This week we have the great pleasure of another post from our 365ers series, where we highlight members of the 365 project community. I'd like to say a big thank you to Teresa for taking our questions and giving us her unique insight to her 365 project.

What made you decide to take on the 365 Project?
To be honest I can't quite remember... I think I saw a friend on facebook who was posting a '365 days project' photo every day, so I Googled '365 days project', found, and it looked interesting, so I signed up!
I guess I joined too because I'd purchased my DSLR a few months before, and wanted to use it more regularly, and I was in the midst of some pretty intensive study - so I needed something to balance that out.

Did you have much photography experience before you started?

Not really! Prior to getting my DSLR I had relied on my phone camera, then my parents got me a pretty nifty point-and-shoot for my birthday one year, and we also took a month-long family trip to Italy where I used a JVC photo/video camera to capture our trip - that's when I started getting hooked to the shutter! I found taking photos fun and a nice diversion, but I only really got into it proper when I got my DSLR and discovered the absolutely amazing capabilities and got to use different lenses to achieve different things!

How did the project expand your knowledge, and teach you new things?
The better question would be "how didn’t it?"! I could never have anticipated the amount of photographic knowledge I'd pick up from this community. The thing about this project is that it brings together people from all over the world, people with different skills in and styles of photography. I started off by following those whose work I admired - often because it was so different to mine! - and I'd learn through observation (that 'Exif info' button is a godsend!), and occasionally by asking questions - and people here are so generous with their knowledge!
Through this project, I have learned pretty much all I know about photography so far - the basics of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how they relate to one another... HDR, panorama, long exposure, macro photography, nighttime photography, bokeh, portraits, landscapes, polarising filters, ND filters, bokeh filters, focal length, sensor size, white balance, post-processing, depth of field, depth of focus (which are different things, as I learned!)... It encouraged me to seek out more knowledge (via our good friend Google!), to get into the nitty-gritty of my camera settings, tweak one thing and see what happens, make the gradual transition from Auto to Manual (and to know which situation is best for which setting)...

What kind of camera did you use, and would you recommend it?
My camera, my loyal partner in crime, is my Canon EOS 500D. I bought it originally with the twin lens kit (18-55mm and 55-250mm). I still use the 18-55mm for landscapes, but the 55-250mm has taken a backseat now that I have a 70-300mm.
Canon has released a number of models since then - I still think it's a fantastic camera and a really great starting point if you're looking to make the leap from point-and-shoot to DSLR, also because it's so cheap to buy now.

I see that you enjoy using a variety of lenses – do you have a favourite?
Oh, this is a no-brainer!... Rewind to my birthday, 2011. I blow out my birthday candles (they were sparklers, actually!). My family hands me a suspiciously lens-shaped box. I open it...
It's the Canon 50mm f/1.4.
This is an amazing lens, I honestly don't know what I would do with out it. It's sharp, quiet and creates the most dreamy, soft images one could imagine. And you can use it in super-low light because it so ridiculously fast. It has changed the way I approach photography.

Is there a particular aesthetic you enjoy capturing the most?
I love creating images that are dreamy, hazy, soft, that make you feel like you've fallen asleep and woken up somewhere wonderful and peaceful. :)
I also love shooting macro (via using a reversing ring with my 18-55mm). If I'm ever in a photographic rut, I force myself to put on my reversing ring and head outside - you never know what you'll find! It's wonderful to see the world so close-up, in far more detail than the naked eye could ever perceive.
And I love shooting long-exposures (daytime or nighttime). They're so fun! You never quite know how the photo will turn out until the exposure has finished - how the light trails will end up, what sorts of misty patterns the cresting waves on the beach will make. It's a totally different style of photography - utterly surreal and otherworldly.

Some people find it very challenging to keep taking a photo a day, what kept you going throughout the first year of your project and beyond?
I think it's out of habit mainly! Up until now, I'd been studying throughout my project, I'd have to take a break - I'd grab my camera and head outside, get a bit of sun, and feel refreshed when I got back to hitting the books. So at points it was a necessity!
Taking a photo every day has become second-nature, a part of my life now - wherever I go I'm always looking for photo opportunities. I'm also forgiving of myself if I miss a day (like last week when I had a stomach bug and could barely move for 3 days!). I'm not in the project to necessarily document my daily life (although inevitably it does that) - I'm here to continue to further and expand my photography, to keep me pressing the shutter (pretty much) every day, because I believe the only way to get better at taking photos is to keep taking photos. :)
And of course, had this community not been so supportive and encouraging, I doubt I would have stuck with it this far!

You have had quite a few of your photos in the Official Top 20 and have featured a lot in the theme vote – are these your favourite shots, or do you have some others to share with us?
It's often the way that photos into which you put a lot of thought and effort don't get the best response, and yet other photos where you shoot lazily and hope for the best are the ones that people tend to love. I'd say my favourites and the community's favourites overlap roughly half the time.

Now you have uploaded over 1,000 photos to your project is there any thing or any person you would still like to capture on camera?
Oh goodness yes. There are so many things I want to try! In no particular order - liquid crowns, smoke photography, HDR, panning, street photography/portraits, star trails, that cool effect you get when you take a photo of something through a water droplet, better daytime & nighttime long. As for things I want to capture - a snowy landscape at sunset/sunrise, the Northern Lights, a surfer mid-wave, Stonehenge, Ayers Rock, a revisit of Italy, a lady beetle on a leaf, a bee mid-flight, a dimly-lit movie theatre with the audience's faces subtly lit, a real close-up macro of a spider's face, lightning forking across the sky... All the ideas are up here! *taps head*

Do you have any advice for budding 365ers?
Do not stop taking photos! Regardless of how bad you think they are, every time you hit that shutter you are growing and learning and furthering your skills. Challenge yourself - try a setting you've never used before, or force yourself to only shoot with a specific lens for a day. If you see something that inspires you, try it yourself. If you don't know what something means, Google it! Read tutorials and reviews, browse forums, ask questions, be open to new things, new concepts, new words, check out others' work. But most of all, have photography at the back of your mind. Actively look out for photos, even if you don't have your camera on you. Train your eye to see photo opportunities, and they will come a lot more easily.

And finally... What next? What do you think you will be doing in 5 years time?
Well as of 12 months ago, I started shooting "professionally" (i.e. getting paid to do what I love!) so in five years I hope to be doing many more photo shoots, and I'd really like to expand into weddings and couple/engagement shoots and baby portraits! I'd love to take my photography travelling - being a student meant being poor so I haven't travelled much yet. In 5 years I hope that I'd have captured some beautiful parts of the world. :)
I have also built my own photography website -, which I've set up to sell prints. I'd love to establish it a bit more, and perhaps have exhibitions and stalls where I can put my work on show.

If you'd like to check out more of my work, feel free to visit my facebook page ( or my website (

I'd also like to mention those who have inspired me throughout my project -

Alison Tomlin (@fueast) - beautiful, striking, dramatic landscapes! Always inspirational to pay her project a visit. :)

Alexis Birkill (@abirkill) - his project is full of sharp, breathtaking images with superior technical prowess, and he is also kind enough to take the time to answer in detail the many questions he is asked!

February 21st, 2013
Great interview Teresa! @pocketmouse
February 21st, 2013
Thank you for sharing.
February 21st, 2013
Love the interview Teresa!!! @pocketmouse
February 21st, 2013
A fantastic interview Teresa! I can tell that after so long with your project you are still excited about your craft...that is inspirational to me :)

February 22nd, 2013
so inspiring... :)
February 22nd, 2013
Fantastic interview!!
February 22nd, 2013
Wonderful job!!
February 22nd, 2013
An excellent interview! You have a real talent, Teresa!!
February 22nd, 2013
Awesome story Theresa and I identify with it from the reasons for joining to what you learnt and gained from this wonderful project. I am feeling a photographic lull at the moment and your story has made me think it pays (literally and figuratively) to keep going and above all keep learning.
Thanks :)
February 22nd, 2013
Great interview Teresa. I always admire your work.
February 22nd, 2013
A great interview, love the passion for photography you have:) I am a fan, keep shooting!
February 22nd, 2013
Great interview Teresa - enjoyed reading it and always enjoy seeing your work : )
February 22nd, 2013
beautiful interview!!!

"I love creating images that are dreamy, hazy, soft, that make you feel like you've fallen asleep and woken up somewhere wonderful and peaceful. :)"

- i like this a lot! ♥♥♥
February 22nd, 2013
Great interview!!!
February 22nd, 2013
@pocketmouse so super-cool teresa! really inspiring! :)
February 22nd, 2013
Inspiring and informative. Thank you!
February 22nd, 2013
Wonderful interview, Teresa, you are so enthusiastic you're an inspiration with your shots and now your words too. Your 'wish' list looks fabulous! Keep 'em coming :)
February 22nd, 2013
February 22nd, 2013
Awesome - very inspirational!!
February 23rd, 2013
Thanks for sharing your insights on the Canon. I'm hoping at some point to upgrade my little Canon p&s to another Canon- this gives me some great information to work with. Wishing you the best with your website and print selling! Excellent interview.
February 23rd, 2013
Wonderful interview. You’re a very talented photographer! I’ve followed you for a long time, and I’m amazed that you managed to keep up with project and your photography while completing medical school. Pretty impressive!
February 23rd, 2013
@pocketmouse Terrific interview, Teresa! I've always enjoyed your photos and it's great to be back this year to enjoy your album again!
February 23rd, 2013
Awesome interview my dear :) I always get such great inspiration from looking at your pics :) Congrats!
February 23rd, 2013
Fabulous! Keep up the good work! xx
February 23rd, 2013
Very inspiring and beautiful work!
February 24th, 2013
Love your work!!!!!!! I'm trying to learn from the best, and you're one of them. I hope that your wishes/dreams come true!
February 24th, 2013
cool reading.
February 24th, 2013
@pocketmouse A super interview Teresa! The choice of photographs shows just how diverse you can be as an artist. Well done!
February 24th, 2013
Truly inspirational words..thank you :)
February 24th, 2013
Wonderful interview, beautiful work and incredibly inspiring :)
February 25th, 2013
Fun read, and great shots!!
February 25th, 2013
@pocketmouse I am always inspired by your photography. You've also inspired me to order a 50mm lens - can't wait to try it out.
February 26th, 2013
@pocketmouse you're very talented :-)
February 26th, 2013
Nice one! :)
March 27th, 2013
Super interview. love our answers and your photography.
April 6th, 2013
@pocketmouse -- What a wonderful interview -- including great shots -- examples of why I've enjoyed following you for years!
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