Taking selfies, or even being in a photo is something that I am totally uncomfortable with. There is always a reason not to (hair, no make-up, bad clothes, overweight, I take the better photo) and the list goes on. But ….. just a week ago our Day2Day theme was “Self Portraits”. That’s right – for a whole 7 days those doing the Day2Day Project, or for that matter, anyone who wanted to jump on board, could choose to take self portraits for an entire 7 days and then do a layout at the end of the week!!! Now, the themes for the Day2Day project are there as a guide. People who take a photo each day can choose whether to embrace the theme and take a photo following that theme for each of the 7 days, or just use the theme for one or two photos of their Day2Day lives, or – not use the theme at all and just capture their moments to suit their own needs. We had the “Self Portrait” theme last year as well. I didn’t do so well at it. I managed just one “proper” photo of myself, a few of my hands, and the rest of my photos were other subjects – which is totally fine, but, I felt like I had let the team down! If I couldn’t take a photo of myself each and every day for a week – then how could I expect those following p2P and the Day2Day Project do the same? I knew I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, after all, this project is all about what’s right for each individual.
As I flipped through all the fabulous layouts from all of the Day2Day participants last year, checking out how so many of our peeps had embraced the Self Portrait Theme, there was one that really caught my eye from Nita Albritton. Nita had really embraced the theme, stepped out of her comfort zone, and taken an entire week of selfies! Her page was so striking, and it was wonderful to see photos of Nita on the page, and put a face to the person who had been contributing so many wonderful pages to our Day2Day group, and making wonderful comments on pages done by all the other Day2Day contributors. Nita really inspired me to get passed my fear of being in front of the camera, and I was determined to do better the following year.
So, I made a pact with myself – that in 2014, when the Self Portrait theme appeared on the list of weekly themes, to embrace it, take the good with the bad, and take a selfie. After all, how hard could it be? The younger generation take them all the time and share on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. How hard could it be for me? But then, I started thinking – do that younger generation actually print and put those photos in books that are going to be passed on to the next generation? Probably not! Yet here I was, committing to a theme that would have my face, on a page, shared on Facebook, for everyone to see from the pixels2Pages world! Eeeeeeeek!!!! Didn’t know if I could do it! But then …. I got to thinking … (yes I over think a lot of things!) … as I looked at the shelves of all the albums I have done, both traditional, digital and hybrid … just how many photos of me were contained in those albums? The sad truth is, not that many! It was time to get out from behind that camera. Last year’s page from Nita made me step out from behind the camera before the 2014 Self Portrait Theme came around. Even if for just one or two photos at family and friend’s gatherings. It was time! I have so much to thank her for that. It is still not a comfortable process, but I’m getting there. I’m still critical of all the photos I see of myself – but hey, editing them to black & white sometimes makes the world of difference!
I challenge everyone that struggles with being in the photo to step out from behind that camera. Hand your camera over to someone else. Hold that camera up and take a selfie. Work out how to use the time control on your camera. Download an app that lets your mobile phone take a time lapse photo. It’s not that hard once you do it a few times – and your family and friends will thank you for it in years to come for actually being in a photo with them – and you will thank yourself too!!!
Then just this week I saw Nita’s 2014 page of Self Portraits – and she had not only done another wonderful job taking selfies, she had included some inspiring journalling with the page as well, that made me want to write about how great it is to have our fabulous p2P community. How wonderful it is to be inspired by someone who lives all the way over on the other side of the world. How fabulous it is that that inspiration could mean so much to me and leave something of me in a book to look back on in the years to come.
Page by: Janice Gilhooley – 2014 – Day2Day Self Portrait Theme
Even though my week didn’t go totally according to plan (and I got a little bit distracted by Christmas hitting the shops in August!), I’m so pleased with my week of Self Portraits. I’m actually in the photos! (and I’ve already mentioned how I love changing things to black & white!). Also photo credit to Kerrianne for inspiration for my #20 photo!
A huge thank you to Nita for not only inspiring me so much, but also for allowing me to share her pages for my blog! She really came through for me, sending the images through at a very last minute request when I decided to write about “selfies”!!! Thanks Nita!!!
Want to jump on board and start taking a photo a day? Here’s the link to check out our Day2Day themes to help you on your way. A new list for the last quarter of 2014 will be publishing soon, so stay tuned. Not sure what the Day2Day project is all about? Head over and watch our Day2Day One DayAt A Time Portfolio to see what it’s all about.