Yay, more photos! Harmony, I love your bloated photo. I'm exactly the same way lol.
Ardent- I chose a place in my house that gets enough natural light, and I put my camera on a shelf in the closet across the room and set the timer. I turned the flash off too. Then I just crop the photo (I don't want to worry about getting my smile or hair right, so I'm cropping my head out), adjust the colors a little for an artistic effect, and add text. I luckily have a wall color that works pretty well.
Here's a photo straight out of my camera.
Here are my newest photos. They won't all go in an album, but I figure if I just take a photo every week it'll be a lot easier to choose the ones for dramatic results.