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How To Self Portrait

Who else has been feeling restless during this quarantine? I know I have been!! For so long I’ve dreamt of being able to shoot my own portraits and to have those fun editorial style shots without having to rely on a photographer to do it. WELL!! All of this time at home has given me the courage to try my hand at it. My head is always full of visions and colorful ideas that i’m dying to execute, this is one of them. I kept having this familiar image in the back of my mind that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I didn’t know exactly WHAT it was, but I had the vision in my head and KNEW it was inspired somewhere at some point. Later on I realized that I had created a spin on the image of The Girl with the Pearl Earring!! Below is the image I shot of myself followed by the subconscious inspired Painting of The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I used a Neewer ring light, a tripod, my Canon 5D Mark IV Camera and a piece of red tulle fabric. My makeup was created with large pieces of triangular orange glitter and eyelash glue (Side note: The eyelash glue DOES stick really well to your brow hairs, so when removing use vaseline or an oil based remover to get them off). My lipstick is My lipstick line Viva Mad Maven “Circus Circus”. I wanted to leave my eyes relatively bare so I skipped the mascara and added a black eyeshadow winged liner for this look. The styling I wanted to go in the direction of whimsical and colorful so I wore this beautiful floral dress from Needle and Thread London paired with a bright vintage scarf. The haze of red around the edges of the photos was created by draping red tulle fabric around the lens and allowing it to invade my frame ever so slightly. It adds so much to what otherwise would have been a plain white wall. NEVER be afraid to play! Play with different fabrics and objects near your lens for a creative elevation. If you can imagine it, most likely you can create it in some way. I’m so happy with how this turned out!

I linked my Camera, Dress and Ring light within my post above and i’ll link them again below.

Thanks for reading!

xx Mad Maven

Neewer Ring Light

Canon 5D Mark IV

Needle and Thread London Floral Gown

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