A day in the life of Sammy - sleeping under the chair

Personal Photography Projects

Images by Aaron Frey

Personal Photography Projects

It's a new year and a new opportunity to start a personal photography project to shake loose your creativity. It's normal to occasionally have a creative roadblock or feel bored with your photography. A themed project is a great way to explore something new while having a clear purpose of keeping you on track. It's also an excellent way to hone a skill. Projects can be any length: one day, a week, a month, or an entire year. The important thing is that you choose an amount of time that is challenging but also realistic. 

Sammy kissesA Day in the Life of Sammy | Aaron Frey 


When deciding on a project, it is also good to ask yourself questions to discern what you want to get out of the project.


What excites me about my photography?

What frustrates me about my photography?

What are some of my favorite things to photograph?

What are some subjects or styles I've always wanted to photograph but never tried?

What do you hope to accomplish or discover in doing this project?

What photo equipment and props will you need to create your series?

At the end of the project, what do I want to do with my images? 

Photo Book, portfolio, photo gifts, etc.


Sammy Running

A Day in the Life of Sammy | Aaron Frey 


If you still need help with what you want your personal photography project to be about, we've put together a short list of 25 ideas for you.

Take one of these ideas and make them your own based on what you'd like to accomplish.

  • Shadows
  • Candid Portraits
  • Black & White 
  • Film Photography
  • Urban Spaces
  • Rural Spaces
  • The Day in the Life Of
    • My Pets  
    • My Toddler/Child
    • Parents
  • Water
  • Interesting Perspectives
  • Street Photography
  • Architecture
  • Macro Photography
  • Everyday Moments
  • Relationships
  • Nightscapes
  • Sunsets or Sunrises
  • Abstract Shots
  • Action Shots
  • One Lens Only
  • Local Parks or Neighborhoods
  • Textures
  • Beautiful Bokeh
  • Symmetry or Asymmetry
  • Reflections
  • Same location. Same Subject. Different Lighting/Times of Day.


Once you understand what you want to accomplish, what you need to do, and the amount of time to do it, the real fun begins! If you need an extra push, having someone be your accountability partner is a good idea. Someone you can check in with to show your progress and be your cheerleader along the way.


Remember, we're always here as well to cheer you along. So feel free to show us your projects online by tagging Rockbrook Camera on Facebook or Instagram. #rockbrookcamera



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