Monday, April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009


Week 15 of the photo challenge at i heart faces, was to take a self-portrait (hand held, no tripods or remotes). Whose very bad idea was this?? For me, this has been the most challenging theme yet, by far. I have taken and quickly deleted hundreds of pictures of myself and have come to the realization (as many of you may have also) that looking at my own pores, blemishes and wrinkles blown up to 200% on a 21 inch monitor does not help my own self image!

As much as I want to claim that these pictures bear no resemblance to me, I guess this is what I look like, kind of. Except that I wear glasses. I had no intention of taking off my glasses, so I took a bunch of shots of me with my specks on. Then I noticed in almost every picture, there was some refraction of the green background through my lens and onto the side of my face. Very odd, and distorting. So I ditched the glasses and started over, again, the next day.

So here I am, in all my 38 year old glory. I kept all the wrinkles, all the age lines, and all the smile lines. So for all of you whom I have "met" but never "seen", here I am.

This is my entry for i heart faces ADULT category, theme: Self-Portrait



This is my entry for i heart faces KIDS category, theme: Self-Portrait


Go check more self-portraits at i heart faces.

45 comments:

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

wrinkles - where? your forehead looks amazing!!

Heidi said...

Gorgeous! I love the B&W processing.

Pam D said...

You are beautiful! And the pic of you and your daughter is precious... a keeper, for sure!

SKELLER said...

I, for one (or four!!), think you look wonderful!! You have no need to be photoshopping out any part of your beautiful face.
Kudos on two great sp's!!

tiff said...

Wow, you look amazing and beautiful. Nice to 'meet you' and I love both the photos.

Shae said...

these are beautiful photos of you. great job.

Michelle Johnson said...

You are beautiful! The picture of you and your daughter is so sweet!

thelittlebluebirddiaries said...

I can only hope I look even half as good as you do when I'm 38 -- so-very-beautiful. Love the black and white, as well!

theArthurClan said...

I love both of your photos and think you look amazing! The angle and background of your Kids entry is fantastic. Beautiful job!

~Angie
co-founder of I ♥ Faces

Anissa said...

Great shot! TFS

Mindy @ Rolle Photography said...

Great shots!

Snow Photo said...

What a cute shot! and the background is so serene.

Upstatemomof3 said...

Oh what a sweet photo of your little one kissing you. I love that. :)

The Real Life Fairy Tale Princess said...

Love the pic of you and your daughter! You're gorgeous! Love the background too!

Rebekah said...

Wow!!! Both picture are stunning. The picture of you and your daughter is goregous!

Caroline said...

Both gorgeous shots - esp like the B&W of just you :D

Dot O said...

Great photo! What wrinkles!! You look like your're 20!

I decided that rather than trying to edit out the crows feet at my eyes, I'd accentuate them with one of the filters in Photoshop!

Becca said...

Are you kidding? you are beautiful! :-) Love it! oh and i totally agree - this challenge is HARD but you did a great job!

QzakGirl said...

Love the background on both shots. The B&W is absolutely beautiful!

Julie Rivera Photography said...

Seems many of us are having a hard time with revealing our true selves. But I am finding so many beautiful people! I applaud you for embracing every line and wrinkle, though I have to say there are very few. And was a great kiss from your daughter! Just lovely. Fun angle and great color.

rowas said...

The second one is such a sweet shot! Great job.

Catherine said...

Beautiful! I love both but the one with you little girl kissing your cheek is so sweet!

Mommy said...

Beautiful colors and background choice. Well done!

Christina

Caroline said...

Thanks for popping over to my blog - you have made me hungry for a Nikon now!!

Herb of Grace said...

awww, cute kisses :)

wrinkels? what wrinkles?

Kathy said...

great job! Love them both!!!

EL at Through My Own Lens said...

You are beautiful! I really love your adult entry! I love that it's off center and there's just something about it that's so natural! Great job!

Randi said...

Oh come on! You have nothing to be afraid of this week.... you are beautiful and your pictures look great! Nice to meet you :)

hip chick said...

I love the adult entry. It's a very nice picture.

Rachel said...

Yeah, I was wondering where those "wrinkles" were? I couldn't find them. But if you could point me toward your wrinkle cream... :)

Such a pretty picture- and terrific for a self-portrait (mine always look self-conscious, lol)

And that second shot... WAYYYY too sweet! Amazing that you took that at arms lenght with such great composition!

Esther said...

Nice pictures...you almost have me convinced to play along..:)

Kidd Family said...

seriously? what are you talking about!? you look gorgeous! i love both your entries!

DawnS said...

I love it - you look awesome! I had so much trouble this week too. I am never happy with my pictures of my adorable kids, let along having my own mug in front of the camera!

THE WATERMELON TREE said...

You are tooo cute:) I believe that almost all of us took tons of pictures only to quickly delete them!!!

Thanks! I love my glasses too:) They are urban edge:)

Theadora said...

I am 38 as well, and do not look as great as you! OCNGRATS! Love the phots...you are definitely on the way to perfect ( i think you are already there)! :)

Jen said...

Great shots! I love the lighting in your adult entry!

Ter said...

great photos! thanks for sharing!

allenaim photography and design said...

you should NOT be worried about taking pics of yourself - you are BBEAUTIFUL!!!

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

Your portrait turned out great! Nice Bokeh too. :D

Lolli said...

Great shots--both of them!!

seasonsmom said...

I love your shots!

Boybarian Dad said...

Those are great self portraits.

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

So nice to meet you! Your shots are wonderful:-)

Amy
Co-Founder
I Heart Faces

Courtney @ splashing grace said...

lovely, both of them

Kim said...

Wrinkles? What wrinkles? You look beautiful. I love both of your photos. Great job.

I played too.

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