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Self-Portrait 101: When You Don’t Have an Instagram Boyfriend

If you’re like me, you spend a significant amount of time scrolling through your Instagram feed swooning over content from other influencers, creators, or industry professionals. Fortunately, my fiancé has never turned down a photo when I ask him to capture one. Unfortunately, he doesn’t exactly have an ‘eye’ for photography or flattering angles. If you’re in a similar position, or don’t have your own Insta Husband, I’ve got a few tips that can help you capture your own swoon-worthy self-portrait with you as the focal point.

Things you’ll need:



-Good Lighting


-A LOT of Confidence

-Editing App(s)

The thing about posing for your own photos is it can be a bit uncomfortable, particularly if you take to the streets and set up your tripod outside of the comfort of your own home, hence the need for confidence. Yes, people will look. Yes, people will wonder what you’re doing. There are a few ways to approach this:

  1. Make up a story about why you’re there. The old ‘Oh I’m an art student’ tends to work well!
  2. Be truthful and acknowledge the bystanders and why you’re there.
  3. Ignore them and be thankful for the fact that you’ll likely never encounter these people again.

If you’ve got your tripod, camera, and confidence, the next thing you’ll need (particularly if patience is not a virtue you possess) is a remote camera app that is compatible with your camera. I have a Sony A6000 and the accompanying Sony Play Memories App has a compatible remote control that allows me to view myself as I appear on camera through my phone, and hit the shutter when I’ve achieved a pose I desire. This makes trying different poses incredibly easy because you’re not guessing about what the outcome will be, and it also saves the image to both your camera, and phone.

The next thing you’ll need? Great lighting. Nothing can ruin a photo (self-portrait or not) faster than poor lighting. Natural light will be your best friend, but in the event you’re shooting at hours of the day that don’t have the best natural light, or if you want to be in complete control of the lighting for your image, Amazon has a variety of affordable options for portable studio lighting. I have two soft boxes set up in my studio in the event I don’t have access to natural lighting at the time I’m creating content.

Well, there you have it! I hope these tips help you create some stellar self-portraits for your blog or feed. Do you have tips for taking your own pictures? I’d love to hear them! Let me know with a comment below!

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