Do You Have a Photography Bucket List?

Sailors - Lisa SolonynkoI have finally sat down and done it! I have created my ultimate photography bucket list. It is something that I have been meaning to do, but never had the time.


Taking the time to brainstorm and compose a bucket list helps us in some very important ways:

  • It helps give us inspiration when we are experiencing photo block. Just reading the list will get the creative juices flowing.
  • It motivates us to actually go out and get the shot. The list will push us to get out even when it’s too early, too late, too wet, too hot, or too cold.
  • It helps us recognize and take advantage of photo opportunities when they show up. If a storm is rolling in, your list will remind you to prepare for the lightning shots.

Egypt - Lisa Solonynko


There are no rules or templates for creating a bucket list. We are all different and have different goals for our photography. If you are primarily a landscape photographer, perhaps your list will mainly be nature scenes and landmarks.

My photographic interests do not fit in one category. Because of this, I have broken my list down into three categories.


Here is a sneak peek at my personal list. I have provided three items from each category.


  • Portrait session with Johnny Depp
  • Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs
  • Portrait session with a war veteran


  • Victoria Falls
  • Death Valley
  • The view from a hot air balloon


  • Antique trains
  • A germinating seed
  • A working windmill

Minefield - Lisa SolonynkoThese items may seem mundane, unrealistic, or cliché. But the point of a bucket list is that it is personal. It reflects the individual’s wants and goals. Let your imagination go and write down everything. Don’t limit yourself.

Go ahead and make your list. You never know what opportunities will come down the road that may lead to shooting your most extraordinary bucket list items.