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Photographer

tina dolin

Posts: 553

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I have been focused on self portrait work lately due to being overwhelmed with client edits... the thought of organizing a model shoot to keep my portfolio fresh is exhausting at this point in my career.. but I am always available to myself during those short lived moments of conceptual inspiration.  I would love to see more photographers using themselves as their own subjects... not only do you learn so much about self when doing so, but it helps when working with others.  Anyone else going through this now or ever?

Apr 23 12 11:09 pm Link

Photographer

Simmagination

Posts: 3129

Westminster, Maryland, US

I tried self portrait once, it was really hard fitting myself into the frame though tongue

Apr 23 12 11:22 pm Link

Photographer

365 Digitals Exposed

Posts: 757

Perris, California, US

you mean something like this
http://500px.com/photo/3562374.jpeg

Apr 23 12 11:26 pm Link

Photographer

Jacob delaRosa

Posts: 208

Birmingham, Alabama, US

A little something I did for a contest recently...

http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/jnd_photog … 059600229/

Apr 24 12 12:05 am Link

Photographer

Don Olson Imagery

Posts: 291

Eugene, Oregon, US

I would rather take photos of nice models than myself. I guess I'm just not that into myself.

Apr 24 12 12:22 am Link

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Michael A Broughton

Posts: 1194

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

i don't like being in front of the camera. can you tell?
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/004/7/e/gas_by_maltfalc-d4lbadt.jpg

Apr 24 12 01:01 am Link

Photographer

tina dolin

Posts: 553

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Jacob delaRosa wrote:
A little something I did for a contest recently...

http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/jnd_photog … 059600229/

haha awesome smile

Apr 24 12 06:13 am Link

Photographer

tina dolin

Posts: 553

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

365 Digitals Exposed wrote:
you mean something like this
http://500px.com/photo/3562374.jpeg

can't see the image sad

Apr 24 12 06:13 am Link

Photographer

Darin B

Posts: 998

San Diego, California, US

I tend to test lighting on myself quite a bit. There are a few on my profile page plus one in my portfolio.

Apr 24 12 07:26 am Link

Photographer

Benno Sellin

Posts: 6

Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

I've got some interesting lighting conditions in my bathroom and everytime i'm in there and it's pretty sunny outside i'm thinking of making a self portrait...but, really, i've never made one i liked.
i think my place is behind my camera and not in front...
last self portraits of me:
http://netzbeat.de/wp-content/uploads/2 … in_068.jpg

http://netzbeat.de/wp-content/uploads/2 … in_062.jpg

http://netzbeat.de/wp-content/uploads/2 … in_046.jpg

they remind me of not being too lazy... so maybe that's another reason. if i'm on my picture i'm actually not working.

Apr 24 12 07:36 am Link

Photographer

Greg Easton Photography

Posts: 1082

Providence, Rhode Island, US

See, if I was into self-portraits I'd hang out on selfportraitmayhem.com

Apr 24 12 07:53 am Link

Photographer

Skydancer Photos

Posts: 21926

Santa Cruz, California, US

Eyestorm is one of my favorite self-portrait artists on MM
http://www.modelmayhem.com/517787
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/517787/viewall

Apr 24 12 08:00 am Link

Photographer

me voy

Posts: 1094

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Apr 24 12 10:39 am Link

Photographer

TA Craft Photography

Posts: 2877

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

I have shot myself many times, in fact I have out sold any of my llama shoots hence prooving that old grey men are more popular the pretty young women!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timlarge/4458595652/

Apr 24 12 11:32 am Link

Photographer

me voy

Posts: 1094

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

OK, this is mine: 

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120424/16/4f973ad5b9340_m.jpg

Apr 24 12 04:45 pm Link

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me voy

Posts: 1094

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

TA Craft Photography wrote:
I have shot myself many times, in fact I have out sold any of my model shoots hence prooving that old grey men are more popular the pretty young women!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timlarge/4458595652/

lol, nice!

Apr 24 12 04:46 pm Link

Photographer

tina dolin

Posts: 553

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Skydancer Photos wrote:
Eyestorm is one of my favorite self-portrait artists on MM
http://www.modelmayhem.com/517787
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/517787/viewall

i know her work well!  she's a friend of a friend.  are you familiar with ashley lebedev's (bottle bell photography) work ?  she has some incredible self portraits as well smile

Apr 24 12 07:00 pm Link

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Sarah Evers

Posts: 8

Oakland, California, US

Here's some of my self portraiture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitepaint … 625692077/
I take pictures of myself in my room when the lighting is nice and I have my camera closeby.

Apr 24 12 07:11 pm Link

Photographer

KariMarie-Photographer

Posts: 70

Denver, Colorado, US

Greg Easton Photography wrote:
See, if I was into self-portraits I'd hang out on selfportraitmayhem.com

Oh my gosh.  Why can this not be real?

Apr 24 12 08:41 pm Link

Photographer

Nico Simon Princely

Posts: 1889

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Me:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110516/05/4dd115b2b5a7e_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110331/06/4d947bdf5df7f_m.jpghttp://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110426/22/4db7a306cc7cb_m.jpg

Apr 24 12 08:51 pm Link

Photographer

L T K Photography

Posts: 1

Kansas City, Missouri, US

I mostly shoot self portraits. I actually joined MM so I could find people to work with. I'm not tired of self portraits, I just want to progress more. I've worked with several friends with senior portraits and with another friend on a more cohesive shoot, a few photos are in my portfolio. Not much unfortunately.

Self portraits are much tougher since it's almost like blindly shooting if you're on location. Well, not quite, it can be tough to imagine what you're doing and how it will look when you're not behind the camera. It's a long process. When I shoot other people, it's kind of a relief just to see what I'm doing, haha.

Apr 24 12 09:53 pm Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8494

Los Angeles, California, US

Apr 24 12 10:04 pm Link

Photographer

Farenell Photography

Posts: 18134

Albany, New York, US

I take self-portraits when I start drinking. Does that count?

A. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Self%20Portraits/0093.jpg

B. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Self%20Portraits/0056.jpg

C. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Self%20Portraits/0020.jpg

Apr 24 12 10:22 pm Link

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Photographer

-JAY-

Posts: 6710

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Just a small sampling of my work tongue

http://www.jayleavitt.com/links/hand.jpg

Apr 24 12 10:32 pm Link

Photographer

kevinLi

Posts: 214

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

http://kliphotography.com.au/li_self_portrait.jpg

Apr 24 12 11:35 pm Link

Photographer

Alien LiFe

Posts: 846

San Francisco, California, US

On Self-portrait ... She is my one and only favorite ... smile

http://www.modelmayhem.com/574535

All of the most beautiful work in her port are her self-portraits ... IMHO

Apr 25 12 12:44 am Link

Photographer

Erlinda

Posts: 7221

London, England, United Kingdom

I do a lot of self-portraits my avi is of me, but not for the same reasons as you. I mostly do them because it's fun and as well as I am vain tongue ahahahaha

Here is a link to my self-portrait work
http://erlinda.ca/personal/#6

Apr 25 12 02:44 am Link

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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

Erlinda wrote:
I do a lot of self-portraits my avi is of me, but not for the same reasons as you. I mostly do them because it's fun and as well as I am vain tongue ahahahaha

Here is a link to my self-portrait work
http://erlinda.ca/personal/#6

Swoon.

Apr 25 12 02:49 am Link

Photographer

J E A N

Posts: 192

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

http://jean.grafex.be/jean.jpg

Apr 25 12 03:13 am Link

Photographer

STL-After-Dark

Posts: 4383

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Simmagination  wrote:
I tried self portrait once, it was really hard fitting myself into the frame though tongue

+1 even wide angle can't capture the entirety of my ego, why bother lol

There's a lot of good stuff in this thread ^ kudos too everyone! Well done.

Apr 25 12 06:36 am Link

Photographer

Bsmt Photos

Posts: 5

Laurel, Maryland, US

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6966574582_d048d82e2b.jpg

Lighting seems to be the biggest thing with my self portraits. It's so much easier to have some modeling lamps on and work with a llama then try to figure out the lighting in my head sometimes.

Apr 25 12 06:48 am Link

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Photographe

Posts: 2350

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

I notice some photographers choose models that look like themselves, I find this interesting. Being a guy, it interests me to make a self-portrait but using a female "version" of myself. Also posing with a model is interesting, if not fraught with danger.
Sometimes the model is a painter or an artist and I will pose for them after a shoot, which I love doing because a piece of art is a fantastic gift and it's unique. Myself creating images of myself though, is not so appealing.

Apr 25 12 06:55 am Link

Photographer

Nickels2Dimes

Posts: 305

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I think self portraits are very important. Even though your work speaks volumes, the next potential client or persons in general you are looking to work with get a visual of the person behind the the shoot. I take self portraits all the time I just don't post them.



http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120411/22/4f8667c289c50_m.jpg

Apr 25 12 06:56 am Link

Photographer

Steve Kemp

Posts: 128

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Michael A Broughton wrote:
i don't like being in front of the camera. can you tell?

I have the same problem:
http://linkti.me/i/6T.jpg

Steve
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http://stolen-souls.com/

Apr 25 12 07:09 am Link

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Worlds in Digital

Posts: 92

Denver, Colorado, US

There is one in my profile.  It annoys me to no end that it's the most viewed picture in my profile, considering I'm not nearly as attractive as the pretty girls there.  Meh.

Apr 25 12 07:25 am Link

Photographer

365 Digitals Exposed

Posts: 757

Perris, California, US

tina dolin wrote:
can't see the image sad

Hope it works now

Apr 25 12 07:32 am Link

Photographer

Ashley Holloway

Posts: 568

Lutz, Florida, US

I'm not nearly as pretty as my models, but here I am:

http://ashleyholloway.daportfolio.com/gallery/112199#18

A self-portrait series focusing on creating a character from black and white studio films from the 40's/50's.  It's a few years old though...

Apr 25 12 09:07 am Link

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Backstreet Photography2

Posts: 57

Salem, Oregon, US

I think its safe to say that most of us prefer to photograph OTHER people/things rather than photographing ourselves, but i was amazed how many people like to see an image of the actual photographer, so i cringed and did such a shot.  It's not my favorite image in my port', but it made the "curious" people happy ~ m'

Apr 25 12 09:18 am Link

Photographer

tina dolin

Posts: 553

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Sarah Evers wrote:
Here's some of my self portraiture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitepaint … 625692077/
I take pictures of myself in my room when the lighting is nice and I have my camera closeby.

GORGEOUS s/p work

Apr 25 12 10:04 am Link

Photographer

tina dolin

Posts: 553

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Farenell Photography wrote:
I take self-portraits when I start drinking. Does that count?

A. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Self%20Portraits/0093.jpg

B. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Self%20Portraits/0056.jpg

C. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/semi234/Self%20Portraits/0020.jpg

haha love it!! totally counts wink

Apr 25 12 10:08 am Link