Shedding Light On Your CaptureYou365 Project | Part 1

Breathe in a deep breath.  Now breathe out and smile.

You are coming to the end of the year 2017, a year where you made an intentional decision to document your life in photos.

You may have taken a few photos throughout the year.  You may have taken one a week. Or, you may have been one of those who jumped in with both feet on January 1 and have taken a photo of your day every single day since then.

However your project happened, honor it.

Whatever photos you created, treasure them.

Whatever un-photographed moments from 2017 that linger only in your memory, savor and protect them.

Your participation in this project, regardless of the level of your participation, changed you in ways you’ve already seen and perhaps in others that have yet to reveal themselves.  Though this year is quickly coming to an end, the experience of your Capture Your 365 2017 is “the gift that keeps on giving,” to borrow a phrase from advertisers.

It may seem a little cliche to do a yearly review of your Capture Your 365 project, but it’s a valuable exercise.  Doing so may also be the inspiration you need to commit to another 365 photos in 2018!

So much more than photographs lives within our Capture Your 365 projects.

I suspect that many of us embarked on this journey as a means to improve the technical aspects of our photography.  I hope that as you look back over your photographs from this year and reflect on your place in this community, you will see not only that improvement in your photography skills, but that you also will see the changes that have transformed YOU as well.

Here are a few questions to ponder as your Capture Your 365 2017 comes to a close.

1. Think back to the moment when you chose to undertake a photo a day in 2017.  What was the catalyst for your decision this year?

We all undertake this kind of project for different reasons.  All are valid.

Maybe your reason was to better your photography, or to document your family’s growth.  Perhaps it was a desire for a personal discipline, or a path to healing.  Your hope may have been that taking a photo a day would help you slow down and see the world around you from a different perspective.  And maybe back in January, you had no idea why you were inspired to take a photo a day.  If that’s the case, do you now have insight into why this project became an integral part of your life this year?

2. What have you learned from your Capture Your 365 experience this year?

This question is really twofold.

  1. What have you learned about the art of photography?
  2. And, perhaps more importantly, what have you learned about yourself?

It is almost impossible to pick up a camera and take a picture every day and not learn something, either consciously or subconsciously.

If you have not learned about some of the things mentioned, hopefully you will join the Capture Your 365 community in 2018.

After five years of taking a photo a day, what I have learned is that there is always more to learn!

Stop back by tomorrow for Part Two with a few more questions for you to consider about your 365.



  1. Linda Veldhuizen

    Love this reflective post. This year I have really noticed how I am seeking light no matter if I have my camera or not. Many times I notice the perfect light and wish I could grab my camera and go. Those are the times I become most conscious of how differently​ I am viewing everything around me. Thank you 365 friends for all you have shared and taught!

  2. Amy Jordan

    Can’t wait for part two!!

  3. Great post Kris!! Lots of things to consider and appreciate for sure!

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