Wednesday, December 2, 2009

wrapped up (self portrait)

I like being a photographer because I'm not the one being photographed. I know you probably won't believe me but I am incredibly unphotogenic. When other people take my picture they often catch me blinking or making some face, that my kind husband claims he never sees in real life. It's only the camera that can catch that split second where one eye is open and the other isn't!
That being said, I have challenged myself this year to do the 52 week self portrait project. I think I stopped about 14 weeks ago! It was too hard. Today, I decided to try again. And the first few pictures were awful (truly). The angle was weird and my face was distorted and my nose looked big. I had to run to the mirror to see if I looked that bad.
On my way back to my camera, an image popped into my head of me with a green scarf wrapped around my face. I put the scarf on, snapped about 4 pictures and voila. I was amazed. By blocking out silly facial expressions, I captured a part of myself, and one part I actually like--my eyes.
So, I can empathize with all of you who don't like to have your picture taken. It makes you feel very self conscious!


  1. still one of my favorite pics of you Amy! Hope you had a wonderful New Years eve- hopefully feeling better- hugs!

  2. I find it hard to believe that you are not photogenic, you have incredible eyes. Great photo,, like the famous Afgan girl on the cover of National Geographic!

    Beautiful photo blog.

  3. Hello!

    I like this post alot!
    I take lots of portraits too of people
    and my face is terrible on pictures.
    My face is not beautiful.
    But I guess it makes up somehow when the face moves and you talk... somehow.

    I have a longing of being able to capture pictures of people like you ad me, who may feel uncomfortable infront of the camera. And get pictures that shows the beauty that hasn´t to do with proportions and pretty smiles. A portrait captured with love wich the one portrayed will feel comfortable looking at and maybe even be proud of!