A Few Tricks For Self Portraits You’ll LovePosted by Katrina Kennedy on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog, Photography | 27 comments
I am not thin.
I have a uncanny mental block in the hair styling department.
I stopped wearing makeup eight years ago. I didn’t like the way it felt and kind of had a mental block with application.
I wear glasses.
I have a crooked smile.
I am loved by a seven year old boy and a forty three year old man who say I’m beautiful.
I don’t believe them.
I am daughter to a mom who hates having her photo taken.
I think she’s beautiful.
I take her photo anyway.
I know she hates it.
I take my own photograph because I know it’s what I should do.
I don’t like it.
I do it anyway.
I’ve discovered it gets easier to see me for who I am.
The more I point my camera in my direction the more comfortable it becomes.
I’ve learned a few tricks that help ME like ME.
- Make sure the camera is slightly above my face (or really far above is even better). It slims some and helps to avoid the ugly extra chins that the camera seems to create.
- If I’m going to shoot more than just my head I need to keep my arms away from my body. Leaving a bit of space keeps them from adding a little extra padding around me. (I don’t want extra.)
- When using a tripod and timer, have someone stand in for me to get correct focus.
- Lean my chin forward and a bit down. It will feel weird, but look good.
- Lean my body in.
- Smile. With your entire face. Or don’t. Avoid the in-between expressions.
- And of course, put yourself in great light.
Tomorrow’s CY365 prompt is self portrait. I hope you’ll turn your camera towards beautiful you!
What are your go to methods for taking your self portrait. I’d love to hear in the comments below.