Self Portrait Sunday // Pumpkin Patch Confessions

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You guys…  After weeks of taking photos with my tripod & self timer from the comfort of my home for Self Portrait Sunday, I decided it was time to get outside. That’s right. OUTSIDE…

Charles and I had a conversation the other day about falling into the rut of doing things because they are safe instead of doing the things you actually want to do (because you’re afraid you might fail) and I don’t want to be that person/blogger… Continuing to take self-portraits at home when I have so many self portrait ideas that involve going outside to different locations? = Safe.

And sooooo outside, I went.

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I also figure since the weather is getting chillier there won’t be as many people walking around outside to watch me play around with my camera in public. Not sure why I’m worried/self conscious about other people looking at me take pictures of myself but I am <- working on that.

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Today’s photos are coming to you live from my local pumpkin patch a.k.a. a seasonal pop up shop located in the parking lot in front of our town’s grocery store. Nothing uber fancy but it serves its purpose and gets the job done.

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After weeks of thinking to myself it would be nice to snap a few pics of our pumpkin patch, I finally woke up at 7am, got dressed and drove in the direction of our grocery store. I was so focused on getting out the door and into my truck before my mind could psych me out that I forgot to wash my face and brush my teeth.  Once I realized my error in hygiene, I was already parked in the store’s empty lot and thought, “Nobody will be able to smell my breath from looking at the photos on the blog, right?”

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I took a few test photos to find the right lighting and best location to set up the tripod and then went to work. While snapping away, I thought it was crazy that the pumpkin patch vendor leaves the pumpkins out overnight while they are closed. Anybody could walk by, snatch up a pumpkin without paying and nobody would ever know. The trust system was real.

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^^ On a completely inappropriate note, doesn’t that gourd on the left look suspicious? #danmingo <- switch the d & m (insert angel face emoji here)

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By the time I felt I had gotten all the shots I wanted, it was around 8am and an employee had arrived to open up shop. A dad and his daughter had also just pulled up and were looking for a pumpkin to carve later on in the day. I broke down my tripod and snapped a few more close ups of the pumpkins and gourds before heading home.

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While driving back, I was happy that I finally accomplished something I had been wanting to do for a while. I tend to get performance anxiety when trying something for the first time but once I do it and realize it’s not that big of a deal, I’m good. I also think getting up early to go take pictures on location while the world is still asleep is the way to go – so peaceful. There’s a long list of places I want to visit with my tripod in tow and no excuse why I can’t now that I’ve gotten the jitters out. And to think… It all began at a pumpkin patch haha.

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With that said, I think it’s appropriate to close out today’s post with a confession about where I stand on one of most notorious debates that takes place every Fall season = I am NOT a pumpkin spiced latte fan. And since we’re on the subject, I also prefer sweet potato pie over pumpkin pie. BOOM. I hope we can still be friends for those of you who are all about it, bout it when it comes to pumpkin spice? ;)

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Hope you had a Happy Halloween yesterday (and don’t forget to change your clocks back by one hour today)! Charles and I were lame and didn’t do anything whatsoever last night. Definitely going to have to make up for that next year…

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  • It really is awkward taking photos of yourself in public. I don’t even like taking selfies if other people around. I dunno… it’s just weird lol. BUT it’s not weird when other people do it, so I guess it’s all in my (our) head.

    Lookin’ great as usual :)

    #TeamSweetPotatoPie

    • Yesssss Team Sweet Potato Pie!!! Happy to know I’m not the only one haha. :)

  • I love that you did this. I feel self-conscious just taking pictures out in public of myself in general. But when you really think about it, no one is paying attention to you anyway. We’re selfish beings and if it’s not us, we can’t be bothered.

    Also, umm, I’ve never had sweet potato pie. Don’t be mad!!!!

    • Thanks Michael! I’m working on getting back in touch with my creative side. And no sweet potato pie?!?!?! No worries. We can still be friends haha. :)