12 days of Christmas~ Self LOVE challenge ~ DAY 2

So yesterday I let you off pretty easy, I mean, looking into the mirror and giving yourself a compliment isn’t THAT difficult after all~ or was it? Well if yesterday made you feel awkward, today is bound to take it up a notch.

Because no SELF love challenge would be complete with out a SELFIE, we’re going to dive right on in to the phenomenon and try it out ourselves today.

Here’s a staggering fact: Did you know, that women aged 16 to 25 spend an average of five hours a week taking selfies, and posting an average of three selfies a day?!

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Well I certainly had no idea until I did the research, I guess being 39 takes me right out of that statistic. Here are the three main reasons why people decide to take selfies.

  1. To illustrate their happiness~ a collection of happy memories help us to reflect back on a life well lived. Just scroll through someones feed to see all the goodness. Not a whole lot of people posting selfies of themselves crying ey?
  2. To show everyone how beautiful they are. Similar to identifying with their happiness, many women post selfies when they feel physically attractive. When you’re having an “I look awesome” in your mind day, up goes the selfie.
  3. To boost their self esteem. We’d all be lying if we didn’t say that a substantial amount of “LIKES” on a photograph doesn’t boost our ego up a few notches. Selfie taking that corresponds with popular posts can take us from feeling insecure to feeling incredible. Isn’t fascinating what a good photograph can do for our self esteem?

Central Park Ithaca, Portrait photographer

Some people will claim that posting too many selfies makes one “narcissistic” or “self absorbed”. To me it couldn’t be further from the truth. As women we’re bombarded with magazine articles that tell us to look and behave a certain way. It used to be that we’d put up poster of those we admired all over our walls as inspiration. Its 2018, and SELFIES, are now being used as a way to RECLAIM OUR BEAUTY. Putting OURSELVES on a pedestal and showing off is the most authentic form of self love there is.

Central Park, Elmira Senior Portraits, Ithaca, Portrait photographer

By posting selfies, we create our OWN beauty standards. Let me restate that. BY POSTING SELFIES, WE ARE CREATING OUR OWN BEAUTY STANDARDS!!! I personally think that is pretty damn amazing…and so THAT my dearies is why for DAY TWO of this 12 Days of SELF LOVE challenge, I’m asking you to post a selfie of yourself.

It’s time we embrace who we are, AS we are, and redefine what beauty means to us. One selfie at a time…

Beauty is about feeling confident in the skin you’re living in.  Show that gorgeousness to the world and let it radiate through the inter webs. and please, hashtag #jamielovephotography or #12daysofselflovechallenge so I can see those self loving faces!!!



  1. Marsha on December 26, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    This is so true, we need to set our own images for what is real!

    • Jamie on December 26, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Yes!!! We do 🙂 reclaim it!

  2. Eva on December 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the encouragement. I never take selfies!

    • jamie Love on December 26, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      YES!!!! I can’t wait to see it! <3 You rock 🙂

  3. Neko on December 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Wow I never have really thought about that….. And I do take selfies occasionally…. But have a hard time feeling good about them so rarely post them. I’m interested in working on reclaiming my beauty by working on loving my selfies…. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • jamie Love on December 26, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      mmm. I love this, and I love that this post inspired you. Love those selfies up fo sure! we are all we really have, so best love it up! 🙂

  4. Chele Jones on December 27, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Soooo true! I tried on a new outfit today and felt pretty so I took a selfie but did not post it. I definitely should be more self loving and be an example of that for my kids also.

    • jamie Love on December 27, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Thats so awesome!!! <3 Post that photo girlfriend!!! I want to see your outfit! 🙂

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