Name: Carly Rodgers
Instagram Username: @carlyrodgers2013
PL365: Is this your first photo-a-day challenge?
PL365: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
CR: I’m a photographer based in a small seaside village called Donaghadee in Northern Ireland. I love my life and I love finding beauty in the small and simple things. Up until the start of this year I rarely shot with my iPhone. Now 5 months in you can safely say I’m addicted to it. In fact some of my favourite images this year have been shot with my iPhone.
PL365: How do you edit your images?
CR: I shoot with the camera function on my camera then edit with Afterlight which is addictive. If I’m adding text (which I do quite a bit as there is nothing I love more than words and photographs together) I do it with Over or Phonto.
PL365: What blogs are near and dear to your heart?
CR: I will always love We are The Parsons http://wearethebloggers.com/ because they tell stories with such heart and soul. I usually end up blubbing throughout each and every one of their posts. I also adore the work of Michelle Gardella and http://www.michellegardella.com/blog/ and Morgan Wade http://www.morganwadephoto.com/blog/ These women are the most incredible storytellers and their hearts are full of wonder and beauty
PL365: What do you hope to accomplish by participating in the Project Life 365 challenge?
CR: Honestly? To finish it! This is my first time ever taking part in something like this and it’s been a rocky road at times. On the other hand I’m seeing my phone now as a creative tool which is something I had just never anticipated. They aren’t just images any more. Each and every single photograph is a memory of my life in 2013. A visual time machine.
PL365: Tell us about one goal you want to accomplish in 2013. Why?
CR: To keep following my heart and to be continually grateful every single day. To stop comparing myself with others and trust myself more. For a long time I’ve felt like I’ve been running through the motions but this year something has changed. I want to look back on this year with no regrets and a full heart.
PL365: Words of wisdom for your fellow Lifers?
CR: Keep going. Even if you see incredible images being posted for the days daily prompt and you think to yourself “Ah what’s the point in even trying today?!” Try. Don’t see it as a competition. Shoot for yourself and follow your heart.
PL365: What has been your most memorable image and why?
CR: Day 126 – #excess. When I first saw this prompt my thought immediately went to food (I love my food!) and then I decided to simply go out and shoot what I felt was right for me. So I went for a walk in the woods with my boyfriend and it was such a cloudy morning. We sat and chatted on a bench and were hugging and laughing when suddenly the light changed and I looked up as the clouds had begun to clear without me even realizing. We were under a canopy of branches and it was one of those perfect moments where everything just felt lovely. I picked up my phone and snapped. “I will never ever grow weary of branches that stretch to blue blue skies. Overload me”. It’s now one of my most favourite images.
PL365: What is one thing you wish you had known before starting this challenge? Why?
CR: To not compare yourself. Comparing myself with the other many talented people involved with this project almost had me quitting this. And to not aim to be the pick of the day lol. In the beginning that was my solid goal and I have to chuckle at myself now. I’ve now learnt to shoot entirely for me. Make the prompts work for me and end up with a beautiful visual diary at the end of the year.