week #1 – self portrait

First of all, I have to start this photo challenge with a few apologies just to be fair. 1. I am not a blogger, nor am I a good writer, so I apologize in advance for my numerous grammar mistakes and missing words. 2. My tips and tricks are not by the book. I’ve actually had no formal training in photography, I’ve just done a lot of late night “Pinterest” and blog reading and even more real life shooting experience. I’m just sharing what I’ve learned along the way to help other ” “photog” enthusiasts. 3. There will probably be a lot of challenges related to kids, sorry, it’s my life right now and I’m constantly challenged with balancing my passion for photography and my passion for my children. 4. Not really an apology, but this challenge doesn’t require you to have a fancy DSLR camera (although will be useful for some of the challenges), you can use your iPhone, point-and-shoot, whatever you have. So with that, let’s start with the first challenge…

Week #1 – So after intense research, (ha ha), I realized a lot of photo challenges start with a self portrait. Not a “selfie”, but a more grown-up version 🙂 I wanted to start with a challenge that everyone could part-take in and everyone has a face. Plus, I want to see all the beautiful (and handsome) faces that will be doing this with me!

Tips/tricks – I don’t do a ton of self portraits, I actually feel pretty awkward taking pictures of myself, but then I realized that the whole point of this challenge is to challenge myself, right? If I can make myself comfortable in front of the camera, it will help me as a photographer to work with my clients to make them comfortable as well.

So first things first, lighting. I recommend is using natural lighting (which means no flash). Find a window and stand in front of it so the natural light is hitting your face or profile or whatever you’re focusing on.

Two, try something new. A self portrait doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look into the camera and “say cheese”, although I hope to see a lot of faces in this post. It could be a favorite part of your body or focused on an object that tells your story (kind of like the one of me balancing my baby and camera below, lol).

Lastly, take a bunch of them so you can get used to having the camera on you. And then send me your favorite!

Looking forward to this journey and seeing all of your photos!2012-07-201jj brusie photography7


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