The August Break returns!

the August Break 2014 |
It’s that time of year again! Back in August 2010 I realised I needed a break from blogging so decided to only post photos on my blog that month. I don’t remember if I kept this up, but I invited my readers to join in and just like that, the yearly August Break was born.

This is a community project that has no real rules –  the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there. If it’s the summer where you are it’s a lovely way to be present to the moments that will be gone before you know it. If it’s the winter, what better way to liven up your day than with a creative project to play with? :)

You can use any camera. You could shoot every day or every other day or just on weekends. You can share your photos or just enjoy taking them without sharing. You can start and not finish. You can join in at the end.

Anything goes, loves!

The August Break prompts |
Last year, inspired by Chantelle, I created a list of photo prompts to shoot during August, and this year I’m taking it up a notch with the introduction of daily emails! Each day you’ll get a short ‘n’ sweet email in your inbox with a photo illustrating that day’s prompt and a few ideas on how to tackle it. Nothing too taxing — just a shot of inspiration each day.

The daily emails are completely free, of course — you just have to sign up to get them sent to you. PLUS I’ve invited some photo-loving pals to contribute to the emails, so expect to hear from me and Andrea Scher, Vivienne McMaster, Denise Andrade-Kroon, Ali Edwards, Karen Walrond, Tammy Strobel, Leonie Wise, Xanthe Berkeley, Tracey Clark, Amy Gretchen, Bella Cirovic and Susan Tuttle, too!

Pretty sweet, yes?

Read more and sign up to get the daily emails over on the August Break page — you can also add your blog to the blog roll and join our Flickr group, too.


25 responses
  1. Catalina

    This is wonderful Susannah! August Break is so inspiring always and now even better! Thank you darling.
    I will be travelling 3 weeks to 3 different places in different ways: by plain, a road trip and sail. I will bring you with me all of you.

  2. sheila

    I loved the August Break last year and looking forward to it again. And wow! you have upped your game with it. So excited!!

  3. Esther

    Awesome indeed! This gets better and better every year!

  4. elle north

    so fun! Thank you for this inspiration. I’m glad you honor your need to take a break — it’s so important to have balance!

  5. Pixie Moon

    So fun thank you :)

  6. Emma

    Yes! I loved this last year, I’m so in! :)

  7. Katie

    Hey Susannah, I’m so excited that it’s nearly time for the August Break again, I LOVED it so much last year and had so much fun. I’m really excited to hear that you will be sending out daily emails, WOOP WOOP! Thanks in advance! Looking forward to joining you and everyone else who takes part. Love, Katie. XXX

  8. Sethu

    Hey Susannah,

    I missed your series last year. So looking forward to August now :).Looks like a lot of fun and inspiring .

  9. Michelle

    This was such a rut-buster for me last year. Sooooo excited about this year and the new awesomisation! :-))))

  10. Kathryn

    I can’t wait! The look this year feels kind of 80s/90s and I’m loving it.

  11. kateri

    Yeah! I was wondering if you would create a new list for 2014! I did it last year and and it was great. can’T wait for August 1st. Thanks!

  12. justine gordon

    looking forward to this, I can’t believe I’ve been doing it since 2010 as well! I stuffed up with the link thing and I am number 99 which doesn’t work so I then did it again and am number 100 but can’t delete 99! sorry about that. Justine

  13. Emma Bloom

    I am SO doing this Susannah, it’s how I found you last year via a link on puglypixel. Love the idea and am actually going to try and do the photo prompts, always wanted to do them but fear my lazy ass will give up halfway through….determined not to..hurrah for August Break xxx

  14. Lauren Tober

    Awesome Susannah! I’ve had so much fun with this in the past. Actually, your August Break helped inspire me to create Capturing Gratitude, so I’ll def be back for more! PS: The new website is almost ready, and I’m so excited to be sharing your interview in the ebook :)

  15. kelly

    reeeeeeaaaally looking forward to this :)

  16. Brandy

    Hey Susannah,

    I made a typo on two things when I signed up for The August Break 2014. One my name appears as Brandy Waterfal (missing the second l at the end of Waterfall) and two my blog is and not .com as it links to. Any way it can be fixed?
    Thx Brandy Waterfall

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  18. Megan

    This is such a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to brush up on my photography skills :)

  19. donna good

    Yea! I am sharing in the flickr group!

  20. Vicki

    Just the kick in the pants I need :)

  21. Francy

    i’ll be with you on flickr, for my second time!

  22. Lotte

    oooh! I am SO in! Photos will be taken on my smashed-screen smartphone but it’s the process rather than the end product that counts, right?

  23. Libby

    I loved doing this last year and was hoping you would host again! Can’t wait to get started. Thanks!!

  24. marsymallows

    Wow! I’ve been a big fan of chantelle’s monthly photo a day challenges for a long time now, and I want to complete this version of yours and use my film camera instead of using my phone. I might also use my last roll (which is a B&W film) and hopefully post everything by the end of the month! I’m really glad I found this, thanks to Katie of! Looking forward to your daily email prompts!

  25. sherri

    Hi, the sign up form for August Break will not allow my email address. help.

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