Oh boy! Self portrait time. I really needed to update my about page with a better portrait. The last one was a year old and really wasn’t that good. For a photographer, I take the worst selfies and even worse studio portraits. Maybe they are okay, but I always look so serious because I am concentrating to hard. So I asked my girlfriend to take some.

I still consider them self-portraits as I set the camera up, did the lighting, hair and styling and was clear about what I wanted. All she had to do was press the button. The button! The one on the top of the camera. No, the other one on top of the camera!

We finally succeeded in getting some good shots and having a laugh (after the shot, after buying her lunch, while having a drink, an hour later, after I praised her patience and told her I loved her photos).

Self portrait time. Don Urban Photography portrait session. Inner West, Sydney
“The button! The shutter button!”
Self portrait time. Don Urban Photography portrait session. Inner West, Sydney
“It’s called auto-focus!”
Self portrait time. Don Urban Photography portrait session. Inner West, Sydney
“Don’t tell me to smile.”
Self portrait time. Don Urban Photography portrait session. Inner West, Sydney
“Should have done it myself.”
Self portrait time. Don Urban Photography portrait session. Inner West, Sydney
“I can fix it in Photoshop, honest.”
Self portrait time. Don Urban Photography portrait session. Inner West, Sydney
“Last shot before I start crying.” (This was really the last shot of the session and my favourite)

Best wishes until next time,

Don

14 thoughts on “self portrait: the reality of photographing a photographer

  1. Loved the series in this post and I’m tempted to say put all of them (WITH captions) on your About page. To be honest I liked your old portrait……just fine. You have a great hairdresser and have the good fortune to have some very attractive grey streaks.

    The old portrait had some magnificent lighting too. Good portraits needs great lighting to work in most cases. Keep the old portrait in my opinion.

    It can be hard to get a natural smile (especially if you’re like me and rarely smile due to chronic pain, so usually frown).

    I tried to photograph my 92 yr old Father in his nursing home last Friday and in the end……….I just said…. say…….”Sex please”. That always gets a smile, from even the most serious or anxious subject. The other option (assuming you don’t want a serious expression) is to say “Spaghetti”. Press the shutter button at the last second in the word and you also get a natural smile.

    Where on earth that expression say “Cheese” came from I do not know.

    I’ll take this opportunity to say I love your portrait work. Excellent lighting (and of course great subjects). Your portraits remind me of a professional photographer I used to follow in the U.K. He loved his old film and cameras and spent a fortune trying to obtain some of the very old film for his work, especially portraits. Can’t remember his name now. His images always resulted in the most beautiful soft tonal range (of colour).

    You’re one of the few good photographers at low-light work.

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  2. Hi Vicky, thank you so much. As a newbie to portraiture I really appreciate your comments. I did like my old portrait but I think I looked a bit too serious! I’m sorry to hear you suffer from chronic pain- I had some health issues last year that made me want to do very little, so I can understand.
    I did think the captions were pretty good- my partner laughed so much when I showed her!
    Thank you for the kind words.

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  3. Those photos are brilliant! I really admire photographers who can get on the ‘wrong’ side of the camera with someone else on the right side of the camera. I can shoot self-portraits with a timer or a trigger, but as soon as there’s someone else around, I completely lose it and get super anxious.

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