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.