Selfies are everywhere nowadays, we take them on a daily basis whether we’re being serious about it or not, and we see selfies on a day-to-day basis, because that’s just our culture now and it’s what our generation is known for doing – maybe the trend will die out someday but right now it’s hot and we’re all doing it. My mum has actually nicknamed me “The Selfie Queen” because ever since I began blogging, I take them constantly. Whether it’s for a blog post or for the fun if it, I’m partial to a selfie.
But the thing is, it’s not like taking a low res photo on your iPhone with some snapchat filters when you’re being serious about it. I have nobody else to photograph besides myself, I am my own model and my own photographer, so as time has gone on, I’ve had to get more and more comfortable around the camera, learn my angles and try out new things to keep myself interested and to keep others interested in what I’m going to be posting.
This year has been a massive learning curve for me with my photographs, I’ve played around a lot with backdrops and settings, and I’ve tried to teach myself a few things here and there about my camera to just really make my photos pop. I’m by no means an expert with photography, but I have managed to become comfortable taking my picture.
Being self conscious is only natural, because you don’t want people to get the wrong idea of you, you want people to see the best sides of yourself and you want to feel good.
So when you’re learning how to take photos of yourself that don’t involve your phone or a cute bunny filter, it’s easy to get self conscious. I’ve had to get over my insecurities and learn the things about myself that I like in order to get truly comfortable – so here are some steps that I live by.
Look In The Mirror
This is a bit obvious and we do look at ourselves in the mirror every day, but I mean really look. Have a good look at your body, spot the things you like and the things you want to really showcase – for instance I like my eyes a lot and I prefer headshots because I really like my facial features and how I can get them to look in a photo, but I also really like my wide hips so when I do have a full body photo taken, I stand on a 45 degree angle so that you can see my curves and it shows them off without making me look like a square shape.
Posture is something I’ve been thinking a lot about this year, I have terrible posture and I’ve been trying my best to fix it, to keep my shoulders straight and low, my spine straight and my head high, and this translates into your photos too, if you’re standing straight and strong with a fierce gaze in your eyes (or vulnerable if that’s what you’re going for etc), you look strong, you look confident and you look comfortable.
Find something or someone that inspires you and learn from it, don’t directly copy but if you’re taking photos for fun, then definitely take everything that you’ve seen online from other people that you like and practice it, learn what works for you and get to feel comfortable when taking your photographs, also if you have a plan in mind then it also makes it easier to take photos quickly. When I have an idea in my mind and I’ve planned how I’m going to execute it, I can take up to 3 photos that I really like in around ten minutes, but when I’m just winging it, it definitely takes me a lot longer and I can be taking photos for hours until I get just one that I like and want to use.