Saturday, April 12, 2008

Reality Bites!

You may have noticed that I changed my profile picture. And you probably are very aware that it is a "doctored" picture. My hubby gave me photoshop elements for Valentines Day and I have lots of fun trying to figure out how to use it.

I've been wanting to change my profile picture for a while, but I hate pictures of myself. So here's how it works: I take thousands of self portraits, delete them all, take thousands more and repeat until I find one that I think I can live with. Then I get on photoshop and doctor it until I think I look half way decent. Now I know, I need to be real and not be pretentious...etc, etc.

But come on...humor me. Can I please pretend to be younger than I am? Can I just tell myself that I don't weigh thirty pounds more than I used to? I like living in denial (After all, reality bites). It doesn't bother me one bit that I lie to myself about my puffy eyes, blemishes and wrinkles. So when I use photoshop to help me live in denial, you won't judge me will you? Just pretend right along with me that I'm still the young, firm-skinned youth I once was. What's that you say? I don't look one bit different than I did 15 years ago? Bless you, my sister. You just became my new best friend.

Here is the original picture (it's reality):

This is the doctored, more flattering version (it's the version based on denial):

And, just for I am about 15 years ago:


Crystal said...

Ha! That's exactly why I haven't changed my profile pic from the one I took when I first started my blog. It's got to be at least 3 years old. I'm holding out on revealing much more real version of myself.

Nan said...

Guess what girl... I like the original better!! :^D But I do know how you feel... Of course as much as I love Photoshop, it really does further ruin us for reality doesn't it?

You are beautiful undoctored! But I do know just what you mean!

mer said...

I just cringe when I see pics of myself, and always think "surely I'm not that wrinkled, or surely I'm not as big as I look in that picture". Reality is hard isn't it???

I like both the edited and unedited pictures of you...and am so totally jealous that you can wear short-sleeves!!!

Hey, I'm okay with you wanting some snow when you're out west. We were up at PI last year in May and it was snowing like crazy. We even had a snow day last year on May 2, so I think your chances are very, very good. :)

His Girl said...

all caught up on your blog now!

I totally get what you mean, but I think your undoctored self is beautiful, classy, and sassy!

Jenn said...

I remember that girl from 15 years ago! I do not think you have changed that much but I hear what you are saying about being in denial (I'm there).
I love your eyes in the photo shopped pic. But I think I am with others that I like the original pic the best - you get to see the real you. Who is a very pretty girl! :o)