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November Photo A Day 2014: See the list, join the challenge

Fat Mum Slim /

Hello photo-taking friends!

I’m going to jump right in and introduce you to the designer of the November Photo A Day 2014 list. It’s someone I admire, and who has been a dream to work with. Justin, from The Happy Bloom, did some work in the App and has designed the November Photo A Day list. It’s another beautiful list, don’t you think?

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You can check out The Happy Bloom here. Justin does beautiful photography and design work.

Now onto the details for playing photo a day.

HOW TO PLAY PHOTO A DAY

Playing FMS Photo A Day is simple and fun, just take a daily photo and share it. Here’s a breakdown of how to play along:

♥ Grab your camera or phone or photo-taking-device.
♥ Look at the monthly list to find the prompt for the day. {The number corresponds to the date of the month}.
♥ Take a photo using the prompt as inspiration. So for October 1st, the prompt is ‘A is for…’ so just find something that starts with A, snap it and share it.
♥ Now you’ve taken a picture, it’s time to share it. This is the fun part. You can share to whichever social media platform you like, for me I like Facebook and Instagram best, oh and Twitter too. Make sure you add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday to your caption so people can find you, and others know what you’re doing.

If you’re sharing on Facebook, you might like to join our Facebook group. It’s a big, lovable community of photo-taking-people. Click here to find it.
♥ Now you’ve shared, check out other people’s photos. You can check out the #FMSphotoaday hashtag on Instagram or Twitter to find them all. OR look at the Facebook group. It’s nice to comment and get to know other photo-takers too. We’re a friendly bunch.

If you’re playing using my Little Moments App, it will add the hashtag and prompt automatically to your caption when sharing to Instagram.

WHERE TO PLAY

I’ve touched on this above, but there are loads of places for you to upload your photo-a-day photos. Here’s a bit more details:

Instagram: Just upload your photo, and 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 to the FMS Photo A Day Facebook group. You can join it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FMSphotoaday/
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.

HOW TO REMEMBER THE PROMPTS EASILY

I know it can be hard for people to remember to do photo-a-day each day, particularly for those just starting out. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so stick at it. Until then we have have these tips:
The Little Moments App is the easiest way to remember how to play. It can send little daily reminders to your phone at the time of your choice. Or you can just open the App and get all the details in one click.

♥ The lovely Doug has created prompts for us that we can download straight into our calendar, so we won’t forget. Just click on the below to get them in your phone {the new prompts will be placed in the calendar before October 1st}.

To subscribe on iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac:
http://bit.ly/15KFbZw

To view on the web:
http://bit.ly/16Tad4H

WHAT’S THE FAB FOUR?

Each day I spend some time scrolling through the photos shared on Instagram and Facebook, selecting four from each platform to put a bit of a spotlight on. The Fab Four isn’t a competition. There is no prize. It’s just a way to share some of the awesome photos being shared for Photo A Day. The Instagram Fab Four will be shared in my Instagram feed daily, and will also be showcased in my App too.

Over on Facebook the lovely admins of the Facebook group select the Fab Four each day. You can find it pinned to the top of the group. The admins are Leesa, Barbara, Sarah, Kim and Natalie.

The prompts

The prompts are just a guide to inspire you to take a photo each day. You can interpret them however you like. Be creative. Have fun. Some people like a little more guidance, so I’ve shared below what I was thinking when I created the list. Hopefully it helps you a little.

1. something blue
Take a photo of something blue. Anything! Hint: If you’re stuck, look at the sky.
2. i saw this!
What did you see today? Take a photo.
3. weather
What’s the weather like where you are? Share it.
4. can’t live without
What can’t you live without? Is it an addiction? A person? A comfort-thing?
5. 8 o’clock
Share what you’re doing at 8am or 8pm today.
6. made me smile today
What’s made you smile today? Share a photo of whatever it is.
7. on the floor
Look down. What’s on the floor? Your feet? Toys? A pathway? Share.
8. a place
This could be anywhere – where you go to relax, your work, your school, your home. Any place will do.
9. heck yes!
What won’t you say no to? Then it’s a heck yes! Take a photo of it.
10. i do this every day
What do you do every single day, or at least most days?
11. a set
A set of something {think knives, game pieces, tea set…}.
12. normal
Find beauty in the average/everyday. Share something that’s normal in your life.
13. letters
Letters are all around us everyday. Look at signs. Books. Your own writing.
14. for me
What’s something for you an no one else?
15. hot + cold
You can fit something hot and cold in one photo, or put two photos together using a collage.
16. after
After: in the time following. Have a think about what you do after something is done. After exercise you might throw off your shoes and collapse.
17. cooking
Just as it sounds. Show us what you’re cooking up. Or if you don’t cook, what someone else is cooking up.
18. i love this
What do you love? We want to see it.
19. whole
Not half or part, but whole. Photograph a whole thing.
20. bright
It means giving out or reflecting much light or intelligent and quick-witted. Choose!
21. shoes
Yep, those things that go on your feet. Take a photo. Try and be creative.
22. a favourite thing
A favourite mug, or book, or song, or person, or outfit, or anything. Choose one!
23. i made this!
What did you make? Share it.
24. i need to do this!
What’s on your to-do list?
25. time
Capture time. It could be a sunset {the day has passed}, a clock, or something else.
26. wall
This doesn’t have to be boring. Look around you for a creative wall. Or get out and explore.
27. i’m thankful for this…
Share what you’re grateful for.
28. black
Share something black in colour.
29. so, this happened
What happened today? Share a photo of it.
30. i bought this!
What have you bought recently? Share a photo.

  • I can’t wait. I really loved October with the letters prompts and haven’t missed a day. I’m hoping I’m on a roll and keep the photo fun going throughout November!

  • I just discovered FMS and I LOVE this blog! I’m totes gonna give the photo a day challenge a go! Can’t wait 😀

  • I love your blog and I hope I can get through this photo challenge. Sounds fun! 🙂

  • I’m definitely going to be participating! Thank you 🙂

  • I just saw this posted on an Instagram account I follow and had to come over and see your blog. I love these challenges and have been hoping to come across one to participate in again. Can’t wait!

  • I’m excited to try this. I would buy the app if you had it for kindle.

  • Kate Moore

    Thank you so much, Chantelle, for the October prompts…I really enjoyed finding shots by the alphabet…and enjoyed seeing others interpretation of the alphabet, also I hope you will do this again, sometime next year, too.

  • Hi, has Doug had a chance to do the Google calendar prompts yet? They’re not coming up in my calendar. It’s the first thing I check in the morning!

    • Karen

      I was wondering the same. I’m hoping the prompts will help me make it through a whole month this time!

      • I tried a couple of times and it’s not yet updated. I rely on these prompts on my calandar from Doug.

        • Shannon

          I too cannot get the prompts as they do show up on the link for iPhone or the online calendar.

  • Karl Vercouteren

    The lovely Doug is a month behind! Can’t get Nov. prompts on my iPhone calendar from Nov. web page.

    • I’ll chase him and see if he can update them. Sorry about the delay. x

      • It’s working now. Thank you Chantal and Doug.

  • Karl Vercouteren

    OK now. Thanks!

  • Pauline

    Hi is it possible to get prompts to an android phone please. I’m new to fmsphotoaday and would like reminders!! Thanks

    • The links above work on any device. 🙂

  • Agreed! We really need it for android. It is the most popular phone OS on the planet after all!

  • If I’m joining today, do I need to start on the 8th or from beginning? 🙂

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