Left Brain: Starter Tips for Self Portraits /// by Sharon Covert

Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of a self-portrait. Exposing yourself can feel intimidating.

Does a self-portrait have to include your face or show all of you? No! A large percentage of my self-portraits do not show my face. There are many ways to conceal your face, whether it be by a mask, your hair or a wig, a hat, shadows, flowers and leaves, shooting yourself from behind, fabric, or a veil. Get creative with it!

You can also tell a story just by capturing an image of your hands or other body parts. Hands themselves hold and tell such a beautiful story. Try taking an unconventional approach to making a self-portrait to begin with if you are feeling hesitant or uncomfortable with the idea of being in front of the camera.

Self-portraiture can really be so deep and personal. It can be downright scary!

I want you to know this, though – your story is important no matter how minute you may think it is. You are worthy and your voice calls to be expressed and heard. Give yourself a break from being your harshest critic and allow for self-love.


You might feel uncomfortable at first being the subject of your own work. You may even feel you are being narcissistic. Allow yourself to almost separate yourself from your self-portraits. Think of yourself as a character in your life story… After all, you can’t leave out the main character in a story.

Sharon Covert teaches Expressive Self Portraiture, a four-week course on self-expression using various techniques and natural lighting to create and tell your story through dramatic self-portraiture.

This blog was created to encourage, inspire, and feed your mind. Our “Left Brain” series offers food for thought in the form of education, excerpts, and quotes from books, teachers, poems, and leaders.

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