This is the question I set out to find the answer to. And I have to tell you, the answer doesn't come easy. After a little research, I found that there are a bunch of different ways to take a self-portrait. Some of these methods are involved, and a good project for the serious photographer.
However, I am not a serious photographer. I would even use the term photographer in the loosest sense, if I was describing myself (seeing that I have only taken one photography course.) So for the past week, I have tried to get some self portraits in different places. This was not an easy task.
Not easy at all.
For starters, I am not an easy target to shoot. I squint. I have freckles. One of my nostrils is bigger than the other. I have a lot of hair to get in the frame. These are all problems that I convinced myself I had.
So needless to say, none of my initial pictures made me happy.
I had to take a long hard look in the mirror. I started to make a list of things that I liked about my face. This is a hard task. I swear it is. Most days I like what I look like. But some days, I don't. So for 5 days, I had to look in the mirror and find 2 different things (that's 10 total) that I liked about my face. Here is the list:
- I love my hair. It is unique, and curly, and dense like a wild overgrown forest.
- I like that my face is not symetrical. I have a mole on my cheek. My mom used to call it my beauty mark.
- I have great teeth. It took a lot of work and time to get them this way. I appreciate that.
- I like my freckles. Only some people notice them.
- I still love my nosering. My mom flipped when I got it. Remembering that still makes me laugh.
- I have nice lips. I like 'em.
- I like that my face changes daily. It never looks the same.
- I have a very expressive face. I wear all my emotions on my face.
- I like the small wrinkles that I have around my eyes. I take that to mean that I laugh a lot.
- I like my blush. I blush at almost anything. When the men in the musical I'm in are getting ready to change in front of me I turn red. Its inconvenient, but I think its endearing.
So armed with the list of "face-likes," I tried to focus on each of those things in a picture.
I learned that not every pic is going to be one that I think is great- but all the pics do have something great in them. I put the 2 I liked the best in this post.
I like something in each of them. After my self-portrait project, I took to the blogosphere to see what people had to say about taking self pics. I found some really inspiring pictures (link). And some really great advice (link).
I think that I will keep trying to take that great self-portrait.