Turn the Camera Around

Jessica Grieves - Self Portrait

Self Portrait

It seems only fitting that my first post on Houston Mama be one about myself.  Or rather, self portraits.

After working for over 10 years in the tech industry, I started my family with the birth of my son 5 years ago.  I took pictures of him.  Lots and lots of pictures.

About a year after his birth I started my own business as a Houston child photographer.  I took pictures of friends and their children.  And as my family grew, more pictures of my children.

But after years of taking pictures of everyone else I realized, I didn’t have any pictures of myself!  Sound familiar?  I know so many moms that are always BEHIND the camera.

Perhaps you have some of the same thoughts that I’ve had.

I’ll wait until I lose weight!

I’ll wait until I have a good hair day!

I’ll wait until I have my makeup on!

Guess what, before I knew it years had gone by and I had almost no pictures of myself.  And I realized, just like my children, I was changing too and I wouldn’t have anything to reflect back on.

The perfect me is the me right now.  And the same goes for you!  Bust out that camera and take a self portrait.  Today.  Is your Facebook profile picture of your kids?  Now is the time to replace it with a picture of yourself.

You have many different options when it comes to taking a self portrait.

If you have a smaller point and shoot camera you can probably just turn it around, hold it out, and snap the picture.  Some of the newer point and shoots even have a small screen or mirror on the front so you can more easily take your own picture.   My self portrait in the post is one that I took holding my camera out in front of me.  I tried a few different angles so I could find the one that was the most flattering.  Yes, I went out of my way to actually blow dry my hair and put on a little lipstick.  I took the picture standing in my garage, with the door open so I had lots of light, and the plain wall in my garage was the background.

But there are other options too.  Most cameras have a timer option so you can set the camera up on a tripod, or edge of a table, and run to get into the picture.  The downside to using the timer is that most cameras will set the focus when you press the button and since you are not yet in the picture, the focus may be off.

For a lower quality but quick and easy option, you could always use a web-cam attached to your computer.  I actually have several friends that use a web-cam to capture their profile pictures on Facebook.

Feeling inspired?  Leave a comment with a link to your self portrait.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

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