ABM 30 Day Challenge // Week One.

Monday, July 22, 2013

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!


  1. I thought about doing this, but I'm never happy with any selfies I take. I have been enjoying seeing everyone's though.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  2. You look gorgeous EVERYDAY, Instagram, "A Beautiful Mess" prompted or otherwise! Your pics are inspiring and gorgeous...and yes of course I have that same horse blouse because WE have exquisite taste. Your ad is live my doll, I LOVE YOU!!! That mirror is so beautiful I almost came...over. LOL. xo ak

  3. I love that you did a one week post. I have been doing it as well on instagram and hope I last the 30 days too. Your pictures are adorable.

  4. I hate taking selfies, but I wanted to try to do this just to get into the habit. It didn't happen, lol. I like seeing everyone else's though.


  5. I'm doing it! I love that's it's not your usual duck face, bathroom mirror selfies and that you are encouraged to take interesting self portraits. I think it's a great way to get more comfortable in front of the camera too.
    I love your photos for the week! The close up profile is beautiful.

  6. I love love LOVE that pink mirror!
    You look amazing in all your pictures.
    Love Gi

  7. Aw, I love your shots! I think it's a great idea, but I decided that this just wasn't the right time for me to start a project. I think I'll try it in September!

  8. Confession: I've been ooh-ing and ahh-ing at your instagram since the challenge began... Your photos are simply lovely and your self portraits are über cute! I've been playing along too and having lots of fun! It's amazing how much you learn by talking pictures of yourself! xoxo Arianna (lavenderandpink)

  9. These photos are lovely! You take wonderful pictures and you're stunning!
    Good luck with the challenge!

    P.S. -- I'm following you via Bloglovin!
    Sincerely, Sara

  10. I'm doing the challenge too. You can see some here. I love your blog. It is too cute!.


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