Day 3: 50 Ideas for Capturing Your Own Everyday

People ask me often if I carry a camera with me everywhere, and I do if you count my phone.  But I rarely bring the big camera anywhere because everyone (by "everyone," I mean my family members, especially the small kind who have figured out that is make me feel awful if they say, "Mommy, please put your phone away and pay attention to US!") just gets annoyed.  So, I take a few and put the camera (or phone) away and focus on being present and just try to capture small bits and pieces of our everyday.  

Want to document your own everyday, but don't even know where to start?
Here's list for you of ideas to get you started with writing or photographing your everyday...

waking up
your morning routine
getting to work/daycare/school
after school
reading together
your time alone
school drop offs/pickups
school days/visits to school
weekend mornings
weekend routine activities
family dates
special excursions
playing with friends
adult date night
current projects
days off from school
visits with extended family
trips to the store - groceries, Target, etc.
trips to the park
favorite family activities - hiking, games, projects
vignettes around your home
kids' messes
your own messes
favorite toys and games
everyone in the car
books you're reading
your current view
what's on a desk or counter
favorite blankets
favorite items for hobbies (sports equipment, art supplies, etc.)
favorite clothes to wear
things you do in your front or backyard
your morning or afternoon coffee or tea
the contents of your bag
what's on the front of your fridge
a walk around your neighborhood
your favorite color anywhere you find it
something that's making you happy right now
something that was a great deal
your favorite tchotchkes

Specific Projects if that's more appealing to you:
Try the habit blog's method - 1 photos + 50 words or less related to the day.  
10 on 10 - Set your timer and take a photo of what you're doing at 10 after the hour every hour for the day *or* just 10 photos from the day on the 10th day of each month.  
365 projects - One photo each day for one year. They're a big undertaking that tend to be disregarded after a bit, but even trying to take photos for a series of days is always fun.  You can see some of my previous attempts at daily photos for one month at a time for habit's November and The August Break here and here

I'm spending 31 days writing and sharing a series about Documenting Your Everyday this month. Click here to see all of the posts as they're added and follow along.  


  1. I agree with Joy, great line-up of tips for capturing the everyday of life. So glad to be participating in The Nester's 31-Day with you and so many other great women. So fun to blog-hop and get to know some of my neighbors, too!

  2. Hi! Just dropping by from 31 Days. I so love this list! :)


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