My Photography Life in 2019 and Plans for 2020


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I haven’t blogged about my photography hobby since the end of 2017, so I’ll start by bringing you up to date.

I participated in 52Frames throughout 2018, but skipped a couple of weeks when my husband was in the hospital, so I missed out becoming a “Weekly Warrior” (what they call someone who has posted 52 weeks in a row). I think I created some really good images as a result, many of which I wouldn’t have taken otherwise. However, some weeks the theme just wasn’t up my alley, so I spent a lot of time and mental energy coming up with something, only to end up posting something I wasn’t really happy with. In addition, it’s a huge community, with sometimes more than a thousand participants, so I found it difficult to really appreciate all the other submissions and to feel connected to the other photographers. For those reasons, I decided not to continue last year.

After dabbling with the CaptureYour365 Photo Challenge off and on for several years, I started again in May 2019 and kept it up for the rest of the year, posting to Instagram every day.

These are my photos that generated the most Likes on Instagram last year:

my best photography 2019

I’m happy that no selfies ended up in the mix!

Unfortunately, Katrina Kennedy, who created CY365, decided to wrap it up at the end of the year.

I explored other photo challenges but decided that now that I’m in the habit of posting daily, I can do this on my own. Having no prompts takes away my accountability, but I’ve had so many people tell me how much they enjoy and even look forward to seeing my photos (thank you!) that my motivation is pretty high. In addition, having no prompts means I’m free to follow my own creativity, and can work on some of the photo ideas I’ve been saving up over many years.

If you’d like to see more of my photography, please follow my personal Instagram account. I’m starting to use more of my own photos on my business blogs and social media, so you can look forward to seeing some on my business Instagram account as well.

Casual Photo of Janet Barclay

Janet Barclay

I eliminate stress for my clients by hosting, monitoring, and maintaining their WordPress sites so they don’t have to worry about security, downtime or performance issues. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, cooking, watching movies, drinking tea, and spending time with my family.

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