May is National Photography Month in the United States, and you won’t have to look very hard to find a lot of photo prompts, free classes, and sales on equipment.

My suggestion to you is to use whatever camera you have (phone camera or DSLR) to document your week. A seven day photo diary, capturing the mundane and everyday. Read more about the idea and see visual examples on Ali Edwards’s website here. (I’m not an affiliate, and it is not necessary to purchase anything to document your week.)

You might already be the type of person who takes a lot of pictures and posts to Instagram or other social network. If so, you’ve gotten a head start. Maybe you could participate in the project by getting the photos offline and into a print book. Or, if you don’t typically write a lot on Instagram, work more on telling the stories behind the photos.

You might also think that your typical week is boring. That is ok. Shoot the photos anyway. And don’t forget selfies. You were there too. My hangup is that I keep waiting for a “typical” week which actually is not normal at my house. So my advice (to myself) is also to just start now, do not wait for a typical week. Things are definitely not typical right now and it might then be a perfect week to do this…starting tomorrow!

I try to do this once a year, but at different times of the year so my scrapbooks aren’t always the same week. I usually just use my phone, and I’ll try to take at least one photo each hour. I journal each day by using voice dictation in my phone, describing what my family was doing each hour.

At the end of the week, I make a photo album using my photos and journaling. I use Shutterfly for this. (I’m not an affiliate.) It is pretty easy to get coupons for free 8×8 Shutterfly photo albums. You can make your album and then wait until you have a coupon to get it.

Just have fun with it and don’t overthink it. You will be really happy with the outcome! And you may find that the albums will make nice Christmas gifts for grandparents or other family members, later this year.

(Image credit: Pexels)

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