This week I discovered the self-photography is not my forte. Selfies as the young kids call them. Blast them all to hell and bah-humbug.
I recently purchased a fun doo-hickey for my iPhone, a Tripod that acts as a Phone Mount, which can be used for video, photography, and even a selfie-stick. I first saw it on Chalene Johnson’s YouTube videos, and I wanted a tripod/selfie stick that was inexpensive and would help with taking videos for my blog…. Right! Well it turns out that Miss Chalene Johnson must have the most steady freaking hands on earth because every video I take is shaky as hell. The tripod works great as an actual tripod, I get the most use of it when I’m video conferencing or filming video.
Anyway! I realized two things this week. Firstly that every headshot of mine is upwards of 5 years old. Some are two years old, but they’re not my favourite, and the one that’s five years old is a super professional headshot that really doesn’t look like me anymore (or so I feel). The second thing I realized is that I suck at selfies.
I’m trying to take a picture of myself, WITH glasses on since I always wear glasses, something cute and quirky and profesh, something that screams I am a woman, and an entrepreneur, and a mama, and a lady boss, and I’m killing it – but not in an over-achiever way. Not in a way that looks braggy and inauthentic. So of course, self-photography seemed the route to go.
So firstly, I’m sure you’ve taken a picture of yourself with your phone, but I never know where to look. I look at the screen instead of the actual camera. I want to make sure I look good on the screen first, so by the time I take a picture, I either forget to look at the camera or I’m too far above the camera, or I just take the shot at the wrong moment… I think it’s safe to say that I don’t know how to take a good selfie.
I took a lot of selfies. A ton. I think I had maybe 100 useless shots of my mug. Too blurry, too sketchy, too shiny, too frizzy hair, too flat hair, two many chins… ha ha! I’m hilarious when I’m making fun of myself. Do you think this mama figured out how to take a good selfie? Nope.
Time to find a photographer. Do you know any?