If you’ve been to my house, you’ve seen loads of photographs of me and my husband in all different places. And people always ask me, “Who took that picture of you? It’s beautiful.” Depending on which picture it is, I can reply with “a rock,” “a counter top,” or “the ground.” We’ve become experts at taking pictures of ourselves without anyone around to help. When we travel with people, of course they’re able to take some pictures of us and then we can credit them.
I know it seems tacky to take pictures of yourself at places, but I love to be able to look back and see what I saw when I was standing right there. Also, think about it. I’m not a terrible photographer, but I am well aware that others are better. You can find thousands of beautiful photographs taken by others of the same things you’re taking pictures of. You can Google image search anything. You can get a photograph of just about anything. But what you can’t find on the internet, is a photograph of YOU in that setting or by that building or in that place. So get out your cameras and work that camera.
The problem isn’t getting a photograph of you by yourself in front of things, because obviously your other half can take it. It’s getting those pictures of the two of you in front of it. Sure, you can ask a stranger. But any picture I’ve asked a stranger to take has been blurry, our eyes are closed or we just aren’t really smiling and I never like them. And since you’re at the mercy of someone else, you can’t ask them to stand there for 3 hours for a photo opp. Our camera requires you to hold it still for an extra second and if you move, it’s blurry. So it’s better if we just do it ourselves so we can ensure that we get a good one. And don’t get me wrong, we don’t stand there for hours on end taking pictures of ourselves, we just have learned how to take a good picture and then move on.
There are only two ways to take your own picture. Either by one of you holding the camera up and you posing, or by setting the camera on the ground or somewhere safe and setting the camera on a timer. We do both… depending on what’s available around us. You can get good photographs from either of these methods with some of my tips below. These few tips will ensure you get a good photograph of the two of you that you will actually want to put up on the wall.
1. Take the picture with a real smile or real laugh. You know those pictures of you with a stale smile are never ones you want to keep or blow up. The ones you will want to keep are the ones where you’re really laughing and smiling. We make each other laugh constantly, and we do that before we take a picture. So it’s real.