Essentials for Self Portraits | Getting Started

Self-portraits are a great way to learn about your camera, lighting equipment, posing, costuming, and yourself!

It can be difficult to be both model and photographer, so here are some essentials to get started in self portrait photography!


  • A Tripod
    For regular or beauty portraits, it’s often best to have the camera at eye-level

For fashion portraits, consider having the camera a bit lower, maybe waist level.  It’ll make you look taller!


  • A Focal Point
    Depending on how you trigger the camera, just a point on a wall can work, but I personally use an extra light stand with a foam head on it.  This way you can better see what will fit in the frame and how the light will fall!

When you get before the camera to model, you’ll take the place of what you used to focus.


  • A Trigger
    The camera’s self timer can work, but I highly recommend a remote shutter release!

There are wireless, time-lapse timers, and corded options, so consider what kind of portraits to want to take.

Corded and wireless are great when you’re relatively close to the camera, and a time-lapse remote is wonderful when you’re going to be far from the camera (like an environmental portrait).


  • Patience
    Patience is necessary for self portraits, as it can take dozens if not hundreds of photos to get one we like!


  • Extra batteries
    If you’re using a remote that uses batteries, be sure to have extras on hand.  You don’t want to be all dolled-up and have the remote suddenly stop working!


Self portraits are a huge opportunity to learn and grow, so I highly recommend giving them a shot!

We’ll delve into self-portrait photography more in the future, but now you have the essentials to get started!


If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!

See you next week!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Bloom | Take The Leap

“Leap and the net will appear.” -John Burroughs

We may desperately want change, but still cling to what we’ve known because it’s safe and predictable.

We tell ourselves want a new job, but then convince ourselves we can’t change careers now.  The bills will never get paid, the job market is too bad, and that we should just stick it out.

Things in life are always changing, but to make the changes we crave and need, we have to be willing to let go and take the leap.

Things will work out one way or another.  Be smart, and be prepared, but let’s not be too afraid to take the leap.

Let’s be courageous.  Our net will appear.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Floral photography of a tree covered in small pink flowers.

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How to Make Depression Less Depressing

Purple Buds

Depression is hard and painful.  Although it’s something I’m still struggling with myself, why not share some ways to help make depression less depressing!

  • Wash up.  Depression makes simple things like showering feel like too much effort and not worth it.  Do it anyway.
  • Get out of your pajamas/lazy-wear.
  • Wake up at a reasonable time.  And if you can’t, don’t bully yourself about it.
  • Stretch.  Or if you’re not as lazy as me, exercise!
  • Get some fresh air in your home.
  • Spend some time outside in nature, even if it’s just standing on the porch and admiring the trees.  Go for a walk or bike ride if you can.
  • Eat some healthy food and spend time preparing it.  Putting together a meal (even a small one) is calming and almost as enjoyable as eating it.
  • Avoid vegetating in front of the TV or aimlessly wandering the internet.  Read some books instead.
  • When you do spend time before the TV/computer, limit your time and watch things that make you laugh.
  • Clean up around your home.  Pick up any dirty laundry/garbage that’s accumulated, wash the dishes, and sweep up.
  • Spend some quiet time to yourself.
  • Listen to music that makes your heart sing and makes you dance.
  • Be kind to everyone you meet, and do something nice for others.  Making others smile will lift your spirits.  Happiness is contagious.
  • Create something.  Draw, paint, sew, photograph.
  • Read/listen to inspiring stories of others overcoming obstacles and finding happiness.
  • Find someone to talk to, be it a friend or therapist.

Depression is hard, but there is always hope.  Let’s do our best to take care of ourselves and make dealing with depression less depressing.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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