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My name is Carissa and I live in boring Idaho USA. I fell in love with photography in late 2007 and its been a part of me ever since. I'm an artist at heart and enjoy sculpting, photography, writing, and drawing. My photography subjects are often dolls or toys from my own collection but I also enjoy nature and all the neat things my boyfriend owns. All of my photos are taken with a simple outdated point and shoot, a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS I got for Christmas in 2011. I'm hoping to upgrade to a new point and shoot in 2018 but I'm not getting my hopes up.

So goes year two, my first full year here at 365 Project! Its been a rough year so far but I'm doing the best I can. My goal is the same as last year: to create and keep my creativity flowing. I want my 365 to reflect my year accurately, which is annoying at times. It kind of sucks to pass up that perfect shot for one that better represents the day, but that's the "rules"!

My project is equal parts photography, journal, and blog. 365 has rekindled my love of writing and that comes out in a lot of ways! Sometimes I'll talk about my day while other times I'll introduce you to a new doll, toy, or other interesting thing. I might even talk about things from my past or write a story one day. Other times I just don't feel like it and settle for a boring sentence. Its generally a bit random what happens after I start typing, haha!

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I tend to be very shy about commenting but I seem to fav up a storm every time I log in. When I do comment its usually about my biggest weakness: colors. Normally I don't thank people for following, but know that I do appreciate it! I love when people are interested in my work, but I'm still shy :P

As a note, all of my favs are most definitely genuine! I might fav because a photo has enchanting focus or lighting or color. Sometimes I fav because of a cute animal or cute kid (or cool bug). Often I fav because of a beautiful subject or location. Other times I fav because of a touching, interesting, or otherwise nice story. Sometimes I don't even know why I fav! I just liked the photo. When other people might leave a comment like "great shot", I fav instead.

I do my best to thank everyone who comments but sometimes my wrists are acting up at the time and I end up forgetting to do it later. Know that I do read and appreciate every single comment, probably multiple times :)

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Photos that made the Popular page can be seen here:
https://alexisbirkill.com/365project/popularpage/getuserdetails.php?username=claycameras

Since I find it interesting to keep track of, here's my Trending-only photos:
http://365project.org/tags/claycamerastrend

And since I'm forgetful, you can find my theme or challenge winning photos here:
http://365project.org/tags/claycameraschallenge