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I took a self-portrait class.
Even though I’ve created over 800 self-portraits,
even though I’ve taught self-portrait classes before…
I went. And I was a student.
Going to this class, taught by the gorgeous person Meghan Davidson, opened up two ways of thinking for me.
The first was one that I had to understand before I went. I’m a natural facilitator. I love teaching, love guiding people. When I went to this class – the first workshop I’ve ever properly taken – I had to put that aside. I wasn’t the one leading, and that is a role I’m not comfortable in.
Instead of walking into the classroom with a leader mindset, I embodied a student mindset. I decided to be curious, to keep an open mind, and to create something I never would otherwise. Watch the video to see what I ended up making (and more!):
This post comes in lieu of those two things: being a beginner + giving gifts.
I challenge you to create like you don’t know what you’re doing.
Even if you’re a professional,
even if you have been creating for 20 years,
even if you think you know your style,
even if you know your craft.
Go back to basics. Do something that scares you, that challenges you. Do something simple. Don’t feel the need to PRODUCE.
That is where this image came from. For me, it was a relatively simple image. I shot it close up, which I normally shy away from, and I didn’t rely on heavy-handed editing.
I covered my body in paint, used a little butterfly I’ve had for 6+ years, and I had fun. Simple, I-don’t-have-to-produce-anything-good FUN.
I tried new techniques in Photoshop, I tried new colors, and I didn’t hold myself to what I already know.
I began again, even though I had already begun creating self-portraits 9 years ago.
What would you do differently if you could begin again?
Scroll for GIVEAWAY!
This week I’ve been given many things, some emotional, some good for the soul, and some were just downright awesome products. I came home from a week away to find a new 3 Legged Thing tripod (this one, specifically) waiting for me as well as a new Microsoft Surface Studio home computer. I mean…
So, I’m passing it on. I really, really needed a new computer (mine was mid-combustion) and I was about to spend money on it. Now that I don’t have to, I’m giving away $150. Because I know this: Someone really needs it.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway, leave me a comment. Tell me either: a bit about yourself or about a friend who you think could use this kind of a gift.
And if you have the ability, pay it forward today.