Self Portraits: How To Take A Picture of Yourself

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Self portrait photos. Does the idea of taking a photo of yourself scare you? I admit it scared me until very recently. You may know by now that readers like to know what you look like. I like to know what other bloggers look like! It helps to draw me into their words & worlds, and feel a connection with their writing, tips, recipes or tutorials.

The idea was particularly daunting to me until I started to share more of myself through photos, and then I learned a few tricks on how to get photos of myself when no other adults are around! Don’t worry – it isn’t nearly as bad as you think. It can be fun!

Photography Tips | Self portraits are a great way to capture your spirit and personality. There are great tips for taking self portraits here – especially for bloggers who need pictures of themselves for their blogs and social media accounts.

Why You Need A Self Portrait Photo
I think it’s so important for us all to be in photos, even though I’m the queen of taking photos of my family without being in them. I’m changing that!

Here are a few reasons why you need self portrait pictures:

Your kids don’t care if you don’t have make up on or are in your PJ’s.
You want your children to have images of you with them. You were present in their lives after all. You were THERE.
Don’t you love seeing pictures of your parents and grandparents when they were younger? Let that happen for your kids and grandkids too!
If you don’t have kids yet, capture this time so you can show them a glimpse of who you used to be, before being a parent.
Tamara Like Camera self portrait

Tamara and Cassidy

If you want some fun ideas and tips on how to capture your everyday life, check out Get In Front of the Camera.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT AS A BLOGGER TO TAKE SELF PORTRAITS
Your readers want to connect with you.
You need a photo on your “About me” page and hopefully one on your sidebar.
It makes you seem like a real person. When your readers feel connected to you they keep coming back to read your blog. I know I am more likely to stick around and even come back if I have a face to go with the name of the blogger. By taking regular pictures of yourself, your readers will feel like you are a dear friend.
I took this image just for this article, and my son was happy to help! I used the self-timer drive on my camera (a Canon 60D). I aimed and focused the camera at my son, but you can aim and focus it at anything inanimate, too. Then I chose the proper exposure settings, hit the button, and jumped in!

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