Flashback to 2020 (I know you don’t want to but bear with me) I was a senior in college graduating and I wasn’t able to get my Senior portraits done or even leave the house because of quarantine. So, what did I do? I took self-portraits in my backyard and they came out amazing! Now I model for myself all the time!
If you’re just getting into photography one of my biggest pieces of advice is that you are your best model. You can pose yourself however you see fit, free up your schedule for a shoot, and you can choose what you want to wear for the pictures! Whether you’re a seasoned photographer looking to get into self-portraits or a newbie who also wants to give it a shot I’m here to give you some advice!
Step 1: You’ll need a camera. It can be a real camera like my handy dandy Canon Rebel T6 or it can even be an iPhone.
Step 2: You’ll want to set the camera up on a tripod. (Different Smartphones have Tripod stands that you can buy off Amazon and use for these purposes.)
Step 3: Angle your camera toward your backdrop and adjust. This might be one of the longer steps. You’ll have to continuously adjust your camera, step in front of your backdrop or wall and take test shots until you’re in focus (Look clear on the camera screen), lit properly (have enough light to be seen clearly), and don’t have too much or too little headspace(Don’t have your head cut off from the photo or too much space above your head). You might be wondering, how can you take pictures while standing in front of the camera away from the button. Simply use the self-timer on your camera or phone and set it for about ten seconds. this gives you time to press the button that takes the photo, step into the right spot, and pose.
Step 4: Perfect your pic. Once you have a test photo that you like mark the spot you were standing in so you know not to move too much from that area. Now you can set the timer on your camera and continue to strike different poses, and even change outfits for your mini photoshoot!
And now you have self-portraits that you can say you styled, modeled, and took yourself. If you’re more of a visual learner or want to see how I did my self-portrait pictured below check out my behind-the-scenes video here.
A pair of siblings are left to fend for themselves after their mother is sent to prison and their father abandons them. TRIGGER WARNING: This story explores sexual abuse in the black community. The film can be found here.
I am a part of an organization at the University of Cincinnati called Black Arts collaborative. I make all the videos for this organization for advertising purposes and for their short films or interviews. This is an interview I did for them for their annual Halloween show for 2018. Here is a link.
Desires in The Woods is another short film that was made during my sophomore year of College and written by myself my freshmen year of college.
Desires in The Woods is about an eighteen-year-old girl named Gloria that gets lost while “escaping from her past” When it starts to get dark she stumbles upon a house and meets a stranger named Sterling. Sterling welcomes Gloria into his house with open arms but are his intentions all good?
To see the full short film click this link. To see behind the scenes of the short film press this link.
Just business is a short film made during my sophomore year of College. Just Business is about a boy named Steve who is on a date with a girl named Angela. Steve isn’t as interested in Angela as she is in him. On top of this, someone is watching them. Will Steve figure out who’s watching them before it is too late? To find out watch here.
Skin is a school project created during my freshmen year of College. Skin discusses how a biracial teenager feels as if she doesn’t belong to either group that surrounds her at school, because of this she spends most of her time alone. Check out Skin at this link.