Self-Portrait :: 4/52

The theme for this week’s photo challenge over at My 3 Boybarians is


Taken with Canon Rebel XS
at 3:03 PM

shutter speed: 1/160s
f- stop: 3.5
focal length: 20.0mm
ISO: 1600 (whoops)

I was thisclose to skipping this week’s photo challenge because I don’t really care to take pics or look at pics of myself. But I did it for 2 reasons:

1) I committed to it.
2) I don’t want my daughter to have the same attitude I have, so…here’s one step closer to changing that.

Besides, I’m usually the one taking pictures in our family. If I never get behind the camera, my kids will never know what I looked like when I had them. (Besides those pictures of me in a hospital bed after they were fresh out of me. But those don’t count.)

50% of me wishes you could have seen me taking this picture of myself. I did it while my kids were napping and was laughing at myself. (partially out of the hilarity of the position I was putting myself in; and partially because there was a dude walking on the street and I could only imagine what he was thinking.)

Anyway, I set my camera on a self-timer. There are two options: 2 seconds and 10 seconds. Really, Canon? How about like a 5 second option? I decided 10 seconds was wasting too much time. So I went with the 2 second timer. Basically, my camera was sitting on my front porch and I was sitting on the stairs. Got that mental picture? just imagine me hitting the button and scrambling to get into position. Cute.

Hey, how ’bout taking some pics this weekend and getting in on some of the camera action? I bet you’ll make some fantastic memories – and you might even end up with an awesome pic while you’re at it.

Happy weekend to you…


  1. Elissa Schmid says:

    Personally I love the picture! You look super relaxed and carefree for a mom of two! 🙂 Love it!

  2. Christa says:

    teehee…I like your “maybe there’s a cool name for that” comment. 😉 you are sweet. hope your pregnancy is going well!!! so excited for you. being a mommy is a wonderful gift.

  3. Christa says:

    thanks, Donna. It’s fun to play around with the camera settings to see what fun shots I can come up with. still have a lot of learning to do! so glad you stopped by! 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    This is such a great shot! I was also running around trying to be in front of the camera in the right place in time, and not looking like I was out of breathe from running there! I love the colors and how the background fades. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the challenge shots you take! 🙂

  5. Gina says:

    You are beautiful- love your eyes!!!!! I like that you are doing this for your daughter- I do it for that reason too. I had a hard time telling them they should embrace the camera & then trying to explain why I avoid it.

  6. Christa says:

    So true! Kinda makes saying it meaningless, I guess. whoops – well, like I said, here’s one step closer to changing that. 🙂 love your pic too & the sweater looks like the perfect thing to wear on a chilly day!! so cozy 🙂

  7. Laine says:

    Beautiful Christa! Totally understand the timer issue, I felt like such a dummy! =) Glad only my kids were watching, lol. And good job on not skipping!

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