Self Portrait 365|2

self portrait 365 | 2

Kelly Roberts left a lovely comment on my last post that sparked a change in the way I see things. She said:

Learn to see yourself through the lens with which you view the rest of the beauty you share in your non-Katie photos…then perhaps you’ll see what we do.

I do see so much beauty in the world, sometimes so much I worry that I’ll explode from the joy it brings. I have eyes that are open wide to seeing the extraordinary in the mundane.

But when it comes to myself … not so much.

But in this photo I see that part of me that remains centred and still in the midst of life’s turmoil. I see peace, comfort and serenity. I wasn’t always this way. I have spent many years being irritated and stressed about things I’ve discovered don’t even matter.

The flowers I wear came from the Cook Islands. They represent the calming influence nature has in my world. When my bare feet touch the ground, I am reminded that I am an earth goddess, infused with the energy that makes flowers bloom and trees reach their branches towards the sky. 

How hard it is to see the beauty of our inner landscapes, to see a picture of ourselves that scrapes back our cells and skin and exposes our heart. This photo is perhaps a small miracle. I’m in love with the moment it has captured.

I feel a stirring in my belly that fills me with excitement and with yearning. What kind of world could we create if we saw each other’s hearts instead of our masks?

Tell me, where do you feel the most centred?


Technical Information

Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
F/stop: f/2.8
Exposure time: 1/200 sec
ISO speed: ISO-100
Focal length: 50mm
Post processing: Photoshop Elements
Filters: Adjust saturation | Diffuse Glow | Adjust levels
Overlay : French Kiss Collection Textures Diva
Blending Mode: Colour Burn 100%

About KatieP

Embracing my midlife sexy while exploring modern love & relationships • Devoted to all things beautiful • Master of Arts in creative writing & non-fiction writing

16 thoughts on “Self Portrait 365|2

  1. Touchingly beautiful, and I love the photo.

    For me all answers are in nature. In either the four-legged kind or outdoors among the gifts of the earth. There lies the true beauty of the world.

    Love your post.

  2. My home is my sanctuary, but I have to say where I find my peace is in beautiful places I visit as part of my travel. I love the wild spaces. Your self portrait is beautiful.

  3. Lovely photo…it captures your inner essence. We need more moments where the shields are down and masks are off. I am grateful that I have two children that encourage me to do just that daily. They are what grounds me in what is important. If it wasn’t for them, I’d have lost sense of it long ago. xo

    1. Kids are definitely experts at cutting through the BS and getting right to the truth. You’re fortunate to have such creatures in your life, and to appreciate them x

  4. Beautiful photo and lovely thoughts. Thank you. What an extraordinary comment for Kelly to leave you and if that is what inspired this post, I’m so glad she did.

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