Self-Portraits, An Inauspicious Beginning

by Sandra Foyt on March 19, 2012

in Travel Photos

Taking self-portraits turned out to be a bust, in more ways than one.

Heading into the weekend, Day 5 of the SITS Girls’ Pin-tastic Pinterest Challenge required us to capture the one person that rarely makes it into the frame – the photographer. Not only would we have to forget about any self-image issues (of which I have many,) but we had to figure out how to use a tripod and the timer feature on the camera.

I’ve had the same tripod since high school, so you would think that I might have learned how to use it by now. But you would be wrong.

Not only did I shoot a bunch of blurry photos, there were quite a few that looked something like this:

smile for the camera

I think, actually, that this was the best of the lot.

Right after this shot, I had the bright idea to set up the tripod on our lawn – our sloping lawn. Next thing I knew, the tripod tipped over, landing right on the edge of the camera lens. My indestructible Nikon camera survived, but the lens was a casualty of the challenge.

And see that smile? It fared no better. An hour later, for no apparent reason, the veneer on my front tooth broke off in sympathy. So now, I’m down a lens and a smile.

It’s going to be a while before I’m up for taking more self-portraits.

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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