July Photo A Day Challenge: Take a photo each day and share it. Easy! And fun.

July Photo A Day Challenge List

Hello! Hello! Hello! July is almost here. I know it’s hard to believe, but yes… it is. It also means that I’ll be a mum of two soon. Eek. But first… another month of photo-taking fun.

If you’re new around these parts, jump on in. We’d love to have you. Just see below for all the details. And if you’re an old hat at this photo-a-day business, so nice to have you back again. x

How to play!

Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
Check out the July photo a day list.
Each day look at the daily prompt and take a photo according to whatever the prompt is. For example for day 1 the prompt is ‘Happiness is..’ so share anything that represents happiness to you. It could be a quiet coffee in the morning, doing a job you love, cuddles from someone in your life or something else.
Once you’ve taken the photo it’s time to share it. There are loads of places you can share it. See below for more details.
Check out other people’s photos. You can browse through them on my Facebook page, in the FMS Photo A Day Facebook group. Or on Instagram or Twitter just search for the #FMSphotoaday hashtag to see them all.

Where to play?

There are loads of places to be social and share your photos with the #FMSphotoaday community:

Instagram: Just upload your photo, use a fancy filter, add a caption and the hashtag #FMSphotoaday and then share.
Facebook: There are a few options here. You can simply share on your own personal page, among your own friends. Or you can upload to my page’s wall, or I’ve created a Facebook group for 2013. You can join it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FMSphotoaday/ Now that Facebook has hashtags, simply add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday when you share your photos and you’ll be able to see which of your friends are playing along too. It’s cool!
Blog: If you have a blog, you could share each day or do a wrap up of all the photos at the end of the month.
Tumblr: Add your daily photos to your Tumblr feed.
Flickr: You can get their app and share your photos there, or upload on their web version. We also have a photo a day group here.
Twitter: You can share on Twitter by uploading the photo and sharing the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. Easy.

How do I remember the prompts?

There are a few ways you can grab the list or remember the prompts:
Come back here each day and click the button on the right-hand side to check out the list.
Right-click on the list above and save it to your desktop. Or if you’re on your phone you could take a screenshot and save it as your wallpaper. {To screenshot click the power button and home button at the same time}.
Each month Doug uploads the prompts to a calendar which you can download to your phone. I’ll share the links on the 1st of July.

What’s the fab four?

Each day I’ll be picking four photos on each Instagram and Facebook that have caught my attention, and sharing them to my Facebook and Instagram. To have your photos in the running you can just share them to my Facebook page or the FMS Photo A Day group or the #FMSphotoaday Instagram feed, or both. It’s not a competition – just a fun way to put the spotlight on some photos from the community.

Please note: As I’m expecting my baby in August, July will be the last month that I do Fab Four as I’ll be busy with a little bundle. I’ll let you know when it will return.

What do the prompts mean?

There are no rules when playing along with photo a day, you can be creative as you like! Interpret the prompt as you please. For those that need a little help, some more suggested details about each prompt are below:

1. Happiness is…: Share a photo of something that represents happiness to you.
2. Shoes: You know, those things you wear on your feet.
3. Cold: In my part of the world it’s winter, so cold is all around. How can you show the cold in a photo?
4. Red, white or blue: Pick a colour and share it for Independence Day {in the USA}.
5. Love: Take a photo that shows love.
6. Fave smell: What smell do you adore? Coffee? Fresh fruit? Flowers? Show it in a photo.
7. Where you are: Show us where you went today.
8. Path: Snap a photo of a path – which could be any kind of surface.
9. 3 things: Take a photo of any 3 things you like.
10. Smooth: Find a smooth surface and take a photo.
11. I wore this!: What is something you wore today? You could share your whole outfit, or just a small part of it.
12. A bad habit: It can be yours or someone else’s habit. Share it.
13. 4 o’clock: Be it 4am or 4pm, share what you’re doing at 4 o’clock.
14. Edible: Take a photo of some that you eat or want to eat.
15. Outside the window: Look through the window and take a photo of what you see.
16. Bottle: A bottle is such a simple object, how can you show it in a photo and make it a little interesting?
17. Inspirational: What’s inspirational to you?
18. Number: Look around you, do you see numbers? Take a photo. They could be in signs, on your phone… anywhere.
19. Building: It could be your home, or a big sky-scraper if you’re lucky enough to be in the city. Share a building in a photo.
20. Hot: Just like the cold prompt, only hot. Will you take a photo of the weather, food, a flame?
21. Fave food: What food do you love? You can indulge today. I’ll let you!
22. Grey: Share a photo of something coloured grey.
23. I drew this!: Get creative! Draw something, take a photo and share it.
24. D is for…: Show a photo of something starting with the letter D.
25. Ground: Depending on where we live we have different surfaces on the ground; cement, grass, dirt… show us yours.
26. The everyday: The thing that I love about this challenge is that you can see beauty in the ordinary, so look around you, find something that you see most days and capture it in a photo.
27. Black + white: Take a photo in black + white – you could use a filter, or shoot something that actually IS black and white. Up to you!
28. This is new!: What’s something new in your life? Is it something newly created in your town? A new purchase? A new baby? Snap and share it.
29. Perspective: This is a photography technique. I’ll share how to shoot perspective in a blog post soon!
30. Friendship: This is our charity prompt. Share a photo of friendship.
31. Workspace: Show us your workspace!

Charity & reader prompts:

Our charity prompt this month is the International Day of Friendship.
This month we’ll be bringing awareness to the International Day of Friendship. The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. You can read more about the movement here.

The reader prompts this month have been suggested by:
Happiness is… – Danielle D
Outside the window – Bec P

Thank you everyone!

You can suggest a reader prompt below:

Fill out my online form.

I look forward to seeing all your photos and getting a glimpse into your world.

P.S. I’m cooking up something fun to do around Instagram Video {a sweet challenge} which I’ll reveal very soon. So stay tuned. x

  • Tenley Baldwin

    Will there be a link to calendar prompts to download?

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Absolutely. It says above, “Each month Doug uploads the prompts to a calendar which you can download to your phone. I’ll share the links on the 1st of July.”

      • Tenley Baldwin

        Oops I see that now. I looked over the post looking for that before I posted but guess I missed that part. Thanks!

  • http://www.vidyasury.com/ Vidya Sury

    :-) I am enjoying June so much! I am in for July! :D Thanks Chantelle.

  • Jolene Maree

    Thanks. Can we please not have any repeats though. I see a third repeat now :(

    • Tenley Baldwin

      Think of it as a chance to get more creative! :-)

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      Let me justify repeats to you.

      They occur because:

      - some people haven’t done all the months, I do try and cater to everyone. Some people are just starting this month.

      - there are so many ways to interpret a prompt, I personally love the chance to take a photo using a similar prompt and think outside the box

      I’ve never promised no repeats, so if it makes you sad can I suggest skipping that day?

  • Audrey Lance

    I really like that you’re incorporating photography techniques into the prompts!

  • http://the-travel-guru.com/ Roni Faida

    I really like these and repeats don’t bother me AT ALL. Black and white is repeated but who cares? There are so many things I can choose from! My life is full and interesting and these prompts help me capture a small part of it. Thanks!

  • Christie

    I’m so glad I found this page I plan to use this to spark my photographic creativity again after 2 years of being a stay at home mom I haven’t made time for my passion for photography. Also my favorite prompt ever perspective, I love forced perspective photos they are so fun to look at and a challenge to get right.

  • Melissa Long

    This looks so fun! I’m wrapping up a writing challenge on my blog for June and I really enjoyed it, so I think a photo challenge will be a fun change of pace next month!

  • ari_b

    Thanks so much for doing this!

  • Chris Druery

    I can’t wait to sart this

  • S.K.Falls

    I’m new to this, but I saw a group doing this on Twitter and thought it’d be fun to join in! Your website was the first one that caught my eye during a Google search. :) Congrats on the upcoming little bundle–lots of fodder for future challenges. :D

    Thanks for having me,
    –Sandy

  • Laura

    How do you get the Calender prompts to work on iPhone? I tried in June but I didn’t know how to get it to work.

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      I personally don’t use them, but I know one tip is to copy and paste the link into your Safari browser and they work that way.

      • Laura

        Thank you!

  • Emmanuel Saucedo

    Why are some of the prompts in onther color? Are they somehow special? I am going to begin this tomorrow €:

    • http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/ Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim

      They’re the weekends. Just to make it easier. :)

  • Austin

    Just curious on the the calendar link from Doug. Love the photo a day. I’m trying to finally hopefully get a full month!