in the picture

Join me in 2012 for {In The Picture}--a community self-portrait journey. Whether you've been taking selfies for years or you've been wanting to try self-portraiture but need a little push, this no pressure, self-paced, play-when-you-want project may be the one for you!

{the latest}

{the details}
  • This is a self-portrait project, which means all photos must contain some part of you. Show as much or as little of yourself as you want, but give us something, even if it's only your feet.

  • It should go without saying, but all photos must be taken by you and only you! Arms length, reflections, tripods, self-timers, remote controls...heck, even prop your camera up on a pile of books. I've tried it all.

  • This project is free! I only ask that you share some of your selfies here on my blog on the last Friday of each month when I provide a link-up, and add them to our flickr pool.

  • I'll start in January 2012 and run the project over the course of the entire year, but you can take as many or as few self-portraits as you want. You can join at any time, and come and go as you please.

  • What's your number? That one is up to you. In 2011 I did 52 selfies in 52 weeks and I think I'll try that again this year. If you're turning 30 this year, maybe that's the number for you. If it's your 10th anniversary, 10 could be your calling. Or perhaps you'll want to aim for once a month. If you've never taken a selfie before and your goal this year is to take just one, I'd love to have you join us here too.

{the schedule}
  • On the first Friday of each month I'll post an optional theme here on the blog. You can take a self-portrait inspired by the theme or do something completely different, it's up to you.

  • On the last Friday of each month I'll host a linky party here on the blog. The linky will stay open for one week and you can link up to a blog post or flickr photo to share your work. I hope you'll all use this opportunity to visit other participants and cheer each other on!

  • On the Fridays in between I'll occasionally post an interview with a self-portrait photographer (I've got some lined up already) or share some tips that I found helpful when starting out with self-portraiture.

  • I know that some of you are planning to take more than one selfie a month. You can link up your favorite here when I host the linky party, and add the rest to our ongoing flickr pool.

  • I'll always keep a link to the most recent theme post and linky party at the top of this page for easy access.

  • I'll also tweet my blog posts about the project if it's easier for you to stay in the loop that way.

Thanks so much to those of you who have already expressed an interest in joining this project--I think there are almost 100 of us so far! If you think you might be interested leave a comment below (and an email address if you don't have one in your profile and you want to receive occasional updates). 

Isn't it time you got "In The Picture?" Our next linky party will be on October 26...in the meantime, feel free to grab a button and tell your friends!

In The Picture 
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95 comments:

Annika said...

Seeing as I am hoping that the new year will help me find a wide open road to self-discovery, this seems an ideal project. I'm in!

Kendra said...

Hi! I would love to join you on this. I've recently started on self portraits and gotta say I'm getting quite hooked. I'm still learning and would like to do more.

Deborah L. Tisch said...

This sounds like a great adventure to me. I'm jumping in with both feet!

Beth Crocker said...

I'm in! I like the come & go as you will part.

Andrea said...

I'd love to try this! Thanks for leading it! :-)

~Andrea, andrealmoffatt@gmail.com

Angela said...

I would love to join!

Angelaslp13@gmail.com

shirley said...

I started taking selfies in September, did it consistently until last month. I would love to participate in 2012 with a group!

slemay (dot) photo (at) gmail.com

LB said...

I'm so excited for this project!! I'm with you! I'm going BIG and shooting for 52 (one a week). I can't wait to start the new year and it will be so much fun to see where this project takes us!!

xo

seabluelee said...

I'm in! I've been wanting to do a self-portrait project and I think being part of a group will help keep me on track - not to mention being more fun. I'm going for 52 - one a week.
~Lee

LeAnne said...

Ok, I'm in! I'll try to get one a week.

Kimberly June said...

YES! So glad you're doing this. I want to participate, email on my profile. I'm already getting inspired!

Jo Murray said...

I haven't done a photo challenge before... but am keen to give it a go. I reckon one a month wouldn't be too difficult.

momphotographer said...

I'd love to be a part of this challenge. this is my email: farfar.awe (at) gmail.com

gina said...

This does sound like fun.....I am in too! Thanks for organizing this, Kristy. My email: eesti1918@yahoo(dot)com

I'm Veronica said...

Sounds great I'm in!

lisa said...

What a wonderful idea this is!!
I wish you a beautiful New Year.

Stephanie said...

I am definitely interested. Not sure if I'll be able to participate weekly but I need a new photo project and self-portraits totally scare me so this sounds like it might be a good one for me to do!

Heather ~ htekmo said...

sounds like fun. you can count me in.

manyslices said...

I am liking the idea of a selfie photo group. In the last few months I have joined a couple different groups and it has really helped me develop my skills.
When I started my blog last year I decided not to include pics of my kids faces for safety concerns, and stumbled upon the art of little body shots, but never of myself, probably cuz my body is not as little or cute.
Talk to you in the New Year.
My email:
leahbeecher (at) yahoo (dot) com

manyslices said...

oh yeah one more thing.
I keep telling everyone I am 32, even though I am 31..I dont know why.
So that is my goal, 32. Which I think is roughly one every 10 to 12 days.

Jess said...

I had already planned on doing a Project 52 of selfies... so heck yeah, I'm in.

Lindsey Garrett said...

count me in :D

Valeria said...

New Project that will be fun. Sent by Human Behavior

Clare B said...

52, it's not really such a big number is it? This time I'm going to try to see it through.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Will love to try this, Christy. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

esra said...

I'm in, Christy! I don't think I can do 52 , but once or twice a month feels like a good start...

Daniela Klara R. said...

I am 52 too - so it makes perfect sense. I have been toying with the idea of selfies for a while now, but I am afraid of....something. This group however sounds like the support and energy I need to do it - so in I am!

justine said...

I will give it a go, I am terrible at self portraits though!

damlucy said...

I have been kicking this around too...so I would love the push of being part of a group taking this on! My email is lisa_damrosch@yahoo.com.
YAY thanks!!

Linda said...

Count me in! I'll do one a week! Sounds like fun!

RainCityGirl said...

Yay! Fun. I'm going for 52 :)

janice said...

This sounds like fun, would really like to try to get better at selfies in 2012. thank-you!
janicedarby@yahoo.com

Cheryl Flatt said...

Selfies scare me thus I'm in. It sounds like fun!

Talibah said...

I am so in!!

ashinbleu said...

Count me in!
ashleigh@bleuoiseauphotography.com

jen said...

I'd like to give it a try! jenlittlebirdie@yahoo.co.uk

meegan said...

count me in!
meeganz@hotmail.com

Beth said...

I would love to give this a try. It sounds like fun!!

Nate Stiverson - ParadigmLens said...

This sounds like fun! I'm up for a little self portrait fun... that is... if you allow boys in your club!
ndstiverson at gmail.com

Tamara said...

i love the idea of doing this with a community of people. i'm in!

smilingforgrandma@charter.net

Juliana said...

Count me in!
Juliph@yahoo.com

Cheryl said...

I really want to try this. I've seen some amazing selfies out there in bloggerland. I hope I can keep up!

Anika said...

Looks fun Christy...will try my best to join in the fun! I'm thinking that past January my studio will be set up and I have an idea all ready to go ;)

kathyL said...

I've decided that "THIS IS MY YEAR" - so a selfie project sounds good. Nervous - I've never done selfies, but excited to learn! We'll have to see about the 52...sounds do-able as I sit here watching snow fall, but when life cranks up, who knows? But as my pop said - "Can't means won't"! So here we go!

kathyL said...

"This is MY year", so a selfie project sounds perfect. Nervous - I've never done one, but excited to learn! 52 sounds do-able as I sit here watching snow fall. But when life cranks up, who knows? But as my pop always said - "Can't means won't", so here we go!

Carrie said...

Ahh yes, facing a fear - count me in. My e-mail is carriegault@hotmail.com.
Thank you for organising this :)

kellye said...

thanks, Christy! I'm in!

Michel said...

I'm in thanks so much for hosting!

Kyla Hunziger said...

I started taking self portraits every day in September and then fizzled out. This sounds like the perfect project to get me jump started again. Thanks so much!

Cathy H. said...

I'm going to try this...I'm scared to death though!! I don't ever like my self portraits!!

dawn said...

i would absolutely love to join in this project. very excited about it!

Kat Sloma said...

Even if I only do one this year, it will be a stretch for me. Thanks for the encouragement!

Mandala Rose said...

I have always loved the creative outlet of self portraits! I would love to join! My e-mail is: mandalarose@gmail.com

Can't wait to start!

Genie said...

what a wonderful project for 2012. I already have the link in my sidebar and began taking a daily self-p beginning Jan.1. This is going to be so interesting. I have wanted to do this for SOSOSOSOSO long and now I am doing it. While visiting the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on the 28t of December, I saw an exhibit of 364 self portraits...tiny like small school day pictures. Right then I knew I wanted to do it and then I found you. I am so very happy to be here. Hugs, and a happy new year. genie

Ms. Becky said...

Hmmm. I love that you're hosting this project. Found you through Genie's blog. I just finished a self-portrait class - You Are Your Own Muse. It was a blast, truly. I'm going to consider making this project a commitment. I make it a habit of doing a lady's room selfie each time I visit the local art museum. I have a pretty good collection going! Wishing you a joyful 2012. Cheers!

Becky Sue said...

I am attempting to be brave this year so count me in.

ggrlogan at yahoo dot com

Rita said...

I would like to take a part, but not sure if I'll be able to take one in a week. Anyway, I'll try :) You can count me in :) My e-mail: rita [at] monography.lv

E Makes Art said...

I think I want to give this a shot, sounds like fun!

xoEsther

Saun said...

Count me in I don't know if I'll make all 52. But I'm going to try :)

Nancy said...

This is a great idea, and participating with others will probably help keep me motivated to get through the whole thing.

thedichotomy (at) gmail to get a hold of me.

Sharmon said...

I'm really excited to get stearted!

Becs said...

Such a great idea, I'm in! I've just started exploring selfies and this will be perfect to keep me going and get some inspiration from everyone else. Thank you for hosting and happy new year. :)

Francisca said...

Hi Christy. Your project was mentioned on several bloggers I follow, I got intrigued and here I am. I've shot selfies before, so that does not intimidate me, although you have set a VERY high bar with your 2011 series. Still, I'd like to join this group, for the sharing and the learning. But I don't like making quantity commitments when it looks like I'll be on the road a lot, especially behind China's Great Firewall that does not allow me access to social media, including blogs. Nonetheless, if you can allow a sporadic participant, count me in. My email: viewthrumygloballens (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks. I look forward to the fun.

Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns said...

I've joined so many projects this year, but I am growing to believe it's all part of my "apprenticeship"! The more we do something the better we get ... faster, right?

Catherine said...

Okay, count me in! Not sure how many I want to go for. Let me start with one and go from there.

Sassyangelac said...

Joining a little late, but joining.

Zinnia said...

I'd like to join if I may! I feel that appearing in a photo I have taken of myself will seem rather strange, but I like a challenge and it will be interesting to meet myself as I am and not as I think I am! This may sound strange, but it happens as the years go by!

Steph said...

Great idea! I like a challenge: sdb1219@hotmail.com

Catherine Denton said...

This is going to stretch me. In a good way.
Catherine Denton

georgia b. said...

just stumbled upon this via someone else's blog. i definitely want to joint the fun!

Sadee Schilling said...

I was thinking just a few weeks ago that I wanted to challenge myself to take self-portraits this year--and then I forgot all about it. Saw this on a friend's blog today and I'm excited to join in! I hate seeing myself in photos, but I want to face this fear and to grow! --Sadee @ a Picturebook Life

Jen said...

I just came across this project 5 minutes ago and I'm in! I'm turning 30 this Friday so when you wrote about turning 30 this year and having that as the number, well that decided it for me :-) I'm going to shoot for 30 but who knows? Maybe I'll get 49 since I've already missed a few weeks!

Sweet Candy said...

I applied for the flickr group and am going to add this in this year. I'm going for 12 in 2012--since its my first time. This should be fun! candyK

Ingrid said...

I am learning to like myself at 43. This is a year of new beginnings for me. I'd like to join this group and challenge myself to take more shots than 1 per month, and maybe even make it past 43. My email is iscurcio@gmail,com
Cheers

Mindy said...

Pick me! I would love to join in on the fun! ~Mindy
lavendermindy@hotmail.com

Heidi said...

Scared but interested! I avoid being in front of the camera but need to do it for my daughter (and myself!). thanks for hosting-looking forward to participating..gulp. :) hbuchwald@comcast.net

samantha jillian said...

i found this group on flickr. i'm currently doing a 52 week project with focus52, but so far all of my shots have been selfies - not at all intentionally. i'm in for this project, though not sure i'll be able to do a selfie a week. life gets away from me sometimes... very excited!

Pamela Rudisill said...

Love this! I've been wanting to try some self-portraits and I like that we can set our own goals for In The Picture. I'm in! Thanks for hosting this!

Ginger Zuck said...

I am new to your blog and I would love to try this, so please count me in.

augcott said...

I'm starting this in February .... I think it will be a great learning experience!
:-D

Cherie said...

I want to play~~sounds like fun~~I need to get my creative blood flowing again

zoe said...

hope I'm not too late to join the party! would love to participate

ZeldaMom said...

Hi, this sounds like fun. I'm always saying there are never any good photos of me...could be because I don't like having my picture taken. Maybe this will help me break out of my shell.

SueAnn said...

I would love to be part of this project...am I too late??'
Hugs
SUeAnn

Julie said...

I'm in! :D
juliempg@gmail.com

June said...

Just found this project and definitely into participating :) February is a perfect month for me to start, too, because I've just made a lot of changes in my life... Anyway, can't wait to get started :)

Jen said...

you know I love selfies. :)

Allison E said...

Ooooo! I love this idea! I tend to be behind the camera way more than in front of it. Glad I came across a blogger who had a link to this!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Just learned about this challenge from a fellow-painter.
Have never done anything like this before, but would love to try my hand at self-portraits!
By the way...I am your 400th blog follower now! :)
♥♥♥
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wanted to let you know, too, how much I love your self-portraits with your puppy. :)
Super-inspiring!
♥♥♥
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

lorik said...

I would like to join in too. Sounds very exciting! Thanks.

Natalie said...

Count me in!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

This sounds like a blast! add me please roxihardegree@gmail.com

Trish AnnC said...

Any chance this is happening again in 2013?

Trish AnnC said...

Any chance this will be happening in 2013?