Last year around this time, I sent one of my besties, Megan Cieloha, a text “Hey, we should start taking self portraits again.” See in 2010 we each did a Project 365 and each Monday we took a self portrait.
Not only did it improve my photography to learn how to take shots that you are in but I had photos of me.
So, we decided to start a weekly photography project – Portraits of Me.
In 2016, we simply challenged women to get in front of the camera each week and post their photo on Monday and hashtag #portraitsofme.
What a joy it was to see women hoping in front of the camera.
All too often we are the ones behind the camera and don’t hand it over or get in it. Then when our children are flipping through photo albums we are no where to be seen unless it was a big event.
I wanted my children to have photos of me in their everyday lives. I was there.
Megan and I decided to do this again and hope you will join us.
We will also be providing prompts. You can participate in the prompt or do your own thing.
So here’s how to join:
No.01Follow @megancieloha & @clickitupanotch on IG
No.02Get in front of the camera
Each week get in front of the camera.
You can set it up on a tripod or any sturdy surface.
Feel free to use the prompts we provide each week or create your own unique photo.
No.03Post your photo on Monday
You do not have to take your photo on Monday but you do want to post it on Monday.
Feel free to take your photo anytime during the week.
I know personally, if I waited until Monday it would get away from me and I would miss a week.
Post your photo onto Instagram.
*If you aren’t sure how to get your DSLR images onto your IG account here is what I do.
1. Upload photo into Dropbox
2. Open Dropbox app on my phone
3. Save image to my phone
4. Upload image to IG.
Make sure to add the hashtag #portraitsofme to your post so we can see your photos and encourage each other through the year.
No.05Sweet talk a friend to join you
Remember, this whole project started between two friends. Each week one of those two friends had to text the other one to remind her it was Monday (cough, cough, I always forgot).
Projects are more fun when you do it with a friend and then you can hold each other accountable.
Give yourself some grace.
If you miss a week. Who cares. Pick up your camera and join us the next week.
I missed more weeks than I care to mention last year but I didn’t quit.
This is more than a photo project
As I mentioned earlier, this is more than a way to improve your photos. You are capturing your life and proving you were there. Read more about there from one of the photographers who joined us last year, Virginia Greuloch.
Check out some of Megan & my favorite self portraits from last year