"Your handwriting, The way you walk, which china pattern you choose. It's all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self- portrait."

--Chuck Palahniuk


Self portraits are about more than your appearance. They are more than just a pretty profile picture. They show others who you are and who you want to be. When you are creating or building a brand, it is essential to be authentic in your imagery. I want to share some of my favorite tips with you so you can create your own photography, too! 

  1. Be yourself. Don't replicate another creatives portrait. Sure, it would be much easier to go on Instagram or Pinterest to make a replica, but creating your own will have so much more reward to your brand. 
  2. Relax. Put a pair of headphones on or jam out with your bose speaker. Shoot, if it's later in the day, have a glass of wine so it chills you out a bit. Sometimes shooting self portraits is AWKWARD, but once you allow yourself to get into a zen state of mind, the ideas will start to flow. 
  3. Play with the light. This one is crucial. If shooting indoors, you need to have a direct light source. Look for windows, doors, or any kind of natural light. If shooting outdoors, look for SHADE. I always see people taking photos in the direct sunlight. Don't! This will create harsh shadows and blow out the image. If you have no shade, shoot with backlight; place the subject in front of the light source. {i.e. Stand in front of the sun with your back to the light source.} 
  4. Wear makeup. Well, obviously you would put some makeup on for your head shot. I mean really wear it, Double it up. Your everyday makeup won't show up on camera. Really apply that mascara and lipstick for extra dimension. 
  5. Shoot Candid. Have fun, twirl your dress, laugh, ALWAYS be moving. When my clients are in one spot cheesing at the camera for longer than 30 seconds, it looks fake and uncomfortable, which will show in the final images.
  6. Have perspective. Set up the camera so it isn't looking up at you. Unless you are a baby and double chins are cute, this is never a flattering angle. Set up the camera directly in front of you or above you for the most flattering angle. 
  7. Use editing software. I use Lightroom and Photoshop for my professional work. When I shoot my everyday photos with my IPhone7, I edit with the VSCO app. It is magic. You can adjust the exposure, contrast, and saturation. Save it to your camera roll to share + post!