I am excited to share this tip with you today for 2 reasons it's easy and you have the ability to capture priceless moments for yourself without too much hassle. I took this photo a few months ago in NYC. I often travel alone and feel weird about asking a stranger to take my photo. So I picked up this wireless trigger from best buy before my trip.
I played my camera on my suitcase and looked at my frame. I stepped in the frame and pressed the button. Easy as pie. While this may not be the most flattering photo in the world I will always remember this super chic staircase at the Palace Hotel in the heart of the Upper East Side and how fancy it felt to feel like in an episode of "Gossip Girl".
If you travel alone or if you are a content creator without a photographer on hand, you should explore taking self portraits. Its pretty cool.
So here are my free tips for you to actually take better self portraits :)
LESS IS MORE
If you want to take a serious self-portrait, lay off the accessories. You don’t need a super manicured background for your photos. city-scapes, natural environments or a simple room work just fine!
DON'T TRY TOO HARD TO LOOK COOL
Let's see if I can make you understand... so.. If you have to try you're not! Kapeesh?
And unfortunately photos don't forgive and show it really clearly. If you're trying too hard it will show and you're going to end up with the opposite result.
DON'T FORCE THE EMOTION
Self portraiture can be planned or be spontaneour, I personally prefere spontaneous moments, so don't force the emotion. If you are wearing a red flower dress and you're taking your selfportrait in the middle of August with a beautiful warm sunset, don't force the sadness in your eyes and don't try to make it moody. I mean.. obviously the intent of this photo was to have you probably a little romantic and happy, smiley in the sun.
LIGHTING IS REALLY IMPORTANT
Natural light can be your best friend. Choose a nice area of your office, house, street where you get a ton of natural light, which helps with the lifestyle look and gifts you with a pretty smooth and soft lighting. An ambient with bouncing light is the best.
DON'T TAKE HEADSHOTS
Okay, bear with me here! I know that part of the reason you might want to take self portraits is for a nice headshot… but headshots are absolute hardest type of self portrait to get. I have taken a ton of selfportrait, and I still feel incredibly awkward in front of the camera when I am taking a headshot. The idea of looking straight into the lens and knowing that it is cropped close in on my face and will show every nuance of my expression makes me completely panic and stiffen up. It feels much more natural to look away from the camera.
GET YOUR LOVED ONES IN THE FRAME TOO!
Capture the connection between you and them, rather than the connection between you and the camera. Put your younger kids in charge of the remote to make them feel like they are an important part of the process!
We’re all photographers here! Just because you are taking a self portrait and you are your own subject doesn’t mean that all the posing rules you know don’t apply. For women, it is generally more flattering to shoot down at yourself. Bringing your chin forward and down, is slimming, as is turning at an angle to the camera. You want to make sure to bring your chin forward before bringing it down to avoid getting the dreaded double chin.
SHAKE THOSE HANDS
Hands are the biggest indicator of tension in photos, especially in a self portrait! I will literally take a client’s hand and shake it to get it to relax. Think ballet hands and try to avoid having the back of your hand facing the camera.
PLAY DRESS UP
Play dress up. I always find that if I am in a favorite dress, have some make up on, or curl my hair, I feel a lot more comfortable in front of the camera because it is capturing a more polished version of me.
Your clothing can make or break your message. Wearing something too tight, revealing or low-cut may not result in a professional image, just as being too plain will not allow your profile to stand out among a group of others.
Keep jewelry and accessories simple. Avoid pieces that are gaudy or reflective. Your accessories should draw attention to your features, not rob you of attention.
I hope guys this was somewhat useful and if you have any question do not hesitate to ask!