For the last two years I have been talking other people into taking pictures of my shoes for me. My husband, my work colleagues, my children. I am sure that they are all pretty fed up with it by now. I would be and so have been experimenting over the last week or so with taking pictures of myself. I did this in the office after work hours basically so no one else would observe my narcissistic antics and laugh at me more than I was laughing at myself.
I had to find something to sit the camera on (the Victorian window sill) and then had to figure out how the timer on the camera worked. Since I have no manual for my camera (the Minx has hidden it somewhere) and even fewer technical problem solving skills this took a ridiculously long time.
Once I figured the timer and the flash out, the next step was taking photographs that included both my shoes and what I was wearing – Shoeperwoman’s Shoe Challenge rules are very clear in this regard and we lawyers like rules.
Ten seconds on a camera timer seems like a long time until you have to leap onto a desk and assume a position that includes your shoes and excludes a view of your knickers.
After acquiring some self-inflicted heel punctures and a few desk related thigh bruises I managed to get two passable shots out of about twenty photographs taken.
You can see the relief can’t you?
Not a great effort but at least you can see the shoes.
Over the last few weeks, I have been observing how other shoe bloggers in the Shoe Challenge meet the challenge of self portraiture. My personal favourites (in no particular order are):
1. MSVEVE K. who takes some crazy point of view shots of herself and Dracul her pet pig. Her portraits taken by third parties are a lot of fun too
2. DENISE’S PLANET, CODES AND SECRETS Denise has the most hilarious, animated, character-full photos on her blog. To me, her self-portraits have the quality of photo-novel romances that I used to read in magazines like the Jackie in the late seventies/early eighties.
3. FETISHIST’S NOTES: Tali tells me that she sometimes balances her camera on the bonnet of her car. All her shoe and fashion photos are terrific whether self portraits or otherwise.
Via Spiga Sandals last worn for Day 59 of the Shoe Challenge – My Powder Blue Tribute to Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy.
To see what the rest of the Shoe Challengettes wore this week click here.
If you have any tips/tricks/suggestions for self-portraits for blogs, please let me know.