Monday, January 6th, 2014

Assignment: Self Portrait

I recently joined a photography forum called Clickin Moms. It’s a collection of professional and enthusiast photographers giving each other advice, participating in workshops, and partaking on projects. I joined the ClickMoms Project 52, which gives me a theme for each week out of the year. This week’s theme was a self portrait.


I had to wait until Iris was napping. That gives me an average of 45 minutes to the first cry, 20 minutes to the next. Then I had to figure how I was going to photograph myself amongst all the clutter of my house. There’s one good window for lighting, so I decided that instead of trying to clear everything out from in front of the window and give myself a clean background, I would put everything in front of the window and show you who I really am.


My goal as a photographer is to embrace the awkwardness of life that gives us humor. I look for lightness in life by seeking humor in humanity. I want to remember over and over again that what makes us human is love. I want to document the truth of us and show it beautiful. Wish me luck.


This is me.

Jessica Rose Shanahan

10 Responses

  1. Huguette says:

    Wow! She is beautiful this photo.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really like what the winter bom bom hat bring to the picture. Can you repeat the pose but naked. You look gorgeous.

  3. KT says:

    How about, for extra credit on the assignment this week, next do a time lapse after Iris wakes up. You sittong still and she zooms around on all those toys.

  4. Katie says:

    you are a beauty

  5. Paul says:

    It is a beautiful picture, but I like all your pictures. I like the others because most of them capture the subject sort of in a natural way. Is there any way you could do the same with a portrait, or is that counter-intuitive

  6. Amommymous says:

    My gorgeous baby!

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