Thursday, November 3, 2011

Self-Portrait 2011

The self-portrait … I have taken one every year for the last 4 years.  You can see the previous year’s pictures here

This year, I have put it off as long as I could.  There were so many excuses.  Here are few that held me up for the last couple of months:  I need a haircut, I have a big zit, my eye is irritated, blah, blah, blah.   Then November 1st rolled around and I had to have a talk with myself about putting things off (yes, I’m aware I haven’t posted in a while).  It had to be done, the holidays are right around the corner and I am starting to get busier and busier. 

So I decided that today was the day!  I came home from the gym and set everything up and got myself camera ready and here is what I came up with…

Okay this first one I liked because it is different from the ones I’ve taken in years past.  Not only is the pose different but I liked losing some color and let’s face it, no pun intended, I’m getting older and I don’t know how long I’m going to have that profile.  My neck is not my favorite feature.

This one is pretty  boring traditional and I feel  it probably fits in best with the “series” I have going.  What do you think?  I had hoped to do something more interesting but as I mentioned before this is sort of a rush job.

This is one of my favorite pictures taken with Avery.  Why?  Well, I feel like it really marked a moment for us.  It was taken on Christmas Morning (2010).  I had just rolled out of bed to open presents and as you can tell by my lack of make-up it is a very  “natural” looking image.  I’m sitting in our living room, in my favorite chair, wearing my purple pull over that I got on a trip to Utah.  Avery is wearing the Christmas pajamas that match her cousin Emily. I’m so glad I didn’t refuse the picture when Danny offered to take it.  Look what I would have missed.       
 I started shooting self-portraits after taking a class on capturing the face. It was a great class and I learned a lot but what really got my attention, and lit a fire under my rear, was a conversation I had with a close friend whose mother died when she (my friend) was 19. She said, “Always try to be in the picture, my mother was always taking pictures and as a result was in very few. I would have liked to see my mom at my age now (33).” I’ve paraphrased the statement, but I took the advice to heart. Since then I have never resisted having my photo taken and I think of Avery every time. You never know what life holds and I want to leave a photo history of our life together. So next time the camera comes out don’t cringe just smile and thank God for the gift of life.