February Photo-a-day Challenge

New Month, new Instagram photo-a-day challenges! Join us during the month of February for our Photo-a-Day challenge on Instagram. (Reading this after February 1st? No worries – jump right in!)

Not sure how it works? Its simple! Just take a photo that matches the challenge for each day (there’s no wrong answer – half the fun is to see how we all interpret each challenge). Upload the photo to your Instagram account, and tag the photos with the hashtags #yesmemory and #photoaday in the comments section, and you’re done for the day. The question is, can you complete the photo challenge every day?


YesVideo Instagram Photo-a-Day Challenge: February 2013

January Photo-a-Day Challenge

In just a few days we are not only starting a new month but also a new year. With 2013 just around the corner we are inviting you to join our challenge of taking the time to capture a memory every single day.

Follow along with our Photo-a-Day Challenge in January on Instagram by sharing your daily moments with us! Have fun with the prompts we created and incorporate them into your photos

however you see fit. Do not forget to tag your pictures with the hashtags #YesMemory and #PhotoaDay so we can find them to comment and like. We can’t wait to see what you share each day!

Childhood Christmas Memories in Lights

I is for Innocent ChildAs a child I grew up on a street that lead to a pretty popular shrine that had Christmas lights from Thanksgiving until Epiphany. It was so popular that the road would be backed up for miles and that line of cars would be outside my house for hours and hours. Had I been older and industrious I would have set up a hot chocolate stand or something. But I was 5.

My very first vivid memories of Christmas were about when I was five years old (same age as my daughter, Eva pictured above). I remember that I got my first LEGO set then (still have it). I remember visiting the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA and thinking that it was the hugest most amazing place (I had yet to visit Disney). I couldn’t believe that I lived so close to it. My parents would bundle us up in our snowsuits and we would walk about and look at the lights together. I’m sure that my Dad took many photos (he is the person who instilled in me the love of photography) but I don’t have any of them. I will make it a point to check out all of his old photos to save some of those memories in digital format.

I am lucky that I blog, or rather my children are lucky that I blog, or rather again, they will be lucky that I blogged. They will be lucky because I’ve been recording our life in a daily way since before they were born. So I have photos like these:


I hope that my kids will have the same affection for going to La Salette that I have from my childhood. At least I know what they will be able to search through our photos and see themselves having a good time there.

Halloween Crew – Wordless Wednesday

Halloween. October 31, 2012 - The YesVideo crew preserved memories as wizards, ghouls and even…piggy-back-babies???

Besides just being precious, it is amazing to see how intrigued little ones are with the simplest things.  Today’s feature is by From PDX With Love.


October Instagram Photo A Day Roundup

This month we launched our first Instagram Photo A Day Challenge and we are having so much fun seeing everyone’s interpretations of the daily photo prompts. Here’s a roundup of some of the photos. Enjoy!




It’s not too late to join, and you don’t have to participate every day. And it’s really easy. Just shoot your photo and post to Instagram with both hashtags #PhotoaDay and #YesMemory. Don’t forget to follow @yesvideo!

Instagram photos from: @yesvideo, @mommadjane, @shar2d2, @ebee3, @dcsjsf, @camhc66, @becccaludlum, @martyfranz, @benspark, @brandyellen1981, @bloodybones1984, @maggiezmom

Seven Years Equals 2557 Consecutive Photos

My very first Photo-A-Day Photo.

We all know that photos can evoke memories. So do you know what happened on April 5, 2006 or October 24, 2008? I do, I can go straight back to any day in the past seven years and find a photo that will remind me of what happened that day. I've been taking one photo every single day for seven consecutive years. I started the project on my thirty-first birthday back in 2005 and haven't missed a day since.

Taking a photo every day has allowed me to take amazing photos, terrible photos, experimental photos, sentimental photos and fun photos. However, no matter the photo I have 2557 memories to look back on.

How do you get to 2557 photos in the same amount of days?

  • Always have a camera
  • If you see it shoot it
  • Tomorrow you can take a great photo
  • Find a place to post the photos
  • Shoot, Shoot, Shoot

Just a few of the cameras I've used in seven years.

Always have a camera

I used to travel and for seven years I flew all around the country and overseas. The first day at the job a co-worker told me, “Always have a camera with you because no matter where you go there is something to see.” I took that to heart and carried a camera with me everywhere. This was well before cell phone cameras were as prevalent as they are now. I had a Sanyo C4 and it could not only shoot photos but take video too. This was, again, before most cameras also shot video as well. I took about 7000 photos on that camera and hours of video, so much that I destroyed that camera. But the camera was with me all the time.

A special moment between cows.

If you see it, Shoot it

This is a big one because if you see something that you think, “that would make a great photo, I'll come back and shoot it.” Guess what, you will never go back and take that shot or if you go back you will not see what you originally saw. This one has been a source of frustration for me. It also ties in to tip number one because unless you have a camera on you all the time you can't catch that great shot.

This photo sparked one of my most successful blog posts ever.

Tomorrow you can take a great photo

My personal rule was that I had to take a photo on the day, I didn't have to post it every day but I had to take the photo. Some days I had no inspiration so I didn't take a great photo. I told myself that tomorrow I would take a great photo so I trained myself to be on the lookout for photo opportunities. The more I trained my mind to think in terms of photos the more I would be able to frame a better shot and occasionally take that great shot. But also allow yourself to take a bad shot. Not every photo will be a good one.

Even if a photo isn't a great one it can still inspire greatness. The photo above sparked a great discussion on my blog and turned my blog into once being one of the top results of the search for “Fry Sauce”. To find out about that, search out “BenSpark Fry Sauce” to see what I did.

Put those photos on display

Find a place to post the photos

Over the past seven years I used many sites to host my photos. I've posted to Buzznet, Flickr, Picasa, Zooomr, Tumblr, Posterous, Facebook and ShutterCal. Each photo was also placed on my blog and from that photo I would write my days blog post. Sometimes the post would be about the photo. Sometimes the post would be about what happened that day. But having a place to post each day helped me keep to my goals.

The most recent place that I have been hosting my photos for posting to my blog has been Shuttercal. I love this site because it is set up specifically for people who take photos each and every day. I've only been posting to Shuttercal for the past three years. I can flip from month to month and see all the photos in one place.

One of my most favorite Halloween memories

Shoot, Shoot, Shoot

If you are going to take a photo every day you have to just keep shooting. Shoot everything and anything. Just keep up on it and before you know it seven years have past but the memories will always be a photo away.