the end…

…or the beginning.

It took me quite awhile to figure out what my last image should be for the 365 Project I started on January 1st. I could go out easy and just take a photo of anything. But this project deserved something more than that, in my opinion. An image that took some skill, thought, and looked thoughtful. But it was also to be a self-serving image—in the sense that the final image is…me.


In addition to the image chosen to be the 365th, there were other “honorable mentions” of this afternoon’s self shoot. Self portraits can be time-consuming, as this one was. I am not tethered, so I couldn’t view each shot from where I was standing. I would take a few, then walk over behind my camera and view the images. For about 45 minutes I was going back and forth, back and forth—prefocused at a certain area, f/8 for a little bit of focal wiggle room, and lit subject right by window light and left by a softbox. Images processed with Capture NX2 with various Nik Filters. I took my glasses off cause, well, it just looked better. No fancy studio, just sheer curtains hanging in my home office. (A little tech info for those who like that stuff. 🙂 ) And for those of you who have taken their own self portraits, being a woman does not make this easy. Who is more critical of us than ourselves? But I am proud of these images. Of me.

These images tell my story. And not just these images of myself, but all the prior 364 are the story of my 2011. To view them all, here’s a link back to my Flickr page. 2012 brings the start of a new business for me, my first venture into entrepreneurship—Sweet Clover Pet Photography. (Remember I’ll be formally announcing that in late January, so you’ll be the first to know!) But don’t think I will stop with my nature photography. I love that, too. Stay tuned, as this blog will continue to evolve, but will always contain my photographs.



About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.


  1. Bev

    I love both the 1st two photos – the color shift is pretty great – really pretty – but love the B/W direct gaze. Great ending. I’m really impressed you made it through!

  2. Barb! Oh my goodness I love these so much! much Love,

    • Thank YOU so much, Maree. I think I would call this the creative interpretation of myself. And, you didn’t call me Karen! 🙂 ha ha (You’re never going to live that down, or at least for a little while.)

  3. I’m so glad that you chose a self-portrait for your final day – it’s like I’ve been seeing bits and pieces of you through your photography over the past year and now I get to see the person behind the pictures. I *love* the second shot, your personality really shines through! Thanks for the support you’ve given me for the last several months and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work!

  4. Marcia

    A nice ‘final touch’ of your camera to this year long project. I liked this project for what it represented in setting and meeting a personal goal, fulfilling a passion, as well as sharing it with others throughout the year which is both fun and exciting and takes some courage too. You have a talent and an ‘eye’ for beautiful photographs. I hope you found it fulfilling. Congratulations, Barb!

  5. karen

    Worth the waiting for! Can’t begin to say what the pictures mean to us. With happy tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, I say ‘good job, well done’ and so very proud of who you are. Looking forward to Sweet Clover. Love you.

  6. Becca Simonsen

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations Barb for a successful challenge. You deserve a night out to a really, really nice restaurant. Hit up Kyle for that. 🙂 Enjoy 2012 without having to take a photo everyday. Cheers!

  7. Lovely, lovely shots and quite perfect for the “end” of your project but the “beginning” of the new year. Along the way, with the lens of a little time, I hope you will do a thoughtful retrospective, What I Learned, What Was Hard, What Changed Me, etc.

    I didn’t actually recognize you in the first shot — the red (literal) herring was the nails! My personal favorite is the second shot because the eyes show the laugh/humor that represent to me are “Barb” I know and love since, well, since you were a baby and I “fell in love with you” when you’d hold my nose when I would carry you around at Gramma’s house.

    Happy New Year, sweet cousin!

    • The “red nails” is because of improper white balance…the color is actually a dark brown with a purply undertone. And my hair isn’t ginger colored either. 🙂 But that didn’t matter to me for these images. They reflect all of me, not just happy Barb.

      But I will still pull on your nose if you really want that 1960s flashback!

  8. WOW, You DID it! The idea of self portraits on the last day is great. I know how difficult it #2 and #4 most.
    Wish you a lot of succes with Sweet Clover Pet Photography!

  9. Karen

    An excellent and inspiring blog -you certainly have shared a lot of who you are throughout the year. The self portraits are amazing. The lighting is unbelievable. I’m not use to you without glasses, but I can see how your eyes just draw me in -not sure it would have been the same had you worn glasses. My favorite is the second one. I like how your hands are closed and your eyes are making contact with the lens. The whole set is beautiful and a wonderful way to end the 365 and begin your new venture. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2012. Hugs, Karen.

  10. wow! Brab, your post and your images touch me so much! They have that mystery with a delicate touch of innocence. Beautiful! Not an easy task to photograph ourself, but the curtain is brilliant idea. I might try that someday. 🙂

    Congrats on your new business! I have something going on myself, postcard project. I wish you the best for 2012! Can’t wait to read more!


What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: