Self Portrait Challenge + Giveaway

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Do you remember last year when I shared a self portrait photo challenge with all of you? Well, I think it was a fantastic challenge that had a TON of interest and participants! I’m SO excited to do this challenge again. I can’t wait to see all you beautiful bloggers/readers!

When you put yourself out there in the blogging world, it’s almost impossible to avoid any negative comments. You can receive 100 fantastic and encouraging comments, and all it takes is that one damn negative comment to bring you down. I hate that it’s that way, but goodness… it’s how seems to be (P.S. See this comic, from The Oatmeal). I get a negative comment… somewhere in my social media… “Damn, you’re so ugly!” and that seems to be the only comment I hold on to and remember. In a sea of positive and lovely comments, that one stupid commenter sticks out. I don’t like it, but it’s there in the back of my mind.

I love the challenge of a self portrait. Even though I don’t love every photo taken of me, I have a bit more control when taking a self portrait. A quick candid snapshot usually means my chins will come out to say, “hello”. Ha! A self portrait gives me more control.



//Beautiful Mustard Bow from, Just Lovely Things//

Sooooo, what does all this mean? I want to see a self portrait from YOU. Yup, you. Beautiful you. Share this photo on your blog, tumblr, flickr, or Instagram… and link that URL to my linky tools (at the bottom of this post). One lovely participant will have a chance to win a camera from me! Yeah! This challenge is NOT based on photography skills/style. The winner will be chosen at random. ALL you have to do is share your image below. I can’t wait to see you! <3

This year I’ve decided to share an Instax mini 8 prize for the challenge! What? Yeah. All you have to do is share a self portrait of yourself and you’re entered. Simple as that. Plus, share a bit of info about you at the moment. For me…


Obsessing over…

Getting myself more organized. I am attempting to create and editorial calendar for the year. Goodness, I hope it works out. I need to be more prepared.

Working on…

Like I said above, working on getting myself organized. PLUS, working on so many DIY’s and blog posts and DRAWINGS!

Thinking about…

My kiddo’s schooling. I’ve been throwing around the idea of homeschooling. BUT… that’s a major maybe. I have never seen myself as a teacher, but I am willing to look into this a bit more. We’ll see.


Planning the upcoming PNW Blogger meet up for this Spring!

Listening to…

The most recent episode of Downton Abbey.


I had a bit of yummy chocolate. ANNNNnnnnd, a glass of wonderful wine.


I was more organized and had more time in the day.



What can you win?

Instax Mini 8!


– To enter, link up your blog post to my linky below. (Please don’t link to FB pages, I wont be able to view your image).

– Post must include a self photo of you. It can be an old photo if you’d like… but, why not take a new one?

– Please link back to my blog on your post. You can copy and paste this link if you’d like: ” Linking up with The Paper Mama for her Self Photo Challenge! ”

– Share what is currently going on in your life. You are welcome to follow my “Currently” prompt.

– If you enter this challenge: All photos entered into my Self Photo Challenge may/will be shared in a blog post(s), on The Paper Mama blog. There will always be a link back to the photographer’s URL (instagram) that was shared.

– PG please.

– One entry per person.

– One winner will be chosen at random from

– The last day to enter a photo is on February 28th, 2013 11:59 PST.

– Good luck!

P.S. The sweet bow in my photos is from, Just Lovely Things. It’s my favorite hair piece at the moment!

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  • danielle on said:

    hey, i love your blog cut…=)

  • Leah Dmitruk on said:

    Oh man I think I linked mine wrong :/ I did an Instagram pic not a blog post…

  • Amy on said:

    I really like themed posts. I am glad I ran across a post on a fellow bloggy friend, so I could join in before it was too late. It is horrible how some people are and the things they say. It really makes me wonder what in the world would make another person say such ugly things. The only thing I can think of is that they are so unhappy with themselves and in their own lives that they want to make others hurt. Anyhoo, I am all linked up and glad to be a part of this challenge. It made me realize I had no recent photos of me, so I had to take one lol.

  • heather on said:

    Chelsey I think you are Gorgeous. We are not all perfect and we all have flaws. I think others take there flaws out on others, and It sucks that this comment has stuck with you. Hopefully those with the negativity can stay away and grow up. I am glad you are back with the challenge again and those comments dont stop you from showing YOU!

  • brooke chambers on said:

    i have always thought you were quite beautiful. and i pretty much love your gorgeous freckles. your selfies are so lovely. and thanks for hosting this 🙂 completely inspired me to step up to the challenge of a new selfie.

  • Jessica on said:

    Yay! Another self photo challenge!
    Excited to link up with this! Can't wait to see some more entries!
    Also cute bow! 🙂

  • Alyssa S on said:

    Honestly, I don't often do self portraits because I'M so critical of me. If someone else bothered to leave a nasty comment, I'd probably need therapy! When I see your self photos, all I think is "how the hell does she bother to look so put together and cute all the time?" I mostly look like some weird nerd who wandered out of Comic-Con 😛

  • Crystal on said:

    Damn! You're so pretty! Have the confidence love! You are beautiful. We love you and people who spread negativity don't feel really great about themselves

  • Alison Walton on said:

    Hello, i'm sorry to be annoying, but i posted the wrong link in the one that says "mrs.walton", i hope its okay if i re did it, just ignore that one :/ again, i'm sorry for the mistake.


    p.s. i love you blog.

  • Alison Walton on said:

    I posted the wrong link! :/ is there anyway i can delete it and try again? or should i just post again? im so sorry! :/

  • Alison Walton on said:

    I posted the wrong link! :/ is there anyway i can delete it and try again? or should i just post again? im so sorry! :/

    btw; i love you blog 🙂

  • stephanie clark on said:

    Yay! I actually JUST took some photos of myself because I couldn't find any I liked of JUST me when people were asking. I still haven't edited or shared them – so this is on my to do list ASAP.

  • Stephanie Nericcio on said:

    I love your photos! Your so awesome! I added my link which is not as great as yours but I hope it's ok. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I'm off to check out that hair bow.

  • Crystalyn on said:

    That bow is fantastic! And the color looks great on you. Now I'm off to explore the Just Lovely Things site while I should be working… Shh, don't tell my boss. 🙂

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