Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 1: Self-Portrait

I really don't mind having my photo taken. I am a keeper of memories, and photos are one of the best ways to do that. If anything, because I'm usually the one behind the camera, I wish that I were in more photos, or at least those with my kids. 

Taking a self-portrait is another matter. The whole thing is just awkward. Where do I look? Do I smile? How stupid do I look right now? But, I've done this before and I know the drill.

You've already seen one of my self-portraits. I took the photo of me that appears on the blog. If you are reading this on the blog page, you will notice a strong resemblance between the background in that photo and in today's self-portrait. Both were taken in the studio (our piano, arts & crafts, and homework room), which gets good afternoon light.

I had only a few minutes to complete day one of the 30-Day Photography Challenge--self-portrait--before picking up the kids from school. The result is an as-was photo--two days before a scheduled haircut and highlight, my hair in what my friend Robin calls the Stupid Ponytail, and fully freckled from a weekend spent working in the yard.

I'll leave it to you to decide what I may have been looking at or why I have that expression on my face. To me, there's a fair amount of "I can't believe I'm doing this" in there. It's not a fancy photo, but I think it accurately captures what I really look like, so I am pleased with it.


Now it's your turn. Take your own self-portrait and post it with the words "self-portrait" on the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page or link to it in the comments on this post. If you'd like, set up a Pinterest board for your 30-Day project and include it there. My 30-Day Challenge Pinterest board is here; follow it, and I will follow yours and repin your photos to my board.

If you missed it yesterday, read Expert Photography's How to Take Flattering Self Portraits for some tips.

Tomorrow's prompt is Rule of Thirds. If you're unfamiliar with this rule of composition or want a refresher, read Expert Photography's basic summary or more detailed article, Improve Your Composition with the Rule of Thirds.

It has to be less weird than a self-portrait.


  1. Hey from SA :) i think u look lovely... your freckles r pretty :) and i luv the ...can't believe i am doing this look...nice job

  2. Susie: Great pic. I like your freckles.

  3. I am the opposite, I hate, hate, hate having my photo taken :) You look great!