Project Life Lessons: Photos to Take

I loved Megan’s first assignment in Project Life Lessons. I’m not usually at a loss for photos to take. If anything I take Too Many to fit into one spread. But I’m always on the lookout for more photo ideas. Our first assignment was to go through a list of photo types and see which ones we gravitate towards, and which we could take more of.

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Types of photos I take often-
People in my life. I try to get pictures of all of us (Me, Jason, and Miss Kitty) each week. I also try to get pictures of all of us together each month for Three Times Twelve. When LM is here, of course I take tons of pictures with him. I’m very sneaky and take screenshots whenever I Skype or FaceTime with my extended family.

Progress. I love progress pictures, especially for home projects and gardening. Jason is also good at getting progress photos of me cooking.

Routine. I’m pretty good t getting photos of our routines, at least during the day. I’m more aware of taking these kinds of pictures after taking the Twelve class from Stacey Julian last year. Scrapping your routines and rituals was a big theme in that class.

Relationships. These are my favorite. I get these whenever I can.

Places. We’re great at this. We probably take more Places photos than People photos generally.

Home. Another one I’m working on recently. We’re thinking of moving next spring so I want to get lots of pictures of this house right now.
Doing what we love. We’re pretty good at this. I take a lot of pictures of Jason gaming and doing music. I sometimes take pictures of LO’s I’m working on and things I’m cooking.

Traditions. We excel at this one. He takes hundreds of pictures when we go to the Morikami each year. I make sure we document each state we visit by taking pictures beside the state signs. Whoever isn’t cooking is always snapping away during holiday meal prep. You don’t even want to know how many sunrise/ sunset on the beach photos we have.

IMG_6694P6070247 Recurring themes. I take a picture of our dinner almost every night. I like seeing how the same thing, a meal, can change so much over the course of a year. It might be boring for other people, but I like it.

Stories I want to tell. Since taking the Twelve class, I’m constantly on the lookout for stories. I have a running list of stories, so if I find something that could represent that, I’ll definitely take a picture. I’m often formulating stories in my head. I think a lot of scrapbookers/ memory keepers do this, even if we don’t realize it.


Types of photos I take sometimes-
Milestones. I don’t always get photos of milestones, but I do journaling to cover any lack of photos.

Outings. There are many many weeks when I only leave the house one day a week. We are homebodies (when we’re not traveling). But I do take lots of pictures when we do go somewhere.

Seasons are hard to capture in South Florida. We have two seasons, hurricane season and the rest of the year. I do make a special effort to get pictures of holiday decorations and things like that anytime I can to show the passing seasons. I also take a lot of screenshots of my weather app for temperatures and big storms. We always take photos if we have any hurricane prep to do. If there is damage from storms, of course that gets documented too.

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Representative photos. This is hit or miss for me. It’s easy to remember to take pictures of my feet at the pool, or medicine if we’re sick. A lot of times I’ll just use journaling to document these things. When my mom was in the hospital last year, I waited until she left for a test and took pictures of her hospital bed and the whiteboard that the nurses wrote on.

Celebrations. we’re great at taking these photos, but not so great at getting them into my LO’s because the number we take is pretty overwhelming sometimes. The weeks in my PL that I’ve skipped almost always involve celebrations or vacations.

Personality. I’m pretty good at getting Personality shots of Jason and LM, but not so much of myself. Pictures of me almost always fall into two categories- big cheesy grin and mouth-slightly-open “Duh” expression. (Unfortunately many of my wedding photos are in the second category)

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Other things I’m ok with taking photos– Accomplishments, Details. Work. Changes. Action. Joy.



Types of photos I don’t take as often-
Signs of the times. We have been known to do photo shoots of our iPhones and iPods. We document our tech pretty well. I will sometimes take a picture of our radio playing a favorite song, or a screenshot of something playing in Pandora. I would like to get more photos like that.

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Not so happy times. I will usually use representative photos or just journaling for these things. I’m ok with that.


It’s interesting to think about all of this. A few observations- Jason and I make a great team. We don’t always gravitate towards taking the same kinds of photos, but when you put us together, we are pretty well-rounded. We take a lot of pictures. A Lot. I think we get more variety, especially Action, Joy, and Personality shots when LM is with us. That’s probably why PL in the summer is so overwhelming for me, because we take so many photos, and they’re incredibly varied in what we capture.

Project Life Lessons

I’m taking the Project Life Lessons class this month at BPC. In the pre-class materials we were given a few questions to answer so we can better get a handle on our process and see what’s working and what isn’t. Here are my answers 🙂

Where are you in your Project Life journey?

That’s a long story! I started digiscrapping in 2010, and almost immediately discovered Project 365. The concept of taking a photo every day sounded fun, so I jumped on board immediately and started clicking away on my iPhone. A lot of digiscrapping websites offered weekly challenges, so I joined one of those and eventually became it’s hostess. I loved the social aspect, and the challenges kept me motivated to stay up to date. During 2010 and 2011, I chugged along, making single page LO’s with any template I could find that held seven photos. Then Becky took PL into the digital realm and I started using her templates in 2012. I also switched to doing double page spreads for each week. That became super overwhelming, and there are still parts of 2012 that aren’t complete, but I’m totally ok with that. When the Jade edition came out this Spring, I bit the bullet and decided to give paper a try. I love it, but I’m having a harder time hammering out my process using the physical kit. And I’ve stopped sharing my pages completely, which I kind of miss. So here I am, a digi girl dipping her toe into the paper world and feeling a bit lost.

Why is Project Life important to you?

PL, and scrapbooking in general, have completely changed the way I view my life! I notice the little things more. I have a sense of gratitude for my everyday life. I truly believe that everyone has an interesting and important life. Nobody is too boring! Yes, I take a lot of pictures of food and my cat. But that’s my life right now and I love it! Project Life has become so engrained into who I am. It has led me to blogging, and to a great community of talented, creative friends, which I’m so grateful for.

Why are you taking this workshop?

I’m a big fan of Megan and Elise. (And quickly becoming a big fan of Anette now that I’ve seen her work!) I knew I could learn a lot from both of them, and I’m always interested in how other people approach PL.

What about your Project Life process is not working?

I’m still not super comfortable with the paper side. I haven’t quite figured out a process I love yet. Budget constraints are really hampering me this year with printing and buying new plastics and binders. I have to work with what I already have, so I need ways to get creative with my supplies.

What is working?

I love taking pictures. I love writing. I love my Momento app for putting it all together. I love the simplicity of putting things in pockets. I love having a place for memorabilia.

What specifically would you like to get better at in your process?

I don’t mind being “behind” at all. I’m not on a schedule. But I would like to knockout a few of those half-finished layouts. I’d like to find ways to pacify my love of inserts with my need for simplicity. And I would like to share more. I’m looking for that sense of community that I lost when my favorite digiscrapping site shut down.

Jot down three reasons why your life is important and deserves to be documented.

Because I’m awesome!
I don’t do any of this for future generations, I do it because I enjoy looking back at the fun things we’ve done as a family.
Since I started PL, I stopped working at a hospital, started and stopped working at a digiscrapping site, and became a housewife. My husband changed jobs after working at the same company for nearly twenty years. We’ve moved. We’ve travelled to amazing places. We’ve started new hobbies and eaten new foods. We’ve had many (many!) quiet nights at home. I’ve read a couple hundred books, and we’ve watched a bajillion hours of TV. And all of that is documented somewhere. So many things have changed, but also stayed the same. I want to document it all.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what these ladies have in store for the rest of the class!