self portrait saturday... with a little help!

Finally, another Self Portrait Saturday!  I took a little break from doing these for a while but I have a special treat for you this time around. My lovely friend Ilene from Much Love, Illy and Rebecca from Manzanita are helping me host this little shindig this time!!! I'm soooo excited to have them on board! So you must must must go and check out their own Self Portraits they've posted today on their blogs! The linkup is on each of our blogs, so I hope you will join in the fun!

If you're a newer reader of this blog, Self Portrait Saturday is a linkup series I started doing to encourage women to become comfortable in front of the camera. It's all about being self aware and confident behind the lens and in our own bodies. If you're shy, this is the perfect time to come out of your shell and experiment a little bit. If you're not, it's time to let that confidence show so others can follow suit!

This weekend, I wanted to play with sunlight a little bit. It was around 6pm yesterday when I took these and I am soooo in love with the lighting. Photoshop didn't have a hand in that, my friends (a bit of a purple tint, yes, but that sunlight and flare is au natural!)! I was smiling the entire time I was looking through the shots after I uploaded them.

It was absolutely freezing outside but that sun just adds such a touch of warmth.  I used my remote for these... which, by the way, I totally lost and then had magically appear in front of me randomly. I swear there is a ghost playing tricks on me or something because I had looked where I found it a dozen times at least and it was definitely NOT there. The next day, there it was... right in plain sight, in that same spot. How creepy... I already ordered another one off of Ebay too. If you don't have a remote for your camera, you need to look on Ebay! I've never paid more than $5 for one and they work like a charm.

What I learned:
- Sometimes the photos I love most happen when I don't try so hard. I literally had no idea what to do for these photos so I just went outside and started snapping. The sunlight was a very nice touch thankfully.
- I had a lot of shots where the camera was situated too low, looking upwards at me. Double chin much? Bending down and/or getting in line with the lens is the best way to avoid such situations.

- Grab your camera and take some awesome self portraits!
- Create your blog post and insert the Self Portrait Saturday banner into it so others can join in
- Link up your post below!
*Enter your blog post URL not your actual blog URL.
Anyone linking up their actual blogs and not a Self Portrait Saturday post will be removed.*

- Visit the hosts blogs and say hi, and don't forget to visit the other participants!
Dana | Ilene | Rebecca

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  1. love the photos! this whole blog is so amazing and inspiring!

  2. I've tried these sorta pics but they come out very orange. you look beautiful though!

  3. Thank's for your comment.
    You have a very beautiful and nice blog!
    i think i will follow you ;)
    Best wishes & greets
    from Germany, Berlin


  4. Beautiful photos and I love seeing everyones link-ups! Thanks for hosting :)

  5. I really need to make time to take some self portraits! I've been meaning, too, but I'm a slacker :-P Haha :)
    Your photos are lovely as usual!
    xo Heather

  6. You look so much like my sister in law! I'm gonna get her to check out this site just so she can see that she has a twin :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  7. Love the concept- I"m really bad at taking photos of myself- Good tip to get an inexpensive remote.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog- lovely to find yours.

  8. I just ordered a remote from amazon for less than $3 today shipping included!!! How freaking awesome is that?!


  9. Such beautiful images - really great post!



  10. how did you do your hair? its so pretty!

  11. Gorgeous lighting and I love the purple tint! So, so pretty. :)

  12. These are all gorgeous! You've inspired me to join in one weekend :)

  13. These are great! I'm going to try to get outside and take some myself today. I'm visiting from Ilene's blog.

  14. Beautiful! I love it. Can't participate this time but i'm in next time for sure :)

  15. Ooooh, I love the sun flare in this! Do you use a remote when you do your self portraits, or do you just use a tripod and the timer?

  16. Never mind. :)
    I don't know how I missed that when I read the first time!

  17. These are beautiful, I am just getting more into photography but I am still pretty rubbish at getting my photos to look good- it doesn't help that I am not very photogenic! I will have to try and be a bit braver and join in sometime.



  18. Such wonderful photos - yay for the sun haha! I've just got a camera remote too for only a few bucks off ebay, so great :)

  19. The lighting here is brilliant!! You look beautiful!!

  20. Thats sounds fun. I think i wanna do it too. Anyway, your photos are beautiful!

  21. These photographs are lovely!
    Gorgeous tones. :)



  22. love these!<3 how do you inset the banner thing? not too good at the technical stuff! :)X

  23. You're so photogenic Dana!! Love the angle too!!!

  24. such a fun idea for a link up! you are soo pretty!

  25. I really like your second photo! It's great! KISS from Italy


  26. What a lovely idea, so inspiring :) the lighting in those photos is amazing. And it's always the case that the best things happen when we don't try so hard!!

    Do follow back if you get a chance :) From Cupcakes, With Love x

  27. Nice post! I follow you now! ^_^
    Do you want to follow me too?


  28. absolutely love this! im new to the blogging world and must say not good infront of a camera. i think i may have to try this one! its a great idea!
    thanks for the post!


  29. Such beautiful pictures! The lighting is absolutely amazing. xoxo

  30. Lovely self portraits!! It's a pretty hard thing to master...and you've done a wonderful job!

  31. Firstly, you look lovely! TRUST.

    Secondly, thanks soooo much for your sweet comment on my blog, and for taking the time to even LEAVE one in the first place. Really appreciate it.

    Following you now so if you decide my blog is kinda-sorta pretty cool (it ain't too shabby, methinks! :D) then give us a holla back with a Follow, heh heh.


  32. Just gorgeous. Loving the lighting in these photos

  33. I'm obsessed with your lovely blog! its sweet and ethereal and striking. i just LOVE it.

    im so glad you stopped by to say hi and leave such sweet comments :) I've been ogling over the blog designs you've done and have been looking to revamp my own!

    i definitely want to shoot you an email so we can perhaps talk more about this :D

    for now, thanks for being so sweet and having such an amazing blog! you have one die-hard fan for sure ;)

    tiana of l'esthetique

  34. *love* new to your blog by way of much love, illy and glad to have found your creative spot on the web:D


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