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Wednesday, March 28

Taking Pictures of Yourself - "PROP & CROP"

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

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 
{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:
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:
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.


  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!

  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!

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

    Thanks Michelle!

  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!

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

  5. 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.


  6. I really enjoyed this post. I usually hate pictures of myself so I am going to try your tips.

  7. 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 Have a great week.



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