Stories Framed Photography | looking forward | big and little changes | daily photo project

Here we are, deep inside the cold and blustery new year.... well, the first month of it anyhow. I have lots of little things to share with you - and some big things, too. I'm going to post them as they come to me. Which is to say, totally randomly.

Here's today's Random Tidbit.

Daily Photo Project

01.365 | celebrate 2014.

If you didn't know this about me, the non-business-y side of Stories Framed Photography, I am heading into my FIFTH year of taking a Photo a Day. Yes, that's 365 photos, at least, every year. So far I have 1,474 Photos of the Day. Pheeeew, that's a lot.

Some days I have dozens or scores or hundreds to choose from (first day of school, vacation, trip to the zoo) Some days I have exactly ONE photo to choose from. And it ain't always pretty. 

17.365 | dining room office.

Some of these photographs are real winners - beautiful imagery, landscapes, macro details, portraiture.... and soooome of them are, uh, also real "winners". In their own special way. You know, the ones of my slippers, a pile of business books (that was yesterday's. woohoo!) or a mug of cold coffee next to my laptop (that's every day). 

115.365 | brown eyes brown fur.

All kidding aside, do you know why they are - really, truly - all winners? Because they tell my story. My daily story, which, like yours, may not be all glitz and glamour every day of the week (I reserve the glitz for Mondays and the glamour for every other Wednesday).

60.365 | 84 years young.

Some days the photo is capturing how hard I'm working, how lazy I'm being, how beautiful or horrible the weather is. Other days the photo tells how exciting my life is, how well I'm eating or how cute my kids are.

210.365 | good idea.

Have you thought about doing a project like this? The truth is, in these modern days of cameraphones and internet (I just aged myself), it's REALLY easy. And hey, if a photo EVERY SINGLE DAY freaks you out, then try a photo a WEEK. Try one a MONTH. But TRY. You'll be glad you did and only regret it if you don't at least give it a shot (wink wink). 

225.365 | oh, those faces!

Here's what you need:

  1. a camera of any kind
  2. somewhere to store your photos - phone, computer, envelope
  3. a story to tell - big or small, everyone has one

Here's what you can use but don't necessarily need:

  1. a Facebook account so your friends and family can cheer you on throughout the year.
  2. a Flickr account. There are tons of P52 or P365 groups you can join for motivation and inspriation.
  3. a blog - I like Blogger because it's easy. It's what I started with back in 2007. Now there are endless services to choose from so go with what you like.
  4. a place to publish them on paper - I LOVE Blurb for printing my POTD books.
  5. a photo printer for your wall collage when the year's over. Try Persnickety Prints. They are good peeps.

I'd love to see what you come up with! The thing that is so nice about a project like this is that you can share it publicly or semi-publicly or you can keep it completely private. Reason numero uno for doing a daily photo project is to make yourself happy. Of course, along with that is the all-important "to tell your story".... so you can remember it, so your kids can see it years later, so your grandchildren believe it with their own eyes.

Thanks for a great year! | Stories Framed Photography | Year in Review 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015! How's your hovercraft and electric rotating closet working for ya? 

So, my friends, today marks the three year anniversary of Stories Framed Photography. THREE YEARS! I'm like a toddler, waddling around the place. It's been a real whirlwind - and each year gets better and better. This past year, in particular, has been a fantastic one. I had the privilege of meeting so many new people, making new friends and photographing their stories. There were families, children of all ages, high school seniors, dogs, doctors and a smattering of business professionals.

One of my favorite things about meeting all these people - all of YOU - is learning your stories. I met teachers with decades of experience, I got to know college graduates preparing to start their careers. I talked to parents who worried that their kids wouldn't behave for their family pictures and I hugged grandparents who were overjoyed to have their family all together. I photographed authors and twins, musicians, athletes and even a girl who spent time with the Israeli Army. I met people who love their families and are passionate about their careers.

And then, the cherry on top - I was able to present them with their beautiful portraits and make them SO HAPPY. Even those people who were a little less comfortable were ultimately delighted with their portraits. Those parents who were so worried found relief in a gorgeous portrait of their children. The shy kids opened up and the doubters turned into believers -- in themselves!

That is why I do what I do. Hands down, this is the best job I've ever had. Ha! This "job" of mine is no ordinary j-o-b. It is so much more.

However, when you get right down to it, I would have nothing to do, no one to photograph and no stories to hear if it weren't for YOU. So I owe you all a GIANT THANK YOU for trusting me with your portraits and welcoming me into your lives. 

I can't wait for the coming year and all the stories I will hear and share. 

Here is a tiny glimpse of how beautiful 2014 turned out to be.... Will you be a part of the Story of 2015? Let's begin with the very first chapter - contact me today and let's get started with your family portraits.

Stories Framed Photography | A Year in Review | 2014