What is your opinion on self-portraiture? It might be a form of art you're unfamiliar with, a genre you admire from a distance, or even something you'd like to experiment with one day. It might put you off because you're afraid of appearing vain or because you simply don't consider yourself good enough for it. Believe me, you are certainly good enough for it.
(If you're interested in finding out how to actually take self-portraits, check out this article.)
Chances are that some of the striking portraits you deeply admire are of the photographer themselves. Given how unbelievably talented people are, it can be a real challenge to find the difference between portraits of other people and self-portraits. Photographers like Cristina Otero transform themselves into different characters that look nothing like each other, while others – like Gina Vasquez – recreate dreams with the help of editing programs and their incredible imagination. Bailey Elizabeth's self-portraits possess a haunting atmosphere one can't get enough of, while Cassoday Harder's nostalgic film shots are reminiscent of warm childhood days. Though all of these creators take self-portraits, they shape their experiences and dreams into unique photographs that are difficult to forget.
Since there are multiple ways to create self-portraits, you can invent a sub genre for yourself that will fit what you're most comfortable with. In this article, I'll focus on 5 interesting ways you can take self-portraits. I kept all kinds of individuals in mind whilst coming up with this list, from confident artists to ones that are a little more shy. Whoever you are, I hope at least one of these points sparks an idea in your creative mind. 🙂