The Dreaded Self Portrait

April 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Believe it or not, the 'dreaded self portrait' is the perfect description for 'selfies' taken by photographers. 

Most of us much prefer that position behind the camera but sometimes we need a picture of ourselves. I've done a few self portrait projects over the years. The main purposes in it for me are:

self portrait project, Carolyn V Photography, portrait photographer,
  • Practice poses
  • Work on my creativity
  • See what it feels like for clients
  • Provide myself with good profile pictures for my social media
So, a couple of pointers for you. 
  • Wear something you're comfortable in and that is flattering
  • Practice your smile and body position in the mirror before you start
  • Remember what you learned by practicing 
  • Use a remote control (a timer just doesn't give time to get in a good pose). I have an app on my phone that is my remote, so I can see my pose in my phone camera screen before I shoot. 
  • Take lots of shots - you make take 50 or more shots and only be 'okay' with one of them. 
  • Check your images as you shoot to see if you're anywhere close to what you want. 
  • Try close up and far away and different angles. 
  • Lastly ... just do it!

self portrait project, Carolyn V Photography, portrait photographer,

 

self portrait project, Carolyn V Photography, portrait photographer,Carolyn V

self portrait project, Carolyn V Photography, portrait photographer,

My biggest issue ... I have tended to take pictures of just my face and I am trying to break away from that! You can follow my instagram by clicking here to see some of my newer 'selfies' as I post them (not more than once a month!) 

And, just so you know ... the difficult part in this post was realizing I needed to put a few pictures of ME! :) 

Thanks for stopping by and for reading! 

 


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I am a Portrait Photographer who loves Still Life!

 

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