Personal projects help me grow and improve as a photographer, something I am always trying to do. The following projects have all been fun projects I've decided to participate in and I'm sharing here as I usually love the results when I push myself outside of my comfort zone, something I strive to do often to keep learning and stay inspired.
Click on the various project images below to see the full details about each one and how they turned out!
For the Love 52 - 2020
Another new 52 week project. This one is run by Chloe Lodge, author of For the Love of the Photograph. This project sends out prompts to make you think and observe what's around you so for this one I've decided to concentrate on details and try to notice more of these around me and not just when shooting clients and my kids.
I actually love photos where the main focus is not the face. It's amazing the stories you can tell without having to see expressions and feelings on people's faces.
I often use the #FacelessFriday to join in with the Faceless Friday project run by Chloe Lodge, Charlotte Green and Gemma Cowburn on Instagram.
Travelling Dress - 2018
32 photographers in the UK and Ireland joined together to share a mustard coloured dress, taking self portraits or finding someone to model for them before passing it on and I was third in line.
You can follow along with all the artists taking part at @TheTravellingMustard on Instagram and Travelling Mustard on Tumblr.
p52 Clicks - 2020
I've lurked in the p52 clicks Facebook group for years but finally took the plunge and joined in this year. This project sets monthly tasks which you practice and post once per week, hence project 52. January's theme is low light. For my first post I shot a self portrait in the shower at Mum & Dad's home in Malaysia as I was inspired by the window light behind the water.
The Portrait Blog Loop
This is a new one for me, I've linked up with 3 other UK photographers to work on our portraits together (including self portraits if we're brave enough). This is a monthly challenge and we've set different techniques as our themes to help us grow and try new things. First up is prisms which I do often use but I tried something different by using it on myself! Our first loop is going live on the 18th Jan!
365 Project - 2018
I wanted to start a 365 project as I'd seen so many inspiring daily posts by others. I never did manage to finish the year, it was a struggle to keep up with editing along with shooting every day but even the 100 or so days did help improve my photography and produced some of my all time favourite images of my kids!
Details by the Dozen
A dozen details every month from a dozen different artists. There's some serious talent in this group, I love it!
I have created a Facebook group where we all share our favourite detail images. Each month I choose 12 of my favourites and announce a Top Shot to be the new cover photo.
This was more of an ambition than a project.
Click Pro is a community of elite photographers who are accepted based on the scoring of a portfolio of 150 images.
I got top marks for "use of light", scoring an overall 35 out of a possible 42.
"Congratulations! We LOVE your work! As you will soon discover, Click Pro is much more than a badge of recognition."
You can see my successful set here.