Thursday, October 14, 2010

Taking my own photos

Some of my readers have inquired about how I get my photos.
The answer is I take almost all my own photos.
Emily Sutter was my photographer for dress #1 and the bride's maid dress and Dress #8 photos were taken by my classmate Libby Bowles. The rest in this project's photos I snapped myself.

I thought I'd write a little how to take a fashion self portrait, because it's really easy. Here's a link to another blog about the subject for a more detailed explanation.

Basically - you need three things:
  1. Camera: I use the Nikon D40, anything with a remote setting will work. 
  2. Tripod: I picked mine up years ago at a garage sale for $5, I haven't used it much until this month, but I'm so glad I have it. 
  3. Remote: These things are so cheap there's no excuse to not have one. They make taking self portraits a gazillion times easier. 
Pick an interesting background, set up the tripod and frame your shot. I look through the view finder and imagine where I'll be standing in the space and then go pose. Don't forget to set your shooting setting to remote, I usually do two-second delay remote. Then do some test runs, take a couple pictures and see if you like the framing and if the settings are all right. Once you fine tune your camera setting, snap away!
At first I was using the ten-second delay setting without a remote, but it took forever and my poses weren't as fluid, natural or fun. So I got online and purchased this remote for $2.50 + shipping ($6 in total). You can get more expensive remotes, but I'm perfectly happy with the functionality of the one I purchased.
I used the remote for two photo shoots. Loved it! Things went so much quicker and my poses got better.
The next morning I go to take my pictures and I can't find the remote anywhere. It's gone. I clean my house, look through the trash... gone! I make do with the 10 second delay for a couple days, asked some friends to do a couple shoots, but decided I needed a remote. I get online and the price dropped to 49 cents! So I bought two.
The next morning I'm looking for my black cami-bra to pair with my tan dress. It's gone. So I decide to wear my cream cami-bra. While I'm putting on my unmentionable I notice something hard and rectangular in the right cup. Sure enough, there was my remote, tucked away for safe keeping in between the lace and brassiere. 
Photo courtesy of
The point of this post is two-fold:
  1. To tell you a funny story about me losing things in my underwear
  2. Encourage you to get out and take some cute pictures of your favorite dresses
If you do feel so inspired, please send me:
  • your favorite dress pictures
  • some information about yourself and your dress 
  • your blog URL (if applicable)
And I'll share it with my readers!


wadeassociates said...

Thank you so much for posting this! The remote idea is blowing my mind! I don't know if my camera has that setting but my next one will for sure. That would make things so much easier.

Forevermelody said...

My pleasure. Most SLR's have a remote setting.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Before I purchased my Canon Rebel xSi, I did all sorts of research. I pretty much noticed that people who swore by remotes took better pictures. So I got one. It worked for about 2 months, then stopped, must be battery but I'm a bit lazy/busy so I just started to shoot by timer. You've inspired me to buy another remote, a spare, one that works.

GREAT post.

shawni marie said...

I have been wanting to buy a remote! Yay, thanks for sharing!!! <3

fashionfarmsandfreedome said...

Great post ! I have been trying clever ways to take pix of myself. I shall invest in a remote and tripod soon!
See you on Sunday hopefully! This will be my first Sac Cycle Chic ride :)

Forevermelody said...

Yes! I shall be there in one of my very favorite dresses! I can't wait. Yeah, my tripod broke today. So tomorrow I have to visit a thrift store and try to track down a new one.


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