January - Non-conventional 365 Project


Well, I said I wasn’t going to do it. I said I was going to take a year off, but I got sucked back in. At the start of January, I was feeling a bit burned out from everything that was going on in my personal life and just being outright exhausted after the holidays. I had told myself I wasn’t going to do a 365 challenge this year.

(For those unfamiliar with this term, a 365 is committing to taking one image every day for an entire year.)

However one of my friends, who happens to be a photographer (and a great one at that!!) said that she also felt the same way, but then worried that she would regret it at the end of the year when those day-to-day moments would be missing from her annual family album. I’m certain that I wouldn’t have the variety of memorable moments in photographs of my family from 2018 if I didn’t have my 365 to challenge me to keep my camera close by and take it to places I normally wouldn’t! After all, some of my absolute favorite images of my family came about because of my 365 last year! Hearing my friend share her thoughts was the moment that I decided to suck it up, get my camera out, and get back into the groove. But this year is going to be a bit more relaxed… sort of how last year ended up. haha I’m not going to worry if I miss a day or two each month, and I am just going to ensure that I cover the same number of days that there are in each month with photos of my family!

I’ve linked arms with some other beautiful photographer people… yes, that’s their technical name… and we are going to hold each other accountable and push each other to not give up. We also have monthly challenges to make it even more exciting, but being the non-conventional 365 challenge, it’s ok if not EVERY photo meets the challenge. This month’s challenge was artificial light, since, you know, it’s winter and getting outside isn’t always an option. At least not for people in cooler climates than what we have here in Houston.

One thing I found a bit funny is how this year started in a similar way as last year. At the beginning of last year, my daughter lost her first tooth, so I had quite a few photos of her wiggling that tooth half to death until it finally popped out. It may not be her very first lost tooth this year, but she did lose yet another! Her smile is ever changing, and I’m so happy to have the photos to show this transition <3

So here it is… month one down!!! Only 11 more to go, and I am thrilled to GET. IT. DONE!!

Have a look at what I gathered up for the month of January!


^^^ In that last picture, I was also celebrating the fact that I caught a chocolate covered almond in my mouth! Haha January was a pretty great month, and I’m excited to see what this year has in store for our lives!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Feel free to leave a comment below and tell me your favorite image of the month!

Oh, and don’t delay on bringing me in to celebrate your family’s every day in photographs!! Take a look around my site, and if you love what you see, then click either the button below or the contact tab at the top, and let’s chat about booking your very own session!


And until then, and as always….

Keep it real,
Nikki Gould

Olive Shoot Photography and Films
Houston Family Photographer
Documentary Family Photographer in Houston
Houston Family Photojournalist

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