30 Days of Taking Photos

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Emma is the editor & creator (and occasionally writer) for The Messy Heads. She enjoys yellow curry, print media, and singing to herself.

Summer is here and classes are out, so it’s time to pull out your camera and get creating! And who better to do that with than our very own Paige, a wizard behind the lens and creator of the photos you see on the covers of our Issues.

She put together this 30 days of photo journaling project, an ode to 30 days of journaling, but documenting through images.

Start on June 1, and try to take a photo each day! We made you phone screen backgrounds to set as your lock or home screen to remind you to do them.

If you want to post your photos, make sure you tag @paigemaccready & @themessyheads on insta so we can see, and will be randomly picking favorites all throughout the month of June to repost!



An open ended photo project on learning to be present while noticing and documenting the and recognizing the imagery that makes us feel, whether it be happiness, nostalgia or sadness; part of self expression is recognizing the things that change our perspective or feelings. Use this photo as a guide for your own photo journals, there are not right or wrong photos, it is simply what feels right to you in that moment.

Interpret in your own way and take a photo of….

  1. Opposites attracting
  2. Isolation through composition
  3. Look up
  4. Look down
  5. Postcard view
  6. Anti-postcard view
  7. Near & far
  8. The journey is the destination
  9. Self portrait in your favorite place
  10. Blue hour
  11. Propaganda
  12. Something real
  13. Something fake
  14. A bad habit
  15. A good habit
  16. Anticipation
  17. Wind catching (hair, fabric, a plastic bag…)
  18. Something that reminds you of being a kid
  19. Something that makes you feel old
  20. Your favorite thing about your best friend
  21. It’s all right
  22. A private moment in public space
  23. Document your personal space in 3 photos over the duration of 3 days
  24. Let it go
  25. Your favorite kind of weather
  26. Comfortable
  27. Uncomfortable
  28. Anti-fashion  
  29. Alone and loving it
  30. Lonely


  1. Your favorite part your morning routine
  2. A color palette that makes you nostalgic
  3. Body language
  4. DON’T TAKE A PHOTO: Find a moment you would normally take a photo, maybe you’re looking at the sunset with your friends or taking a walk some evening, find the moment you would want to take a photo of and instead don’t take a photo at all. Describe the moment in writing as you would a describe a photo to someone who has never seen what you’re looking at before. How does writing it down feel different? How it makes you feel to leave a photo you wanted to take untaken?


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Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Tell a friend so you guys can do this project together,

until then



  1. love this idea! definitely going to try and participate. i’ve been wanting to take more pictures lately, and i think this is the inspiration i need. xxx

  2. Anonymous says

    gonna use this method with my new film cam in San Francisco

  3. Rashmika says

    love these photos, love this idea thank you guys for always keeping my creative juices flowing and my mind stimulated❤️.

  4. i missed this in june, but i’m definitley going to do this now, either online or in my journal 🙂 i love this idea and the photos included!!

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