photo challenges

Photo challenge

Joining The Paper Mama‘s photo challenge.

This week’s challenge: Black and White.

I love this picture of Lily taken in August in West Virginia.

She was listening to the leaves blowing in the wind.

With her little finger pointing up, it’s like she’s saying “listen….”.

It always stops her.

And she always stops me.

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Photo challenge!

Joining The Paper Mama with her weekly photo challenge.

This week’s challenge: EXCITEMENT

Now we all know that Lily is for the most part a serious girl but she does get excited every once in a while.

I have never seen such excitement in her face like the time we went swimming at Whittaker.

It was her first time and she was so excited to be there.

She wasn’t the only one, avo Joao was pretty excited too! 😉

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Self photo challenge

Joining Juliana at Shakti Mama with her photo challenge on the elements of self series.

This week’s challenge: favorite body part self portrait.

For me, my favorite body part (and not just on me but on women in general) is the neck, collar bone and shoulders. (I know, those are 3 body parts but they all go together ;))

It’s a part of the body that can show strength as well as vulnerability.

It’s one of the reasons I often prefer short hair to long hair.

neck, collar bone and shoulders

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Photo challenge!

Joining The Paper Mama‘s photo challenge again.

This week’s challenge: SELF.

Continuing with my series of bathroom self portraits, this one was just taken at The Sanchez playhouse.

When I was first taking the picture I was mainly focused on the “women” sign and my reflection in the mirror next to it.

“Women”, I thought.

But now looking at the picture, I focus on the strainer for the sink. And I just can’t help but to smile with the symbolism of it all… 😉

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Photo challenge!

I’ve decided to join The Paper Mama‘s photo challenge this week.

The challenge is Flower.

Looking at flowers is one of Lily’s and mine favorite things to do. She is named after one after all!

Believe it or not (for the ones who know me, I’m sure you believe it), there were soooooo many to choose from but, I must say that this one is my favorite of all times. (it’s kind of an innocent version of American Beauty)

It was taken back in May at the park we go to every afternoon and I just love everything about it.

I love her face, her expression, how blue her eyes are, the color of the flowers, the grass…. my Lily!

Lily in May 2010

Think me

I’m joining Ariella (who writes one of my favorite blogs) who joined Juliana on a series of self portraits.

When I read Ariella‘s post, I could totally relate.

There is so much about me that I don’t like and that I would change. Physically, I’m never as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it.

I don’t like my left eye. (I have felt like this since I was a child) It turns in a bit and it is very noticeable in frontal shots. Profile shots are much better for me which is why I usually shoot myself that way.

When I read Juliana‘s post, I could also totally relate on the emotional level.

Just yesterday I cried about this. (yes, I cried)

Becoming a new mom has been wonderful but also one of the biggest emotional challenges.

As uncomfortable as I am in front of the camera, I have for the last 6 years started a personal collection of self portraits.

This is something that I have done mostly for my own artistic studies of…well, myself.

Just the other day I was thinking about doing a post about bathroom portraits. Most of my self portraits have been taken in my own bathroom, bar bathrooms, restaurant bathrooms, hotel bathrooms, you get the picture.

I have a thing for self and bathrooms. 😉

Right after I read Ariella‘s post, I ran into our bathroom and took these self portraits.

I have no make-up on, I haven’t showered and I’m in my house dress. (yes, I wear a house dress)

see my left eye?

much more comfortable this way

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