Self Portrait

In a never-ending effort to get myself to commit to and complete a blogging challenge, I joined Mom on Duty and ย Lollies and Lipsticks48 Photos Photo A Week Challenge.

A rundown of each week’s themes

Every Friday for the next 48 weeks, participants will have to post one photo based on the week’s theme. Sounds easy enough, yes, but remember that I have a bad track record with photo-a-day challenges and weekly themed blog post challenges. I really do want to complete this one, though, and of course it makes it a million times more exciting that I’m doing it with some of my favorite bloggy mom friends.

This week’s theme: Self Portrait

For the past few days I have been trying in vain to take a nice photo of myself. I once said that I am probably the worst model you can even have, and I meant it. I smile awkwardly, and I would rather make faces at the camera. I feel conscious when asked to pose for a long time. And it’s not because I’m concerned about the way I look. It’s more because I don’t like being in front of the camera. I really am a behind-the-scenes kind of girl.

Today, as I was enjoying a cold shower after a very hot afternoon, it dawned on my why I didn’t like any of the photos I took of myself. It’s because none of them showed ‘me’. They looked fake and forced, and a bit unnatural. And then I realized that I already have the perfect photo, and that I took it just last weekend, at the start of the month. I think that counts as within the week, right?

This is me

This is me, folks, in all my wrinkled, blotchy-skin glory. This is me with my giant eye bags, my eyebrows that are in desperate need of grooming, and with my unmanageable hair pulled back. This is me with my double chin and chubby cheeks. This is me with no make up, bare-faced but happy. This is me enjoying my weekend with family, basking in the sun, delighting in a perfectly peaceful day.

Shot with a Sony TX10 camera on February 1, 2014 at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

This is me. I am definitely far from perfect, but I am totally okay with that.


About MrsC | Patricia Cuyugan

I am a happy mom and housewife. Outside of this, I'm also a writer, a crocheter, and a self-taught home cook. I'm part of a book club, and I enjoy binge-watching my favorite TV shows. I'm super entertaining on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! Follow me: MrsPCuyugan.

10 thoughts on “Self Portrait

  1. Wow. I love how you showed who you are. Yes. We should be comfortable with the body we are in. Im loving this photo challenge already. We get to see who and how we live plus we get to challenge ourselves to be better photographers too !!

  2. No one is a worst model. You just have to find the angle that suits you and of course that pose that makes you comfortable. You look pretty and happy in the photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I myself can’t find my right angle and also these days, I lose confidence posing infront of the camera.

  3. Beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe that’s why I’ve been struggling to take a photo of myself. I keep trying to look for the perfect angle, one that wouldn’t show my flaws. Thing is, if I do find that perfect angle, it’s not my “natural” self.

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