Cameras, lighting, composition, retouching, design and fashion. That’s our world. It’s nice to turn the camera around and point right back at the operators. We’ll be honest, we love us. Our talent, skill, randomness, eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. Beautiful.
It’s nice to turn the tables on ourselves and take some self-portraits. What do you need?
A camera, a tripod, tiger ears, a denim jacket, and Beretta. This photoshoot was triggered by those super PC headshots some photographers put on their websites. You know, the ones where they look like virgins, posed with there cameras, wire frame dad-glasses, and safari vest (ouch). It’s just too much fun to get in front of a camera and be yourself, jump around, laugh and strike a pose.
PROPS. Yes, there is a hint of virtue in presenting yourself in a professional and stuffy manner, but we aren’t stuffy. So we dug around our closets, looked for things that caught our eyes. Guns seemed to be popular with the kids, CNN, and the government these days, so it was begging for a cameo appearance. Luckily a replica was on hand. DUDE, think we’d be fucking around with a real weapon?
THEME. Alright, so what book have you been reading lately? Action-packed hitman novel? Sexy renaissance romance? Shoot, your reading about marketing and branding? Ok, pick a movie that involves guns, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon, or Mark Wahlberg. Don’t have a (fake) gun lying around, I’m sure you get the idea.
POSE. Alright, now that you’ve got your props, and a theme you need to lock in that pose. Now, we work with models and as a result we’ve learned ton about looking good on camera. A huge part of it is genetics, we’re sorry, no one can help you hear. Ok just kidding, it’s Photoshop. We’re kidding, relax. Go stand in front of a mirror, admire yourself. Tell yourself how hot you look. Now, pick up Vogue or GQ and try to copy the models expressions and poses. Find out what works from you. Look, we know about these things. Look through our photos, all of these looks and poses, they’re totally the fashion look. Straight from the pages of Harpers Bazaar and BULLETT magazine. No lie.
LIGHTING. Alright, for the lighting guide you’re going to need to buy the ebook sorry. Alright just kidding, there is no ebook, we’re not those types of photographers, this is more rant than it is tutorial. Just make sure you have at least one light source, cameras don’t work without light. High, low, dark, bright, harsh, it’s up to you, have fun with it.
If you own a camera, food-photo-purist, or are a serial-selfie-poster on Facebook, you owe it to yourself to figure this self portrait thing out. Let’s all pitch in to put an end to hollow self-portraits.
We’ll go out on a quote: “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” ~ Jean-Luc Godard
R x M