365 Self-Portrait Project (week 51 & 52)

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time and very relaxing start of 2013. This post is massive and I am sorry for that. Please grab a cup of tea or coffee and take your time to go through it. 
With all what was going on around here I had to skip one post. I have been taking self-portraits I just didn’t have the time and energy to put it all together and publish here.

Those are my last days of this project. There is only few days left, and I am feeling a little nostalgic about it. It was a tremendous challenge sometimes. Now it is nothing but a pleasure to be able to look back at all those pictures and remember day by day what  I was up to.

It’s been a journey! Really!

There is a few more pictures to be taken and it is not the last post from this series, so I won’t get all nostalgic here… not yet!


Last Friday it was raining and inspired by some of the pictures my friend took in the rain, I decided to go out and try something with the rain, too. I just got wet, and ended up with an arm’s length  head shot. 😦

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The next day, on Saturday we left for Christmas. It was raining and I had plenty of opportunities to do some “rain shooting”, although it had to be from the outside of a moving car.

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The trip did not go the way we had planned it and at some point we had to stay at a hotel.

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The next day, before getting back on the road we had to run some errands … and while doing it those pictures were taken.

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and we hit the road again

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Merry after Christmas, my friends. I hope they were full of joy and happiness.

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Gifts, gifts, and more gifts… not a big fan of this part but, oh well… at least kids were happy!

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Later the same day life had gotten very bitter, and while each year I think that my Christmas can not get any worse… the next year it actually gets worse, and worse, and I right now I don’t want to think about the next year.

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Back on the road. This time following the u-hauling husband. 360 miles home with not very happy kids on board.

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and while driving I took some pictures of the amazing landscapes are we were passing through.

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It wasn’t the first time we were driving those roads but never before I had seen snow there, so I was pretty excited about it. We stopped just to let No.1 to touch the snow but she didn’t want to have anything to do with it. She was pretty scared… I have no idea why.

She said “she is scary” 😉

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When we got back home, this is what was waiting in our mail box. 

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Post card from one of my clients. I couldn’t be any happier. It took my mind away from all that stuff that was going on in my head, and it made me smile. 


Just a quick snap. Nothing special. After we came back from our trip it was nothing but feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that has to be done around our place. I wasn’t really feeling like being extra creative with the self-portraits.

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Then I got an eye infection, or whatever that was. Very painful and uncomfortable. It disappeared as quickly as it appeared, though. 

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Last Sunday I had a family photo session after witch we went for a lunch.  

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And this is a sneak peek of this session. What a great day we had! 

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The First day of the 2013 we spent on a beach. 

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Not in a mood for pictures 😉

First of all I spent all day in my pajamas.

Second of all, the day before I had this big plan for the next day. You know the one in witch I rule the world; I clean the whole house, go grocery shopping, maybe go for a walk with kids, etc. 

Then I got up, looked at the piles of laundry here, boxes there, and I knew I need a coffee first. So I had my coffee and feeling a little bit better I vacuumed. And that’s how I ruled the world yesterday.

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 The last few pictures I am going to post next week. I want take my time to sum it up although I should say, I already did it with a post on BonBon Break “365 Self Portrait Project – A life changing Resolution“. It was published today. So far I can’t think of a better summary, sure, I should have said “thank you” more but this part will be here, on my blog. 

This essay is my second piece written for BonBon Break. The first one “Portraits of a Mother” was chosen to top 5 posts in 2012. What a great way to start the New Year and to finish this project.

In addition, if I can say I helped at least one woman to change her approach from “running away from the camera” to “willingly staying where she supposed to be” (and I know I have!) I will call this project a success of my life! 

Warm hugs!

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44 responses to “365 Self-Portrait Project (week 51 & 52)”

  1. Wow your 365 Self Portraits is very impressive. Thank you for dropping by Pret-a-vivre {ready to Waltz} and Happy New Year!


  2. You do a lot of selfies and that’s very cool. I should do that too. 🙂 Lovely photos!!!!


  3. Oh how I’ve missed your posts Ewa….I’ve just been hibernating a bit through the holidays, but I think I’m back on track now! Do you think you will continue your project?


    1. oh Kim… it was a great experience but I am exhausted. Maybe next year. This year I plan to write some tutorials for taking self-portraits. Nothing big, just a few extra posts now and then.


  4. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! You are one amazing photographer.


  5. I hate to see this end too – I’ve enjoyed following you along on your journey!


    1. I’ll stick around with a few selfies now and then. Now I’ll have more time to play along with Bonnie’s weekly themes 🙂


  6. A Garden of Threads Avatar
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    Congratulations, you did it. I avoid self portrait as much as possible. Thanks for sharing your holidays.


    1. there is nothing to be scared of. really. it ‘s like our daughter being afraid of the snow just because she has never seen or touched it in her entire life but when she finally does touch it she will love playing with it (that;’s for sure)!!!.


  7. all the best and new images in this year to


  8. Great mosaic of you there, lovely, I enjoyed seeing them all last year too 🙂


  9. Great pictures all! My favorite is the one of you in the hallway! 🙂


    1. thank you for stopping by! and yes, this one in the hallway is especially close my me!


  10. Wow! So many great and beautiful photos! I really enjoyed follow your journey!


    1. thank you so much Birgitta! It was indeed a journey!


  11. WOW!! There is so much in your post that moved me. And I am feeling quite puny at this moment. I have missed your thoughty and thought-provoking photographs and words. ThankYOU for sharing so generously.


    1. Hi Currie! Great you stopped by again 🙂
      I missed you too!!! Hope your Holidays were ok! Love your Word for the year!


  12. Gratulerar och tack för dina fina ord och bilder till 365. Ha de gott i helgen.


  13. Wow! What an amazing task you accomplished. I couldn’t even begin to fathom doing something like that. It has been interesting and fun seeing all your posts during this series. I am so loving those rain shots and the scenic shots on your retrun trip home were just fabulous. Looking forward to seeing where your photography and creativity take you this year. So sorry to hear though that your Christmas seems to have been “rough” in some way. It’s such a joyous time of the year, so perhaps this year it will be different for you. Peace and Love.


    1. thank you, Ida! yes, the places we were passing through are beautiful. this time, with the snow and cloudy sky it all looked like never before! I loved it!!!


  14. Oh my goodness please tell me you are going to carry on with some version or other of this project? What will I do if you stop, I am very addicted?

    I love the ghostly image of you in the hotel corridor… how did you do that?


    Ps… thank you very much for the comment on my main blog… it made me giggle


    1. no,no… not going to stop taking selfies. I have learned to like them to much.
      thanks for nice chat yesterday!


  15. Nice pictures, an excellent and extensive collection of today, delicious. Greetings.


  16. Great job you have done with this yearlong project… think you should keep it going for a second year…. Really catches so many memories and records some of the funny ( later on) moments of parenting. I have enjoyed seeing your posts alot


    1. Jeanne, maybe some kind of 52 Project but not 365. Not this year. I need a break!


  17. I really loved this post and the self portraits. It is very difficult for a photographer to do self-portraits as we normally focus on life outside ourself making sure that none of ourself is entering into the photo….I enjoyed the trip photos as well, that is some beautiful country you went through. Mostly I enjoyed how you placed yourself into each photo as if it was you speaking in silent words. Life is full of up times and down times especially when the kids are so young, just remember when you are old life is totally empty so enjoy the chaos now.


    1. Thank you, Nora! I am my own life narrator . Always narrating things that going on around me… everything in a silence of my own head. If I talked out loud as much as I talk in my head my husband would hate me. Instead he complains I don’t talk enough. Go figure 😉


  18. Wow, do you not only have your hands full, you have a good eye for finding meaningful and moving photos shots..may 2013 be a good year for more of the same 😉


  19. Great scenic shots from the road. The kids at Christmas are adorable.


  20. I loved seeing all your pics! I’m sure over the course of the year the whole project evolved. I finally decided to do a regular 365 and see how that goes, then maybe see where it goes from there!


    1. Emily, congrats on the decision. It is a challenge and you will do just fine. Take it easy, though. Wish you all the best!


  21. happy new year! i enjoyed looking at your photographs. your road trip was so picturesque. seems like you had a wonderful christmas. you have a lovely family 🙂


  22. Wow – what an eventful time this has been for you! Beautiful images, as always.


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