I did it. Well, almost! I missed a few days here and there, and some days I resorted to a shot of her sleeping in her cot because I’d forgotten during the day … but I am so pleased with the finished project. The difference between our tiny, sleepy newborn, compared to the cheeky, full of life one year old we now have, is clear to see. All of her days were recorded, from the mundane days, to the days full of adventure, it’s all there in the tiny squares.
Here’s our squidgy, fresh newborn on day 1:
Compared to our butter wouldn’t melt, fiery one year old on day 365:
I first completed a #project365 for Archie in 2013 after coming across the idea on instagram. He was 15 months when I started and that was a really fun age to document as he had so many ‘firsts’ to record in that year. I still love looking at the collage now, and it instantly brings back memories from the days we spent together during that year. A project doesn’t have to be to document a baby’s first year. Our little people grow up so quickly, and looking back over any year when they used to be smaller is so sentimental, whether that be when they were 1, 5 or 10.
I love taking pictures of our day to day lives, and completing these projects made me think outside the box in an attempt to get an interesting picture each day. My photography skills improved no end. I learnt so much about using my big camera in manual mode, but most of the pictures were taken with my iPhone camera so I also learnt a lot about framing, composition, and most of all about the necessity of good natural light!
If you’re considering starting your own project, just do it! I set up a separate instagram account where I could keep a record of all of the pictures together, and it was easy to download them all using InstaBro when I was ready to make the collage. Now, I am no wizz kid using photoshop (that’s on my extending to do list), but I did manage to make the collage using the software with the help of an online tutorial. If anyone wants any help with this then please just ask, I’d be happy to help if I can.
There was a sigh of relief when Ebonie’s project was finally finished. Don’t get me wrong, part of me loved taking the pictures and I’ve captured some memories I will always want to remember, but it did become a bit of a chore on times to take a picture every single day (hence why some days were missed). I will probably get the itch to attempt another project at some point but I’m thinking more along the lines of a whole family project, because let’s face it, there’s rarely a day that goes by without mamarazzi appearing!
The final result is something I am very proud of, and it will be framed and hung (sometime in the next 10 years) next to Archie & Millie’s, for us all to gush over as my little family grows older!