Many many women have reportedly become photographers when they have children. Suddenly you have gorgeous little muses running around and you don't even have to ask them to pose. Despite the fact that I've been a photographer since I was a teenager, majored in fine art, and always held jobs in the photographic field, I was definitely reinvigorated when my twins came along and have subsequently carved out a career in the portrait industry. Therefore, I've been artistically fulfilled for the past 7 years. Except that a little over one year ago, said twins decided to grow up and go to Kindergarten full time. The nerve of them!
So what's a mom to do to fulfill her daily fits of inspiration? Enter the 15 minute lunchtime selfie.
I'm lucky that my job keeps me at home during the week. So when these moments arise, that I feel like I need to create, but I can't wait until 3:30 to pick up the twins and bribe them into posing for me, I can don a dress and spend a few minutes in my backyard creating some art.
My technique is always on a tripod and usually on self-timer mode (9x out of 10 the batteries are dead in my remote). I rarely spend more than 15 minutes shooting and usually yield about 25-50 frames, of which I usually only keep a handful.
I'm usually most inspired on gray, overcast, and better yet, foggy days. Rather than light, I'm drawn to shadows, motion, layers, and timeless romanticism.
Here is a compilation of some of my favorite self portraits that I've taken over the past 2 years.