Why I embarked on another 365 project

Last year I decided to try my hand at a 365 project, where I would take a picture a day for 365 days. It was actually 366 days since 2016 was a leap year. I started out strong, but by September I had lost steam and gave up all together. My main issue were days where I was not inspired and felt like the photograph was more of a chore than exciting. I also found that it was hard for me to keep up with uploading the photographs each day and editing and posting, so I would let a week go by and then feel overwhelmed. I have learned that when I am overwhelmed I don’t plow through, instead I bury my head in the sand and walk away, which is exactly what I did in September. So you may be wondering why I would choose to do this to myself again. Am I a glutton for punishment? Do I like to set myself up for failure? No, it is because I need to challenge myself in order to stay motivated. This year I decided to take on the 365 project to actually finish it but more than that I want to push myself. I want to try out new lighting, low lighting, new techniques and this pushes me to do that instead of procrastinate. It forces me to see things differently, take my camera with me when I go out, and document our days. Another part of my 365 project is to do a portrait a week project. I am trying to take a portrait of my kids each week. I want to be able to capture all their silly faces, changes that occur, their moods, etc. and this sounded like a great way to do it.

I hope you will follow along with me. It helps to keep me encouraged if I know people are following along. Also, if you are doing a 365 please share it with me. If you have any ideas for me to try send them my way as well, sometimes I get stumped and having some suggestions would be great.

I hope you enjoy my January photos.  I will be updating the blog at the end of each month, and talk about what I learned, what went well, what failed, how I hate myself for doing this lol, you know that kinda stuff.

You can follow along on my 365 project on flickr My weekly portrait project is also on flickr

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Long Island Beach Family Session

Living on Long Island you are never far from the water, and I absolutely love being able to shoot at the beach. This family is one of my favorite client families. I have been shooting for them since their little boy was born and I hope to continue to be able to watch them grow. This day was super windy and gray and at first I was disappointed that we would not be able to get any sunset pictures, but then I saw how amazing the clouds were and how great they would look in black and white with the contrast.Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography Long Island Photographer | Erica Burns Photography | Family Photography

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Had a wonderful summer evening with the Stewart family. When mom contacted me to book the session, I quickly realized that although I had never met her, I knew her daughter, who even though she had not started elementary school ye,t was already the Mayor of the playground there. I knew right away that this would be a fun and playful session.Erica Burns Photography | Long Island Photographer_0015.jpg Erica Burns Photography | Long Island Photographer_0016.jpg Erica Burns Photography | Long Island Photographer_0017.jpg Erica Burns Photography | Long Island Photographer_0018.jpg Erica Burns Photography | Long Island Photographer_0019.jpg EDIT, EDIT, Erica Burns Photography | Long Island Photographer_0020.jpg EDIT, EDIT, EDIT,