All the Love for Self-Portraits

FRIENDS. I’m freshly back from Story Camp with Ali Edwards and I can tell you – WOW. SO GOOD. I can’t wait to share the projects I made this past weekend. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned and how it has shifted my memory keeping for the better!

But first, we need to talk about self-portraits.

One of our homework assignments for Story Camp was to bring a selfie. If you have followed me for any length of time, you probably know how much I absolutely *love* selfies.

Self-portraits tell us so much about who and where we are. I have used them over the years as a way to dive in to myself. To check in. To see where I’m at and work on being better.

At the start of this year, I did a daily self portrait project to help me work through depression (post-partum mixed with seasonal depression, not to mention the chaotic/depressive cultural zeitgeist at that time (right after the election)). It was SO HARD.

Thankfully, I know myself well enough to know that there is a way for me to work myself out of it. I’m a naturally mellow person. I live in a cold weather climate. I have life drama that drags me down, at times. So whenever things come my way, I know what I need to do to pick myself back up.

And I did it. Slowly. And I used self-portraits to help myself along. I’ll explain.

Self-portraits are a way that I check in with myself. You can fake all you want with friends and social gatherings, but when you’re with yourself, the camera doesn’t lie.

It tells the story in the subtle curl of your lips. In the water in your eyes. In the color of your complexion.

The answer is always there. If you know what you’re looking for.

So when I’m not myself, I use a daily self-portrait as a barometer for where I am. And I take it, no matter how imperfect or silly or strange it might appear to be.

And I keep going.

For this year’s project, I did a lot of face-on selfies because I knew what I was working with. And I knew I needed it.

So there you have it.

I have SO MUCH MORE to share. This is where we begin.