I think it’s incredibly important to study your craft, whatever it is, to constantly work to hone and improve your skills. That said, I’m taking a portrait class at 3rd Ward this fall, and our homework assignment this week was to make a self-portrait.
I’m not nearly as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it, and I put a lot of thought into how I could simultaneously soothe myself enough to get a good shot while making myself vulnerable and expressing something worth looking at. I’m the most relaxed in the mornings, just after I’ve woken up. I’m also incredibly self-conscious of my fine hair, typically matted to my head upon waking, and refuse to go into public until I’ve tamed the beast. It seemed to me this would be the best time to try for the shot.
When I set it up, I happened to be in a hotel room on Ocean Beach, and the window light allowed for some beautiful backlight. The image below is accidental, but a favorite from the set, nonetheless.