Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reader Showcase: Your favorite photo of yourself

For a long time, it was hard to get me in front of a camera. Every pose seemed awkward, most of my smiles seemed forced. I probably couldn't name a favorite photo that included me in it.

In the last year of style blogging, I've had to pore over thousands of photos of myself. In an unexpected way, the daily task of looking has made me comfortable with myself -- my body, my gestures, my clothing. It's made me not necessarily a Narcissus, but appreciative of who I am.

Every once in awhile, though, I stumble on a photo of myself where I think I look not only good, but fantastic. Where I think, This is really me. This has captured the essence of me, where I feel like everything you may need to know about me is captured in picture form -- my laugh, pride, confidence, sense of humor -- it's all there.

I'm sure you have a photo that makes you feel the same way, and this is where you come in. I want to know what your favorite picture is of yourself, dear readers. Perhaps it captures a favorite activity, a memorable event, or a beloved outfit. Or maybe it was the first photo that made you consider your freckles or wrinkles or gray hairs or whatever as lovely attributes. Either way, I'm interested in having a showcase of you all at your best!

E-mail your favorite photo (title it "Favorite Photo Submission" in the e-mail subject), along with your name, blog title/url (if you have one), and a brief description of why it's your favorite. Send it in by next Monday at 5:00pm est, and I'll publish it here on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd. Spread the word -- the more, the merrier.

Can't wait to see your submissions,

PS -- Had some questions on what kind of photo to send (like an outfit photo). There are no rules -- just a photo of you that makes you happy when you look at it!


  1. Love this idea! Will definitely submit. And I have to agree...the daily photos do bring a certain level of comfort!

  2. COOL idea Joann....Ill try to peek through some pics later and send you an fun!!

  3. What a great idea! I can't wait to see all the photos! Now I have to see if I can find one of myself...

  4. Oooh, how exciting. I'm gonna have to go through my pics. I can't wait to see them all.

  5. Love this idea, but oh man, it's gonna be tough going through all the photos!

  6. Love this photo too! One of my fave of you. I have at least 5 all-time pics that you look so pretty!

    Okay, let me see if I have any at all.


    Come say hello:


  7. I am sooo excited about something!!! My eyes are glued to my mailbox!


    luv ya.


  8. Oh JoAnn, what a great idea! it will be fun to see them all. Will have to see if I have one of those.

  9. love this idea! thanks for the opportunity.

    p.s. do people tell you that you look like mandy moore??? :)

  10. great idea! thanks for doing this:)

  11. I absolutely love this post. Sometimes people think that style bloggers or bloggers who are trying to blog about the clothes they wear are just plain narcissistic people.

    I love how you always inject sweet ideas in your blog. I also agree with the fact that taking photos of ourselves everyday can get a lil frustrating. But then through time we get comfortable with ourselves. and that's what I also like about the blogging community because all of us are each other's support group :) At the same time we learn more things about ourselves by trying to relate to other bloggers :)

  12. Ooh I love this! I'm sending my pic right now. I started out so awkwardly that I couldn't even look at the camera - for the first two months I looked at the ground in every single pic. Now you have to tear me away from the camera! Thanks Joann - great idea. Sarah xxx


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