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THE SELF-PORTRAIT PROJECT

So, I know that I babbled on about how much I love April and Tina earlier this week, but bare with me one more day. So last year, when I first met Tina, I read her blog and noticed she’d do a “monthly self-portrait.” To be honest, I thought they were cute – but I didn’t completely get the concept. I have always (in my adult years, at least) hated being in front of the camera, so the whole idea was funny to me. I think what most non-photographers have trouble understanding is that involving cameras is just different for people who do it daily. It’s like a chef coming home and preparing elaborate meals for his/her family. Or a baker making cupcakes at home in the evenings. (Sidenote: Why are all my examples food-related? Yikes.) We spend so much of our time around and behind cameras that when it comes to personal projects…. well, it’s easy to throw them out the window. It’s too easy to leave our gear at home on our “day off.” And, getting in front of the camera? FORGET ABOUT IT.

But, then I saw Tina’s compilation at the end of the year. Twelve images. Each one representing something personal that month that – when compiled together – told a story of her year. A story of growth, exploration, and reflection. And then, suddenly, I couldn’t love the idea any more. Inspired by her candidness about the project, and convinced it would help me fulfill one of my resolutions, I immediately hopped on Amazon and picked up this bad boy.

Wireless remote shutter release for Nikon by Vivitar. $34.99

And I’ve already started brainstorming my idea for the month. Wish me luck and stay tuned!

Kelly Rowles - Ooooo, might need to get myself one of those! Can’t wait to see your monthly portraits!January 20, 2012 – 6:55 PM

Tina - I definitely need to pick up one of those:) SO glad you’re doing the project with me this year! I can’t wait to see your self portraits:)January 21, 2012 – 9:40 AM

Cait - Doesn’t Tina have the greatest self-portraits ever! So excited to see yours!January 21, 2012 – 10:32 AM

Erinn - I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this!January 22, 2012 – 11:22 AM

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