Last week the lovely ladies over at A Beautiful Mess took to Instagram and challenged their followers and blog readers to a 30 day selfie challenge. Now, I know what you might be thinking, 30 days of looking at my own face on Instagram, how vain! I've seen this complaint a lot over the last week and I understand the reservations but I decided to take part and hopefully gain knowledge from the experience, I'm a glass half full kinda gal. I know that my photography skills can always be improved and my kids don't always like to be photographed so what better way than to practice on myself?
I've really enjoyed the challenge so far, it's been really stretching my brain and each day I find myself brainstorming ideas for my next picture. I've been trying to make my selfies as diverse and interesting as possible playing with different angles, lighting, and filters. The point of this challenge isn't to take a mirror shot of yourself every day for a month, it's to experiment and try something new. Of course I did get one in for good measure.
In the process I've used my actual camera a few times and it's made me a lot more confident with using a tripod, timer, and camera settings. I mostly photograph with my iPhone for blog posts and even my shop because it's always by my side and I'm confident using it in everyday life. I'm trying to stray away from my phone photography and focus more on taking better photos with the camera I have and this challenge has really helped me with that.
I hope that I can keep up with the challenge over the coming weeks and create something new and exciting each day so that my face doesn't get annoying on your Instagram feed and it will keep my feed looking natural and not like a shrine to my self. I'm not that obsessed with the way I look!
It's been great to be in front of the camera for a change, proof that I'm alive. I'm usually the one snapping away and documenting our lives so I'm never in photos anymore. I realized recently that there are albums on my computer full of holiday events and get togethers and I'm no where to be seen! Hopefully this challenge will change that for the better!
Are you taking part in the challenge? Let me know what you think of it so far!