Saturday, January 4, 2014

Project 52 is Up and Running!

Hi all!

I decided to link my Project 52 with my Photography Blog.

Go to
You will see my Project 52 posts in my recent posts OR
Go to "Categories" - hover your mouse over "My Life" and choose "Project 52"

An easy way to get regular updates is to click the "Follow" button on the bottom right of my blog. Following me will give you e-mail updates each time I post.

Here's my first picture. See you over on my other blog!! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

365/365: That's a Wrap

I did it. I can't believe it. I took a picture every day for 365 days straight. Before I review the experience, let's share the last picture.

Wait, for a reminder, here's the very first picture from this project:

The picture above is the 3rd time we've rung in the new year with Paul & Kara. For the fourth year, we've continued our tradition.

I love that we could get a similar picture to end the project. Earlier in the day I said to Dustin, "How the heck am I going to find the right picture to end this project?!" This was perfect.

Now, my review.

For Christmas of 2012, Dustin bought me a Canon Rebel. I couldn't have been more than thrilled. I already knew how to shoot in manual, but I wanted to embark on a project that would help me learn and practice, so I decided to take on a Project 365. I've heard their tough, and a lot of people don't make it through, but that it's worth it. My goal? Simply to learn more about photography from the technicalities (composition, exposure, lighting) to editing.

Did I reach my goal? Yes, and I will always continue to want to grow and learn every day. But what I didn't expect is everything else. I didn't expect to fall in love with photography the way I have over the past year. Though it may have been obvious, I didn't expect to get such a priceless year book of one of the most amazing years of my life. I didn't expect so many followers and fans. I didn't expect to learn to appreciate the smallest things of my every day the way I have. And I certainly didn't expect to end the year having my own photography business. This project has been such an incredible blessing and experience.

I know this leaves you wondering... will I be doing a 365 in 2014? My answer is no. However, this is not my last 365. I don't know if 2014 will be as eventful as 2013, but I know that the 365 is a huge commitment and takes a lot of time. I need to be sure to spend more time with my family and more time focusing on Erin Joyce Photography. Despite not wanting to commit to a 365, I do plan to take a picture almost every day. I just can't commit to the part of editing and blogging daily. Something I think might be more feasible though, is a Project 52. A picture a week. Though, I may plan on focusing on more photography aspects whether it be composition, lighting, landscape, specific lenses, portraits, etc. I don't have a page set up yet, and hope to connect it to my blog. I'll be sure to do another post here, so you know where to follow me!

I wanted to do a top 10 breakdown of my favorite pictures and do a little paragraph on each, but I have a very sick little baby who needs mommy hugs, a wedding to finish editing, and a new Project 52 blog to make! So, I went through each month and selected one picture. Is it my favorite from that month? Not necessarily... I can't pick one favorite.

Thanks to all of you for following me, encouraging me and staying with me along the way. It's been amazing.

Monday, December 30, 2013

364/365: Me Monday

For the last Monday of this project, I figured what's better than a Me Monday... with my girl of course.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

363/365: My Very First Camera

Santa sure knows his stuff! Hannah's figuring out how to use her first camera!

362/365: Sunset

This blurry cell phone shot is the only picture I took today. With the holidays and business stuff, it's been hard picking up my camera!

361/365: The Tooth Fairy Came

At 9 months old, Hannah finally cut her first tooth!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

360/365: Baby Cousins

I love that Caleb's smiling and starting to interact! It amazes me that Hannah used to spend a ton of time in the same Rock n' Play. Now, she's pulling herself up to peek inside! They grow too fast.