on particular days and just let them happen. Of course any day is a good day to get photos of Angel!

  11. What a fun challenge! I agree that taking photos "as they occur" is best, but you did an excellent job no matter when they were taken. I love your pic of Angel's kitty paws (what can possibly be cuter than kitty paws.... unless it's kitty ears, kitty whiskers, kitty noses...)and that adorable duck toothbrush holder!!

  12. Beautiful photos! I think the one of your grass is especially creative:)

  13. Great photos! I'm hoping to take more photos now that I'll have time :) I tend to only take product photography anymore and I hope to change that.
    Congrats on all the shell bracelet sales!


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