Saturday, April 25, 2009

take a picture

and you could be the happy owner of this fine addon called TAFFETA. if you'll remember, this was an addon that sold out so quickly that it made my head spin. studio calico brought it back and they've agreed to let me give one away as part of our NSD celebrations.



here's the deal: each team member at SC will be holding their own challenge. starting today. you have ONE WEEK to complete the challenges. you can do as many or as few as you like. the more you do, the more chances you have of winning some fabulous SC addons. but my blog challenge is the ONLY ONE where you'll have the chance to win the TAFFETA add on. check out the other gals' blogs to see what they are up to as well. you can enter as many or as few as you like. but since you're here, i'd love to have you enter my challenge.

what's my challenge? recently, i've gotten a few comments from friends about my self portraits and how much they enjoy all the different versions. come, sit, let me tell you my self portrait story. since i started scrapping, i've fallen in love with taking self portraits. i can capture me better than anyone else because i'm patient with myself. just me and my camera, no tripod thank you, spending quality time together. i'm sure if you were to be a fly on the wall, you'd see and hear some pretty hilarious things. i'll laugh like a fool because the smile you get after a fake laugh is truly a smile. once you've done something silly like fake laughing, you naturally smile at yourself, and it's a good smile. i will stare blankly into the distance and try and shoot from a side angle. i will roll my eyes and shoot. i'll perch the camera on my table and stretch my neck up and out to get an unusual angle. i take thousands of shots--thank goodness for digital--and i'm only happy with one or two of them in any one shoot. however, i know it's important to have ME in my scrapping, so i keep doing it.

so i want you to try and get that ONE perfect shot of YOU. start playing with your camera, i'll post some suggestions that have worked for me and others throughout the week. send me a link to your self portrait and i'll enter you into the drawing. if i find the composition of that photo extra creative or interesting (i love the camera in the mirror photos, but then it's kind of obvious you took your own photo, i want to see some different ideas going on...), i'll enter you again. do a layout with that photo and i'll enter you again. please just enter ONE photo.

if you are the winner, which i will choose on at midnight EST, at the end of all the NSD festivities (that's may 2nd--next saturday), you'll need to get me your mailing information ASAP. so please make yourself easily contactable, or make sure you check out my blog late saturday night!

i'm so excited to see what you come up with!

i like this quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. i think it's very true.

. “It is not merely the likeness which is precious... but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think -- and it is not at all monstrous in me to say that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced.”

just as an example of a recent photo shoot for you... i used my 50 mm lens, which is why it's so close up. i like that lens, but the 28-80mm can give you more variety, which is good sometimes. there are no rules on that. hold the camera at a 45 degree angle from your outstretched arm (imagine yourself as a T, lift your arm 45 degrees above that horizontal line.), and start clicking. change sides, move your arm forward or backward, etc. i took over 40 pictures in this particular shoot. it was night, the lighting was horrible, but let black and white mode be your friend :) i went with the one in middle, not because it was the best one, but because it captured something in me that i liked. the cropping was horrible, but for some reason the camera focused in on one eye and made it super crisp against a little fuzz for the rest of the photo. that spoke to me. we'll talk about cropping later in the week.

35 comments:

meganklauer said...

Oh man... what a fun challenge. Gonna have to give this a try.

Kimber-Leigh said...

love this challenge emily! i'm definitely up for it!

Haberdawoman said...

Cool challenge, now I can be on a layout (99.9% of the time I am behind the camera)one question, I just signed up to SC in April and I pretty much used up all my stuff, can I use other papers since I will not have my may kit by the due date.

Erin said...

fun challenge Em! I haven't taken a self portrait since being blessed with a lovely scar on my neck from surgery...we'll see if I can find an angle I like or a close up shot.

*Paula* said...

Can I play? I learned from the master ;)

Leah said...

Love this!! Here's my entry.

http://craftwithleah.blogspot.com/2009/04/self-portrait.html

Leah

Haberdawoman said...

Can I tell you that I had so much fun doing this layout! Thank you for the inspiration. Here is my take on it.

http://thescrappynessinme.blogspot.com/2009/04/tudio-calico-dt-challenges.html

Good luck to all the ladies :)

Jennifer Larson said...

Sorry I'm dense. Do we do a LO or post a photo? Can I do a LO with my photo? Again, sorry I'm dense!

1scrappycat said...

Love this challenge, I'm totally going for it.

the life of a teenage scrapbooker said...

awesome challenge!
Thanks!
here's my link
http://megankathrynp.blogspot.com/2009/04/self-portrait-challenge.html
Thanks
Megan P

Jill said...

Ha! I love this post.
Thanks for the tips on taking self-portraits!

Vivian said...

Okay, I see SO much of Annie in that "um, no" photo. Wow!

Gigi said...

i'm in :)

thanks so much for hosting this challenge!!
http://gigikennedy.typepad.com/littlegi/2009/04/hi-.html

Elisa said...

Great challenge, Emily!

LO in the SC gallery (http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/9803), photo in my blog(http://hybrid-alien.blogspot.com/2009/04/nsc-sc-challenges.html)

ellen s. said...
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ellen s. said...

that was me deleting...sorry! i gave you my photobucket link but just did a blog post instead. this was way cool...tfs...

http://closeyourears.blogspot.com/2009/04/self-portrait-challenge.html

Leah said...

I added a layout (already posted pic)--yay! thanks for the chance to win!
http://craftwithleah.blogspot.com

Gigi said...

and now i have scrapped my photo :)
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1483868

thank you so much for the push sweetie...i needed it :)
have an absolutely FANTASTIC weekend!
xoxo
gi

addicted2paper said...

emily,

THANK YOU for this amazing challenge.
here's the link to my self-portrait: http://myteenytinylittleworld.blogspot.com/2009/05/studio-calico-challenges-for-national.html

Chaos & Happiness said...

Here's a link to mine. :)

http://jami.typepad.com/photos/self_portraits/

Zorina said...

here's mine again...

http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/9875

Happy NSD!

Zorina

Heidi said...

Here's my offering for the self portrait challenge. Boy, that was a hard one! I'm never comfortable seeing myself in pics and to put one "out there" of me in such a naked, raw state is really hard.

http://notbusyenuf.blogspot.com/2009/05/studio-calico-nsd-challenge-just.html

Thanks for looking!!

Heidi

chenguna said...

Ok here's my try at a Self Portrait. I hope the link on my blog works. Do I have to post this at the SC gallery.....I HOPE NOT!

http://chengunation.blogspot.com/
Michelle M.

jeanie nieva said...

this was a self-portrait i took while i was out on a fancy dinner in a hotel with my husband. the picture was taken a few hours ago. i was trying out oyster for the first time and i think the lady on the othe rtable was wondering why i was snapping a shot of myself while eating.

http://www.studiocalico.com/images/forum_galleries/0004/7576/jeanie_nieva_self_portrait.JPG

this is the layout i created based on this...

http://www.studiocalico.com/images/forum_galleries/0004/7582/oyster_yum.jpg

AlissaG said...

http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/9902

here is my lo... the self photo is blurry, but it is my favorite of 30 or 40 that i took the other day

ElaineR said...

This was a really fun challenge for me! Thanks for the inspiration!!!! <3

http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/10175

Jocelyn said...

Thanks for all the great tips on taking the self portraits. I was giggling so hard trying to get that perfect shot!!! Here is mine...http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/10177 Happy NSD!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Here's mine:

http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/10108

Penny

jamie said...

here's my photo::
http://s279.photobucket.com/albums/kk130/j-girl40/?action=view&current=selfportrait-2psgallery.jpg

thanks for posting this challenge!!

Stephanie said...

Here's mine!

http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/10242

joyfull said...

ok, so I used the camera to cover up some wrinkles, lol! But this is truly me since I am always behind the camera - thanks for the motivation!
http://thomas5.typepad.com/picture_this/2009/05/me-shooting-me.html

jamie said...

second link...this time it's a layout with my sp...thanks again!!!

http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com/

ToneF said...

Thanks for a very fun challenge!
Here is my self-portrait :)
http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/10359

I will scrap it later ;)

Have a lovely nsd-week-end :o)

anet said...

Lots of fun! Thanks. Here's mine.
http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/10365

*reyanna klein* said...

I SO need to do more of these! :)

http://www.studiocalico.com/forums/galleries/show/9766