Girl in Field

Remember how I said I wanted to try more “just because” photo shoots? Well over Thanksgiving break I did! I wanted to practice using my tripod and self-portraiture skills, so I got all dressed up on a warm sunny day and walked to the park despite the numerous stares I got along the way. When learning to take self-portraits, there’s lesson #1: forget what other people might think!

This whole photo shoot was trial and error. Where do I stand? How do I focus? What do I do with my limbs?! In the end, I did get some winning shots. Here are my favorites:

I really have no idea how I got the light to hit just right so that I got this beautiful, dreamy effect. I wanted the whole “backlit” look (as seen here) so I positioned myself in front of the sun. When going through my photos, I saw that I was mostly cast in shadows except for this one. Standing in the right place for the best light is like one huge guessing game! Does anyone have tips or suggestions for the best way to position oneself during golden hour?

Surprisingly, some of my favorite shots were not the close-ups, but just me in this wide, open field.

It was so freeing to try new things! The trickiest part was getting the photos to focus at this distance.

Distance, indeed – I also attempted more close-up shots for the traditional “portrait” look.

As you can see, the sun set so quickly! I had less than an hour to take my photos. However, I’m so thankful that Texas was warm and sunny at this time of the year. In addition to the warm weather, I also couldn’t have done this shoot without my trusty assistant – my little brother. He came along and stood in place so that I could get the lens in focus! Haha, so now my secret’s out.

This was my first self-portrait; I’m always ready to learn more! What are your tips and suggestions for taking self-portraits?

Thanks for reading!

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  • Beautiful!!

    • Thank you so much!

  • These pictures are really cool! The setting and the light is perfect and I love your flowy black dress too!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

    • Thank you! I’m glad you liked the portraits.

  • Girl, you have skill 😉
    Very beautiful! XOXO

    • Thanks Rebecca! Glad you enjoyed them.

  • The “sunset” selfie! haha. nice! Check out my take on selfies! http://bit.ly/1uS8v0C

    • Ha, thanks for reading!

  • these photos are great! i like the farther shot of you arms open towards the camera. i’ve never tried selfies but have been meaning to! did you use a tripod and how did you nail the focus?

    Sher

    • Thank you! That’s one of my favorites too.
      I used a tripod and focus was all trial and error. However, I sometimes did tell my brother to stand in for me so that I could manually focus. Good luck on your selfies!

  • Jessica

    These photos are amazing! I use a tripod for my photos but I make my husband stand there so that the camera can focus on me lol I tried to do it without my husband but the photos were turning out too blurry! A tripod and assistant is all you need 😛

    You look beautiful by the way 🙂

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

    • Thanks Jessica! Ironic how we need more than one person when we’re taking “selfies,” huh? I look forward to trying it again to gain more experience. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • I really love the pictures of you standing in the open field ! It’s beautiful 🙂

    • Thanks, I’m glad they turned out well!

  • I think the girl in field shot is such a classic! Its probably on my blogging bucket list as a location to shoot at haha. I’m a self timer and tripod girl too!
    Have a great hump day!!
    Much Love,
    Karen

    • Indeed, if you can find an open field, definitely go for it! Thanks for dropping by.

  • The sun, the landscape and you,everything is beautiful !

    • Awww, thank you!

  • Ooooh sun flares! Love that last one! : ))

    • Thank you! I, too, felt that was my strongest shot.

  • They are beautiful. This is inspiring because I want to get pictures of me like this but no one can join me in the shooting. Your attempt proved that we can do it by ourselves. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Thank you! I’m so glad that it inspired you – definitely go try it out!

  • very dreamy… lovely photos =)

  • I love that you thought of doing more photo shoots and actually doing just that, I keep vowing to take more outfit posts and not doing so haha! Anyway, these photos have come out beautifully!! 🙂

    http://aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

    • Thanks Gabrielle! I hope you feel inspired to go out and do your photoshoots!

  • LOL. I was wondering who was doing the picture taking. Trusty ol’ Jeffrey!

    • Actually I took the photos. He only stood in for me so that I could get the focus right

  • Beautiful pictures!! I always feel weird taking pictures of myself, especially with people around. However, your pictures are inspiring me to think differently 😉
    Kudos to your little brother!
    XOXO

    • Thank you so much! I am happy to hear that my work is inspiring. I hope you go out and try to take those pics!

  • Oly

    Hey,
    thanks for linking up to December Links Party on TLV Birdie Blog! I am really glad to have you around and to create the magical winter mood together!:)

    Oly / TLV Birdie Blog
    http://tlvbirdie.com

  • Beautiful…!!

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  • if i had to chose i like your full body shot better because the interaction and emotion is just stronger than the closeups imo xxx
    the running ones are just perfect shots!

    sydsense.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind the next time I attempt a photoshoot!

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