I’ve had a lot of fun this week finding dresses to wear for Frocktober – but because i don’t have 31 for each day in the month, I’ve had to beg and borrow from my sister who luckily has a few items in her wardrobe that fit me. Just. I’ve decided to take self-portraits of myself this week to show the dresses I am wearing each day. If you have the right gear, the easiest way to do this is to set up a tripod, and a mirror. My camera is a Canon DSLR with a timer function, but many point-and-shoot cameras have this functionality too. I’m sure you can probably do it with a smartphone – there’s an app for that!
Ideally you would use a mirror so you can see how you look before you take the shot. I don’t have one so I just guess – it’s more fun this way anyway! If you set up a timer, it allows a few seconds so you can run back to your spot and pose, and have the camera take say 10 shots at once. I have a remote control trigger so I press the button when I’m ready for the shot and I have it set up to wait 2 seconds so I can hide the trigger before the shot is taken.
This is a fantastic exercise: photographers often take self-portraits when they are experimenting with different looks and it’s a photography genre in itself. But it’s also a GREAT way of developing confidence. I’m sharing the nine shots from today’s shoot to show you how hit and miss it is, and how the right angle and lighting can make a fantastic photo! If you’re someone who’s very uneasy about being in front of the camera, this is a fantastic way to find out how to pose yourself.
Many clients who come to my studio for their photography sessions are very nervous and anxious about how they will look in their photos. Let’s face it, if you’ve hated how you look in just one photo, this can be enough to put anyone off for a lifetime! I pose my subjects very deliberately in diffused natural light from the studio window and create the most beautiful photographs this way. It’s a great way to develop confidence, with each beautiful image!