Fantasy Boudoir Photoshoot | Handmade Headdress

Find OOAK Fantasy Floral Headdresses & Boudoir Prints in the Etsy shop!

Although this stunning horned headdress will remain with me in the studio (it’s my favorite, what can I say?), there are plenty of OOAK fantasy headdresses available in the Shop!

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This boudoir photoshoot is still one of my favorites, and there are boudoir prints available to build your collection!


Who Wants to Learn Self-Portrait Photography?

In other news, I’ve been thinking about getting started on some resources for aspiring self-portrait photographers…

Who would love to learn about self-portrait photography?

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There are already some resources here in the blog, but I’d love to put together a book someday.

Drop a like and a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Getting Started in Self Portrait Photography | What I Would do if I was Starting Over

What advice would I give to those starting self portrait photography?

What would I do different if I was starting over today?

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Advice for New Photographers

  • You don’t need the newest DSLR. In fact, the best camera to start with is a camera phone. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a DSLR and different portrait lenses to get great portraits. Most of my self portraits these days are taken on my smartphone.
  • If you want to experiment with different lenses, you can buy inexpensive clip-on lenses for your smartphone camera.
  • You don’t need fancy lights or flashguns either. Cheap room lights work well, as well as inexpensive ring lights. Experiment with different angles and distance in relation to you.
  • You don’t need a backdrop rig with expensive backdrops. Easy backdrops can be made by lying on a blanket on the floor of tacking a blanket/curtain to your studio wall.
  • Invest in a selfie stick, tripod, and Bluetooth camera release remote. These tools will get you far.
  • Focus on building your skills, not spending money on equipment. There’s no shortcut to great portraits.
  • Get comfortable in front of the camera by practicing a LOT. Get comfortable doing your own hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling by practicing a LOT.
  • Source backdrops (blankets/curtains), wardrobe and props from thrift shops. You’ll find something unique and save money.
  • Find a solid group of apps to use. My most essential apps for editing self portraits are Lightroom and Facetune with occasional use of Mextures and Procreate Pocket.
  • Get your own website to share your art. If you do more risqué portraits, upload teasers on Facebook and IG so you don’t get reported. You want a portfolio where people can find your work where YOU are in control.
  • Back up your portraits. Get yourself a thumb drive that attaches to your phone. Then backup your photography work both on a computer and a hard drive.

If I Was Starting my Photography Career Over

Honestly, if I was starting over I would do it more from a financial perspective.

I spent so much money on DSLR bodies, different lenses, backdrops, umbrellas, lighting and more to try and be more professional, but all this equipment ran up my credit card bill and slowed down my creation process.

And when it’s harder to create, the less we create.

The more time it takes to create, the less we can create.

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I would keep down to the basics:

  • Camera phone will cheap plan
  • Selfie stick
  • Clip on portrait lens
  • Tripod
  • Bluetooth remote
  • Thrifted wardrobe and blankets for backdrops

We truly don’t need to spend so much money to look professional.

We need to spend our time creating, practicing, and upgrading our equipment when necessary instead of when we think we can get a shortcut.

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I hope this helps!

Self portrait photography is one of my greatest passions in life!

Let’s get creative and make some art.

Simple Editing | Phone Portrait Photography

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have as much time or space in the photography studio as I used to.

Gone are the days of using a DSLR, desktop/laptop editing, swapping out lenses and dressing a set.

(For now, at least)

As space and time get constricted, and camera phone quality continues to improve, the transition to shooting and editing portraits on a cellphone came naturally.

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Editing doesn’t have to be complicated, especially on your phone.

So follow me as I do a quick, routine portrait edit for a flapper-themed boudoir photoshoot, shot and edited on an iPhone 6s.


This is the original, straight out of camera shot.

We’re going to run this through the convenient (and free) Lightroom app so that we have a consistent look throughout the rest of the shoot.

Boost the colors and contrast.

You can see where the backdrop ends and the studio wall is showing, so right in the photo gallery editing section we’re going to use the marker tool to fix that.

For the last step, we’re going to smooth skin, boost select details, and add some blur, reminiscent of a shallower depth of field given by DSLR lenses. For this, I use Facetune.

And here’s the finished portrait, shot and edited on a phone with simple tools.

We can get more complex later, but we don’t need to go all out when we shoot and edit portraits.

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When we lack the space, time, and even finances to do shoots with a DSLR,

camera phone photography and self portraits are a great way to make some beautiful work.


What are your favorite editing apps for selfies and portraits?

Would you like a more in depth tutorial on flow and editing apps?

Like and leave a comment!