Trevor Carpenter

In the living memory of our friend Trevor Scott Carpenter who passed away fighting Leukemia. 


Trevor Scott Carpenter 1975 – 2017 (OBITUARY),

In late 2007 I blogged on my personal blog about my own desire to grow in my photographic skills, the October Challenge. I challenged myself to shoot a genre of photography that was a bit foreign to me, black and whites. A handful of readers decided to follow along and took the challenge too. An idea was born.

When the October Challenge was over, I blogged about how much fun I had and how much I felt that I had grown. Quickly people started telling me that I should do another one. So, with a one-month break, I announced the December Challenge. This time we would all commit to shooting a portrait a day, all month long. By the end of December 2007, over 30 people had participated!

Again, as the December Challenge came to a close, many were asking me, “What’s next?” I decided that I liked the every other month pattern, and choose February 2008 as the next month. However, I also had just finished following Bill Wadman and his All year long, in 2007, Bill took a portrait a day. How awesome it was to see his amazing work. Wanting to help others accomplish something similar, I decided to launch the 2008 Challenge.

These challenges had been blogged on my personal blog, mixed with posts about my family and my life. With the increased traffic and interest, I decided to dedicate a special location, just for The Challenges. Come follow along as we challenge each other to become better photographers, and maybe one day, you’ll be brave enough to join us!

My personal blog: Trevor

My photography: SmugMug or Flickr

0 Replies to “Trevor Carpenter”

  1. Wren

    Amazing. It’s a challenge on its own to stay committed. I’m excited to play along.

  2. trevor

    Well, welcome to the challenge, JohnBC!

  3. JohnBC

    Great idea, Trevor. Since I don’t to do anything myself, this will be a special challange! (I just let things flow, ya know?)

  4. trevor

    Yeah Cathy! I’m glad you’re joining us! is perfect for what you need.

  5. Cathy

    I am a beginner but want to improve and I am hoping this will keep me motivated to take pictures I would normally not take and learn something along the way.

  6. trevor

    Samantha, we have been posting the daily topic as a daily post, found at the main domain, You can read them all by simply checking out the category for the 2009 Challenge,

    However, today’s post is the last of the 2009 Challenge. Tomorrow we start the 2010 Challenge. With the new challenge, we won’t be posting a new theme each day, but a new one each 4 weeks. We’re encouraging all the participants to submit one photo a week, but you can shoot one a day if you prefer.

    Welcome to the Challenge!

  7. Samantha

    I love your site, it’s very creative, and i wanna entry but there’s a problem, i cant find where you post the subject the daily, Help please?

  8. JJ

    Wanted to thank you both again for this wonderful idea, yesterdays shot was my 75th day participating in this challenge and have found it has really brought back my enjoyment of photography and taken it another step closer to where I want to be, I still have so much to learn and your site and challenges are inspiring me to keep learning, am going to be traveling a couple of times between now and Jan, but have already made arrangements for a couple of friends to email the daily challenges so I can see them on my Blackberry and keep shooting even if I dont have time to process and post them while traveling

    Thanks again

  9. Janine

    Hi! I just joined. Today’s was easy for me since I have a pet bird. I hope to improve my photography skills with this challenge. Thanks!

  10. rashim

    Really liked your concept.Hopefully this will motivate me to be more regular……

  11. Ariel Llado

    Thanks mate. I hope I can start shooting soon.

  12. Jennifer A. Schmeets

    Thank you for adding me to your group — I can’t wait to get started… ; )

  13. Robin

    Thanks to you Jeremy and Trevor for making all this happen for us.
    This looks like a great opportunity to get to know my new camera and find creative ways to participate with this group for the challenge.
    I’ve already started the but I want to dig some more and learn lots about photography.
    Posting my photos publicly is new and feels a bit odd. But I’d like to get some feedback so that’s the way to do it.
    I’ve noticed that some people have posted photos taken last year like the amazing “it’s a wonderful world” water droplet on the leaf… does this count?
    What are you thoughts on digitally altered photos? ]
    Take care

  14. Nickie

    Great, I love a challenge! Even my time is challenged so maybe I can learn to squeak in some camera time too! How do I participate?

  15. Becky

    This looks like fun, but after we take a photo, where do we post them? The flickr site doesn’t look like it has any may photos on it or even info about may photos.

    Thank you!

  16. Neil Creek

    Great idea Trevor! I hope to participate in some of these projects!

    I have an idea – with this domain and the goal you have for this site, wouldn’t it be a great place to collate all the various photography projects around the web? How about using posts on this blog to point phototgraphers to other challenges? I have to admit my motivation behind the suggestion is partly selfish, as I am running monthly projects this year myself and would love to have as many people participate as possible. However, as a photographer, I would also like to be able to go to one place to find out about the different projects going on 🙂

    Good luck with the site!

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