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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Self Portrait - What Not to Do

So, here's a tip with the 35mm lens: don't shoot up or down anyone's nose. Not that I have the smallest of noses on good nose days, but this photo doesn't exactly minimize the schnozz . . .

I admit, I'm a bit leery of self-portraits. It's often said that photographers choose to hold the camera rather than be in front of it, and while I wouldn't say that's a large part of why I take pictures for a living, I certainly don't mind. I don't mind not being in the family photo, I don't mind coming home from vacation with 100 pictures of Evan and 10 pictures of me.

But of course that's not fair. And it leaves me with a bit of a hole in my personal history. Most photos I have of myself are from moments when Evan grabbed the camera and turned it on me. (Don't tell him, but usually they're blurry . . . don't worry, he doesn't read the text on my blog, he only looks at the pictures. Hi Evan!) So I've been thinking recently about self portraits. And in a rare moment of whimsy last week I grabbed the camera with the 35mm on it, held it out in front of me and took a shot.

This is what showed up. I think I like it. I won't promise, but I'll say you might see more self portraits coming on the blog soon . . . .


  1. I don't know what it's done to your nose, but I love the DOF on it. I also have to say that as I looked at this I thought "She's pretty cute."

  2. This is too fun...not the typical self portrait. I'm with you, I am always on the other side of the camera...tons of pics of the husband and kids though.

  3. Sween, its good that you're taking a new look at getting yourself in more pictures. I don't think this one reminds me of YOU, but that's the cool thing about a self-photograph, because its sort of the way you see yourself? Or in this case, a view of yourself from the perspective of someone who is 7 feet tall, which I'm not and therefore would never have experienced?

  4. Aw, Scott, thanks!

    Chesney, definitely not typical. Atypical, maybe . . .

    And Lara, I would love to be able to take a photo of me that says 'me!' Maybe next time.

    Evan, you're just cute.


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