November 6, 2012

Tips for Window Self-Portraits

I've learned a few tips and tricks from taking numerous self-portraits of our family when we're out and about. Today, I thought it would be fun to share those with you guys, so here goes!

1. Find a location with large windows. A storefront with a dark interior or an empty shop are the best picks. Highly-reflective windows are ideal (like the ones we used above), but any old window will work. Also, keep in mind that different types of glass will reflect your image in different ways.

2. Consider your surroundings. Will you be the focal point of your picture or are there things in the reflection that might distract? An easy way to tell is by snapping a quick picture and then checking your camera to see if there are any people/vehicles/brightly-colored objects that might make seeing you more challenging.

3. Look inside. You want the best self-portrait possible so consider what is inside the building you're using as your muse. Pick a dark or light spot (whatever reflects best depending on the type of glass) and stand directly in front of it; standing in front of a pillar, a light source, or a closed door will make it more difficult to see you.

4. What's the weather doing? As always, taking pictures on cloudy days is best but sometimes the sun is unavoidable. Try to choose a location where you (and your window) aren't directly in the sun. This will help you avoid harsh shadows.

5. Have fun with it! Remember that your photo will include little imperfections from the glass so embrace these and give your photo lots of personality with fun expressions and poses!

P.S. I know that it's November and I still haven't changed the header from last month. Bear with me, people! We have some pretty big changes in the works over the next few weeks so in lieu of designing a header this month, I'm prepping for the big reveal! Cross your fingers for me that it all goes smoothly...


  1. Love these portraits I've seen you doing! Maybe I'll get adventurous and try... Can't wait to see your big reveal; I love the changing headers... great idea!

    1. Thanks- we've been having a lot of fun with them! Definitely try it out... it's been great to have another way to get photos with the little ones besides using the tripod!!