When I first began blogging, I never imagined it would get read, that I would become part of the ‘blogosphere’ or that, heaven forbid, I would actually have to meet anyone face to face. It seemed quite acceptable then to pick a photo for my header that showed me at my best, i.e. plastered with make-up and with twice as much hair as normal.
When I first met other bloggers in person, I got business cards with the same picture on, and had to keep taking my glasses off and pretending to talk into a phone so that people would believe it really was me. I’ve thought about changing the picture, but it’s too late now. I’ll just have to go with it, and hope that next year the MADS add a category for ‘blogger who looks least like their profile picture’.
The full photo actually includes all of us and I would love to have the full shot on the blog, but Bee is so horrified by her hair, which in my opinion looks rather lovely and sleek, that she would never forgive me. So I’m just going to show you it here once, and hope I get away with it:
Anyway, the point of this post is that Photobox asked me recently if I would like to have a photo made up into a canvas print, to test out the process, and well… I couldn’t resist picking this photo. I know it looks nothing like me, but it has come to be such a significant photo in my life over the last 12 months. The shoot this photo comes from was to go with my first ever national newspaper commission, which was hugely exciting at the time, and since then it has become what I like to think of as a kind of logo. It’s me, but it’s not me – it’s ‘slummy single mummy’. And if nothing else, it breaks the ice at events when people can say ‘Oh my God is that really YOU in your photo??!!’
The canvas has now arrived, and has been relegated to the study, Bee refusing to let it be hung in the main part of the house. Not that she has any right to complain in my opinion – she got a cut of my earnings and a new pair of Converse for her efforts, so in my book she has effectively signed all rights over to me.
I don’t mind though, I spend a lot of time in my study. I’ve hung it behind me, so I’m not spending the whole day staring at an overly made up picture of myself – that might be a bit weird. The whole process was reasonably smooth, the 40 free prints I got when I signed up arrived really quickly too.
Here’s how it went:
• When you sign up initially at Photobox, everyone gets 40 free prints, so I uploaded 40 pictures. I wasn’t sure which I was going to have as a canvas at this point, and the site said the quick uploader wasn’t suitable for canvases, so I went for the slower option. It was very slow. Six hours slow. They were very high-resolution pictures though. Top tip: make your mind up which you want as a canvas before you start.
• Choose your canvas – this bit was dead simple. You choose the size and shape you want, pick the picture, and then get the option to move it about and crop it exactly how you want.
• Place your order. Job done.
• Completely forget about it and then get very excited when a parcel arrives a week later and you wonder what it is.
• Argue with your children about where you are allowed to put it, and settle for a room that no one else ever goes in.