18 March 2010

This post has no thesis statement.

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You have no idea how hard it has been for me to not just show you everything I'm putting together for the shower right now. But I shall resist. Especially since the mama to be reads le blog and I'd hate to ruin the surprise.

Z-cakes and I heard a rumor that snow is on its way to the front range. We'll be outside filling our canteens with sunshine until the snow gets here.

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You can all thank Serin for this picture. She was complaining on Tuesday that she would have to wait until Thursday afternoon to see my new hair. Here you go Serin. A picture of my hair mere hours before I will see you at Kindergarten. I didn't have anyone to hold the camera for me (not even Mr. Tripod) so all I seemed to get was fuzzy blown out picture. I still thought they looked kind of cool.

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My hair isn't actually much different. Just a bit more color that happens to be a little more...pink. You know. For Spring.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit how much time I spend worrying about posting pictures of myself on my blog. It may not look that way, but on this side of the computer screen I am biting my nails, mulling over which photos to post, wondering if I can make them look better in Photoshop--no, that is much worse--changing my mind, changing it back, and then finally biting the bullet. I have no idea why this is. The shoeboxes full of pictures that I was thumbing through when I was writing Jen's birthday post do not reflect a girl who was too shy to get in front of the camera.

I so admire my friends Michelle and Denise who are the masters of the self-portrait. I LOVE seeing their pictures and I always think of their children and the treasured pictures of their mother that they will have. I know that my own mother has so few pictures of her mother and that she wishes she had more. Now with the luxuries of digital, I cannot think of a single good reason for my family to not have loads of pictures with my smiling face in them. Hmmm...I feel a blog project coming on...stay tuned.

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What about you? Are you a fan of self-portraits? Any suggestions for helping me get over my fears? Any other solicited advice you would like to offer on this fine Thursday morning?


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12 comments:

Cassie said...

I am exactly the same infact, I may just be worse and I think besides my little me at the top of the page I have like one other photo of me on the whole blog!

So any tips welcome here too :)
xx

Hil said...

In iphoto you can tag photos by "faces" and it will recognize each photo that face is in. I have a total of 10 i believe. Little guy has some like a gazillion and JC has about half a gazillion. I'm not good at getting photos of myself... much more posting them! I should probably get on top of that.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Love the new hair!

charlotte said...

I love self-portraits. However, I am picky about how they turn out. Ha. I have been known to take many, many SPs to find one I like. For me, becoming comfortable with SPs was a process—the more I SPed, the more I liked it and the better my photos became. Good luck!

Hannah said...

You are so bold! I wish I had your guts. My hair is au-natural. It has never been colored or bleached or highlighted.

And pictures? I don't allow anyone to take a picture of me...and I rarely will take one of myself. Probably 5 pictures taken of me a year.

siberianluck said...

I HATE self portraits. I mean of me. But the nice thing about them is that you know what you don't like about yourself, so you can minimize it. You can always do some digital smoothing (go easy!) if you're concerned about blemishes. Figure out what angle works best. For me, I like to avoid my chin fat, so I take a picture slightly below and look down and also just my neck out. It feels weird, but it actually works sometimes.

Serin said...

Thanks for not making me wait! I think it looks great! And I feel the same way about SP, I always think my smile looks dumb and then I wonder if I really look like that in real life...

Staci said...

OK - that makes me laugh. Can you imagine Grandma Egan taking self portraits while she was chewing her ice & watching Young & the Restless? How about walking through the garden in her boots? Or better yet - while she was getting dressed to go to town? How do you think she would have posed?

Jen B. said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. Love your blog as well. Just did my self portrait. I hate them too. Advice....Find some good indirect natural light (not indoor tungsten yellow light) and use a piece of fabric or mat board (got mine at a frame shop) as a backdrop, or just a plain colored wall. Less distractions in the background are better. Don't do strait on angle. It's ok to do a funky crop or only show half your face too! Ham it up and let your personality shine through...good luck! Feel free to visit my blog often, as I will do yours!

Tiffany said...

I like self-portraits and for some reason really appreciate when bloggers post them. I think it reassures me that there is a real person behind the blog.

Your hair looks great!

Denise said...

I feel pretty honored to be classified in the same SP league as Michelle. The ones I like best are taken when I'm facing the light source, such as a sunny window or my kitchen chandelier. I like your SPs in this post! And your hair looks darling.

And I love your post title.

Laurel said...

I feel weird posting pictures of myself too, so I end up posting pictures of my husband and kid, because I'd rather look at them. But I have almost no (maybe three) pictures of my mom, ever (and two of those were taken after Will was born) so I want to be better about pictures of me for my kids.

Also, every time you do something to your hair it makes me want to cut all mine off and do something interesting too. Tell me what to do with it.

Laurel said...

I feel weird posting pictures of myself too, so I end up posting pictures of my husband and kid, because I'd rather look at them. But I have almost no (maybe three) pictures of my mom, ever (and two of those were taken after Will was born) so I want to be better about pictures of me for my kids.

Also, every time you do something to your hair it makes me want to cut all mine off and do something interesting too. Tell me what to do with it.

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