Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this new series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Ardelle Neubert here to talk about her project Ardelle My Life!
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What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
This personal project means a lot to me, I am so excited to share it with you. It all began last February when I was at a point in my photography where I felt like I was in a rut, I was ready for growth and change in my art. My boys inspire me everyday, they fascinate me and I love them over the moon. That is when my project “Ardelle My Life” was born, creatively documenting my boys “mostly daily” (just to cut myself some slack when needed). It’s our story about the little and big moments in our days.
Are there any challenges or ruts you faced during your project and how did you overcome them and keep a creative eye?
My biggest challenge is myself, I am my own worst critic. Sometimes, in my mind, nothing turned out how it should have. I had to learn to let that go, to accept each image every single day, reminding myself that tomorrow is another day. It’s okay that I’m not happy with today’s image, just learn from it and move on. To stay creative I continue to try new things, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, and that is okay too. By challenging myself I learn with each click of that shutter, so either way win/win.
What have you learned through your process with your personal project?
Before starting this project I had many hopes for what the results would be. It is so much more. I have learned a ton along the way, new perspectives, better uses of less than ideal light, ways to keep myself inspired. Topping it all, the absolute best thing that has come out of this project are the mounds of images full of my boys personalities. My hope now is that when my boys are grown they will see that each image was with love.
Is there anything additional about your project that readers may find interesting?
Now that this project is over a year there are changes near, maybe shoot a little less frequently. I am still enjoying it immensely…my boys somedays but lately, not so much. Shooting for yourself is so rewarding and I cannot recommend enough to start your own project. Shoot something that inspires you and I promise that you will love the results.
Ardelle Neubert, Calgary
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Ardelle Neubert lives in Calgary, AB, Canada with her husband and two crazy busy boys. She is the photographer behind LifeFlicks Photography, inspired by capturing the real life moments of love, laughter and personalities of families and children. Her gear consists of a Canon 5d Mark III, and an assortment of prime lenses. More of this project can be seen on her personal site here.