Taking a self portrait or hiring a photographer

Where to conduct your shoot

Where you take you photo has a lot to say about you? You might decide to take it next to your new boat or home or even related to your new job.  You could be even be simple and take it in your kitchen or living room.  The thing you need to do is reveal a bit of information about yourself so your audience can learn something.

Don’t read any further, get a pro

If you really want to go through the hassle of trying to take your own photo then skip this paragraph. Otherwise, search your local city for a good local photographer.  For example if you are in the DC metro area, just type in DC Photographer in any search engine and you should find a good photographer to ease your troubles.

What is your best side?

Just like movie stars want to be filmed at their best angle so should you. Your face is not as symmetrical as you think so try different angles that you like. Also be careful not to shoot at an angle that makes your head look like a beach ball.  The best angle always tends to be head on or maybe even slightly facing downward. Although you want to be creative try not to be too dramatic.

The Camera

Cameras come in many forms and your options improve when you do this with a quality digital SLR like a Canon EOS.  They are easy to mount to a tripod and will have a timer for the easy self-portrait.

Even better features are if your camera has a remote and even the ability to connect to a laptop.  This way you can connect the camera to the laptop and see how you look right on the laptop screen. In addition, you will not have to keep going back to restart the timer and check the results. You are more likely to get the perfect self-portrait when you make it easy to take.

Try the mirror trick

When we look in the mirror we always seem to be much happier at our appearance then when looking at ourselves in a photograph.  Your smile become uncomfortable, the double chine sticks out and the hair just does not look right.  So, try taking the picture at the mirror as you look at yourself.  Clean the mirror first and make sure the camera is not in the picture.

Look into the lens

When we look in the mirror, we always seem to be much happier at our appearance then when looking at ourselves in a photograph.  Your smile becomes uncomfortable; the double chine sticks out, and the hair just does not look right.  So, try taking your picture at the mirror as you look at yourself.  Clean the mirror first and make sure the camera is not in the picture.

Let there be light

Finally, decide on the type of lighting you wish to use, natural or flash. Think about the shadows on the face.  Will you light up the background? Will it be light or dark? To be honest this is where you really should consult a professional photographer and just get it done right.  Good luck!