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3.31.2011

a guide to a successful self-portrait session. (in the bathroom).


1. stop worrying about whether it's narcissistic. it is. move on.
2. pull out your bumpit. if your gonna engage the ego, might as well add a bit of whimsy.
3. choose a bathroom with strong lighting to wash out any flaws.
4. make sure the camera is in focus, even if you are not.
5. know that for every 10 photos you take there might be 1 good one. and that's a pretty successful ratio.


photo tutorial 5

photo tutorial 6

bathroom photo-taking tutorial 1

photo tutorial 4

bathroom photo tutorial 2




no, but in all seriousness, i joke about this and i take excessive amounts of bathroom shots because i actually have a tremendous fear of having my photo taken. darn that last vestige of ned. but i'm working on it. here's to the day when i won't need to ever employ the bathroom photo shoot again!

and since i'm feeling "in the answering questions mood": the lipstick worn in my other bathroom shoot was benefit lip stain in posietint.

38 comments:

katherine said...

i am unbelievably photo.shy. it's actually the largest source of wedding stress for me. tastings, invitations, dresses, coordination -not a problem. a day devoted to photos? my heart stops.

sing it, sister.

Jennifer Rod said...

this is so cute. you pull these bathroom shots pretty great. :)

Sonja said...

Hehe, I like your instructions! and you look gorgeous in the photos as usual.
I just went through a whole bunch of your posts again, both ned related and not. I love the way you write!!! And how open you are about the things you write about. :o)
But now I have to blame you for the hour of procrastination I just spent on here! hehehe

christine said...

You are gorgeous in this bathroom photo shoot. And you look like you're having fun. :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i donno which number (or photo) is my favorite.

Amanda said...

Can you explain how you do that bump in your hair? My hair is very similar to yours and would love to know how to style it that way. Thanks!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

HA! i loved this! hilarious and so true!!

katie said...

you look beautiful in these photos - and are much better at the mirror self portrait than i am. perhaps i just need more practice ;)

Erin said...

Have no fear -- you are absolutely gorgeous! I love your smile! Also, those are really pretty bathroom walls.

Michael said...

Meg,

I'll take pictures of you anytime you want. Seriously. Check out my stuff if you don't believe me. www.fromthisterrace.com, www.michaelmarkhamonline.com/photography, or my pics on facebook. I miss you. We should get some coffee or tea. And cookies. I'm big into cookies lately.

Michael

erin elder said...

"stop worrying about whether it's narcissistic. it is. move on."

Soooooo true and soooooo funny!! i loved this post. darling.

p.s. your bathroom is beautiful! lucky girl!! :)

Alex said...

Gorgeous as usual! Love that jacket, p.s.

Natalie said...

so gorgeous! you really remind me of a young kate winslet!

marissa from the boot said...

snookie would be proud of your bumpit skillz.
you look beautiful! i especially love your blazer!

Emily said...

bathroom photo shoots are the best!
and you are BEAUTIFUL!

taylor elaine said...

This is so witty. I absolutely love it. I haven't done a bathroom photo shoot in ages...it's definitely time that changes. :)

aubry. said...

Funny. Love it. Thank you.

Bon Bon said...

Beautiful bathroom shot, beautiful bathroom! And the bump-it...always a good choice:-) xoxo

Brittany said...

love this! i really like your blazer and blouse, the bathroom is gorgeous, and i love your expression in the second picture. so sassy! side note: i would love to know more about how you chose that specific camera and how you're liking it. i need a better camera but i have absolutely no knowledge on the subject.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

oh goodness, just buy a plane ticket and you can sleep in my extra bed (because i know bavaria, germany is your destination of choice).

to answer your question, though, i am planning on being here at least another year....bavaria til june 30, hoping for salzburg again this summer and then possibly another year in germany next academic year (or poland).

in other words: just get over here!

Kate said...

I do the same way. If I take a picture of myself it takes me like 10 or 15 minutes to get the right one.

Veronica said...

I don't quite know you, but I love you!
Pssst...what lens are you using?

Sera said...

haha, i love that we all do these! you look beautiful!

Brooke said...

you're a beautiful woman. truly. darn that ned!

Autumn said...

we have had so many conversations at work about the bump it. i think it just all comes down to moderation of the ratting.

personally, I think it looks very cute on you!

Micaela said...

BEAUTIFUL!!

your bathroom looks so glamourous!!! and thank you for saying that i'm not the only one that has to take 10 photos to find one decent one.

as much as i can tell my husband anything and feel at ease with him in every day life, there is something awkward asking him to take my photo still. an insecurity of mine? you bet. but one step at a time.

x

Michelle said...

without sounding way creepy - you are seriously so pretty! i think you have absolutely nothing to worry about, but I understand its not as simple as that.

communikate. said...

Bumpit!! I've never seen it look so great!!

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

sometimes i think you are secretly a glamourous film star from the 50s. i only wish i looked so good in my bathroom mirror :)
also, you are making me want to get a bumpit! i never thought it could look like that! (you know, pretty, and not crazy like i saw on the informercials 3 years ago. haha)
p.s. where is that polka-dot shirt from?! i must have it!!
p.p.s. my new lipstick is Nars "schiap". it's so bright, but i wear it as a stain and it makes me SO happy! have to check out the benefit one!

look a little closer said...

you are so beautiful and i also love me some bathroom shots! good lighting. :)

Christie said...

Awesome! I tried the "bumpit" once. Not a good look on me. At all!

By the way, I LOVE your auburn shade! My recent color turned out a bit too red for my taste (even though it looked auburn on the box). Would you mind sharing your hair color shade? It's perfect!

Christie

wilybrunette said...

@ christie: i got it done at the salon so i don't know the shade. it's actually a gold, but over my dark hair it comes off auburn. i hate it! i appreciate your kind words, but i look at it and want my own hair color back--i don't like the red against the natural pink of my cheeks. long story short: i can't help you because i don't know the shade. but good luck searching for your right color and when you find it please share!

Kelly said...

cute post and cute photos!

PeanutButterHound said...

you look gorgeous!

Jennifer M. said...

Ha! Cute! I love this idea. :) I'm not as brave as you to do a bathroom photo shoot, but maybe it's time I start.

Bridget said...

hahaha, i love number 1.

i feel like being pregnant and having a bump to document somehow undoes the narcissism. but it still is. cause im all "look how cute pregnancy is!"

yup. still is.

molly YEH! said...

WAIT. do you actually own a bumpit?

Lily said...

I bought a "bumpit" just because of these pictures. I was unsuccessful at creating the bump though, :(

You sure are pretty.