This was definitely a difficult challenge for me. I am not used to being in front of the lens and not particularly enthusiastic about “selfies”. The word annoys me enough let alone the actual act of taking a self portrait. It was a wake up call though to realize that since November I have only managed to be in two pictures with my son and so this challenge arrived at the perfect time for me.
At the beginning of the challenge, I placed thought and time into each snapshot and worried about lighting, posing, backgrounds, etc. As the challenge progressed, I became less focused on all that jazz and just concerned with getting a snapshot in each day. It started to feel like a chore. I didn’t want to quit though so I persevered and continued capturing a glimpse into my life. I no longer cared if it was a snapshot of my leg, my foot, my t-shirt, my face, my hair….it just didn’t matter as long as it was done each day. The less I focused on the details of each picture the more comfortable I actually became in front of the camera. Essentially, I achieved my goal. I became comfortable enough in front of the lens that I was able to capture some sweet moments with babypants that otherwise would have gone undocumented. It was a win-win.
Well, it was almost a win-win because in fact there is at least one noted consequence to all of this picture taking. When all was said and done, I felt like I had an instagram hangover. I have since had to put the camera down for a bit and find some space and breathing room between me and the camera. Like any good hangover though, I am beginning to believe that the hair of the dog is just the right cure and I may need another challenge!!
Are you a selfie addict? Have you done a selfie challenge? Camera shy like me? Spill the beans.