Self Portrait
This month, I had several prompts to take a new self portrait: Jess’ monthly “Facing Myself” photo challenge at The Old Nichols Farm, this week’s Paper Heart Camera’s “Show and Tell” challenge, and of course the October 2010 Photo Hunt (one of the items is a self-portrait). 

So…armed with my tripod, 50mm lens , wide angle converter and a little creativity, I decided that yesterday would be the day I’d take a decent self-portrait. Oddly enough, my first idea was not to take a pretty picture, but to put curlers in my hair. Yes…you know you’re a blogger when you’re driving home from work dreaming up ways to make a simple photo that much more ridiculous. 

I may actually share those other photos – I’m thinking a collage, because they are pretty funny. I didn’t bother to bring out my remote (who knows why), but kept using the self timer on a 2 sec delay. I would shoot, then get up to look….shoot, then get up to look. It was quite the process, BUT…look at what I was able to capture!
Self Portrait RS
Yeah, yeah…of course I did some editing (thank you Coffeeshop Photography for Perfect Portrait), but I’m pretty happy with my focus and my ability to capture catch lights in my eyes courtesy of a little side lighting (hint: Scavenger Hunt). For more self portraits, go to:
Photography love...Facing Myself
While I’m here, I’d like to thank Meg at O. is Me, L.A. at West Coast Leslie and Jill at Envirocraftiness for tagging me. To be honest, I’m not very good at keeping this sorta thing alive, but I will answer questions from time to time…so in an effort to participate in all three taggings (is that a word?), I’ve picked and chosen a couple of questions from each set. 
  1. What type of theme party would you want someone to throw you for your birthday?   I don’t really care for birthday parties anymore (I like to keep things pretty low-key), but I used to love throwing a party I called “I’m Dreaming of a Hot Pink Christmas Pajama Party!” The idea was that everyone came in their pajamas…I decorated my entire house in pink Christmas flare, and we played a game of Dirty Santa. Apparently I was the only one that really enjoyed the pajama detail of the event…but I am hoping to bring it back in the very near future minus the hot pink and pajama part of it.
  2. How many (if any) siblings do you have, and what is your favorite childhood memory with them? I have a brother and a sister, both younger than me. The first thing that comes to mind is all the times that we would jump on our four-wheelers and ride around the neighborhood. Every so often, someone would remind us that we shouldn’t be driving on the roads, but we didn’t care.
  3. What is your go-to feel better remedy and why does it work? I regularly indulge in a good nap or York Peppermint Patty, but I recall one day in the past year that I got really stressed at work. I left the office, went straight home and made brownies. For whatever reason, that made everything better. I tell ya what, sometimes we all need a little pitty party.
  4. What is your guilty pleasure television show? Vampire Diaries! I personally believe the casting is better than Twilight…and Damon – wow. 
  5. If you could live in a past era which would it be? I’m not sure – I always appreciate various fashion statements of various eras (the 30s immediately comes to mind), but I’m not sure that I would appreciate the treatment of women.
  6. If you could have any talent or ability, what do you wish it could be (not to be confused with superpowers) and why? I’d love to be naturally gifted at portrait photography. I have to really work at it versus still-life photography, which I believe comes naturally to me.
  7. Who was your celebrity pre-teen/teenage crush? You know you had one!  I remember having the hots for Devan Sawa, but looking at him now…not that interested. When I got to college, I was obsessed with Ty Pennington.
  8. How long have you gone without a shower/bath? And what was your reason? I used to attend Camp Don Lee every summer, for as many as four weeks at a time (as a camper…I also worked there one summer). As I got older, we would take camping trips for various lengths…the longest being close to a week. We weren’t really able to shower much during that week so I got pretty stinky. Don’t judge!
Self Portrait bw-rs
Had enough of me yet? Well…here’s a black and white version of my self portrait. For more black and white photos, go to: 
the long road

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I’m traveling today so be patient with me as I return emails and visit blogs. Also, come back tomorrow for “Interview with a Kitty Paw!” 
Have a great day!