Year-Long Photography Challenges

If you already know me, you know that I can be a little obsessive when it comes to photography.  I have a bit of an obsessive personality, actually.  When I discover a television show I like, I have to watch ALL the episodes in existence as soon as possible.  When I find a dress I like, I want it in ALL the colors available.  When I fall in love with the book I’m reading, I can’t stop until I have finished the entire thing.  When I discover something I’m as passionate about as taking photos, I want to take photos every chance I get.That’s why I decided to try a year-long photography challenge, which then turned into THREE year-long photography challenges.  I got a little carried away.

One of the challenges is a daily challenge sponsored by www.mcpactions.com, which is the same company that sponsored the lens giveaway that I won back in December and featured my photo of Gavin in the snow on their Facebook page.  You can find out details about the challenge here.  Even if you are not a professional photographer, I encourage you to join me.  I have never felt my creativity challenged like it has been the last week and a half, and although I had to skip a few days and play a little catch-up today as a result of some dental work and school starting back, I think this challenge is a ton of fun.  Here are my photos, so far.  I will probably start taking a few more iPhone photos before long though so that I can stay on top of things a little bit better, so the quality of my photos won’t always be great…but that’s not the point of the challenge.  The point of the challenge is just to practice my skills AND give my creativity a little boost.

Also, if you love the look of these photos, you should know that all of them (with the exception of the “Age” photo, as it was not really edited much at all) were edited using actions from MCP’s Fusion set. I love editing photos, and MCP’s actions make doing so much easier and make my photos look amazing. All my photos in the daily challenge from here on out will be edited using MCP actions, as a matter of fact. 🙂

I am also doing two weekly photography challenges from http://paintthemoon.net/blog/, but these challenges work a little bit differently.  The first challenge is called “Let’s Do 52,” and is similar to the MCP challenge, only the theme is weekly instead of daily.  Also, photos are submitted to a Flickr group (although they CAN be posted on Instagram as well).  I used this snowflake photo for the first week’s theme, which was “Fresh.”

Let's Do 52, Week One: Fresh

Let’s Do 52, Week One: Fresh

The last challenge might turn out to be my favorite (although all three are proving to be a ton of fun, so far).  Ever since I started taking photos, lifestyle photography has been the style that I have been hoping to work toward.  I love photos that are natural…photos that truly catch those regular moments in life that we may not remember otherwise.  The third challenge is also from Paint the Moon, but it’s meant to be a lifestyle challenge called “This Is Our Life.”  The photo I took for the “Age” photo in the MCP challenge was also taken with this particular challenge in mind.  The theme for the first week is “Balance,” and just look at my little Finley trying to maintain balance in those cowboy boots for the first time.  It’s one of my favorite photos right now, actually.

This Is Our Life, Week One: Balance

This Is Our Life, Week One: Balance

You can learn more about the “This Is Our Life” challenge here (and see some gorgeous examples of lifestyle photos).  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever want someone to hang out at your house and snap photos of YOUR life sometime!

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