Get Pushed Challenge - self portrait by myhrhelper

Get Pushed Challenge - self portrait

There is a reason you don't find self portraits in my pictures - I don't like doing them. Once I decided to do the "get pushed" challenges I KNEW someone was going to make me do this. I guess I had to sooner or later face my fears. It's checked off the list.

@mstipe Is this one a little better. I really was trying to show as little of my face - I feel I'm too old & fat for these self portraits so I did try to blur it out a bit
July 31st, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Is this one a little better. I really was trying to show as little of my face
July 31st, 2012  
@bardejov Here is my self portrait - I hope that it's ok
July 31st, 2012  
LOL! You did it to me again! You are a lovely woman with a great smile! You are among friends - never fear!
July 31st, 2012  
I'm viewing from my phone, but I do think this one is better. I also think that you're so great with challenges you could push yourself just a tad more. Your arms behind your back signal to me that you're uncomfortable. Try something a little less head on, maybe? Angle your body, have your camera tilted slightly down to you, capture your left side (i have no idea why, but a portrait photographer being interviewed on NPR yesterday said 90% of people look better when captured from their left),and think of ways to tell the story of who you are ... Put yourself in a natural context for you, something that you enjoy doing. That might help ease the focus on the self portrait aspect. Just ideas ... You met the challenge already and that is something to he proud of. I have been too scared to join this one!
July 31st, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Thank you - I think if I have time later this week I will try it again with less face and take some of your ideas. Then I can delete this one and replace it perhaps.
July 31st, 2012  
they are both good, but I slightly prefer this one
July 31st, 2012  
You look lovely. I think I prefer this one a little better, too.
July 31st, 2012  
Well done Kathy, I know how hard it is to a) photograph yourself and b) put it up for comment/critique... really scary! But this is a lovely photo, albeit you don't appear to be very comfortable about it! You have a beautiful smile and I love the wow earrings!
July 31st, 2012  
Well done, it's one of the hardest things to do for so many reasons. Nice smile, it doesnt look forced either.
July 31st, 2012  
I can relate, good work!
July 31st, 2012  
well done! I hate self-portrait too! but i also hate people taking photograph of me... haha... (just don't like to be in the photos)
July 31st, 2012  
This one is better. I love all of Robyn's ideas, though.
August 1st, 2012  
Hi Kathy, I see the discussion is on..sorry for not responding on it sooner it's just that kids keep me busy all day and evening is usually when I can sit down and look at 365.
I like your photo. You have a beautiful smile and face so you can pull this shot off. But I also agree with Robyn's points regarding the body language. I would not be able to do this full frontal "au naturel" selfie. I'd hate myself. Congratulations on your first selfie, I'm sure your friends will welcome it. Now I'm going to have a look at the other one.
August 1st, 2012  
I found them hard to do, I can see where you are going with the focus though. You look great, lovely selfie
August 1st, 2012  
@rockinrobyn Good point Robyn putting yourself in a natural context....I'd never think about it this way. Makes sense.
August 1st, 2012  
This is pretty! I like them each for different reasons. This one seems more natural and the other is the work persona....
August 1st, 2012  
@bardejov Oh I completely understand. Since I have my own business sometimes I check in here between tasks, etc. Thank you for pushing me to do this - I won't say it wasn't painful but sometimes it's called growing pains - right? Most of the time I don't like my pictures, I think I look fat, or old, or ugly, or whatever. It is fun "getting pushed" to try new things in photography so I appreciate it. It was one of those things I stalled out as long as possible.
August 1st, 2012  
Caught at last. It works well.
August 2nd, 2012  
Great job with this! It is definitely tough to do a self portrait and you did it!
August 2nd, 2012  
You don't look "fat old or ugly" to me at all! Good for you for pushing past your inhibitions! Looking forward to more fabulous selfies now!
August 4th, 2012  
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