Self-Portrait Project: It’s Okay to be Vulnerable
I’ve always found creating self-portraits to be rather intimidating. Being photographed has never ranked high on my list of things I enjoy. But as a photographer, I realize that creating self-portraits is imperative to my personal and artistic growth. That’s why I’ve started Self – a personal, intimate, and raw self-portrait project that resides on my photography website, Kristi Bonney Photography.
“A portrait of an artist produced or created by that artist”, self-portraits are as varied as the individual artists they portray. The tone of self-portraits can run the gamut between fun, sweet, quirky, or moody, and often have a strong lifestyle feel.
Since starting my self-portrait project, I’ve learned a lot about creating images of myself that capture and convey my personality and emotions.
I’ve learned that it’s important to photograph yourself and your routine, no matter how mundane.
And that little snippets of those tender moments between you and your child are worth capturing.
I’ve learned to use shadows and light to add drama and convey mood.
And I’ve learned that it’s okay to be completely vulnerable.
I’m focusing on creating self-portraits that capture the real me, even on the worst of days. My wayward hair, blemishes, dark under-eye circles, and tears are completely out there for the world to see.
Because this self-portrait project of mine isn’t about looking perfectly made up. It’s about capturing the real, authentic me. And though the real me is a complete and utter mess sometimes, there’s still an incredible amount of beauty in being vulnerable and real.
Embarking on a self-portrait project of your own? Create images that capture every facet of you. Have fun. Get creative. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to be vulnerable, even if just once. Get angry, cry, let the loneliness bubble to the surface and let go.