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Self Portraits During Quarantine - Utah Portrait Photography

I got super bored during quarantine and decided to make some magic with the spare time I had. I had seen the aluminum foil backdrop trend a while back, and it was always an idea to do a shoot with it at some point. I was in the mood to take some cool pics for my instagram, and decided to utilize one of the 5 rolls of aluminum foil my mom had stockpiled for quarantine.

I was actually on one of my WebEx meetings for one of my classes as I was setting up for this shoot. I took a couple sheets of aluminum foil and taped them to this shelving unit I have. I tried to beg my brother to take the photos of me. After persisting that he take the photos, his headset went back on and I was shut out from the Call of Duty game he was playing. Oh well.

I decided to whip out my good old Canon Rebel T5i, equipped with the 18-55mm kit lens. This was a scary moment. I hadn't touched this camera for months. Since it had a flip out screen, it was my only option if I wanted to see the photos I was taking. I also don't have a tripod, so putting my $3,000 camera on a stack of old shoe boxes was not a risk I wanted to take. Considering the gear I used, I was pleasantly surprised at how the pictures turned out. This might have been one of my favorite shoots this year. Safe to say I took pride on being able to create such stunning images with a beginner camera.

I decided to match my makeup look to the aluminum foil with a shimmery, silver eyeshadow look. I picked out one of my favorite shirts, and started taking some photos. I hated them. One of the things I have a love/hate relationship with is my hair. It is curly, and very big. Since my hair was pretty fresh, it still held a lot of volume, and the photos showed that. I didn't like the way I looked, so I took a break.

After trying a few new hairstyles, I settled on a tight, low ponytail. I decided to tie together the sleek hair with some shimmery lip gloss and got to shooting. I LOVED THHOW THEY TURNED OUT. I started taking close up photos of my lips, and I was in love! The detail and sharpness was amazing, and I loved how the backdrop looked in the background. Here are some of the pics...

After taking these and seeing the turnout I was super inspired! My mood instantly went from undetermined to determined. I started to do some further out photos of my whole face. I took occasional breaks to look up some cool poses to do on Pinterest. I used my hands to draw attention to my face. Here is how those turned out...

I WAS SO OBSESSED. Little secret... I had to photoshop my nails because I had neon orange nails and they were not vibing with these photos. Anyways, as I was scrolling through Pinterest I saw this photo with a bowl over a girls head and that inspired the next photos. I had bought a couple fish bowls for a project a while ago, and I grabbed those and used them as a prop in the photos. They warped some of my face, and made it look like one of the funny filters on Photobooth, but I thought it added a cool effect to the photos. Here they are...

Now for the last set of photos. My favorite from this shoot. shooting with the fish bowl made me think of water which ended up inspiring me to do these last photos. I grabbed a cup of water, and a towel and rushed back to my setup. I started my self timer on the camera and drank a little bit of the water. I zoomed into my lips, and when the timer went off, I let the water flow out of my mouth. THE TURNOUT OF THESE HAD ME SHOOK.

WOW. I was really happy with how these turned out. It left me soaked in water, but it was definitely worth it! It's safe to say I will be killing the gram now for the next 3 weeks!

Now that you have reached the end of this post, I would like to say something. I took these all with my beginner level Canon T5i camera. All of these photos will shine on my portfolio for years to come, and no one would ever guess they were taken with a T5i. I hope this inspired you, if you are a beginner photographer with a beginner level camera! You can do anything with any camera as long as you learn how to use it, and practice every day! That being said, take this time during quarantine to create something amazing with whatever camera you have! If you end up doing so, send me the photos because I would love to see what you come up with!

About Me:

Hi! I'm Olivia. I am a #portraitphotographer based in Salt Lake City, UT! My goal with photography is to make everyone feel beautiful in their own skin. The most beautiful part of my job is hearing how much one of my clients loves their photos, and how they feel confident after seeing them! #utahportraitphotographer #utahphotographer #slcportraitphotographer #saltlakecityportraitphotographer #selfportraits

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