To get one nice picture of myself, I think it takes at least 40 other crappy, weird, goofy, scary pictures to get me there. As a business woman whose entire career, err or careers, are based off of the web, it is really important for me to have a visual web presence and to present my face as the face of my brand. A tip to Bloggers, Etsy shop owners, and other web based peeps: Don't be afraid to show your face. It helps your followers to feel more connected to you. I know I am really excited to see my favorite bloggers in photos because it helps me get a better sense of who they are, how they style themselves, and the natural joy that is on their faces. It is fun to see how they present themselves and how they naturally exemplify their brand, blog, or business.
The trick is that, often times, it is hard to get a natural looking high quality photo of yourself. I shy away from my friends and boyfriend's camera, usually either turning my head down, looking away, or making a really obnoxious face. Most often times it is the latter :) But as an online biz lady, I need a few good quality photos to represent my blog and my business. So that means, every so often I need to sit down and plan out a photoshoot. And yes, I always feel really silly doing so.
I like my photos to be simple, light, warm, and reflective of my personal style. So I prefer to have a really simple background like a white wall, or a light wooden door. I needed to take some new portraits of myself for the session I am teaching in Indie Biz 3.0. So I sat down in a chair against a white wall. On the opposite side of me was a big window. It was slightly overcast outside. And I stacked up a bunch of books on the table in front of me and set my camera on top. A remote control for my camera makes taking the actual photos so much easier and faster. Less time to think about how goofy and lame I feel taking photos of myself haha.
I usually take 20-40 photos because there might be 1-3 gems in there and you have to leave room for plenty of photos that will document how awkward you feel. Just shoot and shoot, keep going, laugh a little, and maybe you'll catch a good shot. Here are some examples of me feeling awkward in front of the camera while I shoot.
So there we have it. To get one or 2 good photos of yourself, you have to be willing to feel like a totally dork. And you have to be willing to let that dorkiness be captured on digital film! It'll keep you humble :) Fact: I am 85% goofy, 15% really shy and serious. My face is really expressive and I'm mostly unaware of it until I see the faces I make in photos. Yiiiiikes!
Are you willing to post some dorky outtakes of yourself on your blog? I wanna see!