March 05, 2012

5 tips for taking (failed) self portraits

Disclaimer: you might get sick of my face in this one, guys. You can't say I didn't warn you!

So, I suck at taking photos; big time. But I suck even more at being in front of the camera. I am awkward and feel like a retard "posing" (so to speak). And it makes sense, I mean, I am indeed awkward in person after all. 

If you happen to feel the same way, here are 5 tips to master the art of taking self portraits!

1* I don't usually smile in photos, because I don't like the way I look when I do. However, I found an easy way to solve it: use someone else's smile!

You can do the same with any part of your body ... Well, pretty much, hehe.

2* If you feel uncomfortable posing in front of a camera, I recommend doing something awkward so that your weird self is not so much on the spot; get it? People's reaction to the photo will be more something towards "What the hell is she doing?!", instead of "What the hell is that awful forced pose?!". I'd much rather get reaction numero one, if you ask me :p.
AND use a photo editing program to add a hipster touch to them. I use Pixlr o matic.

3* A self portrait should always depict your quirky personality; for that purpose, you can, for instance, snap your feet wearing mismatching shoes. 

4* You and I know that animated gifs are really "in" in the blogging world. Jumping pics are so hackneyed! Go a step further, be original and go nuts. And why use Photoshop to create an animated gif when you can use a website which gives your photos a "cool" low-fi effect? Haha.

5* Lastly, and this should have been tip #1, make sure you use a tripod when taking self portraits (... and a camera, duh?). Tiny tripods come in handy, too; I use mine a lot.

If you don't have a tripod, rely on your husband/boyfriend/friend

No hubby/boyfriend/friend? No problem, then, do the well-known hand-held trick!

If you actually want to take good photos, though, disregard all these tips and go check Elsie's blog or somethin'.

Have a great week, everyone! ;D 


Jenna (SewSavoirFaire) said...

You are HILARIOUS and adorable. I needed this to get me through the rest of my boring and mind numbing work day. Those cut out facial features are too funny! I love your gifs!! I have no idea how to make one but yours make me want to try!
Thank you for brightening my day pretty lady!

ceci a. said...

todo lo que me sale decir mientras leo tu post
sos un flor de personaje
sos un flor de personaje!!!

Kirsten said...

I'm the same way in pictures! Posing does NOT come naturally. These are great tips! I could use "someone else's" smile. My facial expressions always end up looking for forced. Great pictures!

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

This was awesome! It totally made my day!

Whenever I do outfit posts I do it head-less. Saves me so much trouble;)

Also, love that bath tub picture!

eli said...

failed??? son todos super divertidos Miki!! y encima ya te dedicás al stop-motion!!! jajaa divinos!

Amylou said...

These don't fail in any way! You are definitely thinking outside the box! I think the bathtub reading/sleeping is my favorites!

Hair Romance said...

Hahaha this is such a cute post! Love it! Especially someone else's smile and you in the bath!

Priscilla Barreto said...

My dear this was so cute and funny!!
Im sure your pics are amazing!!

And you blog is just so nice!!

kisses and hugs

Naila Moon said...

You made me laugh today. That is a good thing. I loved this post.
~Naila Moon

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Haha Miki your so funny!

Why not enter my Fashionista Giveaway

vero mariani said...

jajajajaja sos lo maaaaaaaaaaaaaas! adorable :)

cosas mínimas ♥ said...

Buenisimas fotos, adore la cortina de baño de peces :)
Y siempre quise ese peinado de trenza cruzada por encima de la cabeza. (Pero nunca me la supe hacer :(

Bess grande!

Pepa said...

jajajajjaja muy divertido!!!

Laura said...

Funny stuff! :)

I love your hair in the braid! Hope you have a great week!


Meli. said...

podría ser usted tan amable de expandir la información sobre los gifts? ni siquiera sé como subir uno a mi blog (y lo intenté por horas!! ) jaja ni mucho mnos hacer uno.. y me han encantado!
no suelo hacer autorretratos, cuestión de autoestima personal digamos.. pero luego de estos maravillosos trucos vale la pena intentarlo!!!!

pd: i love tu peinado!! que lindo tener el pelo largo para llevar esa maravillosa trenza! VES!!!! cosa buena de tu corte que decías que tu pelo no te convencía! te queda genial!!!

jamie said...

you are so darn cute, miki! i loveeed these shots!! i miss youuuuuu. i have been busy with life and.. life. haha, not much but life. i really hope that you and david are doing well <3 happpppy happppppy anniversary darling! i hope your family is doing well too babe!!

love, james

chantilly said...

haha- i love that photo of you in the tub reading. this is especially funny since elsie has been posting all those photography tips lately. i have to admit, it's given me some ideas... :) x

lisa said...

I love it! You are freakin' hilarious Miki, thanks for making me laugh today :) I love your GIF- it's cute! I think I'm going to use some of your ideas because I feel like I make a lot of weird faces! xoxo

Isabel, Wake up & smell the azahar said...

Hahhaha too cute!

lissa said...

fun post. love those fish shower curtains.

Hello Naka said...

i lvoe your gif and your hair such a cute post :)

Bimba Ropa Vintage said...

ja!! que boquita!!

Marisa Noelle said...

You had me rolling here Miki! Absolutely hilarious and oh so true! I most definitely have not mastered the self portrait...but looks like you have it down to a science:) Can I just and your lovely blog are adorable! You definitely gained a new follower:) xx Marisa

Alyssa Dawson said...

love this!! I'm not at self portraits either... I feel awkward posting any picture i take of my self anyways... haha! Great post!!