Ways of The Fox

This project is about bringing out that confidence I’ve always had but never allowed to develop and grow. I always had an uneasy feeling whenever I was on the other end of the camera, felt as if I was inadequate, but that’s a whole different story. 

The purpose of this project was to improve my skills as a photographer through self portraits as well as to foster a positive mindset about myself and encourage the growth of my confidence and self-esteem. More importantly I want this project to show that there is more than one way to over come your fears and improve yourself. I hope this project gives someone the push they need.

First Light.

This was my very first attempt at self portraits and had no idea what I was doing. I have this thing that the longer an idea sits in my head, the bigger the urge to accomplish that task or idea becomes. In the beginning I had no intentions of wanting to start a project like this but it all started to unfold when I simply wanted to take a photo. 

Flashing Lights.

Shooting in natural light was something I've always leaned towards and cared about in my time as a photographer. I never thought about using a flash until my cousin gave me his old external flash over a year ago. So I set up a makeshift studio in the kitchen at two in the morning and went to work.

Let Your Light Shine.

I admire spaces with lots of natural light and windows and since this project, the appreciation level for such has amplified so much. I sit on this couch in the living room day after day but never paid too much attention to the lighting but man, let me tell y'all, it is on point. As time went on I started to get more comfortable being my own model. I'm still not used to seeing the small details of imperfections on my face in post when editing though.

Evening Lights.

Up to now, I had only been taking my self portraits in the house so I decided it was time for a different setting. It was different photographing myself in a public setting, luckily there were no people around at the parking garage location. At the last outdoor location there were some people that walked by and my first response was, "Abort, Abort!", but I stuck through it though.  

As The Light Fades.

As time progressed I’ve gotten somewhat accustomed to having photographs taken of myself through self portraits. Progress can definitely be seen through the sets of photos in both being comfortable and skills. Thank you for seeing my (small) journey of self improvement, technically, mentally and emotional. Thank you.

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