personal photo project: 28 days of february

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personal photo project: 28 days of february

Personal Photography Project of Amy Schuff

28 days of february

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

What was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?

Back before the wonderful craze of 365 day photo projects, I stumbled upon a photographer who took photos of her kids each day for the month of January. I thought it was a lovely project and was sad when it ended. At the time, photography was new to me and I went a couple years thinking that projects like that were for other more established and talented photographers. I was totally missing the point in that these photos weren’t for her blog following, they were for her. Once I wrapped my head around taking photos every day, I bit off an easier time frame, the 28 days of February and chose to use black and white photography as my medium. Also, I always made sure to date my photos and choose a little title for the picture, this way I could look back and remember why I photographed what I did each day.

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

Are there any challenges or ruts you faced during you project and how did you overcome them and keep a creative eye?

The toughest times would be when I waited until the very last minute to take a photo. Since my project includes a photo of one of my children each day, if I put them to bed…I missed my chance! I also don’t generally take photos at night. Part of what inspires me is the sun and light, but when I got to the end of the day and didn’t have a photo, I had to improvise. Those pitch black nights certainly pushed me the most! I would then take a look around me to see what was happening in that moment. In the dark, the kids in mismatched pajamas, no sunlight pouring into the windows…those moments ended up producing some of my favorite images.

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

What have you learned through your process with your personal project?

I definitely feel that during each February I am so much more aware of my surroundings, the small details, and the ins and outs of my home. I’m constantly observing, waiting for the right shot to emerge. Sometimes I had to create the scenario and sometimes it just presented itself. I look forward to this project because I know my skill will also increase exponentially. It is so true, if you want to grow in your photography talent, shoot every day, every single day, and you will get better.

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

Is there anything additional about your project that readers may find interesting?

My most favorite day to take a photo is February 15th, the birthday of my husband and my daughter, Lily. To be able to take a photo of them together each year is such a gift. Even last year when I had to skip the project because I was away half the month of February on a trip, I made sure to not fly out until I had taken their birthday photo. I promise you, I will move heaven and earth to take their photo together until they are both old and gray.

One more thought, this project is not new, it isn’t unique and it’s been done a thousand times over. I wasn’t the first one to think of it and I won’t be the last. But what makes it important is that this is my story. So if you choose to do a photo project, keep in mind, the project doesn’t make your photos, YOU make your photos. There is no one like you, no one has your children, your story, your passion and your life. Whether you do a 365 all about your cat or take Instagram photos of each coffee you drink, don’t worry if it has been “done” before, because most likely it has. So what can you do? Keep doing what you’re doing, because inside of you are photos waiting to emerge, waiting to soar, and when they take flight…they’re going to be amazing.

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

28 days of February personal photography project by Amy Schuff

About the Author:

Amy Schuff is a devoted wife, a homeschooling mom of three very cool kids, and a lifestyle family photographer in the Sacramento, CA area. Often toting her camera and just one or two lenses to a session, she believes that each family has a story to tell about their love and the way they find joy in each other. Amy also loves to write, go on nature walks with her kids, dates with her husband and throw the ball to her dog, which of course he will never learn to bring back. Visit Amy Schuff online.
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12 Comments

  1. Kristy Feb 11 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Love this project! What gorgeous images~

  2. Mindy Feb 11 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Love Amy, love her photography and <3 her February photos! Thank you for sharing Amy's gorgeous images with us and giving us a glimpse into the stories behind them.

  3. Sandra Feb 11 2014 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    this is great! thanks for the inspiration…love the addition of a caption on the photo…will definitely try this

  4. Deanna H. Feb 11 2014 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Love this! Love everything you said!

  5. CarrieAyn Feb 11 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous Amy! I am throughly enjoying your project. Your kids are just too dang cute!
    Love!

  6. Heather L Feb 11 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    You are so inspirational, Amy! There are some of my favorite photos of yours here. You are such a positive honest spirit!!

  7. Kristin Dokoza Feb 11 2014 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I just adore your images! What a wonderful and inspiring project!

  8. KatieW Feb 12 2014 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Amy!!!

  9. Kim Feb 12 2014 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, you images are beautiful!

  10. Jennifer Feb 12 2014 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Love the idea, the images, and the inspiration!

  11. Valerie Feb 12 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    These images were really moving for me. They are all so beautiful and emotive! After viewing this, I am feeling more inspired and motivated to shoot more often and continue progressing. Thank you! !

  12. sally Mar 17 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos and a great project! Your kids are incredibly striking.

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