Sunday, February 12, 2012

Self-Portrait | February 2012

February's self-portrait was once again taken at our rental house in Phoenix. (I really need to get out more, don't I?)  In this photo I am attempting to show my frustration and exasperation with my crazy, insane hair.  I'm not sure if I succeed or if I just look like a bit of a lunatic.

I decided a year ago to grow my hair out from the super short style I had stupidly decided to cut it into.  (Why don't I ever learn?)  In at attempt to keep some sort of style during the growing out process, and with hopes of avoiding the 80's mullet look of my childhood, I let the top and sides grow, while continuing to keep the back trimmed.

Once I moved, and no longer had a familiar hairstylist, I basically just gave up all attempts and let it grow.  It's finally reached a length where I really need to decide on some sort of actual style, but I have no clue what I want to do with it!  Since it has no shape to it, I can't get it to cooperate no matter what I try to do with it, and it has been a huge source of frustration recently.

So, here I am blowing my hair up out of my eyes with a sigh of irritation, to represent the month of February...

While I'm loving taking my self-portraits, I'm finding myself struggling to capture images of myself that are completely in focus. It's challenging to know just where exactly to set the focus without a target in the frame, and using the auto focus feature is hit or miss. If anyone with self-portrait taking experience has any suggestions, I'm all ears!

Did you miss some of my past self-portraits?  Clicking here will take you to all of my self-portrait blog posts. Clicking here will take you to my self-portrait Facebook album.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area. Visit Michele's website at Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.


  1. At least I got to laugh instead of cry this month! Thanks!!!!

  2. My hair has been a source of frustration too. I got a bad cut from a new stylist and let my hair grow out from that. Then I went to get it cut and shaped by a different lady and I told her not to cut it as short as last time. And what does she do? She cut it SHORTER!!! So now I'm trying to grow it back out again and I'm not happy about it.

  3. That is so frustrating when you're working on growing it out and someone cuts it all off again. I've had that happen to me too.

  4. Hey Michele, I found your blog as Trevor Dayley just posted a link to it for the review you wrote about his workshop. At the bottom of the post I saw there was a link to one of your self portraits and I have been jumping through them to see them all. I have been taking some self portraits recently so I was interested to see how you were doing yours. This is probably my favorite one so far. The edit is great, and I love the action/motion in it. :) You are also much more deliberate about yours. I have just sort of been taking them because I felt like it and doing whatever. I think I will try to start taking them with more purpose in mind about what I want them to say/reflect. I love the idea of summing up the month with the image. :)
    Mine are posted on my personal blog and you can check them out here if you are interested:
    thanks again for sharing yourself!