What I Learned from a Photo a Day: or, How to Get Over Being a Perfectionist
I have perfectionist tendencies. I get in my own way A LOT! There are so many things that never get done because I don't feel ready or "good enough".
Just a little over two years ago I decided to take on a personal challenge. I decided to post a photo a day to Instagram and Facebook for one year with photos taken only on my iPhone.
I simply wanted to kickstart myself to take an interesting photo everyday and I knew posting it to social media would keep me honest. I choose to do it only with my iPhone for two reasons. Number one, it's easier to post photos taken on my phone and I wanted one less excuse that might stop me from completing the task. Secondly, I wanted to see how creative I could get just using my phone.
I was really nervous and wasn't sure I'd be able to do it for a whole year, but I did it! After 30 days, I knew I was hooked. (See my blog post... Vacation Eyes) I had so much fun looking for that "thing" that would catch my eye and hopefully make a good picture. Then, I had fun editing the photos. I went a little Instagram filter crazy in the beginning!
IG Filter Crazy
There were days when I was sick or just crazy busy and had to figure out what to do at 10:30 or 11:00 at night. That taught me that I can do things even when I have reasonable excuses not to follow through.
Taken at 11:00 at Night
After a year, I decided to keep going using either my big camera or my phone. It gave me a little more creative wiggle room. My boys (and John) were amazing through the whole thing. They were so patient with always having a camera pointed in their direction and giving me permission to use photos. Whenever I'd say, "Oh wow, I don't have a photo for today." They would ask me where I wanted to go (the beach?) or give me ideas for things to do around the house.
The support I got from friends on Facebook and Instagram also amazed me. It made me feel a little more connected to my "far away" friends. There have definitely been days when I've had to post photos I thought were mediocre.
Two years has taught me that perfection doesn't exist and good enough is "good enough". Some days, just showing up is "good enough". I'm taking a break from daily photos to make room for some other exciting projects.
Thanks to anyone and everyone who followed along and indulged my camera obsession.
Some Personal Favorites
Yvonne Marchese Photography is a lifestyle family photographer and headshot photographer located in Norwalk, CT and New York City. Yvonne offers actor and business headshot sessions in studio in Norwalk or NYC. She also shoots on location including Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Riverside, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.