4 tips on how self-portraiture can improve your portraiture
A representation of an artist by the artist.
I view self portraiture as an awareness; of yourself (emotional and physical), the body, mind, flexibilities and limitations. On top of that it’s almost like a third eye especially when it comes to portraits because of the role reversal in which the photographer becomes a model
Here's 4 tips how self-portraiture can improve your portrait photography
- We all have these little expressions we do when uncomfortable or struggling and the more self-aware you are, the more you see and can translate that to your model. Although you have the luck of not really having someone behind the camera, you get to mould yourself in front of a camera – which is the equivalent of a model’s posing. Practice different poses, expressions, positions to help in realise limitations and flexibilities of one’s body.
- Also as you practice poses, you can show the model precisely what you have in mind. It’s a more practical approach to posing and makes the model feel more at ease as they see you do it rather than try guess what it is you are after.
- It helps you see and know what looks good and what doesn't and find creative ways around it.
- Technique! Self portraits prove the best practice to get on your own, both on set and for post-processing. So that way you always keep your skills and etiquette sharp as a photographer and editor/retoucher.
But don’t forget that people have different bodies and insecurities – so always be accommodating towards that. We tend to think models as superhuman, but they, like us, are just your average person.
Thanks for reading and hope you find this useful!