Back for a new year of exploration and inspiration!

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So I have a lot of nervous energy around starting a new 365 project. I loved all that I learned in 2010, but felt a bit burnt out for most of 2011. Not all of that was because of photography though. I traveled almost every month – Hong Kong, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, LA, Milwaukee, New Orleans….life got a bit crazy. I also finished my degree (finally) and started grad school. I got promoted and became recognized in a 40 under 40 campaign. All sounds good, right? Well, I figured that sometimes all the glitter doesn’t always equal happiness. So in 2012, I want to focus more on the internal achievements. I’m getting healthier (started working out regularly 3 weeks ago), and putting more emphasis on family time. I also miss the Flickr community – thus one of the reasons that I wanted to do another 365. There’s something to be said for daily doses of photos, humor and friendship.

So Happy New Years!

p.s. My jar is the empty one. A couple sneaky kids seemed to really like the chocolate caramels inside.

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365/365 this is our time

365/365 this is our time, originally uploaded by Lori.D.

It’s really over. I did what I set out to do and took a photo a day for one year. Was it worth it? Yes. Do I want to do it another year? My heart says yes, my brain says NO. I encourage anyone who loves photography and wants to sharpen their skills to do a 365 project. It forces you to use your equipment and learn about the craft.

But the tradeoff for me was time. It is a big committment and not one to be taken lightly. Though my family was supportive, I have to admit there were days they were fed up with me & “the project’.

So what’s next? I plan to continue to take photos and post them to Flickr. I will be putting together a book of my year taking photos, and will be taking on a 52 week project with some of my favorite Flickrites.

I may even actually blog more…now that the pressure is off to get that daily photo in. I want to thank all of you who clicked on the links to check out my photos, and encouraged me to keep going.

Happy New Year!

235/365 inching closer…

235/365 inching closer…, originally uploaded by Lori.D.

I am pondering the state of my project. Who said the second half would be easy?

After several months of taking photographs, sorting through them and figuring out what best represented our vision, I’m pleased to announce that my friend and I have finally finished our collaboration! In August we are having our official book launch reception, and I can’t wait to blog all about it.

Dear Blog Readers,
(as I lower my eyes in shame)

I have been a terrible blogger! I know I’ve pretty much deserted this place and for that I’m sorry. Life has gotten pretty hectic and something had to give. But as I approach the half way mark for my project, I am going to give blogging another try. And I promise to also check in on all of your photo blogs or Flickr streams more often.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

March 2010 – Project 365, originally uploaded by Lori.D.

March started out with sore feet and ended up with an achy heart. I tried to branch out a bit more in March but I think I stayed consistent with my themes – reflection, love, & regeneration. I tried some new things – bench monday and a self-portrait. I celebrated a birthday and Spring.

All things considered, it was a pretty good month. I’ve been putting some thought into what I’d like to do for April. I’m still undecided about whether I’d like to do certain themes, map the month out or take it a day at a time. No matter what though, I’m having a lot of fun with this project.

82/365 Black, White & Read

82/365 Black, White & Read, originally uploaded by Lori.D.

One of my goals for my Project 365 was to break out of my comfort zone. Something to help push me along is that I made a promise to myself that I’d take one self portrait a month. So this is my SP for March. It has a couple of my favorites….

One of my favorite pairs of shoes, paired with The Art of the Motorcycle. My husband (at the time my boyfriend) and I traveled to Chicago to see this exhibition at the Field Museum more than 10 years ago. We love traveling together, and this was one of my favorite trips to Chicago. So a pair of favorites 🙂

For this shot I used the self-timer function on my Nikon D40. It was a challenge to get myself on the chair, it was more of a challenge making sure I got my legs in the right position and get the book in hand. But it made for an interesting photo shoot. I actually only had 5 takes, and this is the one I liked the best!