One roll of film, one day – January 2020

It’s a new year, and I thought I’d focus on some new projects to get my creative juices flowing.  When my oldest was born, I used to do Project 365s, take one photo a day, to document her life.  That was almost 6.5 years ago.  When my second oldest was born, I got heavy into shooting film.  I was obsessed.  But I scaled back on the Project 365s.  I think I did 4 years total and then burned out. I kept shooting.  I just didn’t have any more reason to print photo books out.  I miss that.

So, this year will be different.  I have 2 years worth of printing photos.  And I thought I’d start the projects back up.  Now, I know me, I tend to go all in when I have an idea.  But sometimes those ideas are not sustainable, especially when I have a 6 month old at home.   I will do my best.  So, I have a film Project 365 that I’ve started.  I’ve also wanted to break out my studio lighting equipment and do 52 weeks of portraits.  It’s an excuse to break out the seamless paper that I bought and do fun portraits of the girls.  And even try to get a portrait of my husband and maybe even myself in the frame.  This weekend will be my third week of that project.

But I did join a Facebook group to try shooting one roll of film for one day each month.  Just document my day how I see fit.  I decided to choose January 1st, as it was a new year, new month, and it was my birthday.  But wow, what a dramatic roller coaster of a day.  It felt like the longest holiday vacation ever and the girls were off the chain.  Anika wasn’t sleeping well which meant I was not sleeping well.  And if I heard “Mommy, I’m BORED one more time…”

The highlight was that some girlfriends came over to help me celebrate my birthday….and of course I didn’t document that because I was having too much fun.  But here was our day.  All shot on the Contax N1 and pretty 50mm lens.  I used the flash in some photos where I knew I’d have trouble with low light.  All on Portra 400 rated at 400.

(A little context.  This was a pajama type day.  We had lunch with my husband at work, went for a short hike, and then was back home and chillin for the rest of the day.  I take a lot of pictures of my girls, I would like to slow down and document our environment, the house, all the supporting things in our life. )


To follow the circle, check out Celina Bailey’s post on her roll of film for the day here

4 thoughts on “One roll of film, one day – January 2020

  1. I love that you got to document your birthday! And it’s so classic that the more fun I’m having, the less I document. Is there a way around that or should I embrace it?

    • Girl, embrace it! It is what it is 🙂 I guess I’ve just realized that sometimes it doesn’t need to be documented, but it will be a pleasant memory to keep for as long as I can remember. That’s what I tell myself anyway.

  2. Wow you have a lot of projects going on, looking forward to seeing it all. And pj’s all day are my kind of days! I love how you documented it all and I really need to remember to take a self portrait to show I was part of the day too for next month!

    • I don’t know why I do this to myself. It’s like I haven’t had a project for the past 2 years, and now all of a sudden, I have to do it all! I’ve already kind of failed at my 366, i just stopped keeping track of my daily photos. I think I might just pick my favorite photos for the month and use that as my 366. And I skipped this past weekend’s portraits since we were out of town. oh my gosh, what am I doing, hahaha. oh well, I’ll keep at it one way or another 🙂

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