When I came up with this idea last August I only lasted about 11 days, so I didn't really know how hard this could be. There was a bit of combined inspiration for this project, first from Leon Bridges's photographer Erin Rambo who uses light more beautifully than I've ever seen, and second from this YouTube trend called VEDI-insert-initial-of-month-here, which is a project in which people make a video every day for a month.
First things first, I very much do not like having my photo taken, even by myself. I'm not a huge fan of taking selfies and I feel a bit uncomfortable posting a lot of pictures of my face. It's a lot of attention just on me whether people are responding to the images or not. So I had to confront the idea, whether real or self-imposed, that people might get sick of looking at my face.
It's also incredibly difficult to feel up for taking self portraits when you're ill. I caught a pretty intense sinus infection about 4 days into this project, but I was determined to keep going. But the question became "how to I take creative self portraits when I look like death?" Well there were a lot of shots that obscured my face for two weeks!
If you're looking for a way to improve your confidence as a photographer I would definitely recommend taking up a project like this (even just for 10 days, like Adam Elmakias's Instagram challenge that starts today!). I found a lot of confidence and tried a lot of new things I otherwise wouldn't have considered.
What has helped you grow most in your creative endeavors? Leave a comment or tweet us @mjbhomeent!