Sunday, June 29, 2014

Projects 52 (26) - June

With June in the books I have decided to call my Project 52 quits.  I've been thinking about it for the last month or two and decided I think I might enjoy my life more if I wasn't doing this.  I can take a few things off of my neverending 'to do' list.  Theoretically, because I did two projects and submitted two photos each week, I did complete 52 photos!

I haven't been getting anything out of either project.  The host of one of the projects quit and the amount of photos submitted each week for that project were low (like, less then ten).  The other project has more photo submissions but it's not very active (at least from what I see).  I don't know the last time I've had a comment on a photo; good or bad...if ever.  I will say that I rarely make time to comment on other's photos myself, so I shouldn't expect much since I'm sure others struggle to make time for hobbies as well (though I'm pretty sure the one project I'm involved in is a bunch of professionals because my photos look like &$#@ in comparison!).

But, I got to thinking.  What's the point?  The two days a week I am able to pull out the camera I'm trying to work around a 9 month olds schedule of eating, sleeping, and pooping so that I can set up a shot that fits a certain theme?  Or I'm using precious nap time to set up some shot of a weekly theme.  I'd much rather be playing with said 9 month old (he smiles more when my face isn't behind the camera) or using nap time to clean my house or to go out for a run if Mike is home.  Yes, I think I may enjoy cleaning my house or exercising more than taking pictures I don't really want to take.  I would also rather use that time to sit quietly and stare into space!  If I felt like I was getting something out of it....learning something, getting constructive criticism...maybe I would have stuck it out.  But, I feel like I'm wasting my time.  It's a lot of effort for little return at this point.

So there.  I quit!  Again.  Two years in a row.  I'm such a rebel.

I actually wrote this post a week or two ago.  I did get a comment on my 'shadow' photo, but as I completed my last Project 52 photo last night I felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulder!

As a farewell, here are my final submissions:

23/52 M4H Blur
The purple flowers in my garden shot from above.

24/52 M4H Motion
A stacking toy ring spinning on it's end.

25/52 M4H Dreamy
Ben Ben dreaming.

26/52 M4H Old
And old pair of frayed denim jeans.
They are old and have seen better days, but they still fit after all these years!

23/52 LSL Joy
I think of Yoda when I see this picture.

24/52 LSL Favorite Song
It's tough to get some of these themes to work for a baby!
Ben was really liking this musical table we borrowed from friends.
This shot would have worked for the next week's theme too!

25/52 LSL Shoot from Above
I got a few okay shots, but I chose this one because it's not often I showcase a sad face.
I like that you can see his two bottom teeth.

26/52 LSL Shadow
Hitching a ride from daddy.


  1. You're such a quitter! LOL...I get it, though. I definitely go through phases during which I do not take any/many pictures.

    You should enjoy photography, though, so if it is too stressful or frustrating, it's a good thing that you quit! Maybe you'll even pick up your camera more often now!

  2. Good for you! I understand your frustration with getting no feedback. On one of the sites I follow there is at least a "like" button and I get so excited when someone hits that! I hope you'll continue documenting your family and posting to Shutterfly.