52 Week Photography Challenge - Week 1

Well, it's a new year and like many people during this time, I have decided to do a challenge to better myself in some way. I don't usually do New Year's resolutions, and I have attempted to do challenges but I haven't finished them because I start with something too difficult (looking at you 365 project). I enjoy taking photos, but feeling "forced" to take one each day is just a massive task and before you know it I'm taking pictures of my food with my phone. But this year I have come across a smaller and more attainable version of that challenge. I have a full 7 days to take one photo giving me more time to be creative and intentional and actually think about my shot.

This year, I chose the Dogwood Photography 52 Week Challenge. This challenge has various categories that the weekly prompts fall into and allows the photographer to be creative and to grow and enhance their skills. If you'd like to see all of the categories, you can click the link above. Going forward I will give the prompt, show the picture, give the camera settings, and then write a brief description of the image. 

Without further ado, I give you week 1 of the 52 Week Photography Challenge.

Week 1 

Vision: Look Ahead

New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish.

Gear used Canon 6D, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II, Amazon Basics flash (you heard right)


  • Shutter speed: 1/80 second           
  • Aperture: f/11
  • ISO: 100 

It took me a couple of days to start thinking about what this prompt meant to me. I first thought "a self portrait with a camera" since I am focused on improving my photography through this challenge. But I began to think a little bit more about the year, it's WAY more than just a photo challenge or about photography. I have so many more things happening in my life right now. I have a wife and young son in my life. Yes I want to grow in my photography, but even more than that, I want to grow as a father and as a husband. To me, this photo is looking ahead to another awesome year with this wonderful woman, and to all of the random photoshoots that occur at our house.

Are you resolving to do something this year? Are you making a change in your life? Are you challenging yourself to a project? Let me know in the comments!