Getting started with self-portraits can seem daunting.
It’s easy to get caught up in the technical things, like…
- How do I pose?
- What do I even do with my hands??
- How do I take the photo?
- Do I need a fancy camera?
- I don’t know anything about taking good photos!
I totally get it!
BUT – even if you feel like you’re coming into this practice totally clueless, you can still take advantage of the capacity for self-portraits to create a space for self-reflection and embodiment.
Here’s why anyone can use self-portraits as an embodiment practice
- You don’t need advanced skills to capture and reflect on images of yourself. You simply need (🥁🥁) photos of yourself. Give yourself permission to start and allow any images you take to just be what they are. We’re not aiming for a feature in Vogue here. We’re simply seeking time and space for/with ourselves for reflection and embodiment.
- You can use what you already have – your phone is perfect. Building on everything in #1, you just need photos of yourself. You don’t need massively large image files with impeccable resolution. You don’t need complicated gear set-ups to position yourself in front of your phone camera and have an experience.
- It’s a totally solo practice. You can explore anything that sparks your curiosity or tickles your intuition and end up with something “tangible” to observe without worrying about judgement from others.
Self-portraits may seem intimidating at first, but I hope you can see that they are extremely accessible, and an incredible, experiential practice for solo observation and reflection.
Want more guidance with getting started with your self-portrait embodiment practice?
- Click here for The Uncensored Self, the course that will walk you through the process of creating your own practice.
- Click here to book an online, guided self-portrait session.