A few months ago, I was contacted by Houston photographer Christina Anglum with a challenge. I love to be inspired, and with this particular challenge, not only was I going to be inspired but also come away with images that I should have been taking all along <—– with me in them! The idea is to take a self portrait capturing our relationships with our kids, significant other, family, pet, best friend, or ourselves. As photographers, we are always behind the camera and very rarely step in front of it. Easy enough right? Well, back up the truck, I found it to be quite difficult. The difficulty didn’t lie so much in taking the photos, but looking at the photos without a critical photographer’s eye. The room where I took the photos only has one window, so I was having to jack up my ISO, which in turn results in a grainy look in the pictures. Also, despite losing 40 pounds over the last year and a half, I found myself looking at the photos and picking myself apart. My leg looks thick in this photo, I still have a double chin, blah blah blah, pick, pick, pick. I took one quick glance over all the photos and closed the folder and walked away. I hated them, more like, I hated the way I looked in them. However, a few days later, I took a look again with a fresh eye and a new mind set. As I reviewed the images a second time, this article by Deb Schwedhelm came to mind. Years from now, my kids are not going to look back at these photos and say “Holy Cow, Momma’s legs look fat” or “Look how chubby Momma’s chin is.” They will soley remember the feelings they had that day and I hope, they remember just how much their Momma loved them back then! And to me, that’s the big picture! That’s what photos are all about. As a photographer, I not only want to capture what a person looks like at a paricular time in their life, but I also want to capture the feelings of love and caring that we as humans have for the people in our lives. And I am truly, 100 %, completely, head over heels in love with this girl!
These photos are growing on me. I’m embracing the grain and the double chin! LOL!
Want to see who else is in this little adventure with me? Check out the list below:
10 Myra Kushon
13 Megan Fogel
14. Myra Kushon