Monday, January 11, 2010
Self-Portrait Challenge..but why?
After the birth of my 2nd son I realized I appeared in something like less than 10 photos in 2 years, and of those 10 I looked HORRIBLE! I looked as haggard as I felt for sure but I didn't want my sons to grow up thinking that's what I really looked like. Inside I felt like the same 17 year old I always see when I look in the mirror (as long as I don't look too close;).
I started fixing my hair and wearing make-up on a consistent basis, bought some clothes that didn't look like they were made for the lactating cow I felt like and I started asking people to take pictures with me and my boys.
I'm a photographer by profession. Everyday I come into contact with woman who complain about having to have their portrait taken. Honestly, most of the time they look great. It doesn't matter how old they are or how much they weight, none of them like it. I can see how uncomfortable just sitting in front of the camera makes them! It's crazy....
When I was in high school I thought I was ugly. I hated being in photos too. I always thought I was too fat. Looking back at those photos now I realize how RIDICULOUS that was because I looked fantastic (at least compared to me now) which ladies in kind of the point. No matter what you think you look like now, when reach your 50's & 60's you are going to think you looked pretty fantastic when you were in your 20's, 30's, & 40's.
TAKE YOUR SELF-PORTRAIT. You do NOT have to be a pro here ladies. This is just for fun! Wear a hat or sunglasses or whatever makes you feel better. It can be a close up or profile or full body, whatever! I am posting mine here. You may have to take 50 shots before you get one you want. Don't have a tripod? Just hold the camera at arms length, that's what I did. Setting in on a shelf and setting the self-timer works too. Avoid using the flash if you can so position yourself near a window or go outside!
Post Your "Self-Portrait Challenge" on your blog and then comment here with your permalink. Do it for yourself!