One of the photographers I follow, Jessica Drossin, is celebrating her birthday this month and has invited her fellow photographers to participate in a three-week self portrait challenge. I thought this sounded exciting and a great opportunity to do something different, so I told her I would participate. (Figuring out the time to complete these assignments would become another challenge in and of itself!)
This first assignment focused on the decade I was born and I’m a child of the 80s and the 80s were a lot of fun…or so it appeared! I had some help in the wardrobe department and a few friends brought in a few items for me to pick and choose from, but when it came down to it, time was against me, so I decided to go the Flashdance route. I’m not sure how much my readers know about me, but I love to dance and perform. It’s another great passion of mine and I think I was more than happy to remake the look/feel of this!
Anyone ever complete a self portrait project while your husband and 2-year old are running around? It was definitely a challenge to not break into laughter as my husband sat there and uttered smart remarks like, “oh yeah, that’s the money shot”, “what are you pointing at?” and my favorite, “your butt is showing”. As I was working on a few last shots, my 2-year old came running towards me and said it was bedtime. I said, “okay, one more shot” and he sprinted towards me, leaped into my lap and yelled “okay mama!”. I had to include him in that last shot. How could I not?
After doing this tiny shoot, I remembered how much I enjoy being in front of the camera! Yes, even with my husband trying to distract me from my focus. It was a lot of fun and I got to do fun makeup and big hair. Who doesn’t like to play dress up? I’m pretty happy with how this first assignment turned out and with the post processing, it really does feel like a bit of a step back in time. I’m a little apprehensive about the second assignment, which focuses on vulnerability. I have an idea in mind and think it will be quite successful, but it’s just a matter of letting go of myself enough and just doing it! Stay tuned for next’s week’s post.
Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.
When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.
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