One thing I really wanted to do this month was to get my blog in better shape. A major part of that was for me to take a damn profile picture that I could use for the blog, social network sites, and other fun stuff.
I know why I put it off – I hate taking pictures of myself. It takes forever for me to get a good shot that I can use.
Of course, there are dozens of photos like this on my computer already, but D. took them. I avoided using them partly because I didn’t want to ask, and mostly because no matter how attractive he says I am…he takes horrible photos of me. Most pictures he’s taken of me were the result of an ambush, usually when I have on no makeup, my hair hasn’t been washed in days, and he insists that a rattly old tshirt is just fine to wear because he’s just “testing out the camera, so it doesn’t matter.”
Oh, and not sure how he manages it, but he ALWAYS gets pictures that make me look like I have a double chin. I don’t – but if you only saw me from his perspective, I look a lot like this:
So, yesterday afternoon I set up the Photo Booth feature on my laptop and goofed around. The pictures aren’t the greatest, but they’re only being used for tiny profile pictures, so they don’t have to be. They’ll be so small that I doubt anyone will care. That, and anything is better than an iPhone selfie. I still suck at taking those.
Here are a few pictures that turned out alright, and you may be seeing more of in the near future!
Then, to make sure you guys know how REAL I like to keep things around here, a few goofy outtakes for good measure:
I decided to keep the pictures in black and white because I thought it would be easier than trying to figure out what to wear while doing them in color. Also, my hair hasn’t quite gotten over the whole “lighter on top, darker on bottom” problem – and I’m not a photoshop pro, so I can’t really fix that.
For fun, though, I did take one color picture, just to show you just how much brighter/darker you have to make your makeup for black and white photos to look right:
I know that I haven’t been too great with my challenge this month, but I figured that with finals week, vacation, getting ready for summer classes, and trying to exercise more, I’d go with something manageable.
One long afternoon and a pile of makeup later…I’m well on my way.