When I first started this here blog, I remember so well the hours spent swooning over other beauty bloggers’ work – the layouts, the ideas, the colour schemes and, most importantly, their ability to capture some seriously amazing images of themselves and their beauty looks. Long before the rise of the now-infamous #selfie, a group of beauty bloggers already had the whole self portrait picture thing down and the skill is something I’ve always envied.
So I thought I’d share my little tale of selfie-discovery (geddit?!) with y’all in case there are a few of you out there suffering from a similar feeling of selfie-doubt (I could keep going all day, but I promise, the selfie puns will stop soon). Because the truth is, no matter how hard I’ve tried I’ve never been able to snap an image of myself that I’ve been really and truly happy with – until recently.
The thing with my photo faces is that I tend to look best – in my eyes anyway – when I’m pulling some kind of ridiculous face. A scrunchy nose, crinkly eye and snarling lip have all been used in the past to mask my face in one way or another and, I think, they’ve worked pretty darn well. But sadly, they don’t really help to capture that effortless beauty blogger vibe that I have tried – and no doubt failed – to achieve on so many occasions.
So what’s changed? I hear your cry. As you may have noticed from my recent posts, I’m trying to post a few more photos of myself these days. Not out of vanity, but more because I think it helps to showcase whatever beauty bit or trend I’m writing about. So I’ve had to force myself to just man up in front of the camera in order to capture a somewhat straight-faced series of images that I’m comfortable putting up on my blog. It’s a work in progress but I think I’m finally starting to get my head around the whole process. And it’s not because I think I’ve suddenly become more attractive – or because I’ve worked out some snazzy new editing techniques that manage to blur my face in that perfectly smooth-skinned, bright-eyed way, but rather because I’ve tried my utmost to just feel happy with how I look, warts and all!
It still takes time for me to warm up to the camera – as you can no doubt see in the images above! – but I’m getting there ladies and gents. The truth is though, the end images y’all see on the blog have been selected from hundreds upon hundreds of snaps which I take and then trawl through in order to select my favourite. In reality my face looks much more like the above photos – scrunchy nose and all. *Pouts*