My camera has been in my bag for a while. To be honest, it's a pretty nice bag, so it has been very happy in there, but I am acutely aware that it's there.
I missed a lot of photo opportunities over Christmas - I didn't get the sparkly tree bokeh of the perfect cookie making shot.
I've been feeling the pressure.
I did a photo-a-day challenge a few years back and I got some awesome photos. My photography skills improved immensely and the images from that year are some of my favourite, but it really started to stress me out. I would come home at 630pm from a day at work and still try to hit my theme for the day. I loved the result, but I felt that the pressure to participate took away from other elements of my day.
Left to my own devices, I still took some shots that I loved, but gradually the number dimished and I lost a bit of mental focus.
Last year, I didn't take that many shots at all (well...that I actually kept!)
My instagram feature page @lifewellcaptured was born from a desire to encourage you to keep your camera with you, and capture some images of your life that you love. It's been great, and you have been a big inspiration to me. This year though, we have decided to add a bit more focus to it with weekly themes.
I feel like because a theme a week is only 52 photos it should be do-able. If this were the film days (anyone else remember them?) it would only be 2 rolls of 36, with space for a few dodgy shots!
I am hoping that a theme a week will give me focus without stress, and I hope it does the same for you.
Follow along with the themes on @lifewellcaptured and use the weekly theme (which this week is #lwc_new ) But if you don't feel that the theme fits, then pick up your camera and share your current viewpoint using the tag #lifewellcaptured. In the end, you will be the winner just by picking up the camera and capturing those precious moments of 2017 which will not come round again.
I look forward to seeing what you share!
Emma Anderson. Creating, learning, growing and taking photos of it all!
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