365 Portrait Challenge | 1 of 365 | Self-Portrait

A 365 portrait challenge! We have challenged ourselves to create a portrait every single day for an entire year. Some days it is going to be easy since we will have clients booked and can use their portraits for our challenge and some days we will have to just create. We have seen that some people use this as a self-portrait challenge, but we want to create portraits. Portraits of any kind and of any person. At some point we will get sick of shooting the same people and will have to go outside the box to create more.

To start out this challenge though, we went with a self-portrait. Don't be surprised, but this is the first time I had used the timer feature on the camera before. I never found reason to use it in the past, but will probably use it a ton while taking some portraits for myself to get in.

Here is the first portrait in a long line of photos:

 San Diego Wedding Photographer - Self Portrait - Family - Exist in Photos - Photo Challenge

San Diego Wedding Photographer - Self Portrait - Family - Exist in Photos - Photo Challenge

I FREAKING LOVE!

We always go for that lifestyle type portrait in our work and it was great to actually see myself in a photo. Sue Bryce tells about "existing in photos." No matter what, people should exist in photos. I feel strong about that. I never have been a person that has liked sitting in front of a camera, but after the first self-portrait, I know how important it is to be in front of the camera and not always behind it.

These photos don't disappear and they will always exist. It is a piece of memory that you can always bring up and come back to. People need to exist in photos. Starting off on Day 1 of this challenge and we already have learned some great things. Can't wait to see what else we learn day in and day out of this challenge.

What are we going to create today?!

Follow along with us on this portrait challenge through our BLOG. You can also see some of our photos on our Instagram and Facebook and can see some of the behind the scenes work on our Snapchat.

This should be fun!

 San Diego Wedding Photographer - Self Portrait - Family - Exist in Photos

San Diego Wedding Photographer - Self Portrait - Family - Exist in Photos

Self-Portrait: Be Still Photography | Ernie Padaon