14.2.11

Outtakes

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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.

out takes.
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!

22 comments:

Janette said...

WOO HOWDY! Lovely pictures!!!! I need one of them fancy remotes .... Cause I feel silly running back and forth setting the self timer..Kills the modeling mood...And it's tiring...
Have a greattt day!
Janette, the Jongleur

Allie said...

The first one is adorbs!

kelly ann said...

i love this. i love it.

i feel like we're a LOT alike, moorea. one day, let's meet up and take crazy goofy photos together.

Leigh-Ann said...

you're THE best!!

Kyla Roma said...

I LOVE this!! :)

Ashley said...

You are so precious. I wish I could pull off one of those gypsy crowns!

P.S. Hot Bodies in Motion just came in the mail and I have to say the illustrations are even lovelier in person!

Jill said...

your eyes are acrobatic! haha. Love it - and agree - I have a lot of misses in order to get a few hits.

sarah said...

You are cute.

And congrats on one year - per previous post.

XOXO
sarah

Virginie's Cinema said...

I love the hair jewelry Moorrea! Those pictures are great, you have the loveliest complexion ever and I love the textured wall, add so much while being really subtle too.

Virginie’s Cinema

annalyn said...

You are still pretty even on your dorky shots. I love them all.

Got your link at Katrina. Happy hearts day!

♥Ẫçӗ♥ said...

This post is so awesome (^_^) When I started blogging, I thought it would be best to stay pretty anonymous but you're right, in order to really connect with people it's important to show them who you are, not just through writing but visually too (^_^)

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

yes and more yes! i love this total and you've inspired me to get more brave and release the awkward files that have laid hidden in the bellows of the deep computer storage files.

thanks for being your cute self, you are gorgeous no matter what moment is being captured. cheers to a lovely week ahead lades. ♥

Alyssa said...

Haha, you rock! My favorite is the cross-eyed fish look! :)

What is Reality Anyway? said...

I love it!

elycia said...

hehe you're cute. i love goofy photos.

Janette said...

Do you have trackback linkage capabilities on this post? I can't seem to find it..Then again..I'm having a bad day...I referenced your post in my blog post...Was trying to give you proper creds..Although..I didn't use any of your cute picture(s)...Just mentioned your post...Let me know if linking back is imperative..Thanks.

Janette, the Jongleur

Michelle Clement said...

he he - you are *so cute*, Moorea! :) And I'm totally the same way when it comes to pictures - I make the funny faces (or talk continually out of nervousness, which equals funny faces) and it takes *so many8 to get a few good ones. lol. Totally worth it, though!

wishful nals said...

gorgeous!

Dacia@TheRufflyOwl said...

seriously, that first picture is REALLY beautiful! i stopped and stared for a minute. :x :) i might have to try doing this photo session set up like you did

Nina said...

This is my first time commenting on your blog...you are so beautiful!! Especially in the goofy photos. :) Seriously! It's so nice to see your fun and silly personality and...I don't know, it's reassuring to see someone so real and honest about who they are. <3
I read lots of other fashion/indie biz/craft blogs, and I always wonder how in the world you girls can take such amazing photos of yourselves so often! Now I know. :) Lovely!

Lilac Saloon said...

I'm totally game for goofy outtake photos. It's totally on my list now. I even put some of my weirdo goofiness into my video blog that I did recently. Gotta show your true self!! :)

camille said...

your blog is so awesome!
i completely agree with what you said. pictures of bloggers give the readers that intimate feel. synthetic personalization they call it.

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