Sunday, May 31, 2015

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 1 ~ Self Portrait

HI!!!!! I cannot believe that this is the fifth year we are doing this. This project gets bigger and bigger every year, which is amazing! This year, we're going to change things up a little bit as a result of that growth.

All pictures are going to be shared in the group on Facebook. If you aren't a member yet, please request to be added to it here.

Ideally, you will add the picture directly into the album designated for each day in the challenge. The number of the day corresponds to the date in June. For example, day 3 = June 3rd. The challenge runs from June 1-30. Please try to get them into the correct albums. With this many people, it's going to be impossible for me to move all the pictures that aren't put in the right place.

When you post a picture, please be sure to tag it with the number of the day in the challenge and any pertinent information you'd like us to know about the picture.

We will be utilizing the hashtag #debie30dayphoto this year. Please add it to the images you post so that they will all be searchable with the hashtag.

Please remember that the group is a public group on Facebook. All images posted will be viewable by anyone.

One picture per day, per person. Please do not share more than one picture a day during the challenge.

The full list of rules and guidelines can be found here.

Now that we have all that out of the way, Day 1. Self portrait.

A few years ago, I wrote a list of tips on how to take better self portraits. Here they are again:

1. Pay attention to the lighting. Avoid using the flash whenever possible
2. Decide what your best angle is - makes faces at yourself in the mirror if you don't already know.
3. Look just up and to the side of the lens, not directly at it.
4. If you have double chins (not that you do, of course LOL), look slightly up to take the picture, hold the camera a tiny bit higher than you normally would.
5. Make sure there isn't anything messing up your background, or giving you bunny ears, or growing out of the top of your head.
6. Take more than one picture, with slightly different expressions. Then you can pick the best one.
7. Try to laugh naturally so your smile doesn't look forced.
8. Remember you can always zoom in, but you can't zoom out once the picture is taken.

Here is my self portrait for this year. I took this a few days before Mother's Day, when I was in the middle of writing a very complicated post about my relationship with my mother and the holiday. When I think of myself, this is honestly how I think most of the world sees me. 

Slightly annoyed. Skeptical. Dorky.

Now it's your turn. Show us who you are!

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