Knowing I would not follow through on another 365 project, I decided to try for 52 weeks this year. I wanted a simple glimpse into each week, with photos from both my Nikon and my phone.
I put together a few collage templates in Lightroom using the print module. Wanting to make this project as easy as possible I decided to go from Sunday to Saturday, making the first week a bit longer because of where January 1st fell.
As I edit my photos throughout the week in Lightroom, I flag those that I might consider. I also have Lightroom on my phone, so when I open it up all my new phone photos sync right to my computer. This makes everything I need right there. Come Sunday morning I have everything I need to put the collage together quickly. I lightly edit and drop them into the template and export the photo to a folder on my desktop. Easy peasy, done!
I then upload the collage to my blog and to Flickr, where I keep it in a private album. In Flickr I make a few notes about my week. At the end of the year my plan is to take the collages, along with the notes and make a book.
These are not my best photos, but the most meaningful, the ones that document my week. Some weeks are fuller than others, making it hard to narrow down my choices. Other weeks there is no contest as to what I want, or need to remember. In preparing for this post and revisiting each week I can see how much this project has grown and how important it is to me.
Making it easy has been a lifesaver for me, and so far I have not fallen behind!
Wonderful! After 12 (or is it 13? I forget now) years of Project 365 I too decided to make it easier on myself this time and just focus on taking pictures through the week. I abandoned many of my previous self imposed rules, and find I am much happier.
Your images are beautiful as always, and that grandson of yours is too cute!
Lisa, I just popped over to take a look! What a wonderful blog you have, and such a beautiful project. For me those tiny snippets of life are magical, and need to be rounded up in some way or form. Thank you for sharing.
There’s so much to love in this post! Family and everyday moments. Projects. Color palettes and collages. And the goal of a photo book! Cathy, this is post is full of inspiration and practical advice on how to tackle what at first seems like an overwhelming project. This is meaningful work!
Donna, thank you so much! I find I look forward to looking at the roundup of each week, sitting with it for a bit, and finding so much gratitude.
Cathy, thank you sharing your weeks with us. I have been so low lately and your photographs brought a smile to my face. I don’t have any projects going at the moment; perhaps it is time to begin again.
Grace, it is so hard at times to stay positive, to find some hope. I have found this project to bring to the forefront all that I have to be grateful for. I hope you find one that fills you up.
so much love for this, Cathy.
and for you. xo
Thanks so much, Michelle. It has proven to be a very fun project.
He’s getting so big now!
And I love how you document all the things with such love.
Kirstin, he seems to grow overnight!
Kirstin, thank you, and he seems to grow overnight!
Cathy, this is lovely and so well organized. I do a photo book for each year plus I often do something extra some years — it may be a gift for family or sometimes it’s a compilation of some of my favourite ‘good’ photos. But I’m not at all as well organized as you. I love that you’re doing these weekly and even making notes at the time. It makes so much sense. I spend so much time each year narrowing down photos that will be included in the ‘yearbook’. I need to take a page from you and organize as I go. Oh and I so agree with you about making these books of our year, that they aren’t always the best photos but they are the meaningful ones. Thank you for sharing this.
so very sweet! love him 🙂
Also, I’m in awe of your cataloging skills!
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