I like taking pictures.

Sometimes I like to call myself a photographer the same way Addie likes to call herself a grownup. Sure she’s more grownup than she was four years ago but she still has a very long way to go. I’m better at taking pictures now than I was four years ago but I still have a very long way to go too.

Most days I simply consider myself a picture taker.

A memory maker.

A moment catcher.

I saw something in passing a few weeks back about the ‘100 strangers‘ project.

stuck in a traffic jam, the guitars and the cameras came out.

You take 100 pictures of 100 strangers. Well, probably more than 100 pictures because who’s super photogenic on the first click? Not this girl. But the point is to end up with 100 photos of 100 people whom you’ve never met before.

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I like meeting people. I like taking pictures of people.

So this seems like a good little project for me.

Way better than that 365 garbage I keep starting and giving up on. You people who can complete a 365? Hats off to you, I’m just not that kind of person.

And that’s totally okay.

I’m going to have cards made. Exactly 100 of them. They will give a little description of my project and my hopes and dreams that come along with it. I hope my strangers will share their stories with me. Either when I capture them or later when they realize I’m not conducting some strange social experiment.

The anticipation of working on this project loosens the grip around my throat ever so slightly.

I am excited about it.

Inspired by it.

I’ve also decided to make one pin from Pinterest a reality each week. No sense in looking at that much pretty and doing nothing about it. Last week it was this peach cobbler. We had the missionaries over and they actually giggled into their desserts claiming it was ‘the absolute best peach cobbler they had ever had.

I made it with white peaches. I grew up with a white peach tree in my backyard. I was pretty spoiled with good peaches in my childhood. No, I didn’t take a picture of the cobbler because we ate it all before I could. I guess that’s a good sign right?

I emailed the girl who posted the recipe to thank her. Turns out she lives in Indy too. We’re going to be friends. I can tell.

The more I dive into this Internet stuff the smaller the world becomes. And it’s wonderful. Can you imagine if everyone who likes to take pictures took pictures of 100 strangers? By the time we all grew up we’d all have ‘being photographed as strangers’ in common.

Tell me about your projects. Is there one you’re working on? Or one you’re dreaming of? Anybody want to do this 100 strangers business with me? And if I meet you on the street will you let me take your picture? (Also, if you know who any of the girls are in these pictures will you let me know? Thanks.)


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  1. I always like cooking for the missionaries because they make me feel like whatever I’ve made is just the most fantastic thing ever (I’m a pretty good cook usually, but they must have a course @ the MTC on how to give compliments for dinner or something ;))
    The 100 people things sounds nifty, but I’m lucky enough if I remember to put deoderant on every day, let alone remember my camera when I go out…maybe when life settles down a bit more.
    As far as new projects? Just more tweaking on old/current projects (currently trying to figure out how to make the Macguyver-y diaper clutch/holder thingie w/changing pad that isn’t like all the other ones currently on Etsy that’s in my head translated into actual being). Good luck with your project–you take great photos!

  2. um, this is a fantastic idea. really. the 100 thing I mean. I’m still scared and confused about pinterest.
    And a great “goal” project to give your mind something to focus on!

  3. 100 moo cards. you’re brilliant.

  4. Those will be 100 lucky people because your pictures make everyone look photogenic. I wish I had that gift.

  5. that sounds like a fantastic idea. theres no time limit right?! Because I’ll probably forget about it and return to it halfway done sometime in the spring.

  6. Both excellent ideas!!

  7. I want to learn to take pictures. If I knew more than point and click, I could start a photography project. πŸ™‚

    Right now, I have a monstrously large scrapbook from two summers ago that I haven’t been able to work on because of school and work. I should really finish that sometime..hmmm. Weekend project?

  8. I’m extremely jealous of your fabulous photography skills! Oh to be that great one day!!

  9. Oh, I love this! And I love your photos.

    I have just recently started taking pictures of (usually strangers) people I see babywearing around town. –“I love the way you wear your baby” http://www.adventuresinbabywearing.com/search/label/i%20love%20the%20way%20you%20wear%20your%20baby

    It is such a conversation starter, such a step to go up and ASK to take their photo and THEN tell them I”m going to put it on my blog if they say it’s ok. I think the most exciting part is when I am awaiting their response- I never know what to expect.


  10. Thanks for the sweet shout out. I need to tell my mom that her peach cobbler recipe is facilitating friendships on the interweb.

    I love the 100 strangers idea! You should take Vivi with you when you go stranger-picture-taking. How can you not trust a lady with a cute baby? Just sayin’.

  11. I am working on a project, that has been on the back burner since, well, since -it- happened. It was suppose to be the incredibly shrinking woman in front of a white backdrop. It will now turn into, therapy on a white backdrop. Love your photos.

  12. I feel the same way. Some days I’m confident in my photography and I’m a photographer. Other days I wonder what the hell I’m doing… But, I love it. Without photography, I’m lost. Things get heavy and dark, and before I know it, I’m drowning. I have to photograph, I have to stay on top.

    I started a fun project 4 weeks ago (yay me!) That gives me some fun with my phone and the cool apps. I call it {PFF} Phone Fun Friday! It just reminds me to relax and have a little fun.

    I am looking forward to your project Casey! I will encourage you if you encourage me!!! πŸ™‚

  13. I want to do this. I think it’s amazing! Can’t wait to see your pictures! xoxo

  14. THe thing about depression, is that it seems to starve your hope and it’s hard to function without something to look forward to (and I don’t mean your kids or your husband. Of course you look forward to them). I fight the beast too, and a new project that I’m excited about helps me immensely. It gives me something else to focus my excess extra negative brain energy on and I think productivity makes people, in general, happy.

    I can’t wait to see how your project turns out!

  15. Oh I just love this idea so much I want to marry it on a beach in Jamaica. But I am justsoshyandawkward IRL and don’t know that I would have the stones to start snapping pics of strangers. Do you chat them up first? Because it would be lovely to get to know more people in the area.
    Can’t wait to see all of yours!

  16. Oh, that’s super fun! I don’t have the focus it would take to do 100 different photos of different people. But you? You can do it.

    The Pinterest thing is a good idea. I’ve found a few recipes I’ve actually made and one I make nearly every week (meatball sliders).

  17. I’ve been making boatloads of stuff from pinterest. It’s an obsession of mine.

    And I think next year I’m going to try 365 with my phone.

  18. I love, love, love this!!!! Can’t wait to see your photos.

  19. Will you still take my picture… even if I’m not a stranger?

  20. I would love to take pictures of strangers, but I don’t have any more hands free with 3 kids. I have a student with autism in my class this year who loves taking pictures of people, it’s a little uncomfortable when he does it. Can’t wait to see how people react. You probably don’t look strange or creepy, so I’m sure it will be different.
    I’m working on putting a sink on my back deck fir cutting flowers; or holding ice and beers. I’m tiling around it next…hope it turns out like the picture in my head. Love your Pinterest idea, just may steal it!

    Jennifer Reply:

    @Jennifer, Umm, for not fir. I live in the south, but I try to not let it come out in my typing.

  21. I am in. I love taking photos of people and I need to carry my camera around more, sort of got out of the habit.

    Using my mini moo cards to borrow your idea. This is wonderful.

  22. I would LOVE to do this! What do you think you are going to put on the cards?

  23. My dream is to become a photographer someday. Instead, I take ridiculous amounts of photos and never get paid for them or have anyone seem them. Hmm…

    I love this idea! I don’t know if I could approach the people, but some of my favorite photos that I have taken are of people who don’t know they are in them, and they make the picture awesome.

  24. I’ve never been on board with a photography project before (ESPECIALLY 365) because, well, I’m an Aries and I LOVE STUFF at first and then…..not so much. But this? Is cool. I think I’ll do it. When do we start?

  25. I think 100 strangers sounds 100 strangers project sounds like a beautiful way to make the world a smaller, sweeter place. I would love to join you. And yes, if we meet one day, somewhere here in the mid west I would love for you to take my picture after a huge hug for being my mental health hero!!

  26. I don’t know who the girls are but the two guys? Hotty McHottypants.

    I like your idea but I doubt I’d have the nerve to photograph strangers. I’m attempting NaNoWriMo this year because I’ve finally lost my slender grip on my sanity. 50,000 words in 30 days. I call that crazy. But I’m going to do it. I’m telling everyone so I hold myself accountable.

  27. Casey, how is this project coming along? Update us please! πŸ™‚

    I had this post starred in my reader and just came across it again today. I definitely wanted to do this before…now I think it’s time to start!