Self Portrait Sessions – Through the Years

Each year I usually like to do a mini-photo session for new pictures of myself that look like they might have been professionally done.  This started back in November of 2012 when I got my first DSLR camera (a Canon Rebel t3) and froze my butt off at the ballpark to play around with taking self-portraits.  It was a lot of fun using the self timer and taking different photos.  The best part was that I had no shots planned – it was all spontaneous.

And these were the photos I got that day.

Since then, I try to do a mini photo-shoot for myself each year to give myself a new set of photos to use on my social media accounts, or to print for my mom to put up at her desk.  Sometimes I only get one or two, but I usually shoot for getting anywhere from five to ten usable photos.

I normally like to do a photo session outside, but it depends on the location and weather.  It also depends on if I’d rather have a plain white background or not.  In 2014, the white background was the case.  I was going for the professional studio look for my photos for my social media accounts, as I was actively vlogging on my YouTube channel at the time.

In 2015 and 2016 I mixed it up with indoor/outdoor sessions.  It was last year that I started my bookstagram account and decided to throw books in with my self-portraits, which makes sense – I do read a lot after all.

So last Wednesday I was planning on doing a book photography session for my bookstagram account, and though I took some photos for it, the session mainly turned out to be self portraits.  Why?  My new jacket.


I wanted to get some nice photos of me in the jacket and only planned to take a few photos… well, you know how it is.  I captured as many photos as I could get and still have time to edit them before work Wednesday morning, and I got a pretty good turnout considering none of this was planned.

For the record, I did end up getting some of the book photos I wanted… but not as much because I ran out of time.  I’ll have to get those shots another day.

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