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December photo a day: Let’s end the year with a snap!

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December photo a day list! #FMSphotoaday

I’m going to be completely predictable and say, I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. I really can’t. But it’s time to end it with a bang snap and finish up with a month of photo-taking fun. You up for it?

So let’s jump right into it. For those that are new to it all, let me explain what photo a day is. Everyday people all around the world look at the list {above}, and take a photo according to the date. So on the 1st of December we’ll take a photo at 8 o’clock {am or pm, doesn’t matter}. So whatever you’re doing when the clock strikes 8 – take a photo. And then share it. So upload it to Facebook {your own page, or my Facebook page}, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, Tumblr – where ever you please. If you’re sharing to Instagram or Twitter – use the hashtag #FMSphotoaday.

Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can find the list easily.

The hashtag #FMSphotoaday is a way to share on Instagram and Twitter. By using the hashtag it groups all the photos shared together, so everyone can check out the photos for our photo a day challenge.

If you want more details on how to play, just visit here.

Here’s a little bit more about each prompt:

1. 8 o’clock: Take a photo at whatever you’re doing at 8am or 8pm.
2. Peace: What does peace look like for you? Or take a photo of a peace sign.
3. Something you held: a child, your phone, a gift, a shopping bag – anything!
4. Black + white: Use a black + white filter on a photo of your choice, or take a photo of something black and white.
5. Looking up: Get down on the ground and take a photo from down low, looking up.
6. From where you live/your country: Take a photo of something from your country – a flag, something unique, a traditional dish, or something a little bit more common.
7. Stars: Take a photo of the stars at night, or stars you see around the place during the day.
8. Someone you love: At this time of year we’re often catching up with loved ones. Take a photo of someone you love. If you’re not seeing a loved one today – take a photo of a photo – or get creative.
9. Out + about: Whatever you do today, take a photo while you’re doing it.
10. Under: Take a photo of something {anything!} under something.
11. Sweet: Take a photo of something sweet {food or not!}
12. Hat: Take a photo of a hat. If it’s cold – perhaps a beanie. If it’s hot, perhaps a sun hat.
13. Lights: Take a photo of some lights at night.
14. Something green: Find something green in your travels today and take a photo to share.
15. Outdoors: Get outside and snap something outside.
16. Something you made: Perhaps it’s just some toast, or something more extravagant. Shoot it.
17. On the floor: Look down and shoot something on the ground.
18. Makes you feel merry: What’s making you happy today? Shoot it.
19. Something beginning with ‘s’: Find something beginning with S and shoot it.
20. Weather: In some parts of the world it will be snowing, in others it will be REALLY hot. Share a photo that represents the weather where you are.
21. Tree: Take a photo of a tree {yes, we did this last month – but try and be creative!}
22. Decoration: It could be Christmas related, or a decoration in your home.
23. Joy is______: What makes your filled with joy? Take a photo.
24. Tradition/something you always do: What’s something you always do? A family tradition?
25. Lunchtime: If you celebrate Christmas – take a photo of what you’re doing at lunchtime {traveling, partying, opening gifts, laughing, drinking}. If you don’t celebrate Christmas – share what you did at lunchtime.
26. Mess: Take a photo of a mess. Or a lack of one if you’re that way inclined.
27. How you relax: How do you like to chill out? Read a book, lay on the beach? Take a photo.
28. Cold: Take a photo of something cold.
29. Hot: Take a photo of something hot.
30. Something that made you smile this year: Reflect on the year gone by and find something made you smile.
31. Self-portrait: Take your last selfie for the year. If you’re partying, take a photo with friends. If you’re having a quiet night in, take a photo of what you’re doing. Self-portraits don’t have to be obvious. I like very abstract ones – feet are an easy way to take a photo of yourself.

There are no rules about playing. Just have fun. Be as creative as you can or want to be. Just take a photo each day using the prompt. I know some people struggle to take photos everyday, so don’t stress. You could choose to just do the weekends, or just a few. It’s meant to be fun, so if it becomes stressful find a way to make it fun.

Each day I’ll be checking out the photos shared to my Facebook wall and the Instagram feed and sharing my four favourite finds.

If I’ve missed anything, or if you have any questions – please leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

Is this your first month playing? Or have you played along before? I’d love to know!

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  • December will be my 2nd month and I’m enjoying doing this challenge very much! I wasn’t able to carry on with a photo a day challenge when I had no prompts, but these are so fun to shoot, thank you for carrying on with this! (I’m publishing on twitter and instagram [both usernames durmik] and also on tumblr [], greetings from Poland!

  • Kari

    I’ve played along since I think April. I’ve missed some, but I try. My kids love to play long, too. They ask me almost daily what my picture of the day is. <3

  • I’ve tried playing in the past, but have been better about it since October. I love it, and I hope it continues on to next year too!

  • Kangaroo with a Sweet Tooth

    Please keep going (if you want to, of course!) – it’s such a great thing, keeping me inspired to blog everyday. It gives me something to focus on!

  • Pleeease tell me you’re doing this again next year? It puts a sparkle in my day

  • I am so late to the game but I’m looking forward to playing in December. I’ve asked my 16 yr old niece to play along. She’s in Texas and is taking a photojournalism class. I’m in Italy and trying to improve my photography. This way we’re both learning together even though we’re far apart!

  • Beck Oz

    Hey mumma 🙂 how do I get the list on my iPhone calander again 🙂 that really made such a difference for November 🙂 LOVE LOVE LOVE photo a day ❤

  • caroline

    will we get a fb invite for this one x

  • I play since a year!!! and I want to continue!!!

  • Ellaine

    I have been watching a friend do this, I reckon I will have a go this month 🙂

  • Cool idea!

  • This is very fun- it recharges your eyes!

  • I’ve got several family members who have been doing this, guess I’ll give it a try!

  • this will be my first time and am looking forward to it..

  • I’ve seen lots of people in the blogging world participating in past “photo a day’s”. I cant wait to give it a try myself.. and December will be great with all the Christmas related photos you can use.

  • love it! I’ve been participating in this month’s, which was my first one. It’s been so much fun! And it gives me something to blog about, which is especially helpful on those days where my brain feels like mush LOL.

  • Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life

    This will be my first time. Hopefully I can keep up.

  • you should be so proud of yourself for sticking with this all year Telle, job well done I say!

  • Kim

    I’ve been playing since about July but have only just joined with Instagram in the last month and I love looking at others photos too as only a couple of my friends as doing this also..
    Just wondering if you have the link for adding Decembers days to your calendar as this was super useful last month
    Thank you so much for inspiring me

  • Ruby Manchanda

    I did it regularly in the beginning of the month and then it became difficult for me to stick to it. I might try the year-end month. Hopefully.


    Love these photo a day things! Such a great idea! 🙂

    Do you ever offer awards or pick any favorites? First second, third places… ?

  • Beck McKee

    Is there the calander link again ?

  • Anna

    I have done your Photo A Day Challenge ALL year!! Love it!

  • I also vote for the calendar thingo again! It was super helpful!

    Great list this month lovely, can’t wait to get going!

    {BTW,thank you for making the 13th lights, I can take pics of birthday candles!!}

  • Yes love the calendar. It would be great to have one that we can subscribe to that always loads 🙂

    • Romans5Three

      Agreed. One FMSphotoaday calendar instead of subscribing to a new one each month

      • I think that’s about to happen friends! Doug is coming to our rescue! x

        • Amber

          Yay!! I Loved the calendar!!

          • Amber

            Also, I just found your PhotoADay in late October. Started then! Love it!! Thanks for the lists!!!

        • I’ve just added the December calander – I love the internet and people who share!

  • November was my first month of Photo A Day but it won’t be my last! It’s like looking at life through a different lens! Can’t wait to continue with the happy snapping in December! I know how mad busy it is (always, but especially in the run up to Christmas,) but wouldn’t it be good if you could continue to pick your fab 4? 🙂

  • Tamaralee

    I started last month but ended up having a series of troubles. First headaches that finally pointed to a bad tooth… so root canal, then bronchitis after that. will try again this month. Hopefully will be a better month!! 🙂

    Tamara Mahoney

  • Romans5Three

    If Doug isn’t going to make a Calendar, I’d be happy to do it. I admin some other calendars, so wouldn’t mind adding this to my list. I’d update it every month when you post the list.

    • Oh really? I would love that. Is it time consuming? xxxx

    • Or even if you could teach me, so it doesn’t eat up your time? x

      • Romans5Three

        I just realized I don’t know the exact way that he did it, but what I was going to do is go to to create one. It looks like that’s what Doug did but I’m not sure. It can be viewed in the browser or exported (for Android, we just save it to our Calendars and it automatically shows up in a list of calendars available to sync on the phone).

        On the left side at, under the mini calendar, is the heading My Calendars. You click on the arrow/triangle next to that and in the pop-up menu there is an option to create a new Calendar. You just set that up, name it FMSphotoaday, make sure it’s public, and I think you can add keywords so people can search for it.

        Adding the daily prompts is just a matter of creating an event for each one. Since the default is to make new events an all-day event, it only takes two seconds for each one, so about a minute for the whole month.

  • Cheri Marks

    Love your list for December! Thank you for stretching my creativity.

  • Tianna

    I have tried these month after month. Always forget about it. Are you planning on doing these next year?

  • since I’ve written prompts into my google calendar, I though I’d share it with general public, here’s the iCal link:

  • I’m in again. I’m up to my 5th month now!!

  • Thanks Chantelle.

    This will be my first month playing…can’t wait to get started. It will be fun to do the month in photo’s.

  • I just stumble upon your blog and I love it. Such a great idea and I wish I would have found you sooner. This will be my first month and can’t wait to get started. I hope you are able to do a list a month for next year too.

  • Hi Chantelle, count me in. I’ve been doing the #fmsphotoaday November and I’m going to try and do 3 project’s next month. I’ve also shared this on Google+ and blogged it. Karen

  • Renee Dodd

    I started in april and did really well with a photo a day (played catch-up on some occasions as I had a number of holidays & couldn’t always post daily) and then something happened in november – I ‘fell off the wagon’ but, I’ll be back posting a photo a day from friday (1st) and I’m really looking forward to the challenges….and some of them will be challenges as Christmas this year will be very different for us (we’ll be traveling around the north & south islands – new zealand) very much looking forward to the challenge; thanks so much Chantelle for inspiring us to ‘look outside the box’ 🙂

  • annefixa

    For november you had someone making an app that made all the daily assignments on my calendar. Do you have one for December too?

  • I’m looking forward to starting this on Saturday – the December list looks great. I had planned to start a few months ago but “real life” somehow got in the way.

  • w h

    Hi, this will be my first time playing along – looking forward to it!

  • dog eared copy/Tanya

    I started to play in May; but I got sidelined with stuff/life; but I am going to have a go at this again starting Saturday! 🙂

  • Silverdragonheart

    I couldn’t find that anyone else had created a calendar yet, so I created a public iCal. Please let me know if you have any trouble with the link.

  • Redapplestuff

    Yes its my first time…looking forward to play and have fun starting on December 1st. Thanks

  • Yessenat

    Didn’t do November because i was in a slump… feeling better now and i’m looking forward to end the year doing this challenge :))) thank u for making the list & checking it twice <3

  • I think this might be my first month to have a go! It’ll be a good challenge to get me through the month 🙂

  • lisa martin

    this will be my first time really looking forward to it

  • verna

    I’ve always wanted to join a photo challenge. I am soo going to do this before 2012 ends. Excited! ;D

  • beezho

    First time going to try this
    and i can’t wait!!

  • Modern Day Mummying

    Hi Chantelle! I’ve always followed others with this challenge and this time I’m taking the plunge for the first time! My camera and I are totally inseperable and now my four year old daughter wants to join in and snap away too! I’ll be possting my pics up on my blog and Facebook. Mayeb I’ll even attempt to work out how to use Pinterest…
    Sophie xo

    • Sophie Nech

      I forgot: You can find my blog over at

  • This is a great list! I am really looking forward to my second month playing along 🙂

  • Looking forward to playing along again …

  • Belinda Spencer

    Thanks Chantelle!! I’m in for another month. Havin’ so much fun with your challenge. Only missed one day in November! Let’s see if I can get all of them in December!! 🙂 xoxo

  • amy shafiza

    hye..this is my first time..i would like to joining this as its really interest me…i will do this!!

  • This will be my first go at this, sounds like a lot of fun, and I am keen to see what I can come up with :), thank you!!!

  • i think this is fun. i hope i remember to take a pic, lol

  • This will be my first month and it seem slike a lot of fun!

  • Just hear about this from Brown Eyed Baker. First time participant for December-I’m already stirring my creative juices…

  • I’m gonna try harder this time. I enjoy taking the photos. I love your list.

  • This will be my very first time playing, but a few of my twitter friends have been doing it all year. I was going to wait until next year, but I was afraid that you wouldn’t be doing it again. I hope I can keep it up all month. Wish me luck!

  • I’m trying to get into the habit of taking more pictures, especially of myself (yeah, I’m a Mom, how did you know?) so I’m going to be participating for the first time.

  • tara
  • Teri

    Thank you Karolina for the tip!

  • Intan Yunos

    its my first time playing! so excited…hope can finish untill the end 😉

  • Hi!…this is my first Month 🙂
    How cool idea, i saw it from a friend on Flickr.
    Already liked your fb page and im following u on twitter.

  • January

    Cool Idea! I want to join the fun will be posting my photos at

  • meme21

    It’s my first month playing

  • This looks like so much fun! I am definitely going to do it!

  • This is so awesome! Just discovered it and I just took my first picture! Coincidentally it’s Dec 1 today, 8pm SG time so I didn’t miss anything =)

  • Vrouwke

    This is a first for me. Figured I’d start with a month before going all the way with a 365 project. Among other reasons, this is meant as a bit of a kick in the butt for me; I love making all kind of things creative but I never put anything ‘out there’ for fear of criticism. So 🙂

  • This is my first month playing. Looks to be fun! 😀

  • Kara

    This is my first time playing – going to be fun!

  • January
  • Ashley

    This will be my first month participating and I’m very excited.

  • I have been playing along since June this year, and I have to say “Thank You for the fun and distraction from everyday life”! Your Ideas are fresh, fun and sometimes they make me feel young again. Thank You!

  • AppleJacks

    First month playing.

  • Sarah @ Chantille Fleur

    This could be fun….to play or not to play….I might just have to see how I go!

  • Maaike

    I’m in! 😀 i’m a dutch girl, but this was the best challenge I could find!
    You can find the pics at my blog or my instagram account @maaiketaartje! Share the love!

  • Dear Chantelle – this is my first time playing and I am SO ENJOYING it! Thank you so much for this opportunity!!!!!

  • first time for me 🙂

  • Hulda Aradóttir

    This is my first time playing, and I can’t wait to see if I’ll go all the way…;)

  • This is awsome

  • Peggy Cope

    1st time!! Having fun doing it!! =))