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?
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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'