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.


  1. Congrats on making it to the end. I'm not going to do another one either. For now I'm thinking of doing weekly posts.

    1. Congrats to you too Matt! You're pictures are incredible and very inspirational. Thanks for following me along the way!

  2. Erin congrats to the 365 Have to admit I'm sad that your not going to continue on. I have enjoyed your daily pictures.

    1. Congrats to you Pam! I've loved following you and can't wait to see your 2014 pictures