Self Portrait | Contest

This is a contest for THREE lucky winners to try out my class for free before it goes public. Only catch…to give feedback. They will learn the very basics of shooting manual, then lighting and composition, and then intro to photoshop. This class is not for pros or even seasoned hobbyists. I will not be revealing any of my “tricks” for those who have asked. If you are seriously interested in one on one mentoring then please email me. This class is for people who got a DSLR because you know it takes better pictures and you don’t have to wait for that red eye flash thing :). But you have never ventured very far off of the auto setting.  I asked anyone who wanted to be entered into this contest to submit a self portrait. A picture they took themselves (of themselves) or at least set everything else up and had someone click the shutter. I wanted creativity, the truth, and emotion. I was not looking for the best picture, obviously that is not what this class is about. I did not expect that, just creativeness. And taking a self portrait is not easy, it reveals everything about yourself that you may or may not want to see.

Thank you to the 16 ladies who really stepped out of the box and sent in these pictures. It was very hard for them to do. Some of these are just so creative!! And some are funny and some are so raw and real. I love it!

So the voting had begun. Please vote on your favorite self portrait, but please remember it is not about the image {that is why they are going to take the class} but about the creativity. The top three with highest votes publicly  will win! Good luck everyone, contest will end Thursday the 22nd of July at 7:00pm.


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  • April Mancuso

    Loved that you could see her daughter in the computer screen!ReplyCancel

  • Ben Nelson

    I think she did a great job with the the shadow in the background.ReplyCancel

  • jill lupescu

    Great photo!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie Kohler

    I think that it is a real cool way that #12 prsented herself. How ingenious to have family pictures all around you. I vete for her hands down. It was a very well thought out picture.ReplyCancel

  • Great photo..Holly!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Sanders


    i think you are going to win great pic did you put all those picture there.,ReplyCancel

  • Michele Sanders

    so luci i just voted for the wrong one, but i think you are going to win , did you put all those pictures onm the stairs, great shot.ReplyCancel

  • jaimee gdak

    beautiful picture…ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Stults

    loved the mom’s look on her face when getting “dressed up”ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    she looks how I feel most days!ReplyCancel

  • Carol

    A lifetime of great memoriesReplyCancel

  • Christine Borek

    Lots of great little pictures makingup the big picture.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    Best Wishes Holly:)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Baer

    Love the idea for this pic! I wish I had that kind of creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Ori

    Very cute picture!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    great picReplyCancel

  • Lisa Loisi

    Truly amazing!!! I loved all the pictures that she has taken being incorporated into the shot. Shows a true representation of the words displayed. Love It!!!ReplyCancel

  • Good Luck Brooke!ReplyCancel

  • Love Brooke’s PictureReplyCancel

  • Amy

    This is so cute!!! Its very unique and I the composition as a whole works!!!ReplyCancel

  • vicky coley

    Fantastic picture – so naturalReplyCancel

  • Holly

    Such a creative shot!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Amber

    VERY CREATIVE!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julie Brewer

    I vote for Julie Smith, #12!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Brewer

    Whoops…I meant 11, I thought they were numbered from underneath:-)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Heidemann

    My vote is for #5!!!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin

    Hope Erin winsReplyCancel

  • Sarah Evangelista

    Erin did an amazing job shooting my bridal shower and family members still comment on how much they enjoy her work!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Potocsnak

    very creative!ReplyCancel

  • kelley knytych

    #5 is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Number 12, is an awesome future photographer and these classes will help her advance her skills even more. She is creative, smart and very talented.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin

    What a great photo!ReplyCancel

  • Marylou Brashler

    No. 12 very unique, interesting, creative portrait of sharing ones self.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Phelan

    Good luck, Erin!ReplyCancel



  • Julie Smith

    Hey #12! I love you’re picture. It is very creative. My family was attempting to vote for me and they have all voted for you thinking that I was #12. (I am #11) hehe. You deserve the votes though. You did a great job. Good luck! Did you set all those photos up?ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Brewer

    No 12. An awesome picture for a photographer with a penchant for ALWAYS doing everything well. Being in the class will certainly be an asset for both you and the class!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Calderone

    Good luck Heidi!!ReplyCancel

  • ingrid

    #14 is fresh and real – love it! i also love that the portrait is posed yet the wind is evident in her hair.ReplyCancel

  • Jody

    Good Luck Jess, you’ve got my vote!ReplyCancel

  • I take it back, number 11 is creative, smart and very talented. This class would help her to further develop her talents in photography. Good Luck Julie.ReplyCancel

  • Can I revote for number 11 instead of 12 because the voted for the number underneath the photo.ReplyCancel


  • Jessica

    I vote for #5! Go Erin Go! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen

    I vote for 5!ReplyCancel

  • sintra

    Awesome Paula, Goodluck! Looking forward to seeing more of your creative shots. SintraReplyCancel

  • Maggie

    Way to go Molly! Great pic, can’t wait to see what you can do after you win this and take the class! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    Thank you all for supporting these brave and beautiful ladies! Please note I can not remove votes because it is through a polling service PollDaddy.Com and I have no way of adjusting it. Also votes are only counted by the poll widget above, I do not count comment votes.
    Thank you all for stopping by and good luck ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    I vote for #5.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy

    Loved number 14; fresh and All American Girl look.ReplyCancel

  • joanne

    Good Luck Jayne!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda

    Good Luck …I LOVE THE PICTURE IT’S AWESOME !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    Beautiful snap shot very creative with the wording and background! Awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    love erin’s work.. she does a great job…:)ReplyCancel

  • NANA

    Great photo Paula! love the subjects.ReplyCancel

  • Christy
  • Joanne Van Etten

    #5 has my vote…Adorable picture, Erin!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth

    #14 shows great promise as a photographer. You have my vote, Molly!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Heidemann

    Love the picture!ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Oops # 5ReplyCancel

  • Sue D

    I vote for #11 the pink top with the blue eyes just pop!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie D

    I vote for Erin!ReplyCancel

  • brian

    Good luck MollyReplyCancel

  • Denise

    all the pictures are beautiful and the sayings are touching. what a way to incorporate a lifetime of memories.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    Love the picture Jessica!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine

    Fantastic, loveliness of a VERY special young lady!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Nelson

    Pretty Holly.ReplyCancel

  • Boyd Walker

    Good luck Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Herrmann

    Good Luck, HeidiReplyCancel

  • fred brandt

    great pic, luci!ReplyCancel

  • Maaryellen Godinez

    I really love the photo of Luci #12. She is such a beautiful person inside and out. The photo is awesome cause its unique and creativeReplyCancel

  • Larry Harris

    I really enjoy the composition on this photo! Go Erin!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    #9 is awesome…what Mom with a little girl can’t relate to that?! Talk about feeling truth and emotion in a picture…very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Great picture, Heidi.ReplyCancel

  • Ben Schultz

    #5 has my vote!ReplyCancel

  • Jimy Shannon

    I vote #8! Best Photo! Best Dog!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Meghan, I pray your picture of you carrying your twins wins you one of the 3 prizes!!!! I love you Mom xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Moore

    #8 is AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Russell Duan

    #12 is very nice!ReplyCancel

  • dorothy o

    I’m voting for #12!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I vote # 5!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie

    Number 5! Adorable smile that captures it all!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    #12 is my favorite! Her creativity is just screaming! I love how she added all the personal effects with the pictures so you can get a “look” into her world. Fantastic job, Luci!!! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • heather jurlow

    Good Luck # 2 ;-}ReplyCancel

  • Mary Corcoran

    Ellie #8 you are the best Dog Good luck JayneReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Lucy, good luck love itReplyCancel

  • Mona Michalak

    Vote #12 …. a fantastic & most compelling photographReplyCancel

  • Peggy Jeffries

    #9… I vote number 9..What two beauties..ReplyCancel

  • Elicia

    Number 9 – Love the colorsReplyCancel

  • Helena

    Luci #12 Great photo!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Hope #8 wins! XO, Kelly and TomReplyCancel

  • Andy Clay

    Good Luck JulieReplyCancel

  • debra provo

    I love #9, very very cute.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole R

    Good luck Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    Absolutely love # 12. She is gorgeous woman and is very creative on how she filled the stairs with her family. Beautiful picture.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Wright

    I LOVE # 12………. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Garland

    Too cute, brought tears to my eyes, those are the little moments that are the true spirit of motherhood.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Fehrenbacher Bell

    My vote is for #9.ReplyCancel

  • LaDEE

    Loved number 10 – It just projects a bright and happy personality. Thought the theme was very creative too.ReplyCancel

  • wendy

    Terrific pictureReplyCancel

  • LaDEE

    Liked #10 because it captured all three of the criteria – creativity, truth and emotion. Also liked 12 and 6, but had to go with 10.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I like #7 because it is simple, but she looks like she is thinking about something. It is not flashy as the others, but it focuses more on her features.ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    It was a hard assignment for me to do but glad I gave it a shot!ReplyCancel


    number 8 has my vote.ReplyCancel

  • heather

    #9 is the best. it’s colorful, truthful, and a reminder to enjoy the simplest things with those you love. if that does not send a message about “self”-lessness and art in one shot, don’t know what would.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    #12 is the most creative and best picture 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Voted for number 12…it was very creative. Luci puts her heart and soul into everything she does…she is such a beautiful person.ReplyCancel

  • julie ziga

    Go Luci~ love the pict!!!ReplyCancel

  • Araceli

    Good luck Holly, love the pic.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    gorgeous photo! The amount of time I am sure it took to put all those pictures on the stairs shows total creativity!!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer

    #9. her expression says it all.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Jo Roth

    #9 True beauty and cherished memories.ReplyCancel

  • I hope you get it Luci!ReplyCancel


    PHOTO #9…she is as beautiful as the photo!ReplyCancel

  • Gladys

    Definitely #12!! Incredibly creative, who would even think to do something so remarkable & creative w/ their work? Also, to show all their other in a picture was breathtaking. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • I just love how she captured all her in this pic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    #12…GOOD LUCK LUCI!!ReplyCancel

  • cari

    #10 is my pic of the picsReplyCancel

  • Gaybe Bowers

    Absolutely beautiful, Erin …… it makes me smile. Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    No. 10 is by far the best – luv it.ReplyCancel

  • Dinah Buckland

    I like #5…it really captures a silly/loving moment between a mother and son. Nice work, Erin!ReplyCancel

  • matt piko

    #5 PIKOReplyCancel

  • Kathleen

    #12 Great Concept, Fabulous Photograph, Wonderful Woman! Go Luci!ReplyCancel

  • Robert

    I like the simplicity of #12. Nice natural lighting and the incorporation of the magazine steps.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    Vote for #12…go Luci!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    Voting for #12…go Luci!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carey Fredrick

    Looks like she is ready for class!ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    VOTE FOR 12…GO LUCYReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    voting for #14ReplyCancel

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