I think we are all using this bizarre time to embrace our creative side. Some of us are trying out chocolate chip cookie recipes, whilst others are taking up macrame. Some of us are starting new projects whilst others complete ones they could never find the time to finish off.
If you want to try something new, then now’s as good of a time as any to do so. I’m a master at starting hobbies and not reallyyyyy continuing with them, like when I bought a violin, or the two woven wall hangings I made, or the time I decided I was going to… well, you get the point. Whilst in lockdown, I decided to try some self-portrait photography – now this is something I can probably stick to.
Self-portrait shooting can feel awkward – with your neighbours curtain twitching wondering what you’re doing. This was my first time self-shooting, inspired by Girl on Film Charlotte Moore’s gallery. Her film images are gorgeous and appear effortless – totally swoon over them.
I’m so used to having Ginger Girl Says, my mum or my boyfriend shooting my content, that self-shooting feels strange? When someone else photographs me, I have an idea in my head what I want it to look like, and can say ‘yes, I like this photo, but could we do it again so I can just rearrange my hair?’ You’d think that with self-shooting you have more control over your images, but that totally doesn’t feel like the case. But since we’re all stuck in quarantine and have no choice but to shoot within our own perimeters, here we are trying out self-portrait photography.
I wrote a blog post a couple of weeks ago about not saving clothes ‘for best’. At the minute, our homes – extending to our gardens – is the best we’ve got, so why not dress up for it? I ripped the tags off this Miss Selfridge jumpsuit the morning of this shoot. I had wanted it for ages, and I nearly paid £80 to wear it for my graduation (but I went with this Oliver Bonas dress instead). I managed to bag it in the sale for £25 in summer, but it’s been sitting in my wardrobe ever since, so I decided now was the perfect opportunity to show it some love.
I used my Bloom and Wild flowers as a prop, as the colours matched really well with the ones in the jumpsuit.
Here’s how they turned out!
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