lightburn studios


Blog for Pacific Northwest photographer and artist. 

Seeing myself

I recently started doing a private mentorship with Doug Beasley. We have been working together for a little over a month and it has been really wonderful. I see myself looking at the world with more attention and awareness, and I have started carrying my camera around all the time as well. The last two assignments that he has given were self portrait assignments. First I had to do metaphorical self-portraits. This was a bit of a struggle for me at first. I felt like I was going out into the world and grasping at images and trying to make things work. I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere. But then when I downloaded them and saw them on the bigger screen the images made more sense. Below are the images from that assignment. 

They aren't all perfect and some do feel a bit forced. But there are the few in there that worked exactly like I wanted them to.


The next assignment was to do a self-portrait with only a part of me showing. Maybe just a hand, or a foot, or a shadow. This was super fun for me. I loved wandering around my neighborhood looking for interesting ways to incorporate myself into the image. Below you will find what I ended up as my final images for this assignment.

And I found another image to go with the week before

And that is what has been in my photography world. I am hoping to start posting some images and thoughts once a week. So please check back and see what else is happening. And if you have any thoughts please comment!