As a professional photographer, I'm always finding reasons to take photos. Sometimes, I plan to go places or do certain things, just so I can take photos... My husband also knows that he can bribe me into doing athletic things like hiking by allowing me to bring my camera and record the experience with pictures. And I am not ashamed of this! What can I say? I love taking pictures!
But... there is one thing I'm not really fond of taking pictures of... myself. When I look back over my scrapbooks the last few years, I have way more photos of my husband and Addie than I do of myself. I know the reasons behind this... I'm not the petite little thing I used to be, I don't care for my round face, and I don't think I look good in photographs.
Maybe you deal with this too? Well, I've come to the conclusion that these things shouldn't matter. We are our own worst critics. Rather than stressing about what we look like in photos, we should be in the moment, enjoying it and documenting it!
Let's take my mom for instance... She took SOOOOO many photos of my sister and I when we were younger. But we have so very few of her! In fact, looking back over our childhood albums, we have so few photos of Mom that we couldn't tell you what her hair style was like any particular year or what her favorite outfit was. Not to mention be able to point out how she changed from year to year. She didn't really document anything about herself... Not her projects, her clothes, or even her thoughts... She pretty much only focused on us.
I'm setting out to change that for myself and my memory keeping process. I want to tell the story of me! Who I am, what makes me happy, the things I enjoy doing, and what I LOOK LIKE!
Will you join me?
Here are some words from the blog of my friend Jennifer, who's leading us in this amazing, incredibly inspired project!
The challenge? To document yourself throughout the month of April.
The reward? A mini-album that captures a snapshot of just who you are, right now.
This isn't just about taking the traditional selfie each day. It's about documenting your life through all types of photos - perhaps your hand holding your favorite Starbucks drink, a #fromwhereistand style photo in your neighborhood. Journaling prompts will help you make lists of music you love, or your daily routine.
To inspire you throughout this month, we are working with a fantastic group of ladies who will be sharing themes for your spreads and tips for tackling this project, while also linking up their #myselfiescrapbook pages each Friday.
While six ladies will be leading you through the bulk of this course, some other talented bloggers and designers are working behind the scenes to create special free downloadable journaling cards and word art for you to use throughout your album and we can't wait to share those details with you!
In the mean time, I suggest following each of these ladies to make sure you don't miss any content:
Jen | Blog | @sunlightandair
Julie | Blog | @julieloveg
Kellie | Blog | Shop | @giveaagirlablog
Mandy | Blog | @recordlifeblog
Jessica | Blog | Shop | @colorcastdesigns
Jodie | Blog | Shop | @polkadotcreative
During the course of this class which starts now and wraps up on May 15th, you will want to check in at Jennifer's blog for the prompts, downloadable files, and other course content.
But... Each lady will be sharing her own selfies, product suggestions, and her finished pages on Instagram throughout the month using the hashtag, #myselfiescrapbook (of course). On Fridays, you will also be able to gather inspiration by clicking through a blog hop of finished pages.
Friday April 3rd - Suggested Supply List
Monday April 5th - Week 1 with Julie
Friday April 10th - Blog Hop #1
Monday April 13th - Week 2 with Kellie
Wednesday April 15th - Mandy's suggestions for doing this project digitally!
Friday April 17th - Blog Hop #2
Monday April 20th - Week 3 with Jessica
Friday April 24th - Blog Hop #3
Monday April 27th - Week 4 with Jodie
Friday May 1st - Blog Hop #4
Monday May 4th - Jens tips for completing your album
Friday May 15th - Project Wrap Up & Final Blog Hop!
How to Participate
To get started with this project, all you need to do is start capturing photos of yourself! While our first formal theme will come on Monday, take the next few days to start documenting you. While our recommendation is to capture at least one photo each day, this project is about fitting your lifestyle and that might mean three photos a day or only three photos in a week. The pace is up to you!
While you can complete this project in any format you'd like, we will be working in both the 4x4 and 6x8 format. A list of suggested supplies is coming tomorrow but we're hoping this will give you a chance to try a new album size and to use up your stash.
Throughout the challenge, we want to see you sharing your project. On your blog and on Instagram! Make sure to use the class hashtag, #myselfiescrapbook, so that we can cheer you on. Feel free to hashtag your selfies, your day-to-day photos, your pages in progress, and the ones that you finish. And, who knows, we just might feature your pages! We also encourage you to leave comments on the weekly prompts and the blog hop posts, too.
To start, we'd love for you to leave a comment on Jen's blog letting us know that you'll be taking part in the project!
Read More at: http://www.jenniferlake.com/