I recently took part in the 30 day self-portrait challenge that Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess shared through their blog and Instagram accounts. I’ve taken part in Instagram challenges before. I tend to feel a bit fed up towards the end and often don’t complete them at all. This one felt different. There was so many people taking part and there was also a chance to win a signed copy of their new book. Excuse the obvious statement but this challenge was…challenging! Taking 30 pictures of yourself over 30 days can become a bit repetitive pretty quickly so it forces you to try to think of different things to do in order to mix it up a bit. I have to admit, there were days when the last thing I wanted to do was post pictures of my face. Everyone is entitled to off days I suppose, so those days involved a lot of hand and feet shots. I enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot about myself and the photographs I tend to take. Only after the challenge I realised that my ‘looking off camera’ photographs tend to be almost always to the top right (my left). I learned a lot about light and I also learned that when you’re restricted to take a photograph each day you don’t always have the time to take the photograph when the light is perfect but I tried to make the most of it. Knowing that sometimes you just need to use a black and white filter to help fix up a shaky iPhone picture works a treat. Most importantly, I learned to be comfortable posting pictures of myself without wearing make-up or having perfect hair or clothes. Becoming comfortable posting those pictures when I didn’t look or feel my best helped me to accept my imperfections. Finally, I noticed that even if I took the photographs in the morning or afternoon I almost always waited until evening to post it so now my next small challenge for myself is to put the insta into Instagram every once in a while.