Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

1.52 | Self Portrait

Hey! How’s 2022 treating you so far? This first week has been off to a rocky start for me. My family has had to deal with a couple of non-COVID related medical issues. And, I’m not gonna lie, it has been overwhelming. However, things are smoothing out so maybe 2022 will get better?

Do you make resolutions? I don’t. I used to do so but then I’d get frustrated when I failed to meet my goals. That’s why I no longer write blog goals. Life is stressful enough without adding to the internal drama. This year is all about eliminating any and everything that doesn’t bring me joy.


Nikon D850 50mm

1/160 | F 1.8 | ISO 1000

Instagram: DaenelT


I started the year with a new photography project: a 52 week project with Hello Storyteller. I’m pretty excited about this project because I think it’s one that I can actually compete. Generally, whenever I’ve joined these projects I’ve found that the prompts are geared towards people with kids and I felt a little left out. My kids are grown and out of the house. But this project is a combination photography course and 52 week project. The prompts are based on photography concepts like light, composition, etc.

As with most 52 week projects, the first prompt is a self portrait. Self portraits are hard because they’re supposed to tell your story, explain who you are to the viewer. So I thought long and hard about what represents me.

This image is a BTS of my morning ritual: a shared cup of coffee with my Instagram friends. For several years, I’ve shared a cup and a Bible verse, a challenge, or a simple greeting as a way of getting my day started.


The prompts for the 52 Week Project: 2022 Edition are provided by Tandra Hull in conjunction with her course: Project 52 for the Storyteller with Tandra Hull. This is a year long course that focuses on the elements of storytelling through photography. The goals of the project are to:

  • learn our cameras;
  • become better storytellers;
  • look at our daily lives creatively;
  • capture memories; and
  • improve our editing skills.


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Happy Snapping,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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