05 June, 2022
Self Portraits. They can seem a little daunting at first. Just on a technical level for starters. Then you start to wonder will I be judged for spending hours taking pictures of myself? Is it healthy? Will it be useful for my photography? Should I be learning French instead? Will the process launch me into an existential crisis? The answer to all these questions is of course who knows, and also and perhaps more importantly, who cares. Taking a headshot or portrait of yourself is a really interesting project and if anything it puts you in the clients shoes for a bit and that can only be a good thing. Ive realised that theres a pose I sometimes use when I'm aiming for a headshot with a light regency vibe that feels very uncomfortable indeed... I now know not to leave someone in that pose for too long!
I think what puts a lot of photographers off taking self portraits is the fear that people will think they are vain. I think its just good practice, a healthy splash of self expression and also a good way to communicate with your audience. Also most photographers do like a spot of gear so it gives them an opportunity to buy some fancy triggers and maybe a posh new stand. The wisdom goes, take pictures you like. Simple. If they happen to be of you. Whatever. Power on.