Necessity is the mother of invention. 

March 2020. Cherry Blossom season. I had a vision, but no one to execute it. 

I was not going to let the moment go undocumented. I knew that my future self would thank me.

I was determined to figure it out. 

No Photographer, no problem.

It really wasn't a problem. We just set the camera on a self timer and let it do all the hard work. Well, most of it. It definitely took some extra effort on our end to make sure the photos were in focus and to make sure that we got the right shot. 

Behold! I bring you, the photoshoot that started it all.

We have done two more of these self timer photo shoots since, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. 

My message to you is: Don't underestimate the power of your camera on a self timer.

To think that we wouldn't have these moments to look back on if we didn't seize the opportunity to do it ourselves!

The best camera is the one you are holding in your hand.  

Three things to take into account:

  1. The time of day you will be taking the pictures.
  2. What camera you will use.
  3. Where you will place your phone.

Its that simple. When you start getting caught up in the small details, its very easy for it to become a lost opportunity. Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

A few key things to keep in mind when setting up for the shoot. When it comes to choosing the location, keep in mind how heavy the foot traffic is. It'll be easier to get the shot without people in the background if the location you choose is on the quieter side. It's great to utilize the space you have around you. For example, the front of your house, a backyard, if you have one, or even your living room. Don't make yourself crazy. Let's take this challenge to the next level. No tripod, no problem!

Getting the shot is going to take some creativity. Get crafty! Pull up a chair, stack some books so your phone is upright, and BAM, you are in business. If you are not home, look around you and see how you can use the location to your advantage. Perhaps propping your phone up on the steps or a ledge will do the trick.

Next, let's talk wardrobe. Wear what you love. The more comfortable you are, the better, and that will reflect in the final photo.

There definitely is a thrill to figuring it all out and watch the pieces come together. My favorite part is being able to appreciate the end product.

Some Tips and Tricks:

  1. For best results, make sure the sun is hitting your back when you are facing the camera. 
  2. Know your camera and how to use it. It might take time to play around with the settings to get it just right. 
  3. Set your camera up to shoot in intervals will allow you to adjust your pose without having to run back and forth between each shot.
  4. Use your environment to your advantage. Look for smart places to rest your camera for the best angel. Bonus points if you have a tripod!
  5. Most importantly, have fun!

If you have a vision but don't have the means to have someone else to execute it, don’t let that hold you back. YOU GOT THIS! It doesn't need to be anything fancy. No lighting setup needed, No Professional camera, no fancy tripod. Just your will and determination to get the shot you want. 

Your precious moments and milestones shouldn’t go undocumented.

Your future self will thank you. 

If you are considering a self timer photo shoot and feel overwhelmed, don't hesitate to reach out. I am happy to help walk you through the process.