52 Portraits of Me Challenge

posted January 1st, 2018
The beautiful Vikki @summerfield has just completed this challenge and kindly shared her prompts for the year. I have wanted to try this for some time but like many of you, I am much happier behind the camera.

I would love some others to join in and maybe we can inspire and encourage each other to continue.

My heart is in my mouth as I say I will give it a go!!

If you would like to share use the tag 52pom2018

Week 1 starts today with Overlay - it's up to you to interpret how you want

A collage of some of @summerfield 's beautiful selfies:


01: Overlay
02: Motion
03: Science Fiction / Futuristic
04: Emotion
05: Monochrome
06: Dance
07: Relationships
08: Winter
09: Deception
10: Growth
11: Imitate a Classic Painting
12: Music
13: Altered Perspective
14: Anger
15: Levitate
16: Mystery
17: In Bloom
18: Ghosts
19: Victorian
20: Reflection(s)
21: Big World (make yourself tiny)
22: Long Exposure
23: Favorite
24: Greek Mythology
25: Alter Ego
26: Weakness
27: Disturbing
28: Glamour
29: Close Up
30: Dude, It’s, Like, Totally 80s. Duh.
31: Strength
32: Sadness
33: The World Around Me
34: Imitate an Icon
35: Fly
36: Shadow(s)
37: Funny
38: Vintage (age yourself)
39: Pain
40: Fear
41: Healing
42: Creepy
43: Fairytale
44: Alone
45: Grateful
46: From A Distance
47: Surreal
48: Hidden
49: Love
50: Joy
51: Endings
52: Beginnings
posted January 1st, 2018
I will try and join in - might not be 52 as I am already way behind ha ha
posted January 1st, 2018
I will have a go at 12 over the year to keep you company once a month!
posted January 1st, 2018
Good on you sheralee, i hope lots of others join you,
I have so many challenges and @fiveplustwo to do once a week so i wont do the themes, but I will be cheering you on!
@30pics4jackiesdiamond once a month is a good idea,
posted January 1st, 2018
@kali66 have chosen my theme for each month and written in diary!!
posted January 1st, 2018
@annied Thanks Annie, that will be great. I'm hoping by committing to this it will encourage me to do the year, at least once a week anyway ;)

@30pics4jackiesdiamond Thanks Jackie, if you use our tag we can all see your pics.

@kali66 Kali, you have so many challenges you participate in, I don't know how you manage. Thanks for the encouragement.
posted January 1st, 2018
I’d like to try this. Does it matter which day of the week we submit our entries?
posted January 1st, 2018
@bella_ss - aces on this, sheralee.

@annied @30pics4jackiesdiamond @kali66 @teresamaro

i hope, you beautiful ladies, would do the weekly themes. remember that there is no set day to post your self portraits. also, for this community, your self-portrait does not always need to include your face. there were times when i didn't feel like putting in any effort to make my face look decent for a photograph and i put on sunglasses, or blur myself by not focusing on my face, or using low key lighting or high key lighting. the goal is to be creative but it must be comfortable for you, too.

kali and i will be watching and cheering on you from the sidelines. good luck!
posted January 2nd, 2018
@teresamaro As @summerfield said, there's no set day so I'll probably just post mine as I do it. I sort of like the idea of posting it the same day each week but it might be too hard to stick to. Selfie Saturday sounds good ;)

@summerfield Thanks Vikki :)
posted January 2nd, 2018
@bella_ss sounds good!
posted January 3rd, 2018
How do you tag this? I think that I want to play!
posted January 3rd, 2018
I see above!
posted January 3rd, 2018
@bella_ss - okay, i just came to and re-read your opening line. "the beautiful?" i almost choked, kid! hahahaha. but thanks. one thing you guys must know, photoshop or ribbet will be your best friend for the next 52 weeks!
posted January 4th, 2018
@alophoto Sorry Amanda! Glad you found it. Thanks for joining in, it should be fun! Although you are an old hat at the selfie... me, not so much :D
I kind of like the idea of Selfie Saturday, so like Vikki I might post mine on Saturdays. It's the OCD kicking in to line them up neatly in the month!

@summerfield I only speak the truth x
posted January 4th, 2018
In the interests of pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I'm going to try and play along this year, so I think I may join you ladies. I'm not sure that I'll make a whole year...... but who knows. :)
posted January 4th, 2018
@deborah63 I hope you can too Debbie, main thing is to have fun with it anyway. Great to have you join.
posted January 4th, 2018
i'm going to try and make myself ;) thanks for posting the list and drawing my attention to it
posted January 4th, 2018
I’m going to have a go too. It’ll be good to have to work towards a definite shot each week. Thanks for organising.
posted January 4th, 2018
@pistache @suesmith Nice to hear you will join us all :)
posted January 5th, 2018
Oh my, I've been looking at other posts - humming and hawing about if I should try it... it's such a good way to document a face over a year.
So I tried it and will at least give this week a go.
I will take it one week at a time!

Here you are!
posted January 5th, 2018
@dibzgreasley That's awesome Debs, glad you're joining in! If an oldie like me can do it, you sure can :D
posted January 5th, 2018
OK, I've been looking for a challenge to push me a bit this year and I think that once a week is a nice balance so I'm going to take part in this one :)

@bella_ss Selfie Saturday does sound like a good idea (nice alliteration and like you, I think lining them up will look better). No guarantees I'll manage to stick to that though!

Thank you @summerfield for sharing your prompts. I enjoyed your shots last year - some of them were so imaginative!
posted January 5th, 2018
@clearday Fantastic! Glad you will join us. Selfie Saturday turned into Freaky Friday this week as I realised I would be too busy to spend the time on the computer tomorrow so I've already posted mine. Have a look at the tag, lost of people have already posted :)
posted January 5th, 2018
If you would like to check out what others are doing click on my image or Debs' above and click the tag 52pom2018
Selfie No 1 - Overlay
posted January 5th, 2018
I'm with @30pics4jackiesdiamond, I need this but I have limits.
posted January 5th, 2018
@bella_ss exceptionally cool!
posted January 5th, 2018
@joysabin go joy!!! Well gain skills and confidence together!!!
posted January 6th, 2018
I just started my first 52 self portraits project today! I would love to try these themes as well. Love to get ideas for motivating me, especially with something like this! I'm always behind the camera!
posted January 6th, 2018
@joysabin You can just do it as you feel like, it's just putting us out of our comfort zone ;)

@pinknpurfect I look forward to seeing your images, great that you will join in.
posted January 6th, 2018
Urgh this challenge sounds like a nightmare... not the kind of thing I'd be comfortable with at all.... count me in! :P

posted January 6th, 2018
@m2016 Haha, your comment made me laugh. Nice shot too - one of my ideas was of my hand over my face too, but it wouldn't have looked as cool as yours

After much brain-wracking, this is my first effort (as a bonus it forced me to figure out some features of photoshop too!)

posted January 6th, 2018
Ok, I am in. This is totally out of my comfort zone. I think I will have to "imitate" many of the selfies that all of you post. So, I hope that is okay.
posted January 6th, 2018
@henrir Of course that's okay! Glad you're joining in :)

@m2016 Nice to have you join in Mel. Great abstract to start.

@clearday Lovely quote you've chosen to overlay.
posted January 6th, 2018
@henrir I went to @summerfield profile and checked how she did week #1. There's no shame in picking up some creativity from others! :)
posted January 7th, 2018
@bella_ss @annied @30pics4jackiesdiamond @kali66 @teresamaro @alophoto @deborah63 @pistache @suesmith @dibzgreasley @clearday @joysabin @pinknpurfect @m2016 @henrir

i have found a new diversion - checking on everyone's 52pom2018 posts. i'm so glad that you beautiful ladies (and i see there's a couple of gentlemen who are participating) decided to try this challenge. remember that this is not a beauty contest but rather a challenge for yourself to learn about yourself and your camera and other things that are sometimes not even photography related. you control how you project yourself to your audience and that is where you make use of your creativity. never say you're not creative enough - we all have it in us but for some it is untapped and it takes something like this for it to come to the surface.

i am enjoying all the posts so far and i am in awe that you are all beautiful and handsome and you've been denying the world to appreciate and admire you. i will offer encouragement every now and then and maybe, just maybe, join in on a couple of the themes. the worldwide web is at your disposal if you are in need of ideas. as teresa wrote above, there is no shame in picking up creativity from others. some of my ideas had been inspired by other's postings around here, i rarely go too far from 365.

so way to go! bravo! 51 more happy weeks. :-)
posted January 7th, 2018
OK, I'll try playing!
posted January 7th, 2018
Just saw this ... hope to try ...
posted January 7th, 2018
I have one in the wings but am away from comp and forgot to post.....it will be late but hopefully will be catching up on Tuesday ☺
posted January 7th, 2018
Made it with an hour and 3 minutes to spare!



Selfie Saturday is definitely going to be a thing.
posted January 7th, 2018
@angiadelle Haha, that's great!

@annied Better late than never Annie ;)

@lesip Hope you do Leslie.

@alophoto It looks fantastic Amanda!
posted January 7th, 2018
@summerfield thanks for the support Vikki. Hopefully it will get less scary as we go along!

posted January 7th, 2018
I liked the sound of this challenge, especially after reading summerfield's tips, I especially liked the bit about not included your face! I'm quite excited about having a go, but it will probably be more like JackieR's idea of once a month, but who knows It could end up been my next mini obsession, I get a lot of those.:)
posted January 7th, 2018
@teresamaro You are so right. @summerfield is my inspiration to even try this challenge. I just wish I could get that black background (on purpose). It happens on occasion, but I don't know how I do it.
posted January 8th, 2018
Not a big selfie person but if I have learned anything in the past two years it is that you must challenge yourself and so I've decided to give this a try. Thanks for organizing Sheralee @bella_ss and thanks to Vikki @summerfield as well.
posted January 12th, 2018
I'm in. I think it will be a great learning exercise. The trick for me is not to look two far ahead and just take each week as it comes. There will be no make up involved either (allergies). Thanks :)
posted January 12th, 2018
@helenhall @brett101 @suzanne234 I'm very pleased to have you all join in.
Helen, I intend mine to be a warts and all thing too... but there's always photoshop as a back up ;)
posted January 19th, 2018
SciFi week!

posted February 4th, 2018
posted February 5th, 2018
Dance,,,,,really? Oh my ....
Can't give up now though, better get the imagination to work
posted February 5th, 2018
@helenhall Dance could be a fun shot, abstract or blurred 😉
It's been too hard to post while I'm away so I will catch up when I get home.
posted February 22nd, 2018
Looking forward to seeing everyone's winter selfies :)
posted May 3rd, 2018
@bella_ss
What week are you on at the moment? I mention it in the weekly SH*T list and do not want to put the wrong week up but think I may be a week behind somehow.
posted May 3rd, 2018
@farmreporter Thanks Wendy, Week 18 (ghosts) started Monday 30th April.

I'm way behind as my hard drive has died and I can't do much until it's fixed.
posted May 3rd, 2018
@bella_ss
Oh, good! I am on the right one then!
Thank you!
posted June 29th, 2018
I am only starting now.
posted September 13th, 2018
So far I've done one a month!! Am so in awe of you @henrir doing yours weekly!!
posted September 13th, 2018
@30pics4jackiesdiamond I'm impressed with your once a month too. They have been very good. I'm behind right now. It gets harder each week.
posted September 14th, 2018
So sorry I haven't been here! I'm glad to see some of you are still doing this. I had a break when my hard drive died and now it's just so hard to get back to it. Not only did my hard drive die but I managed to put some malware and other terrible stuff on my computer... what a nightmare!
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