Seacoast NH family photographer - Hampton, NH - In studio NH portraits - self portraits tips and tricks
Being a Seacoast NH Photographer, this time of year can be a slow. No one is dying for outdoor beach portraits, in the wind, mud and snow. So I use this time to work on my webpage, photography personal projects and education. My photography studio in Hampton, is set up nicely for headshots, small intimate family portraits and my own personal photos.
I needed more images of myself for my website and social media accounts. At some point I will likely hire someone as a gift to myself, and enjoy sitting back and being the photography client. For now, I am enjoying nailing down self portrait photography, and getting a feel for what my clients experience, in front of the camera. These are all taken with natural light via my window, with the use of a tripod to hold my camera, so I can be in front.
I set my camera the interval timer which allows the camera to shoot on repeat at whatever intervals you would like. This allows the camera to continue to fire, and gives me hands free to be fully in the portrait. Most DSLR cameras have this functionality. If you don’t have a DSLR, use your phone! Set it on a shelf, with a book or a small iphone tripod. They are cheap and get one on Amazon, easy peasy.
I like to move myself around and my camera as I shoot self portraits. Show different angles and perspectives. Even just moving your seat a small amount changes the way the light hits your face and changes the portrait dramatically sometimes. If you look below, the only thing i changed here was moving my chair back to the door about 6 feet. See how different the shadows and light are and how they almost zone in, on me sitting in front of the door. My camera settings were the same, light was mostly same, yet almost looks like a completely different day.
Also, MOVE! Get yourself up and moving. Don’t feel dumb. This is how I get beautiful portraits from my clients. I have them move, laugh, look away, down, whatever. Show a different side of yourself. You might like a different perspective, besides just smiling and looking. My favorite tip is use your hands. Hands add depth and completion to a story. Moving your hand by your face, against a wall, run through your hair. Hands are one my favorite portraits enhancers.
Get serious. I mean it! No really, smiling is great, but don’t be afraid to give a stern, sad or blank look. Non-smiling images are my favorite. Why? They tell a story. Smiling images, tell one emotion, happiness. Non-smiling images, make me wonder, what is going on here? What is the person feeling? What are they thinking. I want to know more.
Most importantly, have fun. You can shoot and re-do 1000 times with digital photography. You will learn alot about what you like and don’t like. Hope these helped! Till next time..happy shooting!