Sunday, May 29, 2011

playing dress up

Dreaming Selfie RS

Frida Kahlo once said, "I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best." Interestingly enough, I can relate. Actually, self-portraiture is an area of photography that I never imagined enjoying. I mean, the whole point behind owning a camera is so I can take pictures of other people...right? Then, I ran into Elena at Selfie Magic. Not only did I become more comfortable in front of the camera (after following several of her tutorials), but I fell in love with the idea of dressing up, playing a character and photographing myself...it became an extension of my creative work. I find it much easier to pretend I'm playing a role rather than to hand over my camera...only to be disappointed with a reflection of me through someone else's eyes. They couldn't possibly know me better than myself.

When I look at DelaLane Photography's self-portrait, I'm reminded of my childhood...playing dress up and having tea parties. I love that even though they had a photographer there (she went out with her mother and a bunch of friends for a proper ladies' tea and luncheon) taking photos under studio lights in front of a backdrop, that she took a moment to capture how she felt about herself in that moment. I can't imagine a better picture than this. I'm actually inspired to have a tea party myself. I just need a proper hat!

Until next time,
Ashley of Ramblings and Photos

126/365 - Tea Time
Tea Time by DelaLane Photography

11 comments:

mosey said...

Will there be petits fours at your tea party? If so, I'm there. Great post, Ashley and that quote from Frida Kahlo was perfection.

urban muser said...

ashely, that selfie is amazing! love the quote too. great post!!

tammy lee said...

This is a great post Ashley! Love it. Such beautiful ladies. xo tam

Ashley Sisk said...

I think petits fours are definitely in order!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Loved the quote. Such lovely shots!

Brooke said...

Love this and your self portrait is gorgeous!

missing moments said...

Great self portrait! And you're right, who better to expose our self to but to our self! Lovely!

Elena said...

Ashley, this photo of you is so gorgeous!!!!!
And thanks for mentioning my name! I'm glad I inspired you to start doing self-portraits, just like I was inspired by some photographer many years ago!

Kirstin said...

Ashley, this is perfect! You take the most amazing selfies, you really do. And what a pairing too...

Naomi said...

gorgeous self portrait, just beautiful! :)

Anika said...

love both these shots! great post ashley!

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