Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Please Help Me Choose!

The Paper Element is enroute! I am so excited to be a guest design team member this coming November for this awesome company - check out their fabulous collections here!

I was asked to send a bio and picture - and I have been wanting to take a new self portrait for a while now. It was a cold, but beautiful fall morning. I went up the hill and found my uncle had set some nice large rocks down (great seats!) along the edge of a small bluff. I thought the far off woods would make a great backdrop - but I honestly do not like that a line of trees meets the skyline in mid-ear, or the shadows being cast by the morning sun. I took LOTS of outdoor pics, and nare a one was, in my opinion, portrait worthy.

So I came inside, where the coffee was warm and the wind was not blowing. The lighting in our living room is pretty good on a sunny morning - so here are the top picks from my morning shoot.

#1


#2


And having a little fun in Photoshop - a little color splash! Of course I can make this all black and white if preferred. (LOL)
#3


I am hoping you will help me decide which new picture will become my new avatar on the MBs. Just for helping me out I will send a little something out to one randomly drawn individual. Thanks for your help, and watch for projects featuring The Paper Element coming to this blog in the next few weeks!

BTW - if you received the Nov./Dec. issue of Scrapbooks Etc. you can find my Santa Baby tray on page 80. I loved creating this project which features Scenice Route and Super T tree stamps by Heather at Busy Bee Scrapbooking. I am surrounded by many whose work I admire in the Etc. column: Tracy Kyle, Erika Ghumm and Rita Weiss. This is my first real pub in Scrapbooks Etc. - pinch me!! The thumbnail of a reader gallery layout back in the March issue was nice, but not near as thrilling as this! (LOL)

Let me know if you like picture 1, 2 or 3 in a comment below. Thanks for your help!

44 comments:

Jamie said...

I love the second picture. It looks really natural the colors are beautiful.

TxScrapAddict said...

I say number 2 also!

Kati said...

The second picture is my favorite!

JeanellePaige said...

I like #2

Lacintha said...

Congrats Hunny..I like #2..good luck! :)

Lynn Anne said...

The third is my least favorite - something in the eyes/expression isn't as relaxed as the first two. Number one looks friendlier/more welcoming, number two looks confident. Either one is a nice photo. Enjoy your gdt spot!

Julie O. said...

Hey Rita!!

I'm likin' number 2!!!

I love playin' in photoshop as well!

Summer Fullerton said...

I like #2 :) it's got a nice angle and your necklace is a really nice.

Kimmie said...

I like 2...

Chrys said...

The second one is the best!! :) :) :)

Cyndi said...

I like #2 as well. You look very relaxed and natural.

debbie said...

Put me on #2 as well - !!
You look great lady!

Dettao said...

I vote for number 2 It is a great shot and I seem to be in the majority! I saw your tray in S. Etc and immediately came to tell you. Great job. I have those stamps. I used them on my Christmas cards last year.

Claudean said...

I am new here and love your blog and your mini skull album.
I like the 2nd picture best.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rita! I love #2--great choice! I also love that Skull mini album--what a great job you did on it and now I am so curious about that web spray stuff! Thanks for the chance to win it!
Stephanie
AKA Scrappinscout

mel said...

i pick the second one you look like a really fun person and it cute too..thank for the giveaway rita you rock.tfs

Scrappymom said...

I like #2 the best!

vflener said...

I like #2! Thanks for the chance to win that adorable mini!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I like #2 best!

jakey said...

I like no 2 - something about the jaunty angle! :-)

jk xe

cat1393 said...

figures I have to be different! I like pic #3!

Cricket said...

My vote is for #2!

Your skull mini is fabulous, right up my daughter's alley!!

smiles,

carrie said...

I like the second picture! Oh yeah...Hey!

Amy Teets said...

I like number 2 and which stamps did you use!?

Renee said...

My vote is for number 2! You look so relaxed and natural. Beautiful pictures.

That mini skull album is fab! The webbing you did on the cover is the perfect touch. Beautiful work...well, "spooky work." Happy Halloween! *Ü*

Sara said...

I liked #2 for your pose more. But I did love the photoshop you did on #3 too!

The skull album is super-cool!

stephanie said...

Love #2 I would so love to learn photoshop
Also love your skull album - how cool is he!!!!

Tristann said...

I like number 2!

Your mini album is fantastic!! Thanks for the chance to win one.

Isabel said...

I love picture #2 colors look really natural, I thinks is the best;)

Stacey said...

Picture #2 is my favorite

Jodi said...

I like #2!!

Sassy said...

I like picture #2 also. It seems more natural (love your necklace btw).

Sassy said...

I also like pictue #2 the best. You seem more natural (love your necklace btw).

Jens Place in Space said...

Love number 2 but they all are beautiful!

jpichot@comcast.net said...

They are all great, but I choose #3 - I love the splash of color!

pam bennett said...

#2! love it!

Karen Reichel said...

I like #2 the best!

Melissa said...

I love both #2 and #3, but love #3 the best (#3 looks artsy with the pendant in color and the rest in black and white). Love looking at your work, Rita, and your tray in Scrapbooks, Etc. is just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Congratuations....how exciting for you...I like #2....
Louise
lmurr@utk.edu

Donna said...

Congrats to you!!! I think you look great in all the pictures but my favorite would be the #2 picture!

Tona said...

I like #2

NanaBeth said...

I'd have to go with #1 you have such a beautiful smile!
hurley48@bellsouth.net

doverdi said...

I vote for number 2 also. I'll have to dig out my Scrapbooks ETC and have another look. I must not have recognised the name. Congrats.
doverdi
Fiskateer #1329

RobinV said...

They are all beutiful put I like #2 the best.

That skull album rocks. You did an amazing job on the cover. Thanks for sharing

robin.valera@yahoo.com