Wednesday, March 28

Taking Pictures of Yourself - "PROP & CROP"

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Don't you just LOVE having your picture taken . . .
NOT!

Unless you're like Marilyn Monroe 
{who had people take pictures of her just to cheer her up} 
it may not be your favorite thing to be photographed.
Me either!

One thing that makes me feel 
less self-conscious
is to be my own photographer.

Step 1:
Start by choosing an area with some nice 
NATURAL LIGHT.
{I'm sure you've heard that camera flashes
are not flattering!}

Step 2:
PROP your camera to the height you want it.
I love this little tri-pod.
It wasn't expensive & it can hold on to poles & things.
{Sometimes it isn't high enough, so I use books, etc.}
Step 3:
Give some thought to your BACKGROUND.
In the pictures I'm about to show you,
I taped wrapping paper to the wall.
I've also seen fabric used for this purpose.

Step 4:
WEAR something snappy!
In this photo shoot, I started out with
another blouse on. It was pretty "blah",
so I changed.

Step 5:
Take LOTS OF PHOTOS!
You can act gooney because guess what?
No one is watching!
Make faces, use props . . . just set your
self-timer & anything goes!
After taking the first 2 or 3 pictures,
look at them & make sure the height of the camera
is right, you're centered on your background, etc.

Step 6:
Crop! 
Here's an example of what I mean . . .

When I do my own pictures,
I often get a more natural expression
because I'm less stressed out & self-conscious.

9 comments:

  1. I appreciate the tips because I have asked my kids to snap some pictures and they DIE laughing! I'll give your tips a try - it's got to be better that what I go through!

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  2. Me in a picture it's one of the hardest things nowadays! I am very self-conscious. But a couple of months ago I did a photo self session in front of the mirror since my sister softened my unruly curls!

    http://moncy3.blogspot.com/2012/01/if-you-got-itflaunt-it.html

    I will try your tips I have a tripod all I need is soft curls again!

    Thanks Michelle!

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  3. I haven't tried it, but it looks great on you!!!
    Thanks so much for linking up such great tips at the Spring Fling linky party!
    igottacreate.blogspot.com

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  4. You are so cute Michelle! Thanks for the great tips and for linking to the party. Are you going to SNAP?

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  5. This is really great, thank you!

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  6. I have to figure out how to use my self timer! I love these tips, I'll have to try them. Right now when I want a picture of myself I ask my husband but her either moves (so it's blurry) or gets bored after 2 or 3 takes.

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  7. I really enjoyed this post. I usually hate pictures of myself so I am going to try your tips.
    Thanks,
    Traci

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  8. This is a really great tutorial, especially the wrapping paper idea, and I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my link party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great week.

    Michelle

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