Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Keeping a Photo Diary

2007 Photo Diary- Painting a Toilet Seat
A lot of people try and find ways of documenting their lives, most seem to write in their diaries or journals. I have chosen a different approach which I have found to be very satisfying-- I take a photo of myself every day doing whatever it is that I am doing.

I started doing this on January 1, 2007, and stopped after a while only to have just recently picked this back up. There are some days in my photo diary that have a photo of me doing something really cool, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity sort of stuff, but my absolute favorites are the ones of me doing the everyday sort of things.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind while keeping a photo diary:
1. Keep camera batteries charged.
2. Don't wait until the end of the day. Otherwise you will end up with lots of pictures of you brushing your teeth!
3. Learn not to be embarrassed taking your own picture doing normal things.
4. Include your friends. One day it will be great to see all the people in your life.
5. Give your photos names to help you remember locations, etc.

As a tip, I got a a Joby GorillaPod tripod for my digital camera. These little things are great, as they are very small, and can be wrapped around almost anything to have a picture taken for you on a timer.

What I have found to be really great about this as well is that I always seem to have a camera handy. We have all had moments where we said that we wished we had a camera with us for when something incredible happens. For example, the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile pulls up next to you! :)

11 comments:

Keely said...

that's a good idea. I might try to do that!

Markus Spiel said...

Are you painting a toilet seat here?? I'd love to take more photographs but I never find time to do anything interesting in a day!

Sofia said...

I've been waiting for your March and April update:-)

Lordalea said...

LOL fine idea, maybe i ll find enough time for this in future:)

Get A Trip said...

Our journey's around the world are kept alive primarilily through our photo journals. The one thing special in bringing our family together is having a special photo trip night, where we serve an exotic ethnic dinner, then flip on the projector and reminisce our experiences and adventures. This is a great time to bond the family closer together.

coping with infidelity said...

Thanks for the tips on keeping a photo diary. I've often pondered keeping one myself, but I figured my life wasn't very interesting. But you're right - sometimes the everyday shots are the best!

Travel Health said...

I have been doing it a bit as well, rewarding and pretty cool to look back on. But time consuming unless you do it all by mobile phone! stay healthy

kentucky crafts said...

I actually really like this idea! i don't know if I can take a picture a day....hmmm....maybe one a week?

Herbalife World said...

Thanks Andrew, my son is right into photography and I'll pass this onto him. You have some really good points.

Kauai condos said...

Photos are one of the memorable items of a person & i like your idea about making a photo album. Think that your daily life routine or important events are not only written, but you can view the pictures too. I mean how will you react when you get old & watch your photo diary with all the memorable pictures. Amazing!! :)

Off Airport Parking said...

What you wrote is really important as it shows that every day activities are ways to be in the present and to cherish. We often just live for perfect moments like vacations, weddings or the weekend getaway. But each day there is something new and vital to learn. Thanks for the reminder.