Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame

i am a lover of photography projects, i think they are a fun way to bring purpose to your photography.  not that we don’t already have a purpose, but it brings a sense of encouragement to pick up our camera and photograph.  in the past i have completed a 365 photography project, a day in the life, and this year i am working my way through a project 52.  photographing projects are simply a fun way for me to focus my photography and get intentional about photographing.  two of my friends megan and courtney created a really beautiful photography project, portraits of me, that encourages photographers to get in their photos too.  this project is hosted on instagram, each monday.  i have found this photography project to be so beautifully encouraging and have really enjoyed the photographs i have taken because of it.

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Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame

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being a new mom, i feel that it is more important than ever to get in the frame.  i want to document these days with my daughter to show her the happiness of our life and to show her what we both looked like during her baby days.  as all moms feel, the days are simply in fast forward mode lately.  i feel like the baby is growing at a rapid rate and the months are going by too quickly.  i love that portraits of me allow me to freeze some of these moments before she grows even more.

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portraits of me allow me to appreciate myself.  i think we are too often hard on ourselves and pick ourselves apart.  i love that getting in the frame can help us see the beautiful people that we truly are.  that there is more to us than stress and comparison.  i love that this photography project encourages us to document ourselves and our lives, just as much as we document the world around us, with our cameras.

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if you are someone who needs a prompt to help inspire your photograph, there is a weekly prompt that coincides with the portraits of me project on instagram that you can find by following either courtney or megan.  i honestly forget to check the prompt in my hurry to jump in the frame, but that’s okay.  the point is getting within the frame.  to participate in the portraits of me photography project, simply post your portrait on monday to instagram using the hashtag #portraitsofme.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

if you need help simplifying the self portrait, be sure to read my tutorial on how to use a wireless remote to take self portraits with your dslr.  while i don’t use my wireless remote for every self portrait, it definitely helps me simplify the process when i do and i am thankful to have one.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

if you are hesitant to get in the frame, i encourage you to try it just for a month.  yes, it takes a little extra work to step in front of the camera, but i promise you that the work is so very worth it.  i find that the moments captured are rich and so much more meaningful.  if you have children, get in the frame with them too.  it’s a beautiful way to document motherhood.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

portraits of me is a wonderful and encouraging photography project that has helped me to create some meaningful images.  i love that, as a result of this project, i have taken more photographs of my daughter and i together.  not only does it help to document her small size and age within a photograph, but it helps to document what our daily life looks like at each stage.  and these photos contain so many memories.  for when i look at each one, i am taken back to the moment and am given the beautiful opportunity to relive and remember that time in our life.

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