Self portrait, words to strike fear into the heart of a person that pretty much avoids being in front of the lens (totally more confortable BEHIND the camera). So when I saw that the theme for our blog carousel this month was self-portrait, I just about bowed out.
I procrastinated this til the very LAST minute (including the fact that we had a one week extension…yeah, bad, I know). I mean really, what the heck is my problem (whiner baby!). I tell my clients all the time how important it is as a parent to be photographed, so your children will have photographic evidence of your existence. It really is important for so many reasons.
But further to that, as a woman who is forever in judgement of how she looks and feels about herself (and who logically knows better than to be like that), it is imperative. It is CRAZY ridiculous how we judge ourselves by some unreal and stupid standards (who sets those supposed “standards” anyway). Never EVER in a million years would we look at our sister, best friend, mother, daughter, aunt, colleague or even complete stranger and say to them “well, you could stand to lose a few” or “really? that is the outfit you chose?” and “what the heck are you thinking with that hair/makeup/smile/skin”. NEVER happens…yet women are able to say it continually to the ONE woman that they should be kindest to (you are after all, stuck with her for a long long time!)
In the spirit of embracing this project, I had my two youngest kids help me out a bit (they helped gather props and told me when I was making weird faces) and it ended up being kinda fun.
so PHEW, that is over! I lived and it was okay…I definitely need to do this more often, if only to get comfortable again in front the lens (the last time I was feeling okay with it was probably when I got married – and I was dressed pretty nicely that day…)
Now, I encourage you to follow through our blog carousel to the next person in the circle, and be sure to follow the links back around. We are a smaller group this month, but I am VERY excited to see the self portraits of the other ladies in the group.
Next up is Dawn Sela, and I had a sneak peak at her self portrait (and its really worth checking out!). Click HERE to check out her entry in our blog carousel this month.