How to shoot your self-portrait | 6 tips to get the perfect shot of yourself

How to shoot your self-portrait | 6 tips to get the perfect shot of yourself

How to shoot  your own portraits with friends for profile image, personal bio, resume, presentations… or just for fun!

{1} FIND THE RIGHT FRIENDS

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Ever asked yourself how to how shoot your own portrait? I was very lucky to have the chance to do this with two great friends wich happen to be two great photographers (check: Carolina Serafini & Riccardo Cornaglia); and even if this sounds obviously amazing I have to say it gave a little bit of pressure to me. As a photographer I’m used to be on the back side of the camera and standing in front of it was really challenging, especially knowing what amazing professionals were in front of me. Not everyone is at ease in front of the camera, and exchanging this experience with a friend, taking turns shooting and being shot, can help reduce embarrassment.

{2} FIND THE PERFECT LOCATION

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The background will add personality to your shots. I love nature and live by the sea; so a beach would have been my first choice. But we were visiting Riccardo who lives in Piedemont, and having the excuse to discover a nice spot in the smooth hills of Monferrato sounded like an amazing opportunity.

It doesn’t have to be necessarily a fancy place, a nice textured background (like an old door, a brick wall,  a corner of your house with some plants, etc) will do the trick.  Pay attention to pick the right time of the day to have the best light possible!

{3} HAVE CARE OF YOUR OUTFIT

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I like real and natural portraits so i wouldn’t dress up to much. Your favorite every day clothing will help describe who you are. How you feel is important: have a shower, have your hair done, put on some makeup and some perfume: there will be not much “visual” difference but your attitude will change: if you feel well you look better. (don’t do like i did thinking “i will wear a hat”: you can clearly see my hair was messy and i’m so disappointed for it  🙁 …).  Bring along an accessory you love.  A nice coat, a hat, a bag, sunglasses, will help describe better your personality and can be used as props to make the shot more interesting.

{4} POSING TIPS

rebecca rianaldi photography Wedding & Family intimate Photography. Personal Blog. Photography tips & tricks. How to shoot your own portrait.If you are initially uncomfortable in front of the camera find yourself something to do! Who is shooting can help giving instructions: Walk, jump, dance or more simply, play with your prop! Repeat the same movement many times: take your sun glasses on and off, put your hands in your pocket and take them out, take three steps forward and three backwards, look at your shoes and then gaze at the horizon … taking many pictures of natural movements should assure at least a good one and if you feel a bit silly a nice spontaneous laugh might come out. Who is shooting should be waiting for that and be ready to snap the shot!

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After a while everyone gets more comfortable and most people start to have the real fun. This is the moment where you can start standing still and who is shooting can get closer. Keep looking around, “really” looking; you will have an unnatural expression if you just pretending to. Look down for more romantic and intimate effect, look far away for serious and professional mood, look straight in camera for intense and dramatic feel.rebecca rianaldi photography Wedding & Family intimate Photography. Personal Blog. Photography tips & tricks. How to shoot your own portrait.Check in camera what you are getting, see what you like and try to make it better.

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{5} DON’T WORRY FOR BAD SHOTS

Everyone  gets pictures in which they don’t look the best (only that nobody sees them!). Funny faces, closed eyes, your nose that seems double the size of wich it acutally is… thats part of the game! Don’t be self critical, just trash the photos you don’t like and keep the ones where you look amazing.

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{6} SELECT WITH CARE

Selection and editing are part of the job, not to underestimate. If you want to tell the world of what a cheerful person you are select the ones where you are smiling or laughing, the ones where your face is not clearly visible if you feel more romantic and dreamy…

I personally have nothing against a little bit of photoshop retouching action but be careful not to exceed: after all this effort to try to express your personality you won’t want to look like another person!

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A portrait picture is who you are and what you want to express of yourself to the outside world, and the amount of attention and love you put in creating it will help you tell better the person that you are…

Thank you to Carolina and Riccardo for sharing this experience with me, have a look at our latest project on intimate photography www.lovephotoexperience.com/

If you want to know what was in my camera bag for this shooting, check here:  WHAT’S IN MY CAMERA BAG: LOWEPRO PROTACTIC 450AW

3 comments

Hey,
You really provide nice tips there, in this article,
few days ago I was talking about it with a friend.
This article prove that I was wrong now I have to call him.

Great post! and thanks for the tips. My Instagram @Yves_Jr
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ahahha I’m sorry you where wrong! but actually curious to know why. This is only my approach and my vision, my words are to be taken as inspiration: no right or wrong here!

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