Self-Portrait (photography on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)


********************** It's almost one in the morning and I'm still up.  This is not a normal occurrence.  I made the incredible mistake of taking a very short nap today after work, and I am now paying the price.  I have no doubt, my early bird riser will be up again at the crack of dawn, and I'm being very generous by saying the crack of dawn.  Because of this, I'm predicting a difficult day for myself tomorrow.  I'm not one of those lucky people that can get a few hours of sleep and function normally the next day.  I hate those people.  You know who you are!  Okay, hate's a bit strong, maybe jealous is the right word.  Yes, jealous.  VERY jealous.  Not only do I not function, I also look like H, E, double chopsitcks, or hockey sticks as my husband would say.  That's why you find me here, writing a blog at one in the morning.  So, let me just get on with this so I can get myself to bed!

I HATE getting my photo taken.  I like to have pictures of myself, but to get pictures of myself, I sort of have to get my photo taken.  Its a bit of a conundrum.  Nine times out of ten, I absolutely hate the photo too!  As a photographer, you would think I would have all kinds of great photos of myself.  I don't.  I have very, very few to be honest.  And even fewer of ones that I actually like.  Sooooooooo, having said this, I decided to take some self portraits.  The thought of it made me feel all uncomfortable and just plain icky, but I did it anyway. Yup, I'm tough like that.  I didn't put too much thought into it.  Held the camera at arms length and started snapping.  I got a few that I sort of liked, or that I found at least a bit interesting.  Used my good ole lensbaby, so some of them look weirdly out of focus, but I like that. Perfection is waaaaaay overrated sometimes, and a lot of times, just plain boring.  Think I need to get my photo taken more often, because, the fact is, I need to know how it feels to be on the other side of the camera.  I'm sure most people I photograph feel the same way I do and it's a good thing to feel their pain.  The more I experience it for myself, hopefully the more I can ease the pain for them.  :-)  Time for bed.


Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.