365 Self-Portrait Project (THE END)

Yes, Yes, Yes! 

This is my last post for the 365 Self Portrait Project. 

It was great. It was good. I had ups and I had downs. 

Since I started it I wrote a few essays about this project for:

World Moms Blog: “(Self)Portrait of a Mother(hood)“, and for BonBon Break.

First post for BonBon Break: “Portraits of a Mother” earned me position of Top 5 posts of 2012 which I am really proud of. 

The second one: “ 365 Self-Portrait Project: a Life – changing Resolution is a great summary of what this project means to me and how it changed me, at some point. 

I do want to say: THANK YOU to all of you who have been coming back each Friday and leaving me all the great and encouraging comments!!! If not for you I am not sure if I would have finished it. 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

Those last pictures I wanted to be more creative, better, more meaningful… at least to present my thoughts more clearly, but then, as many times before, life happened and I was in a rush or it got too dark, or simply I was not in a mood. 

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Simply Us. 

We were trying to take some romantic photographs for my Valentine’s Day ad for the business, and this is the best shot we ended up with. 

I’ll tell you something: It is darn hard to get romantic with two small kids around. This picture was taken while both our kids were screaming they heads off just because they had to stay on the floor ABANDONED (how dare we!!!) for about 10 minutes.  

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Simply me. 

This project was a bit like getting naked in front of many people. Showing my personal life, day by day, writing about ups and downs, being in my pajamas and without make-up, etc… even though, I have managed to keep most of the drama and all the details of my private life behind the curtains 🙂

So, naked, but not really 🙂

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365/366

2012 was a leap year so it was 366 days, that’s why I decided to take one more picture.

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I mean, two last pictures:

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both pictures have latest Bonnie’s texture “Brown Rice Paper” in them. 

The very last picture had one more layer added to it and it’s this picture:

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For all of you who want to: feel free to download it. For the full resolution picture you need to click on it (it must open in a separate window), then click on it again and drag it onto your desktop.  

Once again, thank you all for being here with me and for me! 

Hope to see you around!!! 

Photo Art Friday

75 responses to “365 Self-Portrait Project (THE END)”

  1. I will miss this. It was so much fun! Maybe I’ll try the challenge….just for myself, not for the blog. I don’t like being in pictures either.

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    1. Jenn, try one self-portrait a week. Each day is little too overwhelming, especially for a new mother who doesn’t sleep much and who looks and feels VERY tired all the time 🙂

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  2. I will sure miss you and the family. I feel like we are really good friends. And thank you for the pattern of the can covers, I am still making them.

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    1. no problem! I plan to post some new crochet patterns this year 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on making Top 5 at Bonbin Break and the completion of your project! You are a remarkable photographer. I admire your work and this project a great deal. I’m so glad I found your blog

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    1. thank you and thank you! it was a really great thing to be featured on BonBon Break.

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  4. What an accomplishment! You must be very proud. Love the addition of the textures to “the end” image. Thank you for the texture!!!

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    1. and thank you for countless inspiration, Bonnie!!!

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  5. Congratulations on finishing your project. It was interesting to see what you had done every week. Valerie

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    1. Valerie, thank you for being a part of it by coming back each week 🙂

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    You made it, congratulations.

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  7. You did a fantastic job with your project – its amazing how our lives are so intertwined, yet motherhood surpasses everything. I will be taking your advice and will be trying the once a week self portrait and at least 2-3 kids pictures a week. I will be using instagram as its easier to create a blurb book. My 3 year old took a few pictures of mommy with my camera and it looks fantastic – as long as one of us takes good pictures =) lol.

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    1. Hi Ania!

      it was a great journey, and it was great to be able to share it with all of you. It is wonderful to hear so many women saying that this project inspired them, and that since seeing it/reading about it they have changed their attitude towards being in the picture. Those are the best comments EVER!!!

      You really don’t have to be a great photographer or to have an amazing knowledge about photography to take good self-portraits. Just keep it simple and have fun. It’s like me and sewing. I suck in sewing but I like it, so I sew sometimes, because why not 😉
      As long as I like it, and have pleasure in doing it!!!

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  8. I just want to say again how inspiring you have been…I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss these and your commentaries! You ARE still going to share things with us on Fridays, right?

    Congratulations on completing a superb 365 day project, Love the photo of you and your hubby and the “The End” with your hand on the gate!! xo

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    1. Yes, Kim, I do not plan to abandon PAF. Too many great people!!!
      thank you for visiting each Friday!

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  9. It was a a major undertaking but your results were fantastic. I enjoyed the journey as it unfolded. Love the use of Bonnie’s texture and the water ripples you added were great.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with now.

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    1. Ida, what I want now is to put the camera down and do not touch it for a month 😉
      Just kidding. I actually came to like taking self-portraits more than I ever expected, so I probably will keep posting some now and then….
      Thank you for going along this journey!!!

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  10. I am in awe of you completing that project! Well done you!

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  11. Hello Ewa,
    Congratulations on completing the 365-self-portrait-project! A whole year caught in pictures and words, shared your emotions, your ups and downs and important events. And so creatively displayed! You can rightly be proud of this!

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    1. thank you so much, Elisabeth!!! Thank you for being here for me and for all the inspiration you have given me!

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  12. I take a lot of self portrait images anyway but I think next year I shall extend that to one a day for the 365 project. It will be interesting to see where it takes me and what different views of everyday life I capture. Well done with your project, it has been a wonderful discovery and I have loved coming back here every week and seeing what you have done.

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Molly, i would love to see your 365 Self-Portrait Project!!!

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  13. Beautiful photographs. I love the first one of you and your husband. Such a sweet moment captured. Found you through Bloggy Moms.

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    1. thank you a lot. yes, I do like that picture as well.

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  14. I look forward to whatever you DO next, and it has been a great JOY getting to know you through your amazing project!!

    As I am discovering having completed my 366 Daze of Grace blog, finishing has its up and down, too. My hope is to make it into a perpetual calendar that can stand up on a desk or table. I have tried to find the doorway to DOing that but find I need some more time just to decompress and adjust to NOT DOing it each morning.

    Creating a practise, such as yours, seeps into every single day. I think these photos with your husband are lovely and I loved your description of No.1 and No. 2 screeching as you two look so soft and relaxed.

    You are amazing!!
    xoxo

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    1. Currie, as much as I liked this project I don’t think I could continue it for another year straight. It’s just too much of a hassle. I wouldn’t mind to do it again next year, though. This year I want to take a break.
      thank you bunches for being here!!!

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  15. YEAY!!! So impressive. I am laughing knowing those photos of you and your husband were taken with your kids having fits on the floor. Great use of Bonnie’s texture. Sorry I have been MIA lately. Just a lot going on. Wishing you all the best on you photo ventures! Happy New Year. xoxo teri

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    1. haha! it is funny when I look back at that moment, full of screaming and crying and us trying to pretend we don’t hear it.
      hope everything is going well in your corner, Terri. Sending warm hugs!

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  16. I am so used to hearing from you, I hope you’ll keep blogging! Do you have another one that I can subscribe to, or are you sticking to this one? Best of the New Year to you and your family!

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    1. thank you so much for your kind words.
      yes, I am going to keep blogging, no questions about it.
      hope to see you around!

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  17. What a wonderful year long journey. Thanks for allowing me to tag along!

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  18. Congratulations! what an accomplishment. As much as I’d like to do it myself, I know I don’t have the discipline to stick with it.

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    1. yeah… I though the same. I once abandoned 365 Project so taking on this one I was very skeptical myself, and here I am. Sometimes it’s worth the try!

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  19. How fun was that?! DO you have a new plan for 2013?

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    1. my plan is to relax, Emily!!!
      But seriously I am working on a small project that contains a several posts that are more like “behind the scenes” of taking self-portraits.
      I do not use remote and very rarely a tripod to take selfies so I’d like to focus on that, and show people how you can take good self-portraits without having those two.

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  20. I’ve so enjoyed your self portraits. They have been creative, unique and a joy! I’m waiting impatiently for your advice and input on selfies. I am just starting to take m own and could use your expertise!!

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    1. Marilyn, I plan to start posting those advice next month. Now I am working on putting things together. Good luck with your selfies, have fun!

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  21. Congratulations on finishing your project! I so enjoyed your photos!

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  22. Congratulations on ‘Top5’ on your wonderful project, your inspiring posts and most of all for finishing! I have loved visiting you and am thrilled to read that you will continue to blog.

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    1. thank you , Miriam. and thank you for coming back here and being my supporter. that meant a lot!

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  23. Congratulations on completing such an awesome project! I have enjoyed your work so much! See ya!

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  24. Brava – well done – It’s been a pleasure following you along.

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    1. it’s been a pleasure to host you through my journey!!!

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  25. congrats to finishing your project. 🙂

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  26. Congratulations of completing the whole 365 days! I have enjoyed seeing your pics.
    I really like today’s collection too.

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    1. thank you for coming back every now and then!

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  27. Your photos were always so incredibly real – I enjoyed each and every one I was able to see of your 365 project. I look forward to seeing many more – you have such a gift. Congrats on completing a year of photos! 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Sherri! I am glad you were a part of this journey and that you enjoyed it. I hope to see you around!

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  28. Well done! You did a great job with this project!

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  29. What a great top photo to end this project with!! You were quite ambitious to attempt this and did a fantastic job. I am inspired!

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  30. A fresh new start for you.. I too am inspired by your ability to capture great moments with your family..

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    1. thank you so much, Roberta. I am so very happy I did this project. So many memories captured.

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  31. Wow, I’m so glad to have come across your blog through the Memories Captured link-up.
    Great pictures!

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  32. How awesome! I’m one of the many moms who’s almost never in pictures, and this is reminding me that I probably should be every once in a while.

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    1. yes, it is very good to appear on a family portrait once in a while!

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  33. Those are beautiful photos. I particularly like 365 – a great take on the subject. I too am so glad that I came across your blog through Memories Captured!

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  34. The Valentine’s day shots were really good, but personally I like the laughing one best; it feels more spontaneous to me – but that’s just my opinion!
    Adore the final final shot, too, with the hand on the gate… subtly expressive! And thanks for the idea with the rings-on-water, that’s inspirational 🙂

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    1. thank you Anna!
      the last picture is an essence of this entire project.
      As always I had a slightly different idea for it. I saw it in my head but I was putting it away for too long and all the sudden it started to rain outside and with each minute it was getting darker and darker and I couldn’t do what I was planning…
      Most of my self-portraits were taken the same way!!!

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  35. Congratulations on finishing your project! I am trying to take more photos of myself recently, but have never done one a day, by any means! Lovely photos.

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    1. Yes, one photo every single day it was a huge uptake, and it made me a little tired… but I did it and I can say that it was the most wonderful experience ever!

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  36. This is the first time for me to visit your site. What a talent you have! I’m going to have to go back through and see the whole year. What a fun project and what a great way to put yourself out there!

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  37. Your photos are stunning, Ewa. I’m so glad that this project took you to places you’d never have imagined.

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  38. Wow. this is amazing. I’ll have to go back in the archives . . . Glad to have found you.

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  39. These pictures are awesome! That one of you “naked”? SO cool.

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  40. I absolutely love this project, where its taken you, and your wrap up? Is a stunner!

    {Thank you for including Memories Captured in this! Honored, truly.}

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