now you

 

It’s hard to explain, but part of me needs to visually define my outer boundaries of who I am as a person, woman, mother, sister, daughter, lover. There is no easier (nor harder) way to do this than through photography. Dare I say self portraiture helps me understand myself. It definitely helps me to be kind to myself, and remember who I am on the days when it’s easy to forget.

Now, after four+ years of self portraits, after traveling to meet like minded women and speak about my self portrait journey; it feels like the ultimate study of self. It has brought me a sense of quiet confidence, even as it brings me more questions about who i am. This is growth (and it is welcome here). 

This project of self I can only define as me seeking grace in the conflict. Seeking beauty in the decay. My self portraits document where I have been and where I am going. A circular timeline put on repeat. This is the peace within. The flurry and chaos. The solitude and stillness of wind. The reminder that life is blooming, that growth moves us forward with joy and anticipation. Self portraits are my practice in remembering it is ok to sit with the silence. And that through all the wreckage and reality, life is still beautiful.

Lessons come from being on the other side of the lens.
(These are thoughts on being seen.) Being seen is as important as sharing your voice.

I am worthy.
And so are you.

Now is the time to take back the control of how we see ourselves. Through the process of self portraiture, we come away with images to remind us the beauty of seeing… and being seen. As women, we are all these pieces of self. NOW is the time to embrace it.

Today I’m very excited to share with you the NOW YOU workshops e-course! This is an amazing online collaboration between myself and Kristin Zecchinelli. Registration opens today! Be sure to check out our website for more details like who we are, pricing and how to register, details about the e-course, and other faq’s. Class size is limited, so click on over to read more and reserve your spot in class!

Are you ready to be find that brave beautiful you that dwells inside? Set yourself free of expectation and judgment. Seek and find yourself through your lens. Today share with us your thoughts on self portraiture. Do you enjoy self portraits? Do you loathe them? And please leave your selfies in the comments below. As always, it’s great to see you!

 

Comments

  1. says

    Love this idea! I'd sign up in a heartbeat, but I"m already taking several other ecourse & photog courses right now :(( Hopefully you will be offering it again this summer.

    Also, I can never see your photos in Google reader- they always come through as a broken link.

  2. says

    YEs… google reader is awful when it comes to loading ShutterSister's photos.
    What a cool e-course!
    I did a 52 of self portraits. It was pretty fun, hard, scary and rewarding.

  3. says

    I have blathered on on my blog and other places about how the practice of self portraiture has changed me and the way I see myself. Sometimes i like to set up self portrait shoots with costumes and props http://www.flickr.com/photos/manifeisty/5869829795/in/set-72157626034952041 and sometimes I just take a quick shot to capture how I'm feeling in the moment http://www.flickr.com/photos/manifeisty/7001126663/in/photostream

    As somebody who is evangelical about self portraits (I think everyone should try them!), this course seems just fantastic. Congratulations.

  4. says

    I JUST signed up! I did a 365 self portrait project over a year ago…it was an eye opening experience….BUT as soon as i figured out photoshop…I didn't like who I became…The photos were beautiful…near perfect skin, a younger me…someone who I missed growing up. And now that I've turned 48…I'm having a very difficult time facing the music. Some days are better than others…but I think…I HOPE this will help bring me around to understand me…and NOT be so hard and judgemental on myself.
    Thank you.
    Kelly

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