January Self Portrait | Northern Virginia Baby Photographer

I have started a personal project for 2012…to take a self portrait each month.

This is going to be hard, as I really don’t like photos of myself. But I realize now (after taking January’s pic) that me being camera shy will not be the hardest part. Technically it is not super easy to take pictures of yourself. It’s hard to focus and look natural, and I ended up tripping over the tripod a few times. But I’m hoping it’ll be worth it and at the end of the year I can look back on all the photos and remember what a great year it was.

For January’s image, I wanted to take a picture of myself breast feeding Oliver. In fact, this photo was taken one of the very last times I breast fed him (a few weeks ago). He is 11 months old now, and I had gone down to one feeding a day. It was time to wean him, we were both ready. He wasn’t getting that much out of them, it was really more for comfort. But I wanted to document it, since I will never be doing this again.

So here is my portrait, on the rocking chair in his room….


Also, I want to give a shout out to a couple photographers that have inspired me to take on this project. Gail Werner and Betsy King have been creating beautiful monthly  self portraits for a few years. Their pictures document where they are in their lives right now, and I want my images to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration girls!


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Gail - January 31, 2012 - 7:06 pm

What a gorgeous moment to capture with your child. Love that you will always have this now. And yeah for starting your own self-portrait project. If it’s taught me anything it’s that you’ll never know where your year might take you!

April - February 2, 2012 - 4:57 am

I just saw your link on Betsy’s latest self-portrait so I thought I’d come & check it out. This is such a beautiful moment & I 100% guarantee you’re going to be so grateful that you have this image. Have fun with the project this year!