I’ve written before about overcoming the weird self-conscious belief that taking a nice portrait of yourself when travelling is somehow ‘shallow’, and so I thought I’d take it a step further so I can actually offer some practical advice for people who want to get better at the actual thing of taking a (classically) ‘good’ travel self portrait.
There are no real silver bullets that I’ve found - most of the time, if you’re alone and you don’t have your own tripod and setup and/or want more than a DIY selfie stick photo, you’ve got to trust someone.
The biggest tip I can give, however, is the first one I talk about in the video: own it.
If you can overcome the insecurity of even wanting to be photographed, you’re already 99% of the way there.
The rest - honestly speaking - is execution. Taking a risk of choosing the right photographer (or finding another one if the first one doesn’t work out), studying your own face and angles, learning how to pose through trying new things and studying up, thinking about your environment… they will all come with continuing to own the fact you want to get better and trying over and over again, because modelling for your own photos is absolutely a skill and there’s no shame in practice.
Be shameless, be unapologetic and get that shot, if that’s what you really want. You might even find yourself having quite a bit of fun along the way.
But also, remember to always keep a healthy sense of expectation vs reality helps too. Comme ça:
Taken within about 30 seconds of each other. Go figure.