Baker’s Dozen: May Photo Challenge

In the words of Emily Brontë, “May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope.” Welcome to the month of May!

A new month means new goals & new challenges, and that includes our Baker’s Dozen photography challenge here at the Sweet Shoppe. Here are thirteen new prompts to inspire your photography in the coming month:

May’s Photo Prompts:

A Little Inspiration…

Here’s a few ideas from my camera to help you get started.

All Dressed Up

There’s lots of reasons to get dressed up during the month of May. Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, a special event like Prom, or a night out on the town, take a moment to capture a photograph of them in their finery.


Though mothers should be celebrated every day of the year May is the month we mark Mother’s Day. Grab a shot of a mother in your life – whether it’s your own or someone else’s – and memorialize their love in a photograph.


Speaking of memorializing things, the end of May also marks the US holiday Memorial Day. How could you capture the idea of a memorial in photograph form?

In My Bed

I had just made my bed when I turned around and discovered a furry interloper wasn’t quite ready to start his day yet. How will you interpret this prompt?

A Pop of Color

May is the perfect month to find a pop of color – whether it’s a flower or a brightly-colored umbrella or a toddler’s spicy pair of tennis shoes, capture the moment – and the image – with your camera.


There’s all kinds of progress we can find in our lives – whether it’s progress toward a personal goal or progress on a project, find a way to capture your progress in a photo this month.


As the days become longer and longer, we have lots of opportunities to capture images filled with sunlight. I posed my granddaughter in front of a window to create backlight on her hair, and she gave me the biggest, brightest smile.

Something I learned

What’s the last new thing you learned? I recently received the oh-so-generous gift of an embroidery machine, and have begun learning this new skill. Who knew there was so much to learn about machine embroidery?

Small Detail

Here’s another chance for you to break out your macro lens or put your camera in close-up mode. Look around and capture one small detail today.

Join us (you could win a free kit!)

I hope you’ll play along with this month’s Baker’s Dozen of photo challenges. Remember, it’s all about being more purposeful about our photography and capturing more images in 2024. As always, I encourage you to share them where you feel comfortable doing so. If you post them on social media, use the hashtag #ssdphotochallenge – and when you scrapbook them, be sure to share your completed layout with us in the Gallery.

We’ve also set up a thread in the SSD Challenges forum for everyone to share their images – and as a bonus, for each photo you post, your name will go in a drawing and one person will win their choice of a kit or template trio or quad from the Shoppe! Congratulations to GrannyNKy, our winner for the month of April. Who will be next to win their choice of goodie from the Shoppe? It could be you when you join us in the forum in this thread for May and start sharing your Baker’s Dozen images now.

I’ll see you there!

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