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 I have often wondered if people have questioned why I take so many self portraits. The answer is simple: It is one way I express myself. 

 When I was fourteen years old, I began to enjoy taking pictures. I would carry my point and shoot with me everywhere I went. And my love for photography grew from there. Over the years I have grown to appreciate photography beyond the surface of capturing a memory.

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen,
the books you have read, the music you have heard,
the people you have loved. Ansel Adams

 

When I’m taking photographs and I shoot a beautiful photo, my heart quickens. There is beauty in capturing a couple in love, a flittering butterfly, and even an artfully designed building. Yes, the memories are there, but a beautiful photograph has depth. The subject in each photo all have a unique story of their own. God has created them; insect or human, God has created them. And there is something about photographing God’s creation that makes it worthwhile.

February 2012 Serenity Photography

When I take self portraits I am in no way trying to say, “Hey, look at me. I’m God’s creation. Aren’t I pretty?”

I take self portrait shoots because everyone else in my family are tired of pictures, and our pets do not cooperate. So when I am eager to express myself through photography, I grab the tripod and click self timer.

 

As Christians, we are all role models. And I hope young girls know my reasoning behind my self portraits.

Society has it in them that being a model for a fashion magazine is one of the best things out there for girls to strive for. No, no, no.

 

Striving for what the world calls, “Accepted! The thing to be! Gorgeous photo shopped woman!” often results in vanity.

Vanity is horrible, sinful and results in a prideful attitude. I have struggled with vanity. And being vain is not pretty. Thankfully, my family holds me accountable.

What society calls acceptable, God usually accepts the opposite.

No matter how cliche, genuine beauty is inward.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment,
such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, 
the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4
 
 If you dear little girls would only learn what real beauty is,
and not pinch and starve and bleach yourselves out so,
you’d save an immense deal of time and money and pain.
A happy soul in a healthy body makes the best sort
of beauty for man or woman.” Louisa May Alcott

When I take photo shoots, I continually try to keep in mind that God is the one who has given me a love of photography. And I praise Him for giving me a desire to embrace the depth of life found in photographs.

 
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
 

I believe expressing oneself, and expressing your individuality is extremely important. Some may express themselves through football, gymnastics, dramatic arts, painting, carpentry,  guitar, ballet, you name it! I express myself through photography and self portrait photo shoots.

How do you express yourself?

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