PHOTO JOURNAL: Mobile Edition

$ 25

– Mobile Edition to always have on you: PDF file designed for all devices (phone, computer, tablet). – Written by Eric Kim, Edited by Cindy Nguyen and Jennifer Nguyen


What is Photo Journal?

Photo Journal is a Personal Photography handbook to inspire you to make your photography more personally meaningful.

Photo Journal invites you to reflect on your photography, motivations, and dreams. This handbook is a friend to help you reflect on “why” — why you take photos, why photography is meaningful to you, and why creativity is important to you. Personal Photography is a tool to discover your own inner photography purpose and to better appreciate the beauty in the mundane.

After the initial questions about gear, technique and style, what are the important deeper questions that draw you to photography? Why do you take photos? Do you shoot for yourself, or for others? Do you want to find more personal meaning through your photography?

 Example Prompts

Table of Contents

Photo Journal gives you 17 practical prompts or assignments such as:

  • Day 1: Why do I take photos?
  • Day 5: Who am I?
  • Day 6: Do I need to take photos everyday?
  • Day 15: Discover my inner child
  • Day 18: What do I want my legacy to be?

Prefer print?

If you prefer a print edition to write in, pick up PHOTO JOURNAL PRINT EDITION. We intentionally made Photo Journal pocket sized, 3.5 X 5.5 inches, 44 pages (100% recycled paper) so that you could always carry it with you in your front shirt pocket, back pocket, or bag.

Photo Journal can always be carried with you while you’re on the streets shooting, on your morning commute, or enjoyed alongside a nice cup of coffee or glass of wine. Flip through the prompts whenever you uninspired and seek motivation in your photography.

Connect with the community

We hope that Photo Journal will be a tool to connect with others working on Personal Photography. Share tips, host meet ups, and follow along the photographic journey with the hashtag #personalphotography on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Photo Journal Reviews

I just got this and it looks like it’s going to be very helpful. It’s a companion to Street Notes and as a novice photographer I needed some motivations to help me focus my growth. These little books and his website do just that.

The book fosters new, creative ideas for street photography that I would not have thought of. Well done!

I don’t do product reviews but I want to tell you that I loved your Photo Journal. It is very Zen-like and really made me think about my photography. I am retired and have a lot of time now to pursue my photography. The journal gave me some good ideas and I will refer to it to keep me thinking. Thank you.


Our Mission

Cindy and I believe in making educational resources that can empower and inspire. From this dream came Haptic Press, which published “Street Notes” and now “Photo Journal.” We hope that that these books can bring joy, gratitude, and spark creativity in your life. Each purchase will help to support open source information and keeping things free and open on the blog.

Always With You

PHOTO JOURNAL MOBILE is published beautifully in Adobe InDesign, and exported in an elegant PDF (DRM-FREE) which means you can copy it to as many devices and computers you desire. Once you purchase PHOTO JOURNAL MOBILE; it is yours, and you can share it with anyone else — feel free to email it to your friends, family, or share it on your website. PHOTO JOURNAL MOBILE is OPEN SOURCE.

Thank you so much for your support– you are the ones who are directly allowing our creative enterprise to keep running at full steam!

Download Instructions

PHOTO JOURNAL MOBILE comes in PDF MOBILE format to use with all devices (phone, tablet, computer).

Note that the files are very large file downloads and will take some time and faster wifi connection to download. If you have problems with the download link, try opening the link in a different browser.

To import the PDF file into your iPad for iBooks, see this screencast here.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Cindy at 

If you prefer a Kindle edition, pick one up on Amazon:



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