Want to see what a guided self-portrait session can look like?
Check out my session with Jill!
Jill had been talking herself out of doing maternity photos, but had concepts in mind she kept coming back to. So I helped her bring these ideas to life during her first self-portrait session.
Jill used the gear she had on hand. I gave her advice on how to position her tablet, which she propped up on a chair with some books for added height, and a water bottle to hold it at just right the angle.
To keep things super simple, we used the video function to capture footage. I grabbed stills after the session and sent Jill some edited photos.
Check out the short BTS video below:
Here’s what Jill had to say about the experience:
“The self portrait experience was something that I have never experienced before but am grateful to have had the opportunity to try. I had felt way more comfortable with Melissa rather than others in the past that I have done photography with. She was kind, nurturing, and allowed me to express myself in a beautiful way.”
How can a guided self-portrait session help me?
A guided self-portrait session is a great way to get started with self-portrait photography whether you’re a seasoned photographer who is new to self-portraits, or whether you’re completely new to all the concepts but eager to learn more.
In a guided session, I’ll walk you through the entire self-portrait session, provide advice and tips, and give lighting, angle, and posing suggestions as needed.
Of course, I also want to facilitate your own exploration and create space for you to tap into your own creativity and curiosity. Think of a guided session like learning to ride a bike with training wheels. I’m the training wheels, there to support you as needed. The level and kind of support can very with each person.
Having someone guide you through the physical process of self-portraits can be super helpful for getting over that initial hump of, “I have no idea what I’m doing.”
You can then take what you learned and practiced in this guided session and apply it to your own independent self-portrait practice.