The importance of personal projects | 100 Days of Summer | New Brunswick Lifestyle Photographer

September 9, 2017

This summer I took on a daily photo project. I joined The Candid Class on Instagram to do 100 Days of Summer. It started in May and went until this week. All I had to do was take one photo every day for 100 days, post them on Instagram and use the special hashtag (#thecandidclass_summer100) and my own personal hashtag (#blakesummer2017).

Seems simple, doesn’t it?

Personal projects always come with challenges, that’s the whole point. I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do it. I also really wanted to actively document this summer in the life of my family because I knew it would be full of new experiences, with our big move across the country to New Brunswick.

So I took the challenge and ran with it. At first it wasn’t hard. The weather was getting nicer and we had a busy spring. Sofia finished grade 1 and Grace was busy being Grace. I was excited and eager.

Then there were days when it wasn’t so easy. Our move was getting closer, I was busy packing so our house was a disaster, we were saying goodbye to our life as we knew it, I was dealing with my own personal struggles. But I pushed on. I let my photos tell our story, even when our story wasn’t perfect.

Then we moved, and I had a whole new world to capture with my lens. I started to see everything in a new light, literally. I finally started to feel the refresh I had hoped for this year. I had my nephew and our new house and my brother and sister-in-law to let me photograph them. It was fun!

But there were still those hard days. Sometimes I just didn’t want to pick up my camera. I didn’t want to force photos when I felt like there wasn’t one there. So many times I almost gave up. But I didn’t. And now I have 100 images of this summer. 100 moments that are gone. Yes, I will look at some of them and feel the pain behind it, or know that it was a hard day. But isn’t that the point? That’s life! It’s not perfect, it’s not always happy, but it goes on.

This is the story of my summer. These are the memories I made with my family, friends who are now far away, for us.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the project. If you’d like to see the full 100, visit my hashtag #blakesummer2017 on Instagram or my album on Facebook. Each image has a story and I’m proud of every one.

If you’ve never done a project like this, I can’t say how much I recommend it. You don’t have to be a photographer to document your life. Use your phone and force yourself to take a photo a day for a month, 100 days, a year, whatever feels comfortable. I am so happy I have these images to look back on and I know my girls will too when they’re older. Don’t let the moments slip away.

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i love this so much. i think the timing was perfect. it’s like a journal without words, you can see the story as you scroll through.

Thanks Tracy! That’s exactly what I was hoping when I started this project. Now I have to think about what kind of project I want to do next haha


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