Self Portraiture 

Fine Art, Portraiture

I loathe the idea of doing self portraits. I’m usually pretty guarded and I’m uncomfortable putting myself out there. I’m like a lot of people in that I’m not all that comfortable in front of the camera. I’d much rather be behind the camera. I love when other people do self portraits though. I think that self portraiture offers real insight into the artist’s authentic self. Sometimes artists make self portraits because a model isn’t available. Whatever the reason, our human nature drives our desire to connect with others. Art is a perfect medium for connection. I am always eager to evolve in my work and through my work. I’m all about pushing the boundaries and getting out of my comfort zone. I have a story to tell and the easiest way to stay true to that story and connect with my authentic self is through self portraiture. 

This image is my first real attempt at it. I made this almost a year ago. I’ve been reluctant to share it because of my vulnerabilities. 




5 thoughts on “Self Portraiture 

    1. I have ideas for images I want to make and my first thought is to use models but my ideas are a little dark. I have a hard time communicating the emotion I need and getting that emotion from someone so I thought I would just be the subject. But now I’m not brave enough to make the images so I ended up with this

      1. I can understand. I will say that you can definitely find models that are very interested in exploring darker themed photoshoots. I tend to find that a lot of models actually want to do shoots that are dark in nature and what some would consider weird. Personally I’m a fan of viewing those kind of images. But I don’t care too much to shoot them. There are quiet a few bloggers that I follow that through self portraiture explore that side of photography and do it quite well. I think this image is interesting and I look forward to seeing more. But seriously, reach out to models on model mayhem or Facebook Modeling groups. I’m sure you will find a lot of interested models.

      2. I used model mayhem when I first started doing portraiture. I live in a small town so there aren’t a lot of people using it. I have a friend who is willing and is even excited about the idea. Finding time is also an issue

      3. Finding time is always an issue isn’t it lol. Marcus and I both work in corporate finance and we both have families that consist of two children under the age of 10. Makes it difficult to follow our dreams of becoming commercial photographers 😀😀.

        We are in the Metropolitan DC area which helps a lot at least in regards to finding models. When we first started out it was pretty difficult. Now that our port has grown over the years, we often have models contacting us for shoots.

        How far away from your location is a decent sized city? Maybe you could try placing an ad on Craigslist? I know that’s probably the least favorable way to attract people to shoot especially with you being a female. We’ve done that once years ago and the model and her boyfriend showed up high as kites..

        Don you live in a relatively conservative town? At least you have a friend that is willing to explore your ideas with you. But maybe you can incorporate self-portraits into it too. Again I like what you did here and would like to see more.

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