The end of a project and more of the homelife

Well, today is the last day of my month of intense photo-taking. Thirty days ago I challenged myself to take 10,000 pictures in the month of November, hoping that I would improve my photography skills along the way. In terms of quantity, I think I bit off more than I could chew. I didn’t hit my 10,000 photo target, taking only 6,155 photos (as of last night) in the past 30 days. However, my camera handling skills have improved dramatically during this time, and, while I still forget from time to time, I now bring my camera with me almost everywhere I go.

On the back end, I’ve finally developed a workflow for organizing and processing my photos on the computer, which is something I desperately needed to do. While I still have a lot of room for improvement, there’s no question I’ve made some strides towards developing my editing chops, and my photos reflect that (not that you would know!).

And, while I didn’t achieve my quantity goal, I do think this project has helped me to become a better photographer overall, and I am grateful for that.

I’m most grateful for finally creating a blog to highlight some of my photos. Posting my photos, reading your responses and sharing my pictures with the wider world has been more fun than I imagined. Again, this is an idea I had been toying with for a while, so I’m glad this project gave me the nudge I needed to finally make it happen.

Now for the “thank yous.” First, I really need to thank Lynn, who is the real (evil) genius behind this project. I’m so glad she encouraged me to embrace my inner creativity and then actually devised a framework to help me achieve it. Lynn, I am forever indebted to you. I’m proud of her for achieving her writing goal, earning the title of 2011 NaNoWriMo Winner.

And thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement this month. Thank you for reading the blog and taking the time to leave a comment or two. I need to thank the subjects of my photos most of all, for your patience and understanding as I snapped your photo at least a couple of (hundred) times.

With all of that said, let’s get back to the photos. Here are some more selections from “the homelife.” Some of my favorite photos I’ve taken this month are the ones I’ve snapped inside our apartment. I hope you enjoy them:












  1. HOORAY for you! Nice job! It was probably hard to figure out a reasonable, yet challenging amount of photos to take for 30 days. 10,000 was sure more than my original 50,000 (ha, since I was going along with the 50,000 words in 30 day thing). So whenever you need a kick in the booty again, pick a month and shoot for 7,000 photos. I’m really truly honored that you feel so grateful to me. I didn’t do anything but come up with the idea. All the work and so forth was all your doing. And I might add you did a fantastic job at that. I so enjoyed seeing all the pictures. In this post, I LOVE the first one. Of course, there hasn’t been a shot that I didn’t like. Now keep up with your love of photography, ya hear? I want to see more pictures! You could do like Rita, set up an Etsy account and start selling those photos! You could, really.

  2. Congratulations on a successful mnth of photo taking! I look forward to all of your posts, and I think you have done a great job!

  3. Great job Kate! Next project is a brother sister movie review site! See ya in a few weeks

  4. Love the pic of the stove. Reminds me home, warm and fuzzy feeling.

  5. Congratulations, Kate! I will continue to look forward to seeing your photographs.

  6. Uncle Mike says:

    Well done Kate. The total number should count if you feel like you made overall improvements. Sounds like that was done.

  7. What an achievement, well done, some fabulous shots. I have just started my first ever blog and have set myself the challenge of taking one snap a day for a year….I’m only on Day 5!!! 360 to go!!

    • I tried to take 10,000 photos in a month, which turned out to be too lofty a goal. Oh well.

      Good luck to you with your project, that’s a neat idea!

  8. Absolutely love, love your pictures. I started blogging a month ago and the moment I started, I realized I must carry my camera around. So, I have dusted mine and started taking pictures. I wonder if can actually get a picture as good as yours, maybe after 10,000 (magic number?). Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!!


  1. […] of you know, I spent the month of November trying to take 10,000 photos. While I didn’t quite achieve my goal in terms of numbers, I did take a lot of pictures, carrying my camera with me everywhere I went. […]

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