This month my photography assignment is to take a portrait without a face. Challenge! Starting to get into some more abstract concepts which starts the brain churning.

It’s been a productive and busy month, my husband is changing jobs, we found out we are having another little girl and I’ve gone and dyed my hair gray. Lot’s of change.

For my self-portrait, I decided to show my new gray hair. I love that it makes me slightly uncomfortable. What if people think I look old? Why do I care? What’s with society and it’s fear of aging?  All these thoughts swirl around while at the same time I just want to express myself and feel a little bit wild.

Young And Gray

Shot with Canon 70D, cropped only in post production. Shot set up by me, photo taken by my husband Matt.

I wanted to show my daughter’s creative side in her faceless portrait. She could easily spend all day crafting and painting. I’m incredibly proud of her and at the same time want to nurture, encourage and ensure that she maintains the love of craft as well as a steady confidence about it. I feel like so many young adults have the creativity shaken out of them as they prepare for grown-up life (myself included).

A Child’s Creativity

Shot with Canon 70D, edited in Picmonkey. Brightness increased and contrast pumped up.

I plan on getting shots of my husband and the baby bump so that our faceless family portraits are complete. This month rather than adding a few shots I’m not 100% happy with I went with two that I love.

Join The Photographing Happiness Challenge

I’m participating in a photography challenge this year called Photographing Happiness. Every month, on the 12th of the month, we will share 12 photos (or so) based on a theme.

The workshop is led by talented photographer and photo blogger, Rachel Devine of Sesame Ellis.

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6 thoughts on “Photographing Happiness: Faceless Portrait

  1. Love the new look. I can’t dye my hair so hopefully I look good grey!

    Posted on May 19, 2017 at 8:40 am
    1. Well, I can definitely say that going gray is a bit fun! I’ve always thought it rebellious when women allow themselves to go gray naturally too. Screw societal standards!

      Posted on May 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  2. My son had a similar assignment in his photography class at school. In his, he is taking a picture of himself in a mirror, but of course his face is obscured by the camera. It looked cooler than it sounds…

    Posted on May 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm
    1. Replying to my own comment! I hit enter too soon. Great news about the new addition–sisters are the best! I know from my own experience. (Though there were a few rocky times. 🙂 Would love to see the gray from the front as well.

      Posted on May 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm
      1. I’m sure there were ups and downs as with any siblings. I do need to be careful not to romanticize their potential relationship (my therapist’s words). I get that. It’s just a bond I’ve always viewed as special from an outside perspective. But I’m glad you feel the same about your sis! She’s pretty great.

        Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:06 am
    2. It’s so wonderful that he’s taken an interest in photography. How important it is to have a creative outlet, especially as a young adult- he will be able to express himself!

      Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:04 am