Before professional photography was even a mere thought in my mind- I always enjoyed taking pictures more than being the subject of pictures. Don’t get me wrong- I love photos of me with family and friends, or whomever, that commemorate a specific time or a vacation or significant event. I wouldn’t want to visit a place like say, Austria, and only have pictures of the scenery and nothing to look back on and say “hey, here we are in Europe!” In that way, yes, I will smile for the camera. But I much, much prefer taking the photos for others- in fact I love it! (good thing, right?)
Lately, I have received a few emails from readers I have never met… yet… (which I love!!) But, there isn’t a lot that shows “me” on my blog. I love how Andrea & Renata showcase who they are on their blog through a series of fun photos of themselves. Because I think one of the most wonderful things about photography is how interpersonal it is– it’s not just about good images but about who is behind those photos! And I think about the photographers whose blogs I love to follow and learn from– and I love how much they share of themselves! I love, love, love to meet new people- and I love blogs that allow me, to a degree, to get to know the author. Hopefully, you know a little about me from the photos and writings I have shared. But, I was recently inspired by Katelyn James and Gail Werner as they do monthly self-portraits. I enjoy so much seeing their self-portraits… it’s just fun to see the face behind all of those beautiful photos. SO- I am going to try it as well. A monthly self-portrait. I think it will be a fun way to document this year as it goes by, I think it will force me to get a little more comfortable being on the other side of the camera (so easy to encourage someone to get comfy for my lens… now I will eat my words! :)), and hopefully they will be fun posts for you, my readers!
I will probably take some self-portraits with my handy-dandy self-timer, and others will be shot by someone else… I am actually really excited to share January’s self-portrait with you because even though it’s just a whole lot of me- it’s the talented work of my dear friend Beth! I’ll share a few this month just to show off Beth’s work. :) So here goes… this is the beginning of me, subjecting you, to a year of portraits of yours truly. :)