Self Portrait Photography and “I Am” Poems

Our students are so fortunate to have worked one on one with M2 Photography for their self portrait project. M2 flew in from Philadelphia to assist the students in the construction of their self portrait photos. They are a Houston and Philadelphia based company, and more information on them can be viewed on their website: m2-photography.net

The children have been working on creating "I Am" poems after studying a self portrait by Judith Lester. As we dove deep into creating the poems we started discovering more of what we want people to know about us. -What emotions we feel colors represent – What emotions best describe our personalities – What things make us happy -What things make us sad, mad, etc – who we love – what our favorite things in life are – what things we like to imagine

We used these "I Am" to: – create backdrops for our photos – decide what props we would need for the photo – choose colors for our backdrops – choose the right outfit for our photo shoot -choose lighting -composition of the photo -what mood we thought the photo should express

Here are some of the behind the scene photos. The children directed the photographers in every part of the photo. The photographers taught the children about lighting and composition.







And here are the final pieces…….

I am strong and happy.
I wonder about dragons.
I hear a snake slithering.
I want a cupcake.
I see Optimus Prime.
I am strong and happy.
I pretend I am a teacher.
I touch a monster snake.
I worry about sick people.
I cry with snake monsters.
I understand how to play transformers and power rangers.
I dream about being in a hole.
I say I miss you.
I try to jump rope.
I hope for presents.
I am strong and happy.

I am happy and mad.
I wonder about snakes.
I hear a dragon flying.
I see a purple pig flying.
I want a pretty, pink flower.
I am happy and mad.

I pretend my dress can't move.
I feel a soft box.
I touch a rainbow and it makes me a princess dress.
I worry about mud.
I cry when I miss people.
I am happy and mad.

I understand how to spell ant.
I say I love my mom.
I dream about a princess.
I try. I hope.
I am happy and mad.

I am shy and happy.
I wonder about animals.
I hear a pig sound.
I see a unicorn and a blue pig.
I want a cat and a puppy.
I am shy and happy.

I pretend to be a mom.
I feel sad.
I touch my puppy.
I worry that my puppy will die.
I cry because I miss someone.
I am shy and happy.

I understand my mom and dad.
I try to get my puppy.
I dream about my puppy.
I say I love my puppy.
I hope the tooth fairy will come.
I am shy and happy.

I am kind and happy.
I wonder about dragonflies.
I hear a unicorn.
I want a spider.
I am kind and happy.

I pretend I am Rapunzel.
I feel pencils.
I touch a paintbrush.
I worry about my mom and dad.
I cry at mad people.
I am kind and happy.

I understand that my mom loves me so much.
I say that Grandmommy loves me.
I dream about unicorns that fly.
I try to take pictures.
I hope for a dog.
I am kind and happy.

I am smart and funny.
I wonder about salamanders.
I hear a bird talking like a human.
I see a tiger growling.
I want a dog.
I am smart and funny.

I pretend I am a polar bear.
I feel fine.
I touch a star.
I worry if I loose something.
I cry when I am lost.
I am smart and funny.

I understand that I don't know.
I say I like all seasons except winter.
I dream about flying.
I try to do my work.
I hope I will be finished soon.
I am smart and funny.

I am happy and strong.
I wonder about paintings.
I hear a lion.
I see a unicorn.
I want shiny hair.
I am happy and strong.

I pretend I am a ballerina.
I feel presents.
I touch a blue bird.
I worry about people that cry.
I cry when I fall down.
I am happy and strong.

I understand that dogs bark.
I say I love you Nohea.
I dream about going fishing.
I try to keep working.
I hope for surprises.
I am happy and strong.

I am six and strong.
I wonder about frogs.
I hear a unicorn.
I see birds.
I want birthday cake.
I am six and strong.

I pretend I am not real.
I feel sick.
I touch my dress.
I worry about dragons.
I cry about monsters.
I am six and strong.

I am happy and funny.
I wonder about elephants.
I hear frogs.
I see pigs.
I want a blue bird.
I am happy and funny.

I pretend a guy in a suit is a bird.
I touch a bird.
I worry about mommy.
I cry when mommy is gone.
I am happy and funny.

I understand that cats meow.
I say my dad is cool.
I dream Amma is coming to my house.
I try to make beautiful pictures.
I am happy and funny.

I am mad and happy.
I wonder about lions.
I hear drums.
I see dragons.
I want ice cream.
I am mad and happy.
I pretend I am Thor.
I feel I don't know.
I touch the paper.
I worry about nothing.
I cry when someone hits me.
I am mad and happy.

"I like blue."

 

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