What triggered the idea for this self portrait was this beautiful blossoming tree in my boyfriend's backyard. I thought, "This would make the PERFECT backdrop for a dreamy, feminine photograph." I was leaving town in a couple days and this tree only blooms like this once a year for a short period of time, so I had to act fast. Unfortunately I didn't have access to a model, so I decided, "Why not take a self portrait!?"
The other problem I encountered was working in the harsh sunlight. As you can see in the photo above the light was quite constrast-y, not the most flattering for a portrait.
How I went about setting up this shot was finding a nice shaded area under the tree by positioning my boyfriend (Patrick, aka Pat) under it until I found the right light and framing with the blossoms. (He's so awesome for helping me!)
I adjusted my camera settings until I had the right exposure and aperture, then switched places with Pat. I had it set on aperture priority so he wouldn't have to fiddle with the settings because the sunlight brightness would change with every shot. I also chose a wide aperture to achieve that soft, dreamy focus. (These were all shot at F1.8)
I've handed my camera over to Pat several times before to take a photo of me because it is a lot easier and quicker than setting up a tripod. I've showed him how to use the single point focus and he knows it should always be on my eye to ensure they are sharp.
I moved around in a couple different poses until we captured a few photos I was happy with. I am quite picky when it comes to selecting photos I like of myself, so I totally understand how others can be critical of themselves when they are in front of the camera!
Lastly I adjusted the curves and increased vibrancy in Lightroom, there was no need for a lot of retouching as these photos were just for me.
I want to encourage anyone reading this to experiment taking a self portrait. I believe it is important we share photos of ourselves as entrepreneurs so we put a face to our name and work. That way we can share a little about ourselves allowing past and future clients to get to know us better.