Friday, January 4, 2013

focusing on life
week one

yes. i've been a bit...absent....lately. absent in oh, so many ways. lots going on. real life (with a four- and seven-year-old, imagine that). holidays. birthdays. tragedies (newtown-amazing how that shakes a person). head issues (seriously, though, i'm fine. dealing.) work craziness. ya'll get it, i know.

and i can't even find the forgheen crafty horse, never mind getting back on it. I haven't been able to create anything at all, successful or not. frustrating! so hopefully a little bit of prompted inspiration push will help me clear things out in this new year. as such, i've decided to join sally russick in her lovely weekly photog challenge, "focusing on life". sharing one prompt a week should be a beautiful experience, shouldn't it? and being able to concentrate enough to get one specific photo or a set of pictures will be good for me....and keep me a bit more present and here, hopefully! so please join me and many other blogging friends on saturdays to see what we are up to!

our first "assignment" this week was to take a self portrait. yes, interesting. i'm not comfortable in front of the camera. give me the safety and anonyminity of being behind the camera and color me happy. so this was indeed a challenge. an accepted one, however.



but all ya get is that one picture. and I'll be honest, it was a near thing...the dog, however, wouldn't stay in my lap long enough to help me get the picture i was looking for! truth. i was trying to skirt the challenge and have the big boy obscuring most of my face. and i was thisclose to just taking a pic of my new booties and saying "there ya go!"

and yep, i've filtered and edited the hell out of this photo ;). and have gone darker with the hair and gotten a new sassy short cut since my last posted pics, either on FB or anywhere else too ;)

so, then, there you go. me. in a hazy, lazy self portrait. do you think taking self portraits are difficult?

please join me and everyone else next week, when we'll be sharing our one word for the year. which i still need to discover. of course.

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28 comments:

Stacie said...

Great shot, and I agree, having something to focus on weekly is very doable!! Nice to meet you!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

You did a great job! You've captured a moment ... a tad look of frustration that the dog wouldn't help out? - ha!

Tanya said...

I think filters are the best thing ever for self portraits. :) Your photo is beautiful. I'm glad your dog was non cooperative.

Annette said...

Lol, Holly, I hid behind the camera for my self portrait! I love yours because that look says it all! And don't worry, that crafty horse will find you. :)

Jenni said...

funny how we all feel the same...a little worried by being exposed.. oh well we got through it! I think you look quite mysterious!
Jenni

Patti Van said...

Beautiful job- so honest-I admire that so much! I am looking forward to seeing your pictures each week!

Lola said...

Clever idea of using the dog ... I'm sorry he didn't feel like cooperating. =) I do think taking a self portrait is difficult ... my initial shots were of my eye. One eye. I worked my way to a full headshot, but it wasn't easy. Looking forward to seeing your word for the year!

Islandgirl said...

Love the picture! I'm hoping this gets me back on track with blogging and 'life' in general! Coming up with the word of the year for next week might be the challenge of the year!

Sally Russick said...

Holly, I don't think it is a lazy self portrait at all, you captured great emotion in your self portrait! Beautiful! I do love the new sassy haircut.

Shirley Moore said...

Love it! I think I'm going to enjoy seeing the efforts from this project, and hearing how you all work through the process. And I think you are absolutely too cute!

Alice said...

So many of us feel the same about self-portraits, myself included. I had to laugh at the thought of you attempting to use your dog to cover up your face!! Your 'hazy, lazy' self portrait is actually very nice, and you are a beatiful woman.

I hope you can get back on track soon and enjoy everything the new year has to offer.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Sorry the puppy was uncooperative in your picture taking adventure but your self-portrait still turned out fantastic! Love the new sassy hair! Looking forward to the following years worth of photos that everyone will be taking!

Beti Horvath said...

We are always so afraid of the camera! And when we conquer that fear, look what we get! You are fierce! (But in a good way!!)

Courtney said...

I appreciate all the feelings! It is a good picture of you, :)!

Laura Twiford said...

I think it turned out great and yes, it was a very difficult assignment and I have the folder full of discards to prove it!

Shel said...

You're too funny! This is a good shot - editing and all. I love the fact that you were trying to get the dog to help and the pic of the booties needs to be on the next blog post!! ;-)

Lesley said...

A definite theme of avoidance in this event but I think your pup refusing to take part gave you a very honest shot - you look lovely and just a tad frustrated with him perhaps...a real portrait in the moment.

Designed by Vera said...

You look determined! Great way to start the new year!

Donna Bradley said...

I'm glad the dog was uncooperative, because now we can see your beautiful face! I love this photo! I think it captures the thoughts and feelings of all of us.

Kristi Bowman said...

Hi Holly, nice to see your face!! Hooray for self portraits!!

nbeltane said...

great shot. had a giggle about the dog..

Nicole from http://instagrampad.wordpress.com

Jeanna DiPinto said...

Sounds like we could use a coffee break...my life's been crazy too. Going to try the 52 photos!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Holly,
Beautiful Lady, I love the photo. I am so excited to be among the people in the challenge and look forward to seeing what everyone has photographed each week.
Therese

Karen Mitchell said...

You were a lot braver than me! You do look quite determined to get this prompt over and done with.

maryharding said...

Nice self portrait. Love the grainy quality of your pic and the strength in your face. Look forward to more pics. Fun journey.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Booties are nice, so are puppies, but this is much better. You rose to the challenge beautifully

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I understand your reasons for participating in this challenge. A lot like mine. It's so nice to see your face! And a lovely face it is, too.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Your hair looks awesome shorter I haven't seen you is so long you look amazing! XOXO

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